Construction and Evaluation of a Side-Channel and Fault Testing Station

Degree: Bachelor or Master
Contact Person: Alexander Treff

Field of Research

Physical side-channel attacks require a good knowledge about the device-under-test (DUT), as well as precise timing and positioning.
While a precise timing can be accompanied via the right measurement hardware and appropriate triggers, precise positioning requires a professional testing station that ensures that both the DUT as well as the used probes stay in position.

To obtain repeatable results, the test station should also be resistant to disturbances such as accidentally pushing the table (up to a certain extent) and should allow dismounting and remounting the DUT between experiments.

Project Scope

In this project, we construct an advanced measurement setup to perform precise, predictable and repeatable experiments on a diverse range of hardware (microcontrollers, FPGAs, etc.) where the target device can be positioned in three dimensions.
After compiling a list of needed hardware parts, we'll discuss how to assemble a test station such that it withstands external manipulations (e.g., pushing the table) and how the motors can be controlled remotely via the network, most likely via a REST API.
After construction, we evaluate the test station and optionally perform a few experiments (no prior knowledge about side-channel analysis needed).