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Differential cryptanalysis is a form of cryptanalysis which studies cryptographic algorithms by observing how differences in input affect differences in output.

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Security of an S-box based on modular multplicative inverse

The construction of Rijndael's S-box starts with the multiplicative inverses of each number over a finite field. It seems like this is the main source of its non-linearity. I figured that modular ...
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Why is variable rotation uncommon in cryptographic primitives?

Most cryptographic primitives I've seen rotate by a constant. RC5 did something different though: For a word size $w=2^n$, you can take the last $n$ bits of a value as a rotation amount. There's more ...
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Minimum difference collision metric

Take a hash function $H$. There will be pairs of messages of the same length $M,M'$ for which $M\ne M',H(M)=H(M')$. Let $P(x)$ be a function counts the number of $1$s in $x$. $d=P(M\oplus M')$, or ...
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If we use another irreducible polynomial for AES how can we show it is still resistant to DCA and LCA?

AES has been rigorously tested against all known attacks. However, I believe there are 30 suitable irreducible polynomials that could be used for AES. If we were to change the current irreducible poly ...
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How can one construct the weakest S-box ever?

Is it possible to come up with an NxN S-box which would have a difference distribution table with N entries of 100% probability? I am studying the properties of S-boxes and I don't quite understand ...
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What is a differential trail?

From what I could find it relates input differences to output differences usually across multiple rounds. But is it the entire probability distribution over all output differences for one input ...
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Differential or Truncated Differential Attack On Small Cipher

The cipher given below is a 16-bit toy cipher which uses 8-bit sbox and 2x2 byte Matrix. The Key $k_0$ and $k_1$ are $\oplus$ with the data. The multiplication with matrix is performed in $GF(2^8)$ ...
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What is an advantage of MDS matrices in block ciphers?

I saw the several articles about MDS matrices. They said that, one goal of MDS matrices is to protect the block ciphers against linear and differential attacks. My question is: For example in the ...
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Signal-to-noise ratio in differential cryptanalysis

What does signal-to-noise ratio mean in the context of differential cryptanalysis, and how can one use it to derive the number of required plaintext pairs to carry out a successful attack?
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Determining number of required plaintext pairs for differential cryptanalysis

When carrying differential analysis of a SPN network, how can one determine the number of required plaintext for the attack to be successful with high probability?
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Does this approach on MEDP take into account the multiple differential trails?

I was reading this (chapter 3.1) paper, and the author proposed this method to calculate the MEDP on 2-round AES: I cannot fully understand what he is doing but it seems like it iterating over all ...
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What is the meaning of Maximum Expected Differential/Linear Probability (MEDP/MELP)?

I was reading this paper which has a lot of references to the terms MEDP and MELP. Even though i think i got the general meaning, I could not verify that it is indeed correct. For the MEDP, I would ...
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How is the SHA-1 collision detector so fast?

The google collision website shattered.it refers to a collision detector: https://github.com/cr-marcstevens/sha1collisiondetection. It claims a false positive rate of $2^{-90}$ and to take less then ...
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Differential trails in FEAL-8

In this paper the authors describe a differential attack against FEAL-8. They find several short differential trails, then extend the attack to the full 8-Rounds of the cipher by algebraic means. In ...
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In differential cryptanalysis for DES, why is F(0…0) assumed to be always 0…0?

In this paper about differential cryptanalysis, an attack on 2n-Round DES is described. The attack is all about finding certain inputs for DES rounds, for which ...
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What is the difference between strong/weak alignment?

In this answer there is the mention of "weak alignment", followed by an indication that it is related to "resistance to truncated differential cryptanalysis". What exactly is the difference between ...
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Is the difference distribution table of AES S-box uniform?

I am studying about various block ciphers and their weaknesses, so I have a doubt about AES S-boxes, Is the difference distribution table of AES uniform ?
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Can I use a differential that can be traced through the whole cipher with 100% probability?

I'm trying to attack a very simple cipher using differential cryptanalysis as a way of becoming familiar with this method. The cipher is so simple that I've found a differential which I can trace ...
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What is the point of differential cryptanalysis when the amount of necessary plaintext is unrealistic?

As someone with a non-crypto background, I learned that differential cryptanalysis is mostly weak against ciphers like DES because, being a chosen plaintext attack, for a state of art complexity of $2^...
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Countering Cryptographic Attacks

By reading Camellia Design and Analysis document following is my understanding about few cryptographic attacks from designer point of view. Differential and Linear Crypt-analysis. Number of Active S-...
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Differential & linear characteristics for integer multiplication

What are the probabilities of differential & linear characteristics for the function that XORs the high and low bits from a $n \times n \rightarrow 2n$ bit multiplication? I remember reading ...
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differential cryptanalysis cipher for the final round

I have a problem to find the sub-key. The system is… For each round, we make the following stage: We add the round key $K_i$. Substitution : we have 8 blocks of 4 bits, and an S-box takes each ...
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Why is the permutation in AES (and other ciphers) not random or key-dependent?

If the permutation in AES (or other ciphers) were randomly generated or dependent on the key, would it not be stronger against differential attacks? If this is so, then might we need fewer rounds for ...
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Best differential characteristic for this PRF

Consider the following construction of a PRF $F: \{0,1\}^{128} \times \{0,1\}^{64} \to \{0,1\}^{64}$ on 64-bit messages and 128-bit keys. Define $f:\{0,1\}^3 \to \{0,1\}$ by $$f(c,x,y) = \begin{...
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Differential bound of the S-Box in GOST R34.11-2012

In Russian GOST R34.11-2012 LPS-transformation is used. LPS gets all of its non-linearity from the 8-bit S-box S, which apparently has been designed to offer resistance against classical methods of ...
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Differential Cryptanalysis for Hash functions

How is differential cryptanalysis used to attack hash functions? I've been struggling through a couple academic papers and thesis's on the subject but they all sound like greek to me. Does anyone know ...
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Finding differentials and space complexity

Most of article about differential cryptanalysis present the generic method, the way to find sub keys. But I can't find a clear explanation about how to find the differentials used in examples. In ...
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Differential Cryptanalysis [closed]

How do I find the differential characteristics using techniques Shrinking ? How do I extract the key on Differential Cryptanalysis using the technique Shrinking in Blockcipher Algorithm? Shrinking ...
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How to build a difference distribution table?

i am studying about differential cryptanalysis, and found one metric to measure the resistance of a sbox to it, but to use it, it is necessary to build a difference distribution table, like the one in ...
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What is the complexity for attacking 3DES in linear or differential cryptanalysis?

I know that 3DES is NOT vulnerable to DC , LC . But is it because the attacks requires too many input\output pairs ? Or because it's impossible ? (i.e requires more than 2^64 pair )
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What makes this mixer function resistant to differential cryptanalysis?

I recently learned how differential cryptanalysis works, and decided to have a play around with testing various designs for resistance against attack. My testing algorithm is essentially to loop ...
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Differential Fault Analysis of AES

Let's say: an error is induced into an implementation of the AES-128 to produce a faulty ciphertext. The error is a one-byte eror and is always induced on the last state byte, during round9, before ...
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Performing differential cryptanalysis for randomly generated S-boxes

As far as I know, performing differential or linear cryptanalysis always requires a knowledge of the S-boxes' content and order. Yet in Bruce Schneier's Applied Cryptography, it is stated that random ...
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How do we find the subkey out of a differential cryptanalysis?

I understand the differential cryptanalysis up to the "finding the last subkey" part. If XORing with the key doesn't change the differentials, how can testing different key affect the equations we ...
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SHA-1 collision resistance

I'm researching on the SHA-1 algorithm and looking for reasons why it has fallen prey to differential cryptanalysis. I have read the research papers by Merc Stevens and Wang both of which describe how ...
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DES with the bitwise complement of a key

I was reading upon Biham and Shamir's paper and a fact has been presented over there: if $ P_1 = \bar P_2$ and I choose a key $K_1 = \bar K_2$ then in that case $$T_1 = DES(P_1, K_1)$$ $$T_2 = DES(...
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Comparing Difference Distribution Tables

I have been studying the Diff. Cryptanalysis and finding it hard to do a problem. The problem is I have calculated the tables programmatically and found that the second table has a max value of 6 ...
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Is TripleDES 168bit vulnerable to Differential Cryptanalysis?

I was reading this paper. In the table-1 of the paper it says TripleDES (showing both 128bit and 168bit keysize) is vulnerable to Differential Cryptanalysis. It also says that AES (showing all three ...
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Two-dimensional S-Box

Consider the following simple cipher: $$c_1 = S(m_1 \oplus k_1) \oplus k_2$$ Where $S$ is S-box, $m_1$ - 16-bit plain text, $k_1$ and $k_2$ is two parts of 16-bit key. If S-box is standard then this ...
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Applying differential cryptanalysis to ciphers with addition mod $2^{32}$

I am studying differential analysis and have a question. Consider the following simple cipher: $$c_1 = S(m_1 \oplus k_1) \oplus k_2$$ (Plaintext $m_1$ xor with key $K_1$, then result goes into an S-...
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Cryptanalysis and weaknesses of SEED cipher

I've discovered that a client has SEED enabled in their SSL ciphers, and would like to know a bit more about it from a security perspective. The Wikipedia article doesn't mention any flaws, yet I've ...
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Difference between linear cryptanalysis and differential cryptanalysis

What is the main difference between linear cryptanalysis and differential cryptanalysis? For example in relation to DES?
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How to prove a cipher resistant to differential cryptanalysis?

How do you prove that a cipher is resistant to differential cryptanalysis? It's said that Rijndael has been proven resistance to differential cryptanalysis. How do cryptographers do that?
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differential and linear cryptanalysis

I have been reading about differential and linear cryptanalysis. They were mainly introduced by Adi Shamir and Biham to show weakness of DES. However, many of articles state that they have been ...
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S-box with differential uniformity = 2

I read that we do not know if there exists an 8x8 sbox with differential uniformity = 2. I suppose we cannot compute every possible sbox because there are $64!$ possible s-boxes. Am I right?
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Differential Cryptanalysis of FEAL-4 [duplicate]

I'm currently carrying out a differential attack on the FEAL-4 algorithm, however I have hit a bit of a wall. Basically I attacked the final round first ($K3$) using the differential characteristic ...
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Differential cryptanalysis - breaking the last round of FEAL4?

I've been trying to learn cryptanalysis. I've come across this resource which proved very helpful: http://theamazingking.com/crypto-feal.php So far I've been almost successful in breaking FEAL4 ...
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How do I apply differential cryptanalysis to a block cipher?

I have read a lot of summaries of block ciphers particularly with regards to the NIST competitions stating that reduced-round block ciphers are – for example – vulnerable to differential cryptanalysis....

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