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Design and security evaluation of balanced 1-of-n circuits

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Frank Burns, Dr Alex Bystrov, Dr Albert Koelmans, Professor Alex Yakovlev


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A new design flow for security is presented. Cryptographic circuit specifications are first refined and then mapped to a secure power-balanced library consisting of novel mixed 1-of-2 and 1-of-4 components based on N-nary logic. Logic optimisation tools are then applied to generate secure synchronous circuits for layout generation. The circuits generated are more efficient than balanced circuits generated by alternative techniques. A new method is presented for evaluating the security of such circuits. A security metric is introduced, which is based on the common selection function that is widely used in differential power analysis (DPA) attacks and a correlation measure similar to the one used in correlation power analysis (CPA) attacks. The metric enables the construction of a library of robust cryptograhic components including S-boxes that are more resistant to attack.

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Author(s): Burns F, Bystrov A, Koelmans A, Yakovlev A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IET Computers and Digital Techniques

Year: 2012

Volume: 6

Issue: 2

Pages: 125-135

Print publication date: 01/03/2012

ISSN (print): 1751-8601

ISSN (electronic): 1751-861X

Publisher: The Institution of Engineering and Technology


DOI: 10.1049/iet-cdt.2010.0042


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