Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2011/619

Multidimensional Meet-in-the-Middle Attack and Its Applications to KATAN32/48/64

Bo Zhu and Guang Gong

Abstract: This paper investigates a new approach to analyze symmetric ciphers by guessing intermediate states and dividing algorithms to consecutive sub-ciphers. It is suitable for ciphers with simple key schedules and block sizes smaller than key lengths. A thorough theoretical analysis of this multidimensional method is given, and new attacks on the block cipher family KATAN are proposed by applying this method, which can attack 175-round KATAN32, 130-round KATAN48 and 112-round KATAN64 faster than exhaustive key search.

Category / Keywords: Multidimensional, meet-in-the-middle, cryptanalysis, KATAN

Date: received 17 Nov 2011, last revised 6 Feb 2013

Contact author: bo zhu at uwaterloo ca

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