Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2019/440

Elastic-Tweak: A Framework for Short Tweak Tweakable Block Cipher

Avik Chakraborti and Nilanjan Datta and Ashwin Jha and Cuauhtemoc Mancillas Lopez and Mridul Nandi and Yu Sasaki

Abstract: Tweakable block cipher (TBC), a stronger notion than standard block ciphers, has wide-scale applications in symmetric-key schemes. At a high level, it provides flexibility in design and (possibly) better security bounds. In multi-keyed applications, a TBC with short tweak values can be used to replace multiple keys. However, the existing TBC construction frameworks, including TWEAKEY and XEX, are designed for general purpose tweak sizes. Specifically, they are not optimized for short tweaks, which might render them inefficient for certain resource constrained applications. So a dedicated paradigm to construct short-tweak TBCs (tBC) is highly desirable. In this paper, we present a dedicated framework, called the Elastic-Tweak framework (ET in short), to convert any reasonably secure SPN block cipher into a secure tBC. We apply the ET framework on GIFT and AES to construct efficient tBCs, named TweGIFT and TweAES. We present hardware and software results to show that the performance overheads for these tBCs are minimal. We perform comprehensive security analysis and observe that TweGIFT and TweAES provide sufficient security without any increase in the number of block cipher rounds when compared to GIFT and AES. We also show some concrete applications of ET-based tBCs, which are better than their block cipher counterparts in terms of key size, state size, number of block cipher calls, and short message processing. Some notable applications include, Twe-FCBC (reduces the key size of FCBC and gives better security than CMAC), Twe-LightMAC Plus (better rate than LightMAC Plus), Twe-CLOC, and Twe-SILC (reduces the number of block cipher calls and simplifies the design of CLOC and SILC).

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / tweakable block cipher, GIFT, AES, TWEAKEY, XEX

Date: received 30 Apr 2019, last revised 20 Jul 2019

Contact author: avikchkrbrti at gmail com

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Version: 20190720:100745 (All versions of this report)

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