Paper 2020/1600

Auto-tune POIs: Estimation of distribution algorithms for efficient side-channel analysis

Unai Rioja, Lejla Batina, Jose Luis Flores, and Igor Armendariz


Due to the constant increase and versatility of IoT devices that should keep sensitive information private, Side-Channel Analysis (SCA) attacks on embedded devices are gaining visibility in the industrial field. The integration and validation of countermeasures against SCA can be an expensive and cumbersome process, especially for the less experienced ones, and current certification procedures require to attack the devices under test using multiple SCA techniques and attack vectors, often implying a high degree of complexity. The goal of this paper is to ease one of the most crucial and tedious steps of profiling attacks i.e. the points of interest (POI) selection and hence assist the SCA evaluation process. To this end, we introduce the usage of Estimation of Distribution Algorithms (EDAs) in the SCA field in order to automatically tune the point of interest selection. We showcase our approach on several experimental use cases, including attacks on unprotected and protected AES implementations over distinct copies of the same device, dismissing in this way the portability issue.

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Preprint. MINOR revision.
SCAProfiling AttacksTemplate attacksPortabilityPOI selectionEDAsAESMasking countermeasure
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urioja @ ikerlan es
unai riojasabando @ ru nl
2021-01-20: revised
2020-12-27: received
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      author = {Unai Rioja and Lejla Batina and Jose Luis Flores and Igor Armendariz},
      title = {Auto-tune POIs: Estimation of distribution algorithms for efficient side-channel analysis},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2020/1600},
      year = {2020},
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