Side-Channel Attacks on Threshold Implementations Using a Glitch Algebra

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-48965-0_4

Volume 10052 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Vaudenay S. (2016) Side-Channel Attacks on Threshold Implementations Using a Glitch Algebra. In: Foresti S., Persiano G. (eds) Cryptology and Network Security. CANS 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10052. Springer, Cham


Threshold implementations allow to implement circuits using secret sharing in a way to thwart side-channel attacks based on probing or power analysis. It was proven they resist to attacks based on glitches as well. In this report, we show the limitations of these results. Concretely, this approach proves security against attacks which use the average power consumption of an isolated circuit. But there is no security provided against attacks using a non-linear function of the power traces (such as the mean of squares or the majority of a threshold function), and there is no security provided for cascades of circuits, even with the power mean. We take as an example the threshold implementation of the AND function by Nikova, Rechberger, and Rijmen with 3 and 4 shares. We further consider a proposal for higher-order by Bilgin et al.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EPFLLausanneSwitzerland