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Education and Innovation in Embedded Systems Design

USI Università della Svizzera italiana, USI Faculty of Informatics, Advanced Learning and Research Institute USI Università della Svizzera italiana USI Faculty of Informatics USI Advanced Learning and Research Institute
TitleFault attacks, injection techniques and tools for simulation
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPiscitelli, R., S. Bhasin, and F. Regazzoni
Conference Name10th International Conference on Design Technology of Integrated Systems in Nanoscale Era DTIS 2015
Date Published04/2015
Conference LocationNaples, Italy
ISBN Number978-1-4799-1999-4
Accession Number15220356
Keywordsfault attacks robustness, fault resilience, injection techniques, secure devices, security, security of data

Faults attacks are a serious threat to secure devices, because they are powerful and they can be performed with extremely cheap equipment. Resistance against fault attacks is often evaluated directly on the manufactured devices, as commercial tools supporting fault evaluation do not usually provide the level of details needed to assert the security of a device. Early identification of weak points would instead be very useful as it would allow to immediately apply the appropriate countermeasures directly at design time. Moving towards this goal, in this work, we survey existing fault attacks and techniques for injecting faults, and we analyze the suitability of existing electronic design automaton commodities for estimating resistance against fault attacks. Our exploration, which includes the type of attacks that can be simulated and the limitations of each considered simulation approach, is an initial step towards the development of a complete framework for asserting fault attack robustness