Questions tagged [side-channel]

A side channel attack is an attack that deduces secret information from environmental observations such as timing or power consumption.

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Meltdown and Spectre Attacks

Canonical question regarding the 2018 Jan. disclosed Meltdown and Spectre Attacks. Other identical or significantly similar questions should be closed as a duplicate of this one. Main concerns What ...
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RSA key recovery using sound - How does it work?

A very interesting Debian security advisory was released yesterday. Genkin, Shamir and Tromer discovered that RSA key material could be extracted by using the sound generated by the computer ...
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Should I worry about remote timing attacks on string comparison? [duplicate]

Say we have a Java web application which uses a shared secret to verify the identity of the client. The secret is stored on the server, and the client transmits the secret over SSL where it is checked:...
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How does the side channel actually access the contents of kernel memory in Meltdown?

In the Meltdown paper it mentions it can identify kernel memory address being accessed. The part I don't understand is how the FLUSH+RELOAD channel works to identify what the contents of the memory ...
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Keyboards immune to signal monitoring?

Reading a couple questions and answers here recently got me to thinking. Wireless keyboards run the inherent risk of exposing their data due to the relatively broad transmission range, and the ease ...
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How can I prevent side-channel attacks against authentication?

After reading this excellent answer, I learned about the existence of side-channel attacks. From the code example provided, it is possible to determine the correct password by timing the code when ...
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Timing Safe String Comparison - Avoiding Length Leak

Let's say that we're building a generic timing-safe comparison function for general purpose use. Making it so that it is safe when both strings are equal length is pretty well known. However, what I'm ...
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Detect non HTTP packets using port 80

We are currently doing port whitelisting on our firewalls which is working well but this of course does not prevent the implementation of side channels or the misuse of these ports for other purposes. ...
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Are servers that do not implement time services vulnerable to clock skew attacks?

An article describes clock skew attack possibilities §§: These can be attacked by repeatedly connecting to the hidden service, causing its CPU load, hence temperature, to increase and so ...
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Could always-listening mobile apps secretly spy on conversations?

Various apps and services available on modern smartphones constantly listen with the mic (e.g. Siri or Google Assistant listening for wake word, "Now Playing" feature on Pixel phones). To settle user ...
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security of AES where attacker can ask secure code to decrypt arbitrary cypher-text

A service or library provides a function decrypt( user_id, cypher_text) and gives back plain text. Internally to the function it loads an AES key from a secure vault, decrypts the cypher_text, and ...