The usage of encryption keys is an important aspect in preserving privacy in communications. Increasingly these communications are protected using SSL/TLS methods. Along with this, there is a general move towards using virtualised infrastructures for hosts and servers. A particular weakness is then with the running memory of a virtual machine, and whether this stores the encryption keys used in the communication. The work in this research has a number of novel contributions, including being the first to discover and crack Cha-Cha20 encryption keys and nonce values in running memory.

  • Start Date:

    1 September 2019

  • End Date:

    29 February 2020

  • Activity Type:

    Externally Funded Research

  • Funder:

    The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance

  • Value:


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