The tale of discovering a side channel in secure message transmission systems
Secure message transmission (SMT) systems provide information theoretic security for point-to-point message transmission in networks that are partially controlled by an adversary. This is the story of a research project that aimed to implement a flavour of SMT protocols that uses "path hopping" with the goal of quantifying the real-life efficiency of the system, and while failing to achieve this initial goal, let to the discovery a side-channel that affects the security of a wide range of SMT implementations.