Exploring the relations between fault sensitivity and power consumption

Yang Li, Sho Endo, Nicolas Debande, Naofumi Homma, Takafumi Aoki, Thanh Ha Le, Jean Luc Danger, Kazuo Ohta, Kazuo Sakiyama

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This paper qualitatively explores the relations between two kinds of side-channel leakages, i.e., the fault sensitivity (FS) and the power consumption. The FS is a relatively new active side-channel leakage, while the power consumption is one of the earliest researched passive side-channel leakage. These two side-channels are closely related with regard to both the security evaluation and the countermeasure proposal. This paper experimentally answers the following important issues such as the relationship between these two side-channels, whether they share the same leakage function and whether they can be protected by the same countermeasure. Based on two FPGA AES implementations without countermeasures, we first confirm a high correlation between the power consumption and the FS. Then, we construct the leakage profiles for the FS and the power consumption to explain the detailed relations between them. We also confirm a successful key recovery using the FS profile as the leakage model for power consumption. Based on these discoveries, we believe that FSA can be used as an evaluation tool to find the first-order leakage with less data-complexity, and it is more reasonable to achieve the countermeasures against FSA and power analysis from different design levels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructive Side-Channel Analysis and Secure Design - 4th International Workshop, COSADE 2013, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783642400254
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event4th Workshop on Constructive Side-Channel Analysis and Secure Design, COSADE 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: 2013 Mar 62013 Mar 8

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7864 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other4th Workshop on Constructive Side-Channel Analysis and Secure Design, COSADE 2013


  • AES
  • Side-channel attacks
  • fault sensitivity
  • power consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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