Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2020/331

The CTR mode with encrypted nonces and its extension to AE

Sergey Agievich

Abstract: In the modified CTR (CounTeR) mode known as CTR2, nonces are encrypted before constructing sequences of counters from them. This way we have only probabilistic guarantees for non-overlapping of the sequences. We show that these guarantees, and therefore the security guarantees of CTR2, are strong enough in two standard scenarios: random nonces and non-repeating nonces. We also show how to extend CTR2 to an authenticated encryption mode which we call CHE (Counter-Hash-Encrypt). To extend, we use one invocation of polynomial hashing and one additional block encryption.

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / CTR mode, authenticated encryption, block cipher, polynomial hashing, gamma overlapping

Original Publication (with major differences): Preproceeding of CTCrypt'19, 8th Workshop on Current Trends in Cryptology (June 4-7, 2019, Svetlogorsk, Russia)

Date: received 17 Mar 2020

Contact author: agievich at bsu by

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Version: 20200317:183637 (All versions of this report)

Short URL: ia.cr/2020/331


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