A Case Study of Side-Channel Analysis Using Decoupling Capacitor Power Measurement with the OpenADC

  • Colin O’Flynn
  • Zhizhang Chen
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37119-6_22

Volume 7743 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
O’Flynn C., Chen Z. (2013) A Case Study of Side-Channel Analysis Using Decoupling Capacitor Power Measurement with the OpenADC. In: Garcia-Alfaro J., Cuppens F., Cuppens-Boulahia N., Miri A., Tawbi N. (eds) Foundations and Practice of Security. FPS 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7743. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

When capturing power measurements for processing with side-channel analysis, there are many options with regards to both how the measurement is taken, and also how that measurement is digitized. This work concentrates on a new technique which measures the current through a decoupling capacitor, with a probe that can easily be built in any electronics lab. In addition an open-source digitizer board is presented, which is specifically designed to measure the signals required for side-channel analysis. The techniques presented in this work facilitate sharing of repeatable measurement techniques: the measurement environment presented can easily be duplicated at a very low cost.

Keywords

side-channel analysis decoupling acquisition case study 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin O’Flynn
    • 1
  • Zhizhang Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada