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Univariate Side Channel Attacks and Leakage Modeling

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Executive Summary

Differential power analysis is a powerful cryptanalytic technique that exploits information leaking from physical implementations of cryptographic algorithms. During the two last decades numerous variations of the original principle have been published. In particular, the univariate case, where a single instantaneous leakage is exploited, has attracted much research effort. In this paper, the authors argue that several univariate attacks among the most frequently used by the community are not only asymptotically equivalent, but can also be rewritten one in function of the other, only by changing the leakage model used by the adversary. In particular, they prove that most univariate attacks proposed in the literature can be expressed as correlation power analyses with different leakage models.

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