UltraSoC and Canis Labs collaborate to secure CAN bus

UltraSoC and Canis Automotive Labs have announced a collaboration to address one of the most serious information security vulnerabilities in the automotive industry: the lack of security features within the CAN bus, which is typically used to connect things like brakes, steering, engines, airbags , door locks and headlights and other in-vehicle systems.

The collaboration between the two companies will bring hardware-based intrusion detection and mitigation technologies to prevent and control common attacks on the CAN bus, including automatic hardware anti-spoofing, protection against bit-level attacks (such as Bus-Off attacks and bit glitches), and Protection against Denial of Service (DoS) type attacks and more. The collaboration will focus on the deployment of Canis Labs’ CAN-HG technology, a new and fully compatible enhancement to the standard CAN bus protocol, including bus protection safety features and other benefits, enabling it to carry more Frame 12 times larger payload.

When combined with UltraSoC’s semiconductor intellectual property (IP) to detect and mitigate cyber threats, CAN-HG enables designers to secure their CAN bus designs at the hardware level. The information security functionality implemented by this collaboration employs fast bits within the CAN-HG Enhanced portion of the CAN framework to add security information to the CAN framework. The protocol-aware monitoring hardware provided by UltraSoC can use this capability to identify and block suspicious or unauthorized data flows over CAN. These new capabilities will be refined and validated for deployment as part of Secure-CAV: a major project aimed at improving the safety and security of future connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Aileen Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer of UltraSoC, commented: “Automotive infosec requires an ecological systems approach. We are delighted to add Canis Labs to our roster of partners in this area, which includes NSITEXE-DENSO and Agile Analog; and our partners in the Secure-CAV project, including Copper Horse and the Universities of Coventry and Southampton. So far, the industry has been forced to use patched solutions to defend CAN interconnects capability, either by software technology or perimeter security; and by integrating Canis Labs’ innovative CAN-HG technology into UltraSoC products, we are able to ensure vehicle security ‘from the inside out’ in the underlying Electronic hardware.”

Ken Tindell, CTO of Canis Labs, added: “The most effective way to protect the CAN bus from attack is to deploy a hardware-based security device—or better yet: use semiconductor intellectual property (IP) to integrate hardware protection into In the underlying system. We believe that the combination of UltraSoC and Canis Labs IP provides a powerful solution for CAN bus security for any CAN bus user, whether they are in automotive, aerospace or any In other industries, this is one of the most pressing issues.”

CAN is a very successful interconnection protocol that emerged in the 1980s as a response to the need for an efficient, lightweight interconnection method capable of handling harsh environments in vehicles. Today, it remains a common choice not only in the automotive industry, but also in industrial, cyber-physical and robotics applications where safety is paramount. Although CAN is powerful at the physical layer, it has almost no information security functions.

Most existing methods of securing CAN are software-based, which means they often cannot react fast enough to prevent protocol-level attacks. Because its technology is all hardware-based, the joint Canis Labs/UltraSoC solution is able to react quickly enough to prevent an attack from being completed. This has two implications: First, many exploits rely on creating a “window of opportunity” during which the system is in a vulnerable or unknown state. Fast reaction times can eliminate this window and significantly improve the overall reliability of information security defenses. Second, the CAN bus is used in many cyber-physical systems, and the time duration in these systems means the distance to continue moving. Therefore, faster response times have huge advantages in mitigating the physical consequences of malicious intrusions, better protecting citizens and infrastructure security, and more.

About UltraSoC

UltraSoC is a pioneer in providing in-house analysis and monitoring technology for the system-on-chip (SoC) that powers today’s electronic products. The company’s embedded analytics technology enables product designers to add advanced information security, functional safety and performance fine-tuning features; at the same time, the technology also helps enterprises better address the challenges of escalating system complexity and increasingly demanding demand for shorter time-to-market. UltraSoC’s technology is provided to customers in the form of semiconductor intellectual property (semiconductor IP) and software, and its end applications cover industries such as consumer electronics, computing and communications.

About Canis Automotive Labs

Canis Automotive Labs is an innovative company developing hardware intellectual property (IP) for the automotive industry focused on enhancing the functionality of the CAN bus. The company was founded in 2016 and its co-founders include: Antal Rajnak, an automotive industry veteran, initiator of the LIN protocol and company CEO, and Ken founder and company CTO of Deadline Monotonic Analysis, a company working on the CAN bus Dr. Tindell.

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