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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.

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Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

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Richard-Wagner-Strasse 7
9500 Villach

Austria

Participants (8)

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CV CRYPTOVISION GMBH

Germany

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG

Germany

INSTITUT FUER INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG UND COMPUTERGESTUETZTE NEUE MEDIEN

Austria

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ - INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG UND KOMMUNIKATIONSTECHNOLOGIE

Austria

TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU

Turkey

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507270

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 May 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 448 214

  • EU contribution

    € 2 689 025

Coordinated by:

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria