Mobile Threat Catalogue

Power Glitching


Threat Category: USIM / SIM / UICC security

ID: STA-37

Threat Description: Power glitching microprocessors are designed to operate from a stable voltage wherein interruptions of the power supply are likely to crash running applications or reset the circuit. A power glitch will affect both the stored and the threshold values. Different internal capacities will cause the values to be influenced differently, possibly resulting in a misinterpretation of the actual value.

Threat Origin

A Review of Smartcard Security Issues 1

Exploit Examples

Not Applicable

CVE Examples

Not Applicable

Possible Countermeasures


  1. H. Ko and R. Caytiles, “A Review of Smartcard Security Issues,” Journal of Security Engineering, 8, no. 3 (2011): 6. [accessed 10/11/21]