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Questions tagged [s-boxes]

(or substitution boxes), components in many block ciphers used to substitute parts of the data in a non-linear way. While often fixed by the algorithm (like in DES and AES), sometimes they are key-dependent (like in Blowfish).

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How do the Serpent S-boxes work?

For DES, you take the 4 inner bits as the column to choose from the S-Box, and the two outer bits to choose the row. However, for Serpent it doesn't make sense to me as the prekeys that are used to ...
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Getting the s-box input from its output in differential cryptanalysis on DES

If we try to get K4 using differential cryptanalysis on 4-variant DES, how can we get the input of a certain S-box if we know it's output? This seems hard to do since the substitution operation is ...
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Calculating the inverse for a Rijndael s-box [duplicate]

I want to calculate a Rijndael S-box but something went wrong. How can I calculate the inverse? In the following is my approach: given: $f(x)=x^8+x^4+x^3+x+1 \rightarrow$ binary: 100011011 0x12 = ...
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How to find efficient hardware implementation of sbox of lightweight block ciphers? [migrated]

Lightweight block ciphers are usually optimized for compact hardware implementations and sbox values are computed by implementing circuit using basic logic gates(AND, XOR, OR, NOR etc). What is the ...
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Does a masked look-up table prevent cache timing attacks?

When applying the boolean masking countermeasure to a cipher which uses an S-box $S$, a way to handle this nonlinear operation is to recompute a new S-box $S'$ such that $S'(x \oplus r_{in}) = S(x) \...
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AES oracle with bad S-box

Say you run in to a messed up AES (128) implementation which has the s-box configured as [0x0, 0x1, ..., 0xFE, 0xFF] and where you can query a few plaintexts to get the corresponding ciphertexts. How ...
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How does Twofish avoid weak keys if it uses key-dependent S-boxes?

From section 7.2.2 of the Twofish paper, the four S-boxes for the 128-bit cipher are generated with: $$\begin{align} s_0(x) &= q_1[q_0[q_0[x] \oplus s_{0,0}] \oplus s_{1,0}]\\ s_1(x) &= q_0[...
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What is the link between the parity check matrix, double-error-correcting codes and APN permutations?

I am currently reading a research paper (linked below) which mentions that a map $f:V:=GF(2^{m}) \rightarrow V$ which vanishes at 0 is APN if it satisfies the condition that it is a binary code $C_{f}$...
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What are dual codes and the codewords denoted by these dual codes in terms of trace?

I am currently reading a research paper (linked below) that mentions "Consider only maps that vanish at 0, their short codes $C_f$ and their duals $C_f^\perp$. The duals can be written as $C_f^\perp = ...
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What does 2-flat mean when discussing APN permutations?

I am currently reading a research paper that uses the term 2-flat. However, I don't understand what this term means. For example, the paper mentions in its definition of APN that for all distinct $a$,...
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Evaluating Algebraic Complexity of a S-box

While studying the design and the desirable properties of an AES S-box , I came to know that Algebraic Complexity is also an important property of an S-box which is usually considered while evaluating ...
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How are the AES inverse S-Boxes calculated?

I would like to know, how to calculate the inverse S-box. I followed this link (with affine transformation first, then multiplicative inverse), but the result is wrong. For example, if I use the value ...
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Serpent block cipher : S0 to S7 functions unclear

I am presently implementing the serpent block cipher in C++ following the specifications. It's important to mention that I'm implementing the cipher in bitslice mode. You'll need the The full ...
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How we can calculate AES Inverse SBox?

I am trying to find out the inverse of and SBox, but in vain, I have seen multiple questions over StackExchange, But I cant be able to solve my issue. As in this question, How are the AES inverse S-...
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Inversion in $GF(2^8)$ AES [duplicate]

I was wondering how you would calculate the S-box in AES. I found that you have to calculate the inverse of the polynomials in $GF(2^8)$. I found out that to calculate the inverse, you have to use the ...
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How can the Rijndael SBox be written as a linearized polynomial?

In Cryptanalysis of Block Ciphers with Overdefined Systems of Equations Nicolas Courtois and Josef Pieprzyk state (in Appendix A) that the Rijndael SBox can be written as a "linearized polynomial" $S(...
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Countermeasures to prevent integral cryptanalysis against 4-rounds AES

Integral cryptanalysis against 4-rounds AES is practical (Security of the AES with a Secret S-box). I did two experiments in order to find the impact and remove the integral distinguisher of 4 rounds:...
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Desirable S-box properties

What desirable properties should an S-box have? My current standard selection process is to just pick them at random and verify that they fit the following criteria: The probability that any random ...
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how to compute the correlation between two binary vectors?

We find different equations to compute the correlation or correlation coefficient: $\begin{align*} corr &= \frac{a+d}{a+b+c+d}\\ &= \frac{(a+d) - (b+d)}{a+b+c+d}\\ &= \frac{(a+...
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S-Box and it's linearity

I am trying to figure out why it is necessary S-box's to be nonlinear. I have been searching for some materials but was not able to find out clear proof why it means that if we use S-box in DES, it ...
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What is the time complexity of the basic components of a symmetric cipher?

I have a very basic knowledge on time complexity and even less on programming, so please bear with me. I am interested to know the time complexity in big-O notation of some of the basic operations in ...
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Why don't table lookups run in constant time?

The Wikipedia article on big O notation says that performing a lookup is a constant time operation. So why are lookup tables susceptible to timing attacks?
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Perfect Nonlinearity of AES S Boxes

Can someone give a clear definition of what a perfectly nonlinear function is? Can we say that AES s-boxes are perfectly nonlinear and why?
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Question about DES S-boxes from Encryption to Decryption [duplicate]

While working on a homework assignment, I came across an interesting dilemma that I want to delve more into. The question essentially said to flip the first bit in the key string and then see what S ...
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Security Implications of Fixed & Opposite Fixed Points of Sbox

Fixed point means when Sbox Input is equal to Sbox Output whereas Opposite Fixed Point means when Sbox Input is complement of Sbox Output. How does Fixed and Opposite Fixed Point affect the strength/ ...
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What's happens if we use the weakest S-BOX for AES?

I'm in research of generating Dynamic Secret S-BOX for AES based on 2 Keys (Encryption Key and *I Called S-BOX key). If (worst scenario) I randomly generate the worst S-BOX in an encryption. What ...
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how to compute Bit Independent Criteria on a 4-bit S-box?

The idea of Bit Independence Criterion (BIC ) was introduced by Webster and Tavares . For a given set of avalanche vectors generated by complementing a single plaintext bit, all avalanche variables ...
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Strict Avalanche Criteria in Sage

Is there any inbuilt functionality in sage to check if any S-Box satisfies Strict Avalanche Criterion or not?
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number of active s-boxes in a block cipher?

How can we find the minimum number of differentially active s-boxes in a block cipher (actually a Feistel network with several input cells) in a truncated characteristic form? In a recursive ...
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what is the impact of smaller bit size sbox

There are multiple S-boxes type, as DES uses 4 bit S-box and AES uses 8 bit S-box. I want to know how this effect the security?? If we use 4 bit or 8 bit. apart from the DC attack. Both provides ...
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AES alternate equation for the S-Box affine transformation

The Wikipedia article for the AES S-Box gives an alternate equation for the affine part of the S-Box transformation: $$b_{out} = (b_{in} \times 31_d) \operatorname{mod} 257_d \oplus 99_d$$ It is not ...
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What are some design considerations for S-Boxes?

My studies in cryptography have been quite detailed so far, however, one area that hasn't been explained to me is how S-Boxes are typically designed. Typically, the S-boxes are provided "as is" by the ...
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Calculate the Number of active s boxes

I really want to learn how to calculate the number of active s _boxes for block cipher cryptographic algorithms. I want to do that manually after running each round of an algorithm such as LED ...
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AES with linear S-Box

If the AES S-Box is replaced with a linear or affine transformation, for instance the identity mapping $\sigma(x)=x$, does the cipher become entirely affine and hence trivially weak?
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AES: How to create the S-box with Sage

The $Sage$ code for the AES $S-box$ is below and a link is here: Polynomial representation of the affine part of the AES S-box. An online version of $Sage$ to test this is here. I understand most of ...
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Number of active s boxes

How can I calculate the minimum number of active s_boxes for block cipher algorithms such as present algorithm? I have read in that, but I couldn't understand the meaning of branch number.
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Simplified AES S-box multiplication - calculation error

I have a problem to calculate the S-box in S-AES. The affine transformation is defined: I read that it is a normal matrix multiplication. I chose the bits $0101$ and built the inverse $1011$. $b_0$ ...
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Number of Sbox in a Cipher

Camellia has 4 SBOX and so does the TwoFish(key dependent 4 Sboxes). Where as AES uses only one. Would it have made AES more secure if AES had 4 or more SBOX too? Does using more Sbox with similar ...
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S-box and Side Channel Attacks

S-boxes with non-linearity greater than 112 are considered prone to side channel attacks. If a non-linear S- box with non- linearity greater than 112 (excluding bent functions with non-linearity of ...
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Building large S-Boxes from smaller ones

I would like to make an exhaustive list of all relevant techniques that have been studied in order to build a large S-Box from smaller ones. As far as I known, three structures are usually preferred: ...
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Full diffusion or Partial diffusion between s-box applications?

In regards to maximizing active s-boxes: is it advantageous to apply the non-linear layer after complete diffusion of the state, rather after then partial diffusion? Using AES as an example, with ...
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How many primitive cryptography operations are there? [closed]

Every cipher I've encountered seems to be built from slight variations of only three basic operations: the S-box, the P-box, and the XOR. I’m just wondering, are there any others? And if there aren'...
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AES and GOST 28147-89 “Magma” Comparison

I am trying to understand how AES is comparable to GOST 28147-89 "Magma". Like for parameters such as bit shifting and addition of the subkey to the input, which are a part of Magma, what is their ...
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Finding output given an S-box input of 8 bits

I'm given the following table: I'm told to find the output given an hexidecmal input of 2B. I know that 2B in binary = 001 01 011 So I took the first two and ...
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AES s-box – How do I calculate the inverse of this field equation?

I want to implement AES algorithm,instead of LUT based S-box, but I’m stuck at point creating "Inverse of equation" during implementation. In creation of S-box I am using the following steps: ($...
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Does the DES s-box only provide confusion, or does it also provide an avalanche effect?

In DES, does the s-box provide an avalanche effect or does it only provide confusion in the ciphertext?
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Measure Strength of Mix Mode Modular Arithmetic based Confusion Layer

Strength of sboxes is generally measured by different properties eg non linearity, fixed points etc. If confusion is provided by Mixed Mode Modular Arithmetic (eg as in IDEA), how to measure the ...
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Security of the AES with a Secret S-box

In this paper they change the $AES$ S-box to a uniformly random one and answer the questions: How does the security of AES change when the S-box is changed by a secret S-box? Would it be safe to ...
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AES S-box calculation

I am trying to design the s-box for AES. Quoting from Wikipedia, the algorithm for applying affine transformation in AES s-box calculation is ...
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Non Linearity of huge Sbox

Sboxes provide confusion in cipher. Non Linearity measures the strength of sbox layer. In order to measure non linearity of sbox, a table is computed to measure distances with its affine functions. If ...