EM attack sensor: Concept, circuit, and design-automation methodology

Noriyuki Miura, Daisuke Fujimoto, Makoto Nagata, Naofumi Homma, Yuichi Hayashi, Takafumi Aoki

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A side-channel attack exploiting EM-field leakage from a cryptographic processor IC is an existing serious threat to our information society. EM radiation during the IC operation is captured by an EM probe and the correlation to the crypto processing is statistically analyzed to reveal the secret information although it is protected in a software (algorithm) domain. This paper presents a reactive hardware (implementation) domain countermeasure against this EM attack, namely EM attack sensor. An on-chIP sensor coil detects EM probe approach and reacts to protect the secret information from the tamper attack. The sensor concept and low-cost digital circuit implementation are reviewed, and the detail of the design-automation methodology highly-compatible to standard EDA tools is presented. A small hardware overhead of the sensor is silicon-proven in an actual 0.18μm CMOS test-chIP implementation together with a 128bit AES crypto core. The test-chIP measurements demonstrate successful sensor operation against the actual EM probe attack.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 52nd ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781450335201
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 24
Event52nd ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2015 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 2015 Jun 82015 Jun 12

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


Conference52nd ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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