Resistance against Iterated Attacks by Decorrelation Revisited

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32009-5_43

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7417)
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Bay A., Mashatan A., Vaudenay S. (2012) Resistance against Iterated Attacks by Decorrelation Revisited. In: Safavi-Naini R., Canetti R. (eds) Advances in Cryptology – CRYPTO 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7417. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Iterated attacks are comprised of iterating adversaries who can make d plaintext queries, in each iteration to compute a bit, and are trying to distinguish between a random cipher C and the ideal random cipher \(C^*\) based on all bits. In EUROCRYPT ’99, Vaudenay showed that a 2d-decorrelated cipher resists to iterated attacks of order d when iterations make almost no common queries. Then, he first asked what the necessary conditions are for a cipher to resist a non-adaptive iterated attack of order d. Secondly, he speculated that repeating a plaintext query in different iterations does not provide any advantage to a non-adaptive distinguisher. We close here these two long-standing open problems.

We show that, in order to resist non-adaptive iterated attacks of order d, decorrelation of order \(2d-1\) is not sufficient. We do this by providing a counterexample consisting of a cipher decorrelated to the order \(2d-1\) and a successful non-adaptive iterated attack of order d against it.

Moreover, we prove that the aforementioned claim is wrong by showing that a higher probability of having a common query between different iterations can translate to a high advantage of the adversary in distinguishing C from \(C^*\). We provide a counterintuitive example consisting of a cipher decorrelated to the order 2d which can be broken by an iterated attack of order 1 having a high probability of common queries.

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© International Association for Cryptologic Research 2012 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EPFLLausanneSwitzerland

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