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  • 1 University College London, Gower Street, London, UK
  • 2 Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2, Warsaw, Poland
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Abstract  

In this paper we look at the security of two block ciphers which were both claimed in the published literature to be secure against differential crypt-analysis (DC). However, a more careful examination shows that none of these ciphers is very secure against... differential cryptanalysis, in particular if we consider attacks with sets of differentials. For both these ciphers we report new perfectly periodic (iterative) aggregated differential attacks which propagate with quite high probabilities. The first cipher we look at is GOST, a well-known Russian government encryption standard. The second cipher we look at is PP-1, a very recent Polish block cipher. Both ciphers were designed to withstand linear and differential cryptanalysis. Unhappily, both ciphers are shown to be much weaker than expected against advanced differential attacks. For GOST, we report better and stronger sets of differentials than the best currently known attacks presented at SAC 2000 [32] and propose the first attack ever able to distinguish 16 rounds of GOST from random permutation. For PP-1 we show that in spite of the fact, that its S-box has an optimal theoretical security level against differential cryptanalysis [17], [29], our differentials are strong enough to allow to break all the known versions of the PP-1 cipher.