[Resource Topic] 2004/100: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Guide to Fault Attacks

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Guide to Fault Attacks

Authors: Hagai Bar-El, Hamid Choukri, David Naccache, Michael Tunstall, Claire Whelan


The effect of faults on electronic systems has been studied
since the 1970s when it was noticed that radioactive
particles caused errors in chips. This led to further research
on the effect of charged particles on silicon, motivated by
the aerospace industry who was becoming concerned about
the effect of faults in airborn electronic systems. Since
then various mechanisms for fault creation and propagation
have been discovered and researched. This paper covers
the various methods that can be used to induce faults
in semiconductors and exploit such errors maliciously. Several
examples of attacks stemming from the exploiting of
faults are explained. Finally a series of countermeasures to
thwart these attacks are described.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2004/100

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