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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
TitlePhysical attacks, introduction and application to embedded processors
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRegazzoni, F.
Conference Name10th International Conference on Design Technology of Integrated Systems in Nanoscale Era DTIS 2015
Date Published06/2015
Conference LocationNapoli, Italy
ISBN Number978-1-4799-1999-4
Accession Number15220365
Keywordscryptography, embedded processors, embedded systems, microprocessors chips, physical attacks

Physical attacks exploit the physical weaknesses of cryptographic devices to reveal the secret information stored on them. Successful attacks demonstrated in the past were both active, when the adversary tampers with the device to alter its normal behavior, or passive, when the adversary monitors side channels to infer the secret key. In view of this increasingly relevant problem, this talk introduces the most powerful physical attacks presented in the past and highlights state of the art countermeasures, focusing in particular on the embedded systems' scenario.