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Power Attacks Resistance of Cryptographic S-boxes with added Error Detection Circuits

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Regazzoni F., Eisenbarth T., Großschädl J., Breveglieri L., Ienne P., Koren I., Paar C.
Article in conference proceedings
Many side-channel attacks on implementations of cryptographic algorithms have been developed in recent years demonstrating the ease of extracting the secret key. In response, various schemes to protect cryptographic devices against such attacks have been devised and some implemented in practice. Almost all of these protection schemes target an individual side-channel attack and consequently, it is not obvious whether a scheme for protecting the device against one type of side-channel attacks may make the device more vulnerable to another type of side-channel attacks. We examine in this paper the possibility of such a negative impact for the case where fault detection circuitry is added to a device (to protect it against fault injection attacks) and analyze the resistance of the modified device to power attacks. To simplify the analysis we focus on only one component in the cryptographic device (namely, the S-box in the AES and Kasumi ciphers), and perform power attacks on the original implementation and on a modified implementation with an added parity check circuit. Our results show that the presence of the parity check circuitry has a negative impact on the resistance of the device to power analysis attacks.
Conference proceedings
proceedings of: ''22nd IEEE International Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI Systems (DFT''07)
Meeting place
Rome, Italy
cryptography, fault tolerance, reliable applications, side channel attacks