shrinking generator is proposed. Key words: Stream cipher, pseudorandom sequence, linear complexity,. Geffe’s generator, Geffe’s shrinking. Geffe generator [5] is a non-linear random binary key sequence generator which consists of three (LFSRs) and a nonlinear combiner. Here, we. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Cryptanalysis of Geffe Generator Using Genetic Algorithm | The use of basic crypto-primitives or building blocks has a vital role.

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Suppose further that we know generatoor part of the plaintext, e. We may instead find a number of possible keys, although this is still a significant breach of the cipher’s security.

We can define third order correlations and so on in the obvious way. See Wikipedia’s guide to writing better articles for suggestions. While the above generstor illustrates well the relatively simple concepts behind correlation attacks, it perhaps simplifies the explanation of precisely how geffw brute forcing of individual Gefff proceeds.

For example, a Boolean function which has no first order or second order correlations but which does have a third order correlation exhibits 2nd order correlation immunity. Similar to gefte, many file formats or network protocols have standard headers or footers which can be guessed easily. In cryptographycorrelation attacks are a class of known plaintext attacks for breaking stream ciphers whose keystream is generated by combining the output of several linear feedback shift registers called LFSRs for the rest of this article using a Boolean function.

If you want the generator to have good statistical properties and be quite secured, the length of the three primitive polynomial must be relatively prime pairwise and also the length of all LFSRs should be at least bits. Because the use of LFSR alone is insufficient to provide good generagor, keystream generator combines outputs of linear feedback shift registers in parallel using mainly three different methods: Let’s check this quickly: Given the possibly extreme severity of a correlation attack’s impact on a stream cipher’s security, it should be considered essential to test a candidate Boolean combination function for correlation immunity before deciding to use it in a stream cipher.


Block ciphers security summary. If we had, say, a megabyte of known plaintext, the situation would be substantially different. The Geffe generator Modern stream ciphers are inspired from one-time pad. To create a maximal length sequence, the lengths of the three primitive polynomial must be relatively prime pairwise. Thus, we are able to break the Geffe generator with as much effort as required to brute force 3 entirely independent LFSRs, meaning that the Geffe generator is a very weak generator and should never be used to generate stream cipher keystreams.

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We now know 32 consecutive bits of the generator output. You can help by adding to it. It follows that it is impossible for a function of n variables to be n -th order correlation immune. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This also follows from the fact that any such function can be written using a Reed-Muller basis as a combination of XORs of the input functions. This is not as improbable as it may seem: When R1 is clocked, if its output is 1 then R2 is clocked and its ouput is XORed with the previous state of R3 which has not been clocked.

Correlation attacks exploit a statistical weakness that arises from a poor choice of the Boolean function — it is possible to select a function which avoids correlation attacks, so this type of cipher is not inherently insecure.

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We do not need to stop here. For any given key in the keyspace, we may quickly generate the first 32 bits of LFSR-3’s output and compare these to our recovered 32 bits of the entire generator’s output. Combined with partial knowledge of the keystream which is easily derived from partial knowledge of the plaintext, as the two are simply XORed togetherthis allows an attacker to brute-force the key for that individual LFSR and the rest of the system separately.


This is a weakness we may exploit as follows:. Don’t use this type of generator in real world with small parameters: Gemerator clock-controlled generator In nonlinear combination keystream generators Geffe generatorthe linear feedback shift registers are clocked regularly and so all the LFSRs are controlled by the same clock.

Correlation attack

Correlation attacks are perhaps best explained via example. Let’s have a close look at this Geffe generator: While higher order correlations lead to more powerful attacks, they are also more difficult to find, as the space of available Boolean functions to correlate against the generator output increases as the number of arguments to the function does.

Stream ciphers convert plaintext to ciphertext one bit at a time gefte are often constructed geenrator two or more LFSRs. As a rule, the weaker the correlation between an individual register and the generator output, the more known plaintext is required to find that register’s key with a high degree of confidence.

Retrieved from ” https: This combination function called f is defined this way: When R1 is clocked, if its output is 0 then R3 is clocked and its output is Gffe with the previous state of R2 which has not been clocked. The correlations which were exploited in the example attack on the Geffe generator are examples of what are called first order correlations: October Learn how and when to remove this template message.