Paper 2013/295

Survey and Benchmark of Lightweight Block Ciphers for Wireless Sensor Networks

Mickaël Cazorla, Kevin Marquet, and Marine Minier


For security applications in wireless sensor networks (WSNs), choosing best algorithms in terms of energy-efficiency and of small memory requirements is a real challenge because the sensor networks must be autonomous. In \cite{EisenbarthGGHIKKNPRSO12,LawDH06}, the authors have benchmarked on a dedicated platform some block-ciphers and have deduced the best candidates to use in the context of small embedded platforms. This article proposes to study on a dedicated platform of sensors most of the recent lightweight block ciphers as well as some conventional block ciphers. First, we describe the design of the chosen block ciphers with a security summary and we then present some implementation tests performed on our platform.

Available format(s)
Secret-key cryptography
Publication info
Published elsewhere. A short version of this paper will appear at Secrypt 2013
Contact author(s)
marine minier @ insa-lyon fr
2013-05-25: received
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      author = {Mickaël Cazorla and Kevin Marquet and Marine Minier},
      title = {Survey and Benchmark of Lightweight Block Ciphers for Wireless Sensor Networks},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2013/295},
      year = {2013},
      note = {\url{}},
      url = {}
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