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Side Channel Analysis Resistant Design Flow

Objective

The threat of side-channel attacks is of crucial importance when designing systems with cryptographic hardware or software. Especially smart cards and related micro-chip systems have shown considerable vulnerabilities in this respect. Side-channel attacks analyse and exploit the information produced by some system by, for example, measuring its power consumption or the electro-magnetic emanation of this system. From these traces the attacker can potentially make conclusions about the secret data involved in a computation inside the system.

Meanwhile, simple power analysis (SPA), differential power analysis (DPA), and their related attacks, simple and differential electro-magnetic emanation analysis (SEMA, DEMA) became known to a broader public, and thus pose the biggest threat. In the following, we will refer to these side-channel analysis methods and related attacks by using the acronym SCA. In SCARD, we propose to enhance the typical micro-chip design flow - from high level system description over register transfer layer description down to gate level net lists, and finally placement and routing of the micro chip - in order to provide a means for designing side-channel resistant circuits and systems.

Moreover, we intend to study the whole phenomenon of SCA in a consistent manner, and will also provide appropriate analysis tools and design tools for the designer of secure systems. We consider these additional ingredients of the traditional design flow of micro chips as necessary in order to enable the design of the next generation of secure and dependable devices.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Address
Richard-wagner-strasse 7
9500 Villach
Austria

Participants (8)

CV CRYPTOVISION GMBH
Germany
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Munscheidstrasse 14
45886 Gelsenkirchen
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
Germany
Address
St. Martin Strasse 53
81609 Muenchen
INSTITUT FUER INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG UND COMPUTERGESTUETZTE NEUE MEDIEN
Austria
Address
Inffeldgasse 16C
8010 Graz
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ - INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG UND KOMMUNIKATIONSTECHNOLOGIE
Austria
Address
Inffeldgasse 16A
8010 Graz
TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU
Turkey
Address
Ataturk Bulvari No. 221 Kavaklidere
06100 Ankara
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
1 Place De L'universite
1348 Louvain-la-neuve