Faculty Advisor

Clark, Andrew


It is becoming increasingly important to secure embedded systems from physical attacks that seek to extract sensitive information. The integrity of electronic devices, with and without countermeasures, are threatened by side-channel attacks. Yet, a standardized procedure for assessing a system’s information leakage is a problem that has not been fully solved. The TVLA methodology, based on Welch’s t-test, is a commonly utilized tool. However, under certain conditions this test may not accurately indicate the security level of an implemented design. A more universal analysis may be desirable in some cases. This MQP will explore the benefits and drawbacks of mutual information applied to power side-channel leakage.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2017


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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