A randomness test for block ciphers

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Authors: Katos, V.

Journal: Applied Mathematics and Computation

Volume: 162

Issue: 1

Pages: 29-35

ISSN: 0096-3003

DOI: 10.1016/j.amc.2003.12.122

This paper describes a randomness test which can be used to measure the cryptographic strength of a block cipher or its underlying cryptographic primitive(s). Cryptographic strength in the context of this paper is related to the ability of the round function to produce a random output which in turn is defined as the distance between a theoretical calculation and an experimental measure. The measurements are based on the diffusion characteristic of the cipher. Potentially, the test for randomness proposed in this paper could be used as a distinguisher based on diffusion. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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