Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2005/155

Py (Roo): A Fast and Secure Stream Cipher using Rolling Arrays

Eli Biham and Jennifer Seberry

Abstract: Py (pronounced Roo, a shorthand for Kangaroo) is a new stream cipher designed especially for the Ecrypt stream cipher contest. It is based on a new kind of primitive, which we call Rolling Arrays. It also uses various other ideas from many types of ciphers, including variable rotations and permutations. In some sense, this design is a kind of a new type of rotor machine, which is specially designed with operations that are very efficient in software. The allowed stream size is $2^{64}$ bytes in each stream (or $2^{40}$ in the smaller version Py6). The security claims of the cipher are that no key recovery attacks can be performed with complexity smaller than that of exhaustive search, and distinguishing attacks are also impractical with a similar complexity. The speed of the cipher is impressively fast, as it is more than 2.5 times faster than RC4 on a Pentium III (with less than 2.9 cycles/byte when implemented with the API of NESSIE and tested with the NESSIE software).

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / Py (Roo), stream cipher

Publication Info: Submitted to the Eecrypt stream cipher contest

Date: received 26 May 2005, last revised 29 May 2005

Contact author: biham at cs technion ac il

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