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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.


  1. Heh. After seeing the headings in English, I didn’t expect the main slide text to be in Hebrew …

    Comment by reddragdiva — May 1, 2006 @ 12:03 PM | Reply

  2. Translation anyone?
    Muli – Please upload English translation – given that the source is few pages it shouldn’t be much of work? (Or is that some ultra compact, compressed language where each page results into multiple?!!! 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous — May 1, 2006 @ 12:34 PM | Reply

    • Re: Translation anyone?
      Sorry, I don’t have time to translate it – I’ll see if Orr has an English version.

      Comment by mulix — May 1, 2006 @ 1:13 PM | Reply

  3. I always enjoy hearing him lecture. He has that “sparkle” in his eyes when he gets into his thing.

    Comment by yrk — May 1, 2006 @ 2:43 PM | Reply

  4. Re: Side Channel Attacks
    > Today we hosted Orr Dunkelman
    it should be: Today we hosted Dr. Orr Dunkelman.
    He deserves it.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 1, 2006 @ 4:58 PM | Reply

    • Re: Side Channel Attacks
      I reserve the right to decide how (in)formal to be on my blog.

      Comment by mulix — May 1, 2006 @ 5:03 PM | Reply

      • Re: Side Channel Attacks
        As long as you are at it, please refer to me as “grand-master-funky 18th level dragoon (1st class, +2 against undead) yrk”. I didn’t go to grand-master-funky school to be called “yrk” you know…

        Comment by yrk — May 1, 2006 @ 5:26 PM

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