Template Attacks on ECDSA

  • Marcel Medwed
  • Elisabeth Oswald
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-00306-6_2

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5379)
Cite this paper as:
Medwed M., Oswald E. (2009) Template Attacks on ECDSA. In: Chung KI., Sohn K., Yung M. (eds) Information Security Applications. WISA 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5379. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Template attacks have been considered exclusively in the context of implementations of symmetric cryptographic algorithms on 8-bit devices. Within these scenarios, they have proven to be the most powerful attacks. In this article we investigate how template attacks can be applied to implementations of an asymmetric cryptographic algorithm on a 32-bit platform. The asymmetric cryptosystem under scrutiny is the elliptic curve digital signature algorithm (ECDSA). ECDSA is particularly suitable for 32-bit platforms. In this article we show that even SPA resistant implementations of ECDSA on a typical 32-bit platform succumb to template-based SPA attacks. The only way to secure such implementations against template-based SPA attacks is to make them resistant against DPA attacks.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel Medwed
    • 2
    • 3
  • Elisabeth Oswald
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Institute for Applied Information Processing and CommunicationsGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  3. 3.Secure Business Austria (SBA)ViennaAustria

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