Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2020/1267

Fault Attacks In Symmetric Key Cryptosystems

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

Abstract: 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.

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / fault attack, countermeasure, symmetric key, systemization of knowledge

Date: received 12 Oct 2020, last revised 15 Oct 2020

Contact author: anubhab001 at e ntu edu sg

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