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Security of Block Ciphers by Yang Li, Yu Sasaki, Kazuo Sakiyama

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Chapter 6Advanced Fault Analysis with Techniques from Cryptanalysis

As introduced in Chapter 5, fault analysis causes a faulty computation during the encryption process. The basic differential fault analysis (DFA) exploits the difference of the correct computation and the faulty computation and recovers the key using the principle of differential cryptanalysis. Once the desired fault is injected to the middle of the computation, the remaining analysis is basically the same as the theoretical cryptanalysis. In fact, many of the techniques developed for the theoretical cryptanalysis can also be used in fault analysis.

On the contrary, fault analysis requires to deal with several problems that do not appear in the theoretical cryptanalysis. For example, in the theoretical differential cryptanalysis, the value of input difference can be chosen by the attacker because the input difference is the one between two plaintexts that are chosen by the attacker in the chosen plaintext attack model. On the other hand, in the DFA, the value of input difference cannot be chosen by the attacker because the fault injection cannot be controlled by the attacker in the random fault model.

The purpose of this chapter is applying the techniques for the theoretical cryptanalysis to fault analysis in order to optimize the attack. There are two approaches of optimizing fault analysis.

  1. Relaxing the fault model: This is very important for fault analysis. To recover the key in practice, the fault model ...

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