Paper 2020/1267

Fault Attacks In Symmetric Key Cryptosystems

Anubhab Baksi, Shivam Bhasin, Jakub Breier, Dirmanto Jap, and Dhiman Saha


Fault attacks are among the well-studied topics in the area of cryptography. These attacks constitute a powerful tool to recover the secret key used in the encryption process. Fault attacks work by forcing a device to work under non-ideal environmental conditions (such as high temperature) or external disturbances (such as glitch in the power supply) while performing a cryptographic operation. The recent trend shows that the amount of research in this direction; which ranges from attacking a particular primitive, proposing a fault countermeasure, to attacking countermeasures; has grown up substantially and going to stay as an active research interest for a foreseeable future. Hence, it becomes apparent to have a comprehensive yet compact study of the (major) works. This work, which covers a wide spectrum in the present day research on fault attacks that fall under the purview of the symmetric key cryptography, aims at fulfilling the absence of an up-to-date survey. We present mostly all aspects of the topic in a way which is not only understandable for a non-expert reader, but also helpful for an expert as a reference.

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Secret-key cryptography
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Published elsewhere. Minor revision. ACM Journal of Computing Surveys
fault attackcountermeasuresymmetric keysystemization of knowledge
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anubhab001 @ e ntu edu sg
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      author = {Anubhab Baksi and Shivam Bhasin and Jakub Breier and Dirmanto Jap and Dhiman Saha},
      title = {Fault Attacks In Symmetric Key Cryptosystems},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2020/1267},
      year = {2020},
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