Paper 2010/011

Related Key Cryptanalysis of the LEX Stream Cipher

Mainack Mondal and Debdeep Mukhopadhyay


LEX is a stream cipher proposed by Alex Biryukov. It was selected to phase 3 of the eSTREAM competition. LEX is based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) block cipher and uses a methodology called "Leak Extraction", proposed by Biryukov himself. In this paper, we cryptanalyze LEX using two related keys. We have mounted a key recovery attack on LEX, which using $2^{54. 3}$ key streams yields a complete round key with $2^{102}$ operations. This improves the existing best cryptanalysis of LEX which needs $2^{112}$ operations to ascertain the key.

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2010-04-19: withdrawn
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