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Paper: A Novel Completeness Test for Leakage Models and its Application to Side Channel Attacks and Responsibly Engineered Simulators

Authors:
Si Gao , University of Klagenfurt
Elisabeth Oswald , University of Klagenfurt
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Conference: EUROCRYPT 2022
Abstract: Today’sdside channel attack targets are often complex devices in which instructions are processed in parallel and work on 32-bit datae words. Consedsquently, the state that is involved in producing leakage in these modern devices is large, and basing evaluations (i.e. worst case attacks) and simulators, and on a potentially incomplete state can lead to wrong conclusions. We put forward a novel notion for the “completeness” of an assumed state, together with an efficient statistical test that is based on “collapsed models”. Our novel test can be used to recover a state that contains multiple 32-bit variables in a grey box setting. We illustrate how our novel test can help to guide side channel attacks and we reveal new attack vectors for existing implementations. We then demonstrate the application of this test in the context of leakage modelling for leakage simulators and confirm that even the most recent leakage simulators do not capture all available leakage of their respective target devices. Our new test enables finding nominal models that capture all available leakage but do not give a helping hand to adversaries. Thereby we make a first step towards leakage simulators that are responsibly engineered.
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BibTeX
@inproceedings{eurocrypt-2022-31883,
  title={A Novel Completeness Test for Leakage Models and its Application to Side Channel Attacks and Responsibly Engineered Simulators},
  publisher={Springer-Verlag},
  author={Si Gao and Elisabeth Oswald},
  year=2022
}