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I want to solve this problem but there are 3 known plaintext-ciphertext pairs.

The key of Hill cipher is a 3*3 matrix as k=[k1,k2,3; k4,k5,k6; k7,k8,k9] where the unknown ki={0,1,...25}={A,B,...,Z} can be solved given a sufficient number (at least three are needed) known plaintext-ciphertext pairs. It is given that Ek(sky)=BAA, Ek(sun)=ABA, Ek(hat)=AAB. Find the decryption matrix, that is, the inverse k^-1 of the key matrix K.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to crypto.se! $\;$ Your question is a straight dump of homework, and thus off topic. You are supposed to try solving the problem, and ask us only when you hit an issue, and tell us which. $\;$ As for any problem of this kind, I suggest that you 1) identify appropriate unknowns 2) identify what the givens tell you about these unknowns 3) try to apply your bag of mathematical tools. $\endgroup$ – fgrieu Oct 8 '14 at 12:09
  • $\begingroup$ the problem is that I can solve this problem just for 1 known plaintext-ciphertext pair. and I put all pairs in one matrix and I have doubt that is true or false. $\endgroup$ – teardrop Oct 8 '14 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ No you can't solve this problem with a single known plaintext-ciphertext pair (where plaintext and ciphertext are 3 characters): that's $3\cdot\log_2(26)$ bits worth of information, when the matrix holds nearly $9\cdot\log_2(26)$ bits of information (not quite, because it is known invertible; but close). $\;$ Again, write down what known plaintext-ciphertext pairs tell you about the unknowns; the rest will follow. $\endgroup$ – fgrieu Oct 8 '14 at 12:55

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