An efficient DPA countermeasure for the EtaT pairing algorithm over GF(2n) based on random value addition

Seog Chung Seo, Dong Guk Han, Seokhie Hong

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This paper presents an efficient differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasure for the EtaT pairing algorithm over GF(2n). The proposed algorithm is based on a random value addition (RVA) mechanism. An RVAbased DPA countermeasure for the EtaT pairing computation over GF(3n) was proposed in 2008. This paper examines the security of this RVA-based DPA countermeasure and defines the design principles for making the countermeasure more secure. Finally, the paper proposes an efficient RVA-based DPA countermeasure for the secure computation of the EtaT pairing over GF(2n). The proposed countermeasure not only overcomes the security flaws in the previous RVAbased method but also exhibits the enhanced performance. Actually, on the 8-bit ATmega128L and 16-bit MSP430 processors, the proposed method can achieve almost 39% and 43% of performance improvements, respectively, compared with the best-known countermeasure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-790
Number of pages11
JournalETRI Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct


  • Differential power analysis
  • Efficient countermeasure
  • Eta pairing computation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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