Radiation-induced cryptographic failures and how to defend against them presented at Kiwicon 2016

by Peter Gutmann,

Summary : It's been known for some years now that encryption can be highly susceptible to fault attacks in which a memory or CPU glitch leads to a catastrophic failure of security. These types of faults occur mostly in conference papers, but there's one situation in which they're expected as part of normal operations: When the crypto is operated in a high-radiation environment like a nuclear reactor. This talk looks at the effects of radiation on computer security mechanisms (and computers in general), and outlines means of protecting crypto in environments where you need to expect data and computation results to modify themselves at random.
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