Connecting tweakable and multi-key blockcipher security

Connecting tweakable and multi-key blockcipher security The significance of understanding blockcipher security in the multi-key setting is highlighted by the extensive literature on attacks, and how effective key size can be significantly reduced. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid in formally understanding the design of multi-key secure blockciphers. In this work, we formalize the multi-key security of tweakable blockciphers in case of general key derivation functions. We show an equivalence between blockcipher multi-key security and tweakable blockcipher security. Our equivalence connects two objects of study, the iterated Even–Mansour (EUROCRYPT 2012) and the iterated Tweakable Even–Mansour (CRYPTO 2015), which establishes that results in both areas are, to a certain extent, transferable. Using our novel equivalence relation, we derive new bounds for both constructions, pave the path towards the solution of two well-studied conjectures, and show that, contrary to common knowledge, key derivation functions need not necessarily be pseudorandom functions in order to provide security: for the iterated Even–Mansour universal hash functions suffice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Designs, Codes and Cryptography Springer Journals

Connecting tweakable and multi-key blockcipher security

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by The Author(s)
Subject
Mathematics; Combinatorics; Coding and Information Theory; Data Structures, Cryptology and Information Theory; Data Encryption; Discrete Mathematics in Computer Science; Information and Communication, Circuits
ISSN
0925-1022
eISSN
1573-7586
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10623-017-0347-3
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Abstract

The significance of understanding blockcipher security in the multi-key setting is highlighted by the extensive literature on attacks, and how effective key size can be significantly reduced. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid in formally understanding the design of multi-key secure blockciphers. In this work, we formalize the multi-key security of tweakable blockciphers in case of general key derivation functions. We show an equivalence between blockcipher multi-key security and tweakable blockcipher security. Our equivalence connects two objects of study, the iterated Even–Mansour (EUROCRYPT 2012) and the iterated Tweakable Even–Mansour (CRYPTO 2015), which establishes that results in both areas are, to a certain extent, transferable. Using our novel equivalence relation, we derive new bounds for both constructions, pave the path towards the solution of two well-studied conjectures, and show that, contrary to common knowledge, key derivation functions need not necessarily be pseudorandom functions in order to provide security: for the iterated Even–Mansour universal hash functions suffice.

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Designs, Codes and CryptographySpringer Journals

Published: Mar 4, 2017

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