On Smart Cards Security

Dec 5, 2010

This is the brief talk by Ilya Levin during the rump session at the Asiacrypt 2010 conference, which was held at Swissôtel Merchat Court, Singapore.

Ilya based the talk on the example of Cryptoflex smart cards broken back in early 2005.

These now–legacy smart cards had a severe vulnerability. This vulnerability also affected other smart cards based on the same technology.

In the talk, Ilya described a developed attack on a card to extract a cryptographic secret and private keys.

Another intention of this presentation was to bring public attention to a class of simple attacks. These understudied and unfairly ignored attacks do not need any specific equipment to target secure hardware.

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