Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2020/1128

Searching Cubes in Division Property Based Cube Attack: Applications to Round-Reduced ACORN

Jingchun Yang and Dongdai Lin

Abstract: Recently, division property based cube attack has acheived new progress and some cryptanalytic results against well-known stream ciphers . At EUROCRYPT 2020, Hao~\emph{et~al.} proposed a new modeling method for three-subset division property without unknown subset. With this method, the exact expression of the superpoly in cube attack can be recovered. In this paper, we propose a method to search good cubes for both distinguishing attacks and key recovery attacks in the division property based cube attack scenario. Our cube searching procedure is based on the algorithm of degree evaluation of the superpoly and the algorithm of superpoly recovery. In the process of cube searching, we mainly use the embedded property to narrow down the searching space. As a result, we find some new cube testers of dimension $126$ on $775$-round ACORN. We also find a new key recovery attack on $775$-round ACORN with a $126$-dimensional cube, whose corresponding superpoly is a 2-degree polynomial with respect to key bits.

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / division property based cube attack, cube searching, degree evaluation, superpoly recovery, embedded property, ACORN.

Date: received 16 Sep 2020, withdrawn 21 Nov 2020

Contact author: yangjingchun at iie ac cn

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Version: 20201121:164917 (All versions of this report)

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