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CAPEC-624: Hardware Fault Injection

Attack Pattern ID: 624
Abstraction: Meta
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+ Description
The adversary uses disruptive signals or events, or alters the physical environment a device operates in, to cause faulty behavior in electronic devices. This can include electromagnetic pulses, laser pulses, clock glitches, ambient temperature extremes, and more. When performed in a controlled manner on devices performing cryptographic operations, this faulty behavior can be exploited to derive secret key information.
+ Alternate Terms

Term: Side-Channel Attack

+ Likelihood Of Attack


+ Typical Severity


+ Relationships
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+ Prerequisites
Physical access to the system
The adversary must be cognizant of where fault injection vulnerabilities exist in the system in order to leverage them for exploitation.
+ Skills Required
[Level: High]
Adversaries require non-trivial technical skills to create and implement fault injection attacks. Although this style of attack has become easier (commercial equipment and training classes are available to perform these attacks), they usual require significant setup and experimentation time during which physical access to the device is required.
+ Resources Required

The relevant sensors and tools to detect and analyze fault/side-channel data from a system.

A tool capable of injecting fault/side-channel data into a system or application.

+ Consequences
Section HelpThis table specifies different individual consequences associated with the attack pattern. The Scope identifies the security property that is violated, while the Impact describes the negative technical impact that arises if an adversary succeeds in their attack. The Likelihood provides information about how likely the specific consequence is expected to be seen relative to the other consequences in the list. For example, there may be high likelihood that a pattern will be used to achieve a certain impact, but a low likelihood that it will be exploited to achieve a different impact.
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Bypass Protection Mechanism
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Execute Unauthorized Commands
+ Mitigations
Implement robust physical security countermeasures and monitoring.
+ Notes


Considerable effort on the part of the adversary is often required in order to detect and analyze fault/side channel data.
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
(Version 2.7)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Modification DateModifierOrganization
(Version 2.10)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Alternate_Terms, Attack_Motivation-Consequences, Attack_Prerequisites, Attacker_Skills_or_Knowledge_Required, Description Summary, Other_Notes, Resources_Required, Solutions_and_Mitigations, Typical_Likelihood_of_Exploit, Typical_Severity
(Version 2.11)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Attack_Prerequisites
(Version 3.3)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated @Name, Consequences, Related_Weaknesses
(Version 3.4)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Related_Weaknesses
(Version 3.8)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Description, Related_Weaknesses
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(Version 3.3)
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