Intentional electromagnetic interference for fault analysis on AES block cipher IC

Yu-Ichi Hayashi, Shigeto Gomisawa, Yang Li, Naofumi Homma, Kazuo Sakiyama, Takafumi Aoki, Kazuo Ohta

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Abstract

This paper presents a new type of intentional electromagnetic interference (IEMI) which causes information leakage from cryptographic ICs (Integrated Circuits). As a recent threat, it is known that faults in cryptographic ICs such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) have significant influence on leakage of sensitive information. AES is a block cipher standardized by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States) that is a de-facto standard of smart card ICs and used for many security devices. In order to guarantee the tamper-resistance of AES hardware, this paper discusses the potential vulnerability against faults induced by IEMI via power cables. The contribution of the paper is twofold. (1) We find that, different from previous work of fault analysis, the electromagnetic (EM) faults from power cables are remotely-controllable and lead to the leakage of the secret key. (2) We show that the random EM faults can be managed with reasonable amount of measurements and its risk to the key leakage is high enough to be a real-life threat.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits 2011, EMC COMPO 2011
Pages235-240
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event8th International Workshop on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits, EMC COMPO 2011 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 2011 Nov 62011 Nov 9

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits 2011, EMC COMPO 2011

Other

Other8th International Workshop on Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits, EMC COMPO 2011
CountryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period11/11/611/11/9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture

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