Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2007/032

An improved collision probability for CBC-MAC and PMAC

Avradip Mandal and Mridul Nandi

Abstract: In this paper we compute the collision probability of CBC-MAC for suitably chosen messages. We show that the probability is $\Omega(\ell q^2/N)$ where $\ell$ is the number of message block, $N$ is the size of the domain and $q$ is the total number of queries. For random oracle the probability is $O(q^2/N)$. This improved collision probability will help us to have an efficient distinguishing attack and MAC-forgery attack. We also show collision probability for PMAC with collision probability $\Omega(q^2/N)$ (strictly more than birth day bound). We have used a purely combinatorial approach to obtain this bound. The similar analysis can be made for other MAC like XCBC, TMAC, OMAC etc. We hope this approach will help us to calculate related probabilities.

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / Message Authentication Codes

Date: received 1 Feb 2007

Contact author: mridul nandi at gmail com

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