Date of Award

6-2018

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Andrew Danowitz

Abstract

The Keccak Sponge Function is the winner of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) competition to develop the Secure Hash Algorithm-3 Standard (SHA-3). Prior work has developed reference implementations of the algorithm and described the structures necessary to harden the algorithm against power analysis attacks which can weaken the cryptographic properties of the hash algorithm. This work demonstrates the architectural changes to the reference implementation necessary to achieve the theoretical side channel-resistant structures, compare their efficiency and performance characteristics after synthesis and place-and-route when implementing them on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), publish the resulting implementations under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) open source license, and show that the resulting implementations demonstrably harden the sponge function against power analysis attacks.

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