Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Upcoming Seminar: Andreas Zankl

  • Tuesday, October 11 at 2pm in AK 218:

    Towards Efficient Evaluation of a Time-Driven Cache Attack on Modern Processors
    Presenter: Andreas Zankl (Fraunhofer AISEC)

    Abstract:
    Software implementations of block ciphers are widely used to perform critical operations such as disk encryption or TLS traffic protection. To speed up cipher execution, many implementations rely on pre-computed lookup tables, which makes them vulnerable to cache-timing attacks on modern processors. For time-driven attacks, the overall execution time of a cipher is sufficient to recover the secret key. Testing cryptographic software on actual hardware is consequently essential for vulnerability and risk assessment. In this work, we investigate the efficient and robust evaluation of cryptographic software on modern processors under a time-driven attack. Using a practical case study, we discuss necessary adaptations to the original attack and identify promising new micro-architectural side-channels for it. To leverage the leakage of
    multiple side-channels, we propose a simple, heuristic way to combine their corresponding attacks. As an additional benefit, combined attacks simplify a comprehensive evaluation of cryptographic software across multiple different processors. We finally formulate practical evaluation suggestions based on the results of our case study.

Applied Cryptology Seminar
The seminar features presentations of hot topics within the
interdisciplinary field of cyber-security.

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