Efficient template attacks
Kuhn, Markus G.
Smart Card Research and Advanced Applications: 12th International Conference, CARDIS 2013, Berlin, Germany, November 27-29, 2013. Revised Selected Papers
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
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Choudary, O., & Kuhn, M. G. (2014). Efficient template attacks. https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/245770
This is the accepted manuscript version. The final published version is available from http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-08302-5_17.
Template attacks remain a powerful side-channel technique to eavesdrop on tamper-resistant hardware. They model the probability distribution of leaking signals and noise to guide a search for secret data values. In practice, several numerical obstacles can arise when implementing such attacks with multivariate normal distributions. We propose efficient methods to avoid these. We also demonstrate how to achieve significant performance improvements, both in terms of information extracted and computational cost, by pooling covariance estimates across all data values. We provide a detailed and systematic overview of many different options for implementing such attacks. Our experimental evaluation of all these methods based on measuring the supply current of a byte-load instruction executed in an unprotected 8-bit microcontroller leads to practical guidance for choosing an attack algorithm.
Omar Choudary is a recipient of the Google Europe Fellowship in Mobile Security, and this research is supported in part by this Google Fellowship.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08302-5_17
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/245770