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May 1, 2006

Side Channel Attacks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 2:34 PM

I help organize a bi-weekly seminar for the Scale-out Systems Technologies group at the IBM Haifa Research Lab. My motivation for organizing the seminar is mostly selfish: it gives me a great opportunity to invite speakers whose talks I’d like to hear.

Today we hosted Orr Dunkelman, who gave an excellent talk on Side Channel Attacks — The Easy Way to Break Any Cryptographic Primitive (note – slides in Hebrew), covering attacks based on timing, power consumption, fault injection, cache analysis and audio. The basic premise is that instead of attacking the algorithm, you attack the implementation, by observing or modifying the environment. I enjoyed the talk very much.

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