Improved slide attacks

Eli Biham, Orr Dunkelman, Nathan Keller

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The slide attack is applicable to ciphers that can be represented as an iterative application of the same keyed permutation. The slide attack leverages simple attacks on the keyed permutation to more complicated (and time consuming) attacks on the entire cipher. In this paper we extend the slide attack by examining the cycle structures of the entire cipher and of the underlying keyed permutation. Our method allows to find slid pairs much faster than was previously known, and hence reduces the time complexity of the entire slide attack significantly. In addition, since our attack finds as many slid pairs as the attacker requires, it allows to leverage all types of attacks on the underlying permutation (and not only simple attacks) to an attack on the entire cipher. We demonstrate the strength of our technique by presenting an attack on 24-round reduced GOST whose S-boxes are unknown. Our attack retrieves the unknown S-boxes as well as the secret key with a time complexity of about 2 63 encryptions. Thus, this attack allows an easier attack on other instances of GOST that use the same S-boxes. When the S-boxes are known to the attacker, our attack can retrieve the secret key of 30-round GOST (out of the 32 rounds).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFast Software Encryption - 14th International Workshop, FSE 2007
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)354074617X, 9783540746171
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Workshop on Fast Software Encryption, FSE 2007 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Duration: 26 Mar 200728 Mar 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4593 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Workshop on Fast Software Encryption, FSE 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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