The application of σ-LFSR in Key-Dependent Feedback Configuration for Word-Oriented Stream Ciphers

03/20/2020 ∙ by Subrata Nandi, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper, we propose and evaluate a method for using σ-LFSRs with key-dependent feedback configurations (KDFC) in stream ciphers. This method can be applied to any stream cipher that uses a word-based LFSR. Here, a configuration generation algorithm uses the secret key(K) and the initialization vector (IV) to generate a feedback configuration. We have mathematically analysed the feedback configurations generated by this method. As a test case, we have applied this method on SNOW 2.0 and have analysed its impact on resistance to algebraic attacks. Further, we have also tested the generated keystream for randomness.

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