Variants Modes of DES of operation for Block ciphers Slideshow and powerpoint viewer: Multiple Encryption & DES clearly a replacement for DES was needed Vulnerable to brute-fo

Double-DES? could use 2 DES encrypts on each block C = EK2(EK1(P)) issue of reduction to 1-DES; “is DES a group?” Campbell, Wiener in 1992: NO! “meet-in-the-middle” attack works whenever use a cipher twice since X = EK1(P) = DK2(C) attack by encrypting P with all keys and store then decrypt C with keys and match X value Basic round of the attack takes 2 * 256 encryptions/decryptions; we may have to repeat it a few times. Show on board

Triple-DES with Two-Keys hence must use 3 encryptions would seem to need 3 distinct keys but can use 2 keys with E-D-E sequence C = EK1(DK2(EK1(P))) because encrypt & decrypt equivalent in security if K1=K2 then can work with single DES standardized in ANSI X9.17 & ISO8732 no current known practical attacks

Triple-DES with Three-Keys although are no practical attacks on two- key, Triple-DES has some drawbacks can use Triple-DES with Three-Keys to avoid even these C = EK3(DK2(EK1(P))) has been adopted by some Internet applications, eg PGP, S/MIME

Modes of Operation block ciphers encrypt fixed size blocks eg. DES encrypts 64-bit blocks with 56-bit key need some way to en/decrypt arbitrary amounts of data in practice ANSI X3.106-1983 Modes of Use (now FIPS 81) defines 4 possible modes There are 5 modes that are in common use

Electronic Codebook Book (ECB) message is broken into independent blocks which are encrypted each block is a value which is substituted, like a codebook, hence name each block is encoded independently of the other blocks Ci = DESK1(Pi) uses: secure transmission of single values

Problems with ECB message repetitions may show in ciphertext if aligned with message block or with messages that change very little, which become a code-book analysis problem Used rarely; main use is sending a few blocks of data

Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) message is broken into blocks linked together in encryption operation each previous cipher blocks is chained with current plaintext block, hence name use Initial Vector (IV) to start process Ci = EK(Pi XOR Ci-1) C-1 = IV uses: bulk data encryption

Advantages and Limitations of CBC a ciphertext block depends on all blocks before it any change to a block affects all following ciphertext blocks Initialization Vector (IV) : different IV hides patterns and repetitions Error propagation: one error during encryption (rare) affects all subsequent blocks; One error during transmission affects 2 blocks, the current one and the next one.

Cipher FeedBack (CFB) message is treated as a stream of bits or bytes result is feed back for next stage (hence name) standard allows any number of bit (1,8, 64 or 128 etc) to be feed back denoted CFB-1, CFB-8, CFB-64, CFB-128 etc most efficient to use all bits in block (64 or 128) Ci = Pi XOR EK(Ci-1) C-1 = IV Used for stream data encryption

Advantages and Limitations of CFB appropriate when data arrives in bits/bytes most common stream mode note that the block cipher is used in encryption mode at both ends errors during transmission propagate for several blocks only (till the “dirty” part is eliminated from the shift register).

Output FeedBack (OFB) message is treated as a stream of bits output of cipher is added to message output is then feed back (hence name) feedback is independent of message So feedback can be computed in advance

Counter (CTR) a “new” mode, though proposed early on similar to OFB but encrypts counter value rather than any feedback value must have a different counter value for every plaintext block (never reused) Ci = Pi XOR Oi Oi = DESK1(i) uses: high-speed network encryptions

Advantages and Limitations of CTR efficiency can do parallel encryptions in h/w or s/w can preprocess in advance of need random access to encrypted data blocks provable security (good as other modes) but must ensure never reuse key/counter values, otherwise could break.

Stream Ciphers process message bit by bit (as a stream) have a pseudo random streamkey combined (XOR) with plaintext bit by bit Similar to one-time pad, but pseudo-rand. key instead of random key randomness of streamkey completely destroys statistically properties in message Ci = Mi XOR StreamKeyi but must never reuse stream key otherwise can recover messages

Stream Cipher Properties some design considerations are: long period with no repetitions statistically random depends on large enough key (current recommendation: >= 128 bits) properly designed, can be as secure as a block cipher with same size key but usually simpler & faster

RC4 a proprietary cipher owned by RSA company another Ron Rivest design, simple but effective variable key size, byte-oriented stream cipher widely used (web SSL/TLS, wireless WEP) key forms random permutation of all 8-bit values uses that permutation to scramble input info processed a byte at a time

RC4 Key Schedule starts with an array S of numbers: 0..255 use key to well and truly shuffle S forms internal state of the cipher // initialization for i = 0 to 255 do S[i] = i T[i] = K[i mod keylen]) // initial perm. of S j = 0 for i = 0 to 255 do j = (j + S[i] + T[i]) (mod 256) swap (S[i], S[j])

RC4 Encryption encryption continues shuffling array values sum of shuffled pair selects "stream key" value from permutation XOR S[t] with next byte of message to en/decrypt i = j = 0 for each message byte Mi i = (i + 1) (mod 256) j = (j + S[i]) (mod 256) swap(S[i], S[j]) t = (S[i] + S[j]) (mod 256) Ci = Mi XOR S[t]

RC4 Security claimed secure against known attacks There are some attacks, none practical result is very non-linear since RC4 is a stream cipher, must never reuse a key There are concerns with WEP, but due to key handling rather than RC4 itself