Lena Boeckmann: PSA Crypto API in RIOT

Integration of the PSA Crypto API with Configurable Backends in RIOT
  • When Jun 27, 2022 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
  • Where R 460
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IoT devices differ widely in crypto-supporting hardware, ranging from no hardware support to powerful accelerators supporting a large number of operations including protected key storage. An operating system should provide uniform access to these heterogeneous hardware features, which is a particular challenge in the resource constrained IoT. Effective security is tied to the usability of cryptographic interfaces. A thoughtful API design is challenging and it is beneficial to re-use such an interface and to share the knowledge of programming embedded security widely.

In this work, we integrate an emerging cryptographic interface into usable system-level calls for the IoT operating system RIOT, which runs on more than 200 platforms. This interface supports ID-based key handling to access key material in protected storage without exposing it to anyone. Our design foresees hardware acceleration on all available variants; our implementation integrates diverse cryptographic hardware and software backends via the uniform interface. Our performance measurements show that the overhead of the uniform API with integrated key management is negligible compared to the individual crypto operation. Our approach enhances the usability, portability, and flexibility of cryptographic support in the IoT.