On the security of the LILI family of stream ciphers against algebraic attacks
Al-Hinai, Sultan Z., Dawson, Edward P., Henricksen, Matt, & Simpson, Leonie R. (2007) On the security of the LILI family of stream ciphers against algebraic attacks. In Pieprzyk, Josef, Ghodosi, Hossein, & Dawson, Edward P. (Eds.) 12th Australasian Conference, ACISP 2007: Information Security and Privacy, July 2-4, 2007, Townsville, Australia.
In this paper, we present an algebraic analysis of the LILI family of stream ciphers, and in particular LILI-II, and investigate the security provided against both standard and fast algebraic attacks. We show that the size of the two registers used, the difference between their lengths, the maximum number of times a register is clocked and the degree of the filter function all play important roles in providing resistance against algebraic attacks. Further, we show that the degree 10 filter function used in LILI-II has an algebraic immunity (AI) of 4. Using this, a fast algebraic attack can be performed on LILI-II that significantly reduces the attack complexity, although not to such a degree that it is more efficient than exhaustive key search. These algebraic attacks recover the internal state of the cipher rather than the key bits. We investigate the role of the initialization process in providing resistance to algebraic attacks aimed at key recovery. The investigation shows that, generally, for the LILI family of stream ciphers, the complexity of recovering key bits using algebraic attacks is much worse than exhaustive key search because of the very high degree equations generated during the initialization process.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||stream ciphers, algebraic attacks, filter function, clock, control, initialization|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DATA FORMAT (080400) > Data Encryption (080402)|
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology|
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 Springer|
|Copyright Statement:||This is the author-version of the work. Conference proceedings published, by Springer Verlag, will be available via SpringerLink. http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/ Lecture Notes in Computer Science|
|Deposited On:||16 Oct 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:31|
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