SCATTER: A New Dimension in Side-Channel

  • Hugues Thiebeauld
  • Georges Gagnerot
  • Antoine WurckerEmail author
  • Christophe Clavier
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10815)


Side-channel techniques have been progressing over the last few years, leading to the creation of a variety of statistical tools, aiming at extracting secrets handled in cryptographic algorithms. Noticeably, the vast majority of side-channel techniques requires to get the traces aligned together prior to applying statistics. This prerequisite turns out to be challenging in the practical realization of attacks as implementations tend to include hardware or software countermeasures to increase this difficulty. This is typically achieved by adding random jitters or random executions with fake operations. In this paper, we introduce the new side-channel technique scatter, whose potential is to tackle alignment issues. By construction, scatter brings an additional dimension and opens the door to a large set of potential new attack techniques. The effectiveness of scatter has been proven on both simulated traces and real world secure products. In summary scatter is a new side-channel technique offering a valuable alternative when the trace alignment represents an issue. Furthermore, scatter represents a suitable option for low-cost attacks, as the requirements in terms of equipment and expertise are significantly reduced.


Side-channel Scatter Mutual information Pearson chi-squared 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.eshardMartillacFrance
  2. 2.Université de Limoges, XLIM-CNRSLimogesFrance

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