Understanding the Limitations and Improving the Relevance of Spice Simulations in Side-Channel Security Evaluations

Provided by: Universite Bordeaux 1
Topic: Security
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Simulation is a very powerful tool for hardware designers. It generally allows the preliminary evaluation of a chip's performances before its final tape out. As security against side-channel attacks is an increasingly important issue for cryptographic devices, simulation also becomes a desirable option for preliminary evaluation in this case. However, its relevance highly depends on the proper modeling of all the attack peculiarities. For example, several works in the literature directly exploit Spice-like simulations without considering measurement peripherals.

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