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Paper: Towards Micro-Architectural Leakage Simulators: Reverse Engineering Micro-Architectural Leakage Features is Practical

Authors:
Si Gao , University of Klagenfurt
Elisabeth Oswald , University of Klagenfurt
Dan Page , University of Bristol
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Conference: EUROCRYPT 2022
Abstract: Leakage simulators offer the tantalising promise of easy and quick testing of software with respect to the presence of side channel leakage. The quality of their build in leakage models is therefore crucial, this includes the faithful inclusion of micro-architectural leakage. Microarchitectural leakage is a reality even on low- to mid-range commercial processors, such as the ARM Cortex M series. Dealing with it seems initially infeasible in a grey box setting: how should we describe it if micro-architectural elements are not publicly known? We demonstrate, for the first time, that it is feasible, using a recent leakage modelling technique, to reverse engineer significant elements of the micro-architectural leakage of a commercial processor. Our approach first recovers the micro-architectural leakage of each stage in the pipeline, and the leakage of elements that are known to produce glitches. Using the reverse engineered leakage features we build an enhanced version of the popular leakage simulator ELMO.
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BibTeX
@inproceedings{eurocrypt-2022-31884,
  title={Towards Micro-Architectural Leakage Simulators: Reverse Engineering Micro-Architectural Leakage Features is Practical},
  publisher={Springer-Verlag},
  author={Si Gao and Elisabeth Oswald and Dan Page},
  year=2022
}