Advances in Cryptology - ASIACRYPT 2013

Volume 8269 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 464-485

Generic Key Recovery Attack on Feistel Scheme

  • Takanori IsobeAffiliated withSony Corporation
  • , Kyoji ShibutaniAffiliated withSony Corporation

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We propose new generic key recovery attacks on Feistel-type block ciphers. The proposed attack is based on the all subkeys recovery approach presented in SAC 2012, which determines all subkeys instead of the master key. This enables us to construct a key recovery attack without taking into account a key scheduling function. With our advanced techniques, we apply several key recovery attacks to Feistel-type block ciphers. For instance, we show 8-, 9- and 11-round key recovery attacks on n-bit Feistel ciphers with 2n-bit key employing random keyed F-functions, random F-functions, and SP-type F-functions, respectively. Moreover, thanks to the meet-in-the-middle approach, our attack leads to low-data complexity. To demonstrate the usefulness of our approach, we show a key recovery attack on the 8-round reduced CAST-128, which is the best attack with respect to the number of attacked rounds. Since our approach derives the lower bounds on the numbers of rounds to be secure under the single secret key setting, it can be considered that we unveil the limitation of designing an efficient block cipher by a Feistel scheme such as a low-latency cipher.


block cipher key scheduling function all-subkeys-recovery attack meet-in-the-middle attack key recovery attack low-data complexity attack