Multiple-Differential Side-Channel Collision Attacks on AES
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- Bogdanov A. (2008) Multiple-Differential Side-Channel Collision Attacks on AES. In: Oswald E., Rohatgi P. (eds) Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems – CHES 2008. CHES 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5154. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
In this paper, two efficient multiple-differential methods to detect collisions in the presence of strong noise are proposed - binary and ternary voting. After collisions have been detected, the cryptographic key can be recovered from these collisions using such recent cryptanalytic techniques as linear  and algebraic  collision attacks. We refer to this combination of the collision detection methods and cryptanalytic techniques as multiple-differential collision attacks (MDCA).
When applied to AES, MDCA using binary voting without profiling requires about 2.7 to 13.2 times less traces than the Hamming-weight based CPA for the same implementation. MDCA on AES using ternary voting with profiling and linear key recovery clearly outperforms CPA by requiring only about 6 online measurements for the range of noise amplitudes where CPA requires from 163 to 6912 measurements. These attacks do not need the S-box to be known. Moreover, neither key nor plaintexts have to be known to the attacker in the profiling stage.