Secure Elliptic Curve Exponentiation against RPA, ZRA, DPA, and SPA

Hideyo MAMIYA  Atsuko MIYAJI  Hiroaki MORIMOTO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E89-A   No.8   pp.2207-2215
Publication Date: 2006/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e89-a.8.2207
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Information Security
Keyword: 
elliptic curve exponentiation,  ZPA,  RPA,  DPA,  SPA,  

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Summary: 
In the execution on a smart card, side channel attacks such as the simple power analysis (SPA) and the differential power analysis (DPA) have become serious threat. Side channel attacks monitor the side channel information such as power consumption and even exploit the leakage information related to power consumption to reveal bits of a secret key d although d is hidden inside a smart card. Almost public key cryptosystems including RSA, DLP-based cryptosystems, and elliptic curve cryptosystems execute an exponentiation algorithm with a secret-key exponent, and they thus suffer from both SPA and DPA. In the case of elliptic curve cryptosystems, DPA is improved to the refined power analysis (RPA), which exploits a special point with a zero value and reveals a secret key. RPA is further generalized to zero-value register attack (ZRA). Both RPA and ZRA utilize a special feature of elliptic curves that happens to have a special point or a register used in addition and doubling formulae with a zero value and that the power consumption of 0 is distinguishable from that of a non-zero element. To make the matters worse, some previous efficient countermeasures to DPA are neither resistant to RPA nor ZRA. This paper focuses on elegant countermeasures of elliptic curve exponentiations against RPA, ZRA, DPA and SPA. Our novel countermeasure is easily generalized to be more efficient algorithm with a pre-computed table.