Computer Aided Cryptography Engineering
Welcome to CACE
Mission of the project:
“To enable verifiable secure cryptographic software engineering to non-experts by developing a toolbox which automatically produces high-performance solutions from natural specifications”
The Computer Aided Cryptography Engineering (CACE) project aims at developing a toolbox that supports the production of high quality cryptographic software.
Development of hardware devices and software products is facilitated by a design flow, and a set of tools (e.g., compilers and debuggers), which automate tasks normally performed by experienced, highly skilled developers. However, in both hardware and software examples the tools are generic since they seldom provide specific support for a particular domain.
The goal of this project is to design, develop and deploy a toolbox that will support the specific domain of cryptographic software engineering. Ordinarily, development of cryptographic software is a huge challenge: security and trust is mission critical and modern applications processing sensitive data typically require the deployment of sophisticated cryptographic techniques. The proposed toolbox will allow non-experts to develop high-level cryptographic applications and business models by means of cryptography-aware high-level programming languages and compilers. The description of such applications in this way will allow automatic analysis and transformation of cryptographic software to detect security critical implementation failures, e.g., software and hardware based side-channel attacks, when realizing low level cryptographic primitives and protocols.
Ultimately, the end result will be better quality, more robust software at much lower cost; this provides both a clear economic benefit to the European industry in the short term, and positions it better in dealing with any future roadblocks to ICT development in the longer term.
CACE is co-financed by the European Commission under EU Framework Programme 7. The project is running for 3 years from January 2008 until December 2010. The consortium of the project consists of twelve European partners from nine countries.