Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2019/866

A Fast Characterization Method for Optical Fault Injection

Lichao Wu and Gerard Ribera and Stjepan Picek

Abstract: Semi-invasive fault injection attacks, such as optical fault injection, are powerful techniques well-known by attackers and secure embedded system designers. When performing such attacks, the selection of the fault injection parameters is of utmost importance and usually based on the experience of the attacker. Surprisingly, there exists no formal and general approach on how to find such fault injection parameters. In this work, we present a novel methodology to perform a fast characterization of the fault injection impact on a target, depending on the possible attack parameters. We experimentally show our methodology to be a successful one when considering targets running DES and AES encryption. Finally, we show how deep learning can help in estimating the full characterization on the basis of a limited number of measurements.

Category / Keywords: implementation / Physical attacks, Fault injection, Fast space characterization, Deep learning, Metrics

Date: received 24 Jul 2019

Contact author: picek stjepan at gmail com, L Wu-4@tudelft nl, gerard ribera s@gmail com

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