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CRYPTO 2000: Advances in Cryptology — CRYPTO 2000 pp 131-146

Differential Fault Attacks on Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems

Extended Abstract
  • Ingrid Biehl
  • Bernd Meyer
  • Volker Müller
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44598-6_8

Volume 1880 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Biehl I., Meyer B., Müller V. (2000) Differential Fault Attacks on Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems. In: Bellare M. (eds) Advances in Cryptology — CRYPTO 2000. CRYPTO 2000. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 1880. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


In this paper we extend the ideas for differential fault attacks on the RSA cryptosystem (see [4]) to schemes using elliptic curves. We present three different types of attacks that can be used to derive information about the secret key if bit errors can be inserted into the elliptic curve computations in a tamper-proof device. The effectiveness of the attacks was proven in a software simulation of the described ideas.

Key words

Elliptic Curve CryptosystemDifferential Fault Attack
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid Biehl
    • 1
  • Bernd Meyer
    • 2
  • Volker Müller
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of TechnologyDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Siemens AG, Corporate TechnologyMünchenGermany
  3. 3.Universitas Kristen Duta WacanaYogyakartaIndonesia