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Stealthy Compromise of Wireless Sensor Nodes with Power Analysis Attacks

  • Giacomo de Meulenaer
  • François-Xavier Standaert
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 45)

Abstract

Node capture is considered as one of the most critical issues in the security of wireless sensor networks. A popular approach to thwart the problem relies on the detection of events that arise during the attack such as the removal of a node for instance. However, certain attacks, such as side-channel attacks, might be furtive and defeat this type of defense. This work clarifies this question by performing a case study of power analysis attacks on AES and ECC implementations on two common types of nodes: the MICAz and the TelosB. From our experiments, the attacks can be carried out in a stealthy manner. As a result, stealthy node compromises should be considered when securing wireless sensor networks. Also, the moderate complexity of our attacks underlines the importance of low-cost side-channel countermeasures for sensor nodes.

Keywords

Wireless Sensor Networks Node Compromise Power Analysis Attacks 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giacomo de Meulenaer
    • 1
  • François-Xavier Standaert
    • 1
  1. 1.UCL Crypto GroupLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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