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A Note on Fault Attacks Against Deterministic Signature Schemes (Short Paper)

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Providing sound and fault resilient signature schemes is of crucial importance for the realization of modern secure embedded systems. In this context, the use of standardized discrete logarithm signature primitives such as DSA and ECDSA has been proven frail with respect to failures in the RNG subsystem of a device, leading to the design of deterministic schemes. In this work we analyze the resistance of deterministic signature primitives to fault attacks. We devise an attack strategy relying on a relaxed fault model and show how to efficiently derive the secret key of the deterministic version of both DSA and ECDSA, employing a single correct-faulty signature pair, while we show that the EdDSA algorithm shows structural resistance against such attacks.


  • Elliptic Curve
  • Signature Scheme
  • Fault Model
  • Fault Injection
  • Input Message

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This work was supported in part by the EU grant awarded for the action “Safe Cooperating Cyber-Physical Systems using Wireless Communication – SafeCOP” (ECSEL JU 2015-RIA). Grant agreement no. 692529.

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Barenghi, A., Pelosi, G. (2016). A Note on Fault Attacks Against Deterministic Signature Schemes (Short Paper). In: Ogawa, K., Yoshioka, K. (eds) Advances in Information and Computer Security. IWSEC 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 9836. Springer, Cham.

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