Practical DFA strategy for AES under limited-access conditions

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

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Secret data in embedded devices can be revealed by injecting computational faults using the fault analysis attacks. The fault analysis researches on a cryptographic implementation by far first assumed a certain fault model, and then discussed the key recovery method under some assumptions. We note that a new remote-fault injection method has emerged, which is threatening in practice. Due to its limited accessibility to cryptographic devices, the remotefault injection, however, can only inject uncertain faults. In this surroundings, this paper gives a general strategy of the remote-fault attack on the AES block cipher with a data set of faulty ciphertexts generated by uncertain faults. Our method effectively utilizes all the information from various kinds of faults, which is more realistic than previous researches. As a result, we show that it can provide a decent success probability of key identification even when only a few intended faults are available among 32 millions fault injections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-151
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of information processing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Advance encryption standard
  • Cryptography
  • Differential fault analysis
  • Intentional electromagnetic interference
  • Uncertain faults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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