Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2014/015

Tight Security Bounds for Triple Encryption

Jooyoung Lee

Abstract: In this paper, we revisit the old problem asking the exact provable security of triple encryption in the ideal cipher model. For a blockcipher with key length k and block size n, triple encryption is known to be secure up to 2^{k+min{k/2,n/2}} queries, while the best attack requires 2^{k+min{k,n/2}} query complexity. So there is a gap between the upper and lower bounds for the security of triple encryption. We close this gap by proving the security up to 2^{k+min{k,n/2}} query complexity. With the DES parameters, triple encryption is secure up to 2^{82.5} queries, greater than the current bound of 2^{78.3} and comparable to 2^{83.5} for 2-XOR-cascade.

We also analyze the security of two-key triple encryption, where the first and the third keys are identical. We prove that two-key triple encryption is secure up to 2^{k+min{k,n/2}} queries to the underlying blockcipher and 2^{min{k,n/2}} queries to the outer permutation. For the DES parameters, this result is interpreted as the security of two-key triple encryption up to 2^{32} plaintext-ciphertext pairs and 2^{81.7} blockcipher encryptions.

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / block ciphers

Date: received 6 Jan 2014, last revised 7 Feb 2014

Contact author: jlee05 at sejong ac kr

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