Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2002/144

On Some Algebraic Structures in the AES Round Function

A.M. Youssef and S.E. Tavares

Abstract: In this paper, we show that all the coordinate functions of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) round function are equivalent under an affi ne transformation of the input to the round function. In other words, let $f_i$ and $f_j$ be any two distinct output coordinates of the AES round function, then there exists a nonsingular matrix $A_{ji}$ over $GF(2)$ such that $f_j(A_{ji} x) + b_{ji}= f_i(x), b_{ji} \in GF(2)$. We also show that such linear relations will always exist if the Rijndael s-b ox is replaced by any bijective monomial over $GF(2^8)$. %We also show that replacing the s-box by any bijective monomial will not change this property.

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / AES, Rijndael, Finite fields, Boolean functions

Date: received 20 Sep 2002

Contact author: amr_y at ee queensu ca

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