Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2014/656

Cryptanalytic Time-Memory-Data Tradeoffs for FX-Constructions with Applications to PRINCE and PRIDE

Itai Dinur

Abstract: The FX-construction was proposed in 1996 by Kilian and Rogaway as a generalization of the DESX scheme. The construction increases the security of an $n$-bit core block cipher with a $\kappa$-bit key by using two additional $n$-bit masking keys. Recently, several concrete instances of the FX-construction were proposed, including PRINCE (proposed at Asiacrypt 2012) and PRIDE (proposed at CRYPTO 2014). These ciphers have $n=\kappa=64$, and are proven to guarantee about $127-d$ bits of security, assuming that their core ciphers are ideal, and the adversary can obtain at most $2^d$ data.

In this paper, we devise new cryptanalytic time-memory-data tradeoff attacks on FX-constructions. While our attacks do not contradict the security proof of PRINCE and PRIDE, nor pose an immediate threat to their users, some specific choices of tradeoff parameters demonstrate that the security margin of the ciphers against practical attacks is smaller than expected. Our techniques combine a special form of time-memory-data tradeoffs, typically applied to stream ciphers, with recent analysis of FX-constructions by Fouque, Joux and Mavromati.

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / Cryptanalysis, block cipher, time-memory-data tradeoff, FX-construction, DESX, PRINCE, PRIDE.

Original Publication (with minor differences): IACR-EUROCRYPT-2015

Date: received 23 Aug 2014, last revised 18 Feb 2015

Contact author: dinur at di ens fr

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