Thesis: ARM TrustZone Lua interpreter

ARM TrustZone Lua interpreter
The existence of Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) have become commonplace in modern computing (particularly thanks to ARM’s TrustZone technology). This capability provides the potential for new interesting security solutions.
While Trusted Execution Environments provide an interesting platform for developing Trusted Applications (TAs) the environments are generally fairly constrained and don’t provide the full runtime of a normal operating system – thereby limiting the potential uses cases.
By introducing a small scripting engine as a Trusted Application (application running inside the TEE) – it could be possible to extend the functionality to more flexible uses of the TEE.
Goal of the project
Investigate possibility of compiling and running the Lua scripting runtime as a Trusted Application (TA) inside the OP-TEE open source TEE operating system. The work will be performed on an ARM cortex A7 processor.
The implementation should be able to verify the digital signature of a small (hello world type) Lua script and then execute it within the execution context of the ARM Trustzone.
Desirable expertise
  • Thesis for M.Sc or B.Sc.
  • Signal and systems
  • Radio/wireless communication theory
  • Analog RF and antenna
  • DAC/ADC, digital communication theory
  • Modulation/demodulation techniques
  • Digital signal processing
  • ZIF and super-heterodyne receiver
  • Matlab/Simulink
  • GNU radio
  • Linux
  • Python, C.
Experience with Lua is a valuable qualification.
Kick-off date
Beginning of 2020 if possible.
Additional info
The supervisors of this thesis will be Alex Ward (+46 313227085) and Hamid Ebadi.
The scope can be flexible and adapted to 1-3 students, depending on how many you are and how much time you have for your thesis.
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For more information please contact
Gabriel Ibáñez, Innovation Leader, 0722388479

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