Side-Channel Attacks

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RaT's picture
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Joined: 2008/03/12

I wanted to open up a discussion for side-channel attacks. What does everybody think of them? How big of a risk do you think they pose?

For those unfamiliar, here are a few examples:

Timing Analysis of Keystrokes and Timing Attacks on SSH
Side-Channel Leaks in Web Applications: a Reality Today, a Challenge Tomorrow
The Mathematics of Side-Channel Attacks (video)

Please read the papers if you're not familiar with side-channel attack and then comment. This is kind of a new idea at SX, but I think having discussions on various aspects of hacking/security is important Smile

If there is enough interest, I will dig up and post some more papers on the topic - such as recovering speech from Skype despite it being encrypted Tongue