Talk:GID Key

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Would this be vulnerable to a cold boot attack?


I really doubt the AES key is ever in memory. This is an attack against drive encryption, not hardware coprocessors. Fault analysis or timing would be our best bet.


Unless you can cause read faults by browning out the chip or the ROM is external, you can't use fault analysis. And if the ROM is external, it would probably be easier to unsolder it and read it directly.


it isn't external


Then the only way to do fault analysis would be to poke around on the chip directly. Is it known whether the die is face-down or face-up on the PCB?


this sounds like a job for leet hacking super hero TA Mobile!


Hopefully the amount of time varies from encrypt to encrypt, although I believe most AES engines are fixed in time.

Browning out the chip is more what I was thinking. Probing the chip is far beyond my abilities, but I could brown the chip out for a clock cycle or two and determine where in the pipeline I am. I would need to know a lot more about the coprocessor design. It is standard? HDL model out there?


According to Wikipedia, the known timing attacks for AES are *cache* timing attacks. This won't work if the hardware crypto engine has one-cycle read access to its ROM, and I know of no reason why it wouldn't.

side-channel attack

Some super-smart guy should try that --M2m 09:53, 12 March 2012 (MDT)


I think we should list the keys for all processors here. Anyone agree? --5urd 16:29, 17 June 2012 (MDT)

The problem is that nobody knows the GID Key. Or were you talking about the derived key 0x837? For key 0x837 we don't need to list all, because only the S5L8900-one is useful. Is there anything else you would want to list here? --http 00:54, 18 June 2012 (MDT)
Is there any possible way to dump it? (Debug the decryption engine?) Or is it encrypted itself? --5urd 16:41, 18 June 2012 (MDT)
See all the comments here. Many have tried. It's in the hardware and even there protected so that you cannot simply extract it with usual techniques (x-ray etc). Best chances to get it are side-channel attacks. Maybe open the chip, attach some internal lines and run the engine with different values and see what happens with the probe. That requires enormous costs (many destroyed phones, probing hardware, etc.). There are specialized companies (Flylogic?) that tried such things already without success or nobody had the money to pay them. --http 23:28, 18 June 2012 (MDT)
To extend this old topic, I have an original iPhone if anyone knows how to run the AES engine for S5L8900. --iAdam1n (talk) 16:59, 15 October 2014 (UTC)