Differential computation analysis: hiding your white-box designs is not enough

J.W. Bos, C. Hubain, W. Michiels, P. Teuwen

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Although all current scientific white-box approaches of standardized cryptographic primitives are broken, there is still a large number of companies which sell “secure” white-box products. In this paper, we present a new approach to assess the security of white-box implementations which requires neither knowledge about the look-up tables used nor any reverse engineering effort. This differential computation analysis (DCA) attack is the software counterpart of the differential power analysis attack as applied by the cryptographic hardware community. We developed plugins to widely available dynamic binary instrumentation frameworks to produce software execution traces which contain information about the memory addresses being accessed. To illustrate its effectiveness, we show how DCA can extract the secret key from numerous publicly (non-commercial) available white-box programs implementing standardized cryptography by analyzing these traces to identify secret-key dependent correlations. This approach allows one to extract the secret key material from white-box implementations significantly faster and without specific knowledge of the white-box design in an automated manner.

Originele taal-2Engels
TitelCryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems – CHES 2016
Subtitel18th International Conference, Santa Barbara, California, August 17-19, 2016, Proceedings
RedacteurenB. Gierlichs , A.Y. Poschmann
Plaats van productieDordrecht
Aantal pagina's22
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-662-53139-6
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-662-53140-2
StatusGepubliceerd - 2016
Evenement18th International Conference on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, CHES 2016 - Santa Barbara, Verenigde Staten van Amerika
Duur: 17 aug 201619 aug 2016

Publicatie series

NaamLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN van geprinte versie03029743
ISSN van elektronische versie16113349


Congres18th International Conference on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, CHES 2016
Land/RegioVerenigde Staten van Amerika
StadSanta Barbara


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