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Combined Implementation Attack Resistant Exponentiation

J??rn-Marc Schmidt, Michael Tunstall, Roberto Maria Avanzi, Ilya Kizhvatov, Timo Kasper, David Oswald:, Combined Implementation Attack Resistant Exponentiation. Latincrypt 2010, pp. 305–322. September 2010. No electronic version available. External information

Abstract

Different types of implementation attacks, like those based on side channel leakage and active fault injection, are often considered as separate threats. Countermeasures are, therefore, often developed and implemented accordingly. However, Amiel et al. showed that an adversary can successfully combine two attack methods to overcome such countermeasures. In this paper, we consider instances of these combined attacks applied to RSA and elliptic curve-based cryptosystems. We show how previously proposed countermeasures may fail to thwart these attacks, and propose a countermeasure that protects the variables in a generic exponentiation algorithm in the same scenario.

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