A comparative analysis of security patterns for enhanced security in safety-critical systems

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Security patterns play a pivotal role in enhancing the safety and security of safety-critical systems. This study delves into the impact of adding pattern-based security on the functional requirements of the safety-critical software function. This paper introduces a pattern-based security approach and then analyzes the cost of integrating three exemplary security patterns (data confidentiality, integrity and authenticity) on the execution time of safety-critical functions. Evaluating execution times across diverse data sizes sheds light on the cost of adding pattern-based security and its impact on the functional timing (logical execution time, worst-case execution time) of the software functions of a system. Our technical findings reveal crucial trade-offs between security and efficiency, aiding system designers in making informed decisions. These insights are crucial for the automatic code generation tools, to find the appropriate decomposition and mapping of a security enhanced software function that meets the functional timing requirements. By adhering to the ISO/SAE 21434 international standards, secure software development practices are promoted, thereby improving productivity, quality, and safety. The integration of experimental results informs the overall security posture of these systems, aiding in effective secure life-cycle management.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE 36th International System-on-Chip Conference, SOCC 2023
EditorsJürgen Becker, Andrew Marshall, Tanja Harbaum, Amlan Ganguly, Fahad Siddiqui, Kieran McLaughlin
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9798350300116
ISBN (Print)9798350300123
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2023
Event36th IEEE International System-on-Chip Conference 2023 - Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, United States
Duration: 05 Sept 202308 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE International SOC Conference: Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2164-1676
ISSN (Electronic)2164-1706


Conference36th IEEE International System-on-Chip Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleSOCC 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Clara
Internet address


  • Security Patterns
  • Safety-critical systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Secure-by-design
  • Model-based development
  • ISO/SAE 21434

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Software
  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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