Faculty Advisor

Eisenbarth, Thomas

Project Center

MITRE-Bedford, Massachusetts


Power side-channel attacks are a growing concern as they allow attackers to extract sensitive information from digital systems with low-cost equipment and minimal knowledge about a device’s inner functions. Though countermeasures are available to ASIC designers, these do not completely guarantee side-channel security, and therefore must be validated in the lab post-fabrication. The goal of this project is to verify the efficacy of simulation tools PSCARE & GLIFT to perform simulated power side-channel attacks upon such designs. Verification will be done via comparison of simulations of Advanced Encryption Standard to corresponding measurements of physical implementations on a SASEBO. Successful verification will allow for simulation of power side-channel information leakage at design-time.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2013


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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