Secure Real-time Messaging Systems based on SEcube™
Reference persons PAOLO ERNESTO PRINETTO
External reference persons Antonio VARRIALE (Blu5 Labs Ltd)
Giuseppe AIRO’ FARULLA (PhD candidate, Politecnico di Torino)
Research Groups TESTGROUP - TESTGROUP
Thesis type EXPERIMENTAL THESIS
The SEcube™ Open Source platform is a combination of three main cores in a single-chip design. Low-power ARM Cortex-M4 processor, a flexible and fast Field-Programmable-Gate-Array (FPGA), and an EAL5+ certified Security Controller (SmartCard) are embedded in an extremely compact package. This makes it a unique Open Source security environment where each function can be optimized, executed, and verified on its proper hardware device.
Leveraging the SEcube™, it is possible to build a system of gateway and proxy to encrypt the network traffic both in the application layer and in the session one to hide it from malicious attackers monitoring the network, that cannot even guess the presence of HTTP, or HTTPS, traffic in the network itself.
Aims of this Thesis is to develop a key and configuration manager for user profiles for the security gateway and proxy application. The system can then be combined with instant messaging (IM) and groupchat server (e.g., Openfire) to develop a secure real-time messaging system.
During this thesis, the candidate will learn how to approach to middleware and SDKs for microcontrollers, how to deal with real-time messaging and XMPP-based servers, and will gain an in-depth knowledge about cybersecurity primitives and methods and network-based communication.
The thesis activities will be carried out in collaboration with:
- Blu5 Labs Ltd (Malta)
- CINI Cybersecurity National Laboratory
Required skills Programming Languages: C/C++, Java.
Notes Number of required Students: 1 or 2
Deadline 10/01/2018 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA