Lightweight Countermeasure to Differential-Plaintext Attacks on Permutation Ciphers

  • Matthew LewandowskiEmail author
  • Srinivas Katkoori
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 574)


Many lightweight permutation based block ciphers have emerged for the use of encryption and security in the Internet of Things (IoT). However, recent work has shown a critical vulnerability in these ciphers due to the employment of static permutation networks in their architectures; Side-Channel Analysis and Differntial-Plaintext Attack (SCADPA) can be effectively performed on any cipher utilizing permutation networks. In this work, we present a lightweight solution for combating SCADPA. We demonstrate how this countermeasure can be employed on existing ciphers using the lightweight IoT PRESENT-80 cipher, providing multiple architectural implementations, and comparing the performance of these modified architectures against the unaltered PRESENT-80 cipher. Additionally, we analyze how this countermeasure impacts the resilience for all permutation ciphers when considering this attack scheme and provide alternative implementations and possible enhancements.


Ciphers Countermeasures Differential-Plaintext Attack Encryption Permutation networks Side-Channel Analysis SCADPA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

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