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Title: Pre-processing techniques for electromagnetic & power analysis attacks
Author: Hodgers, Philip Thomas
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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The research presented in this thesis has led to several new pre-processing techniques that enhance side-channel analysis of near-field electromagnetic (EM) and power analysis waveforms. Three new power spectral density analysis techniques have been introduced, the sliding window, the overlapping window and the variable window methods. These approaches pre-process the information in the time-shift invariant frequency domain, overcoming issues of misalignment due to acquisition error or random insertion type countermeasures. A new pattern analysis technique, that models the charge and decay profiles of AES power consumption traces, has been shown to defeat a random clocking countermeasure. The individual rounds of the algorithm are identified, enabling the targeted round to be extracted from each trace. A further optimisation is demonstrated using a round separation metric to identify prior rounds where a sufficient power consumption decay has occurred, resulting in a further reduction in the number of traces required. The attack therefore overcomes the effects of the temporal misalignment and round amplitude variation caused by the random clocking countermeasure. The novel application of a DSP implementation of a phase-sensitive detector circuit has enabled the pre-processing of side-channel information to enhance the round patterns of an AES algorithm for the purposes of re-alignment and cryptographic signature extraction. The identification of locations on a device where the encryption signature is more readily visible, leads to a more efficient targeting of attacks in a side-channel cartography attack.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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