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Side-Channel Improvment by Laser Stimulation

Abstract : The purpose of failure analysis is to locate the source of a defect in order to characterize it, using dierent techniques (light emission, electromagnetic emission, laser stimulation, ...). A part of my research is to nd how it is possible to use the failure analysis tools and methods for security purposes. During cryptarchi 2009, I presented the possibility to use the leakage due to the light emitted during normal operation of a CMOS circuit, to set up a successfull attack on a part of a DES cipher algorithm implemented on an FPGA. In this talk a second method based on laser stimulation is presented. Indeed, Sergei Skorobogatov demonstrates the possibility to increase the power consumption of a SRAM cell in a microcontroller, by applying a photocurrent on its transistors. The experiment presented here, consist to extend the Skorobogatov method's to a DES cipher implemented on an FPGA in order to improve the "traditional" side-channel attack by injecting a photocurrent on a chosen specic area (contain SBOXs, XOR operation...). This additional current should increase the consumption of the circuit during the algorithm encryption, and thus improve the attack by reducing the number of power consumption acquisitions.
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Jérôme Di Battista, Philippe Perdu, Jc Courrège, Bruno Rouzeyre, Lionel Torres. Side-Channel Improvment by Laser Stimulation. CryptArchi: Cryptographic Architectures, Jun 2010, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. ⟨lirmm-00575124⟩



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