Differential Power Analysis in the Presence of Hardware Countermeasures

  • Christophe Clavier
  • Jean-Sébastien Coron
  • Nora Dabbous
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1965)


The silicon industry has lately been focusing on side channel attacks, that is attacks that exploit information that leaks from the physical devices. Although different countermeasures to thwart these at- tacks have been proposed and implemented in general, such protections do not make attacks infeasible, but increase the attacker’s experimental (data acquisition) and computational (data processing) workload beyond reasonable limits. This paper examines different ways to attack devices featuring random process interrupts and noisy power consumption.


Power analysis smart card hardware countermeasure random process interrupt 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christophe Clavier
    • 1
  • Jean-Sébastien Coron
    • 1
  • Nora Dabbous
    • 2
  1. 1.Gemplus Card InternationalGemenosFrance
  2. 2.Gemplus Card InternationalFrance

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