A New Type of Timing Attack: Application to GPS

@inproceedings{Cathalo2003ANT,
  title={A New Type of Timing Attack: Application to GPS},
  author={Julien Cathalo and François Koeune and Jean-Jacques Quisquater},
  booktitle={CHES},
  year={2003}
}
We investigate side-channel attacks where the attacker only needs the Hamming weights of several secret exponents to guess a longterm secret. Such weights can often be recovered by SPA, EMA, or simply timing attack. We apply this principle to propose a timing attack on the GPS identification scheme. We consider implementations of GPS where the running time of the exponentiation (commitment phase) leaks the exponent’s Hamming weight, which is typical of a square and multiply algorithm for… CONTINUE READING

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