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To emphasize that this isn't a generically good construction, we can show that AES with that tweak method is insecure (!). This observation is based on a simple 1 round differential characteristic; it starts off with a differential in one of the bytes, and a carefully chosen differential in the tweak. With this initial differential, after the AddRoundKey ...


This construction isn't generically secure, you need to analyze it for each blockcipher you want to use it with to see if it's secure. For example, consider a block cipher that simply xors the key into the state between rounds. In that case your construction is equivalent to xoring the tweak into the key. This has several consequences: Since we generally ...

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