Static Analysis of Cache Side Channels

04.12.2014, 11:30 – 12:30

2014/12/04 11:30-12:30

Speaker: Prof. Boris Köpf | Location: Hochschulstraße 10 (S2|02), Piloty Building, Room E302, Darmstadt

Organizer: CROSSING, Prof. Mantel


Side-channel attacks recover secret inputs to programs from physical characteristics of computations, such as execution time or power consumption. CPU caches are a particularly rich source of side channels because their behavior heavily impacts execution time and can be monitored in various ways.

CacheAudit is a platform that enables the automatic, static analysis of such cache side channels; it takes as input a program binary and a cache configuration, and it derives formal, quantitative security guarantees for a comprehensive set of side-channel adversaries, namely those based on observing cache states, traces of hits and misses, and execution times.

In this talk will present the foundations and architecture of the CacheAudit platform, and the results we obtain when analyzing library implementations of symmetric cryptosystems such as AES or Salsa. I will also show how CacheAudit can be used for engineering proofs of security of leakage-resilient cryptosystems on platforms with concurrency and caches.