Differential fault attacks on elliptic curve cryptosystems

Ingrid Biehl, Bernd Meyer, Volker Müller

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In this paper we extend the ideas for differential fault attacks on the RSA cryptosystem (see [4]) to schemes using elliptic curves. We present three different types of attacks that can be used to derive information about the secret key if bit errors can be inserted into the elliptic curve computations in a tamper-proof device. The effectiveness of the attacks was proven in a software simulation of the described ideas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Cryptology - CRYPTO 2000 - 20th Annual International Cryptology Conference, Proceedings
EditorsMihir Bellare
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783540445982
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Annual International Cryptology Conference, CRYPTO 2000 - Santa Barbara, United States of America
Duration: 20 Aug 200024 Aug 2000

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th Annual International Cryptology Conference, CRYPTO 2000
CountryUnited States of America
CitySanta Barbara


  • Differential fault attack
  • Elliptic curve cryptosystem

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