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Mutually Clock-Controlled Feedback Shift Registers Provide Resistance to Algebraic Attacks.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-79499-8_17 Conference: Information Security and Cryptology, Third SKLOIS Conference, Inscrypt 2007, Xining, China, August 31 - September 5, 2007, Revised Selected Papers
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ABSTRACT Algebraic attacks have been applied to several types of clock-controlled stream ciphers. However, to date there are no such
attacks in the literature on mutually clock-controlled ciphers. In this paper, we present a preliminary step in this direction
by giving the first algebraic analysis of mutually clock-controlled feedback shift register stream ciphers: the bilateral
stop-and-go generator, A5/1, Alpha 1 and the MICKEY cipher. We show that, if there are no regularly clocked shift registers
included in the system, mutually clock-controlled feedback shift register ciphers appear to be highly resistant to algebraic
attacks. As a demonstration of the weakness inherent in the presence of a regularly clocked shift register, we present a simple
algebraic attack on Alpha 1 based on only 29 keystream bits.

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    • "The majority clocking function used in the A5.1 cipher will be used due to its simplicity and to allow reuse of analyses of A5.1. Moreover, it was extensively analysed algebraically in [1]. Pseudocode for these algorithms can be found in Appendix C. A discussion of alternative design choices for Heraclitus is found in Appendix B "
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