I am aware of the vulnerabilities of simple xor ciphers and recently I came across a block cipher that claims to solve those vulnerabilities.
The cipher goes as follows with both the block and key sizes at 256-bits.
The key is separated into chunks of length 1 bit. Every bit in the plaintext is xored with every key chunk.
For example assume that the first bit of the plaintext is 1. Say that the key is 10100101010010101... The operation that takes place is:
1 xor 1 = 0 0 xor 0 = 0 0 xor 1 = 1 1 xor 0 = 1 1 xor 0 = 1
This continues until the end of the key and the result becomes the first bit of the ciphertext.
My question is, is this really as secure as advertised? If not why?