Template Attacks in Principal Subspaces

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Template Attacks in Principal Subspaces
Side-channel attacks are a serious threat to implementations of cryptographic algorithms. Secret information is recovered based on power consumption, electromagnetic emanations or any other form of physical information leakage. Template attacks are probabilistic sidechannel attacks, which assume a Gaussian noise model. Using the maximum likelihood principle enables us to reveal (part of) the secret for each set of recordings (i.e., leakage trace). In practice, however, the major concerns are (i) how to select the points of interest of the traces, (ii) how to choose the minimal distance between these points, and (iii) how many points of interest are needed for attacking. So far, only heuristics were provided. In this work, we propose to perform template attacks in the principal subspace of the traces. This new type of attack addresses all practical issues in principled way and automatically. The approach is validated by attacking stream ciphers such as RC4. We also report analysis resul...
Cédric Archambeau, Eric Peeters, Fran&ccedi
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where CHES
Authors Cédric Archambeau, Eric Peeters, François-Xavier Standaert, Jean-Jacques Quisquater
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