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2010
Springer

Practical Improvements of Profiled Side-Channel Attacks on a Hardware Crypto-Accelerator

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Practical Improvements of Profiled Side-Channel Attacks on a Hardware Crypto-Accelerator
Abstract. This article investigates the relevance of the theoretical framework on profiled side-channel attacks presented by F.-X. Standaert et al. at Eurocrypt 2009. The analyses consist in a case-study based on sidechannel measurements acquired experimentally from a hardwired cryptographic accelerator. Therefore, with respect to previous formal analyses carried out on software measurements or on simulated data, the investigations we describe are more complex, due to the underlying chip's architecture and to the large amount of algorithmic noise. In this difficult context, we show however that with an engineer's mindset, two techniques can greatly improve both the off-line profiling and the on-line attack. First, we explore the appropriateness of different choices for the sensitive variables. We show that a skilled attacker aware of the register transfers occurring during the cryptographic operations can select the most adequate distinguisher, thus increasing its success rat...
M. Abdelaziz Elaabid, Sylvain Guilley
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where AFRICACRYPT
Authors M. Abdelaziz Elaabid, Sylvain Guilley
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