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The Block Cipher Companion

  • Written by established experts

  • Is the most comprehensive reference on the subject

  • The authors include an exhaustive bibliography of the field with over 750 references

Part of the book series: Information Security and Cryptography (ISC)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 1-12
  3. DES

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 13-34
  4. AES

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 35-64
  5. Using Block Ciphers

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 65-94
  6. Brute Force Attacks

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 95-108
  7. Differential Cryptanalysis: The Idea

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 109-126
  8. Linear Cryptanalysis: The Idea

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 127-144
  9. Advanced Topics

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 145-192
  10. A Short Survey and Six Prominent Ciphers

    • Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 193-219
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 221-267

About this book

Block ciphers encrypt blocks of plaintext, messages, into blocks of ciphertext under the action of a secret key, and the process of encryption is reversed by decryption which uses the same user-supplied key. Block ciphers are fundamental to modern cryptography, in fact they are the most widely used cryptographic primitive – useful in their own right, and in the construction of other cryptographic mechanisms.

In this book the authors provide a technically detailed, yet readable, account of the state of the art of block cipher analysis, design, and deployment. The authors first describe the most prominent block ciphers and give insights into their design. They then consider the role of the cryptanalyst, the adversary, and provide an overview of some of the most important cryptanalytic methods.

The book will be of value to graduate and senior undergraduate students of cryptography and to professionals engaged in cryptographic design. An important feature of the presentation is the authors' exhaustive bibliography of the field, each chapter closing with comprehensive supporting notes.

Keywords

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
  • Block Ciphers
  • Brute-Force Attacks
  • Cryptanalysis
  • Cryptography
  • Cryptology
  • Data Encryption Standard (DES)
  • Differential Cryptanalysis
  • Linear Cryptanalysis

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Overall, this book provides a historical view of the essential work on the design and analysis of block ciphers. The book is well written and is appropriate for both beginners and experienced readers. Those who want more details about the rationale and philosophy behind block cipher design can use this book as an up-to-date reference." (Zheng Gong, ACM Computing Reviews, July 2012)

“‘The block cipher companion’ is a well written handbook, wholly recommended. An excellent choice of examples and informal language make this handbook an excellent choice for beginners, guiding the reader from simple cipher techniques and cryptanalysis towards more advanced ideas. … Professionals will find the book to be a systematic collection of ideas, and, in particular, a thorough bibliography and a short survey of block ciphers evolution.” (Jerzy Żurawiecki, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1243, 2012)

Authors and Affiliations

  • , Dept. of Mathematics, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

    Lars R. Knudsen

  • Orange Labs, Issy les Moulineaux, France

    Matthew J.B. Robshaw

About the authors

The first author is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and head of the Crypto Group at the Technical University of Denmark; his main interests are the analysis and design of block ciphers, hash functions, and message authentication codes. The second author is a researcher in the Cryptography Research Group of Orange (France Télécom); his main interests are the design and analysis of symmetric cryptographic primitives, cryptographic techniques for constrained devices, and the deployment of cryptographic solutions. Both authors have taken lead roles in the related professional associations and academic conferences.  

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Block Cipher Companion

  • Authors: Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J.B. Robshaw

  • Series Title: Information Security and Cryptography

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-17342-4

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-642-17341-7Published: 26 October 2011

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-27111-3Published: 29 November 2013

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-17342-4Published: 25 October 2011

  • Series ISSN: 1619-7100

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-845X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 270

  • Topics: Data Structures and Information Theory, Mathematics of Computing

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Softcover Book USD 84.99
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