Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2004/225

Vectorial Boolean functions and induced algebraic equations

Jovan Dj. Golic

Abstract: A general mathematical framework behind algebraic cryptanalytic attacks is developed. The framework relates to finding algebraic equations induced by vectorial Boolean functions and, in particular, equations of low algebraic degree. The equations may involve only a subset of input variables and may or may not be conditioned on the values of output variables. In addition, the equations may have a special form interesting for the so-called fast algebraic attacks. A possible divide-and-conquer effect is pointed out and the notion of algebraic immunity order, naturally extending the notion of correlation immunity order, is introduced. An application of general results to stream ciphers known as combiners with or without memory, with possibly multiple outputs, is studied in particular detail. Special properties of combiners with finite input memory, such as nonlinear filter generators, are established. Finally, finding induced algebraic equations for divide-and-conquer algebraic attacks on combiners with or without memory is also considered.

Category / Keywords: foundations / cryptanalysis, algebraic attacks, stream ciphers, block ciphers, public-key cryptography

Date: received 6 Sep 2004

Contact author: jovan golic at tilab com

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