[Resource Topic] 2011/449: Biclique Cryptanalysis of the Full AES

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Biclique Cryptanalysis of the Full AES

Authors: Andrey Bogdanov, Dmitry Khovratovich, Christian Rechberger


Since Rijndael was chosen as the Advanced Encryption Standard, improving upon 7-round attacks on the 128-bit key variant or upon 8-round attacks on the 192/256-bit key variants has been one of the most difficult challenges in the cryptanalysis of block ciphers for more than a decade. In this paper we present a novel technique of block cipher cryptanalysis with bicliques, which leads to the following results: 1) The first key recovery attack on the full AES-128 with computational complexity 2126.1. 2) The first key recovery attack on the full AES-192 with computational complexity 2^189.7. 3) The first key recovery attack on the full AES-256 with computational complexity 2^254.4. 4) Attacks with lower complexity on the reduced-round versions of AES not considered before, including an attack on 8-round AES-128 with complexity 2^124.9. 5) Preimage attacks on compression functions based on the full AES versions. In contrast to most shortcut attacks on AES variants, we do not need to assume any related-keys. Most of our attacks only need a very small part of the codebook and have small memory requirements, and are practically verified to a large extent. As our attacks are of high computational complexity, they do not threaten the practical use of AES in any way.

ePrint: https://eprint.iacr.org/2011/449

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