Improving Security of SPN-Type Block Cipher Against Fault Attack

  • Gitika Maity
  • Sunanda Jana
  • Moumita Mantri
  • Jaydeb Bhaumik
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 470)


Differential fault attack (DFA) is the most popular technique often used to attack physical implementation of block cipher by introducing a computational error. In this paper, a new modified SPN-type architecture has been proposed which provides better resistance against fault attack compared to AES. The proposed architecture is similar to AES architecture except round key mixing function. A nonlinear vectorial Boolean function called Nmix is used to mix the round key with round output, which is a 16-bit mixing operation. 128-bit 10th round key is retrieved using 24 faulty–fault-free ciphertext pairs by injecting a fault at the input of 9th round, before sub-byte operation. It needs computation complexity of \(2^{53}\) which is much greater compared to original AES to find 128 bit of 10th round key.


Fault attack Block cipher Substitution and permutation network Nonlinear Boolean function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gitika Maity
    • 1
  • Sunanda Jana
    • 1
  • Moumita Mantri
    • 2
  • Jaydeb Bhaumik
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of CSEHaldia Institute of TechnologyHaldiaIndia
  2. 2.Department of ITHaldia Institute of TechnologyHaldiaIndia
  3. 3.Department of ECEHaldia Institute of TechnologyHaldiaIndia

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