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  1. Symmetric Encryption • or conventional / private-key / single-key • sender and recipient share a common key • all classical encryption algorithms are private-key • was only type prior to invention of public-key in 1970’s

  2. Basic Terminology • plaintext - the original message • ciphertext - the coded message • cipher - algorithm for transforming plaintext to ciphertext • key - info used in cipher known only to sender/receiver • encipher (encrypt) - converting plaintext to ciphertext • decipher (decrypt) - recovering ciphertext from plaintext • cryptography - study of encryption principles/methods • cryptanalysis (codebreaking) - the study of principles/ methods of deciphering ciphertext without knowing key • cryptology - the field of both cryptography and cryptanalysis

  3. Symmetric Cipher Model

  4. Requirements • two requirements for secure use of symmetric encryption: • a strong encryption algorithm • a secret key known only to sender / receiver Y = EK(X) X = DK(Y) • assume encryption algorithm is known • implies a secure channel to distribute key

  5. Cryptography • can characterize by: • type of encryption operations used • substitution / transposition / product • number of keys used • single-key or private / two-key or public • way in which plaintext is processed • block / stream

  6. Types of Cryptanalytic Attacks • ciphertext only • only know algorithm / ciphertext, statistical, can identify plaintext • known plaintext • know/suspect plaintext & ciphertext to attack cipher • chosen plaintext • select plaintext and obtain ciphertext to attack cipher • chosen ciphertext • select ciphertext and obtain plaintext to attack cipher • chosen text • select either plaintext or ciphertext to en/decrypt to attack cipher

  7. Brute Force Search • always possible to simply try every key • most basic attack, proportional to key size • assume either know / recognise plaintext

  8. Classical Substitution Ciphers • where letters of plaintext are replaced by other letters or by numbers or symbols • or if plaintext is viewed as a sequence of bits, then substitution involves replacing plaintext bit patterns with ciphertext bit patterns

  9. Caesar Cipher • earliest known substitution cipher • by Julius Caesar • first attested use in military affairs • replaces each letter by 3rd letter on • example: meet me after the toga party PHHW PH DIWHU WKH WRJD SDUWB

  10. Caesar Cipher • can define transformation as: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C • mathematically give each letter a number a b c d e f g h i j k l m 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 n o p q r s t u v w x y Z 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 • then have Caesar cipher as: C = E(p) = (p + k) mod (26) p = D(C) = (C – k) mod (26)

  11. Cryptanalysis of Caesar Cipher • only have 26 possible ciphers • A maps to A,B,..Z • could simply try each in turn • a brute force search • given ciphertext, just try all shifts of letters • do need to recognize when have plaintext • eg. break ciphertext "GCUA VQ DTGCM"

  12. Brute-Force Cryptanalysis of Caesar Cipher

  13. Monoalphabetic Cipher • rather than just shifting the alphabet • could shuffle (jumble) the letters arbitrarily • each plaintext letter maps to a different random ciphertext letter • hence key is 26 letters long Plain: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz Cipher: DKVQFIBJWPESCXHTMYAUOLRGZN Plaintext: ifwewishtoreplaceletters Ciphertext: WIRFRWAJUHYFTSDVFSFUUFYA

  14. Monoalphabetic Cipher Security • now have a total of 26! = 4 x 1026 keys • with so many keys, might think is secure • but would be !!!WRONG!!! • problem is language characteristics

  15. Language Redundancy and Cryptanalysis • human languages are redundant • eg "th lrd s m shphrd shll nt wnt" • letters are not equally commonly used • in English e is by far the most common letter • then T,R,N,I,O,A,S • other letters are fairly rare • cf. Z,J,K,Q,X • have tables of single, double & triple letter frequencies

  16. English Letter Frequencies

  17. Use in Cryptanalysis • key concept - monoalphabetic substitution ciphers do not change relative letter frequencies • discovered by Arabian scientists in 9th century • calculate letter frequencies for ciphertext • compare counts/plots against known values • if Caesar cipher look for common peaks/troughs • peaks at: A-E-I triple, NO pair, RST triple • troughs at: JK, X-Z • for monoalphabetic must identify each letter • tables of common double/triple letters help

  18. Example Cryptanalysis • given ciphertext: UZQSOVUOHXMOPVGPOZPEVSGZWSZOPFPESXUDBMETSXAIZ VUEPHZHMDZSHZOWSFPAPPDTSVPQUZWYMXUZUHSX EPYEPOPDZSZUFPOMBZWPFUPZHMDJUDTMOHMQ • count relative letter frequencies (see text) • guess P & Z are e and t • guess ZW is th and hence ZWP is the • proceeding with trial and error finally get: it was disclosed yesterday that several informal but direct contacts have been made with political representatives of the viet cong in moscow

  19. Playfair Cipher • not even the large number of keys in a monoalphabetic cipher provides security • one approach to improving security was to encrypt multiple letters • the Playfair Cipher is an example • invented by Charles Wheatstone in 1854, but named after his friend Baron Playfair

  20. Playfair Key Matrix • a 5X5 matrix of letters based on a keyword • fill in letters of keyword (sans duplicates) • fill rest of matrix with other letters • eg. using the keyword MONARCHY MONAR CHYBD EFGIK LPQST UVWXZ

  21. Encrypting and Decrypting • plaintext encrypted two letters at a time: • if a pair is a repeated letter, insert a filler like 'X', eg. "balloon" encrypts as "ba lx lo on" • if both letters fall in the same row, replace each with letter to right (wrapping back to start from end), eg. “ar" encrypts as "RM" • if both letters fall in the same column, replace each with the letter below it (again wrapping to top from bottom), eg. “mu" encrypts to "CM" • otherwise each letter is replaced by the one in its row in the column of the other letter of the pair, eg. “hs" encrypts to "BP", and “ea" to "IM" or "JM" (as desired)

  22. Security of the Playfair Cipher • security much improved over monoalphabetic • since have 26 x 26 = 676 digrams • would need a 676 entry frequency table to analyse (verses 26 for a monoalphabetic) • and correspondingly more ciphertext • was widely used for many years (eg. US & British military in WW1) • it can be broken, given a few hundred letters • since still has much of plaintext structure

  23. Polyalphabetic Ciphers • another approach to improving security is to use multiple cipher alphabets • called polyalphabetic substitution ciphers • makes cryptanalysis harder with more alphabets to guess and flatter frequency distribution • use a key to select which alphabet is used for each letter of the message • use each alphabet in turn • repeat from start after end of key is reached

  24. Vigenère Cipher • simplest polyalphabetic substitution cipher is the Vigenère Cipher • effectively multiple caesar ciphers • key is multiple letters long K = k1 k2 ... kd • ith letter specifies ith alphabet to use • use each alphabet in turn • repeat from start after d letters in message • decryption simply works in reverse

  25. Example • write the plaintext out • write the keyword repeated above it • use each key letter as a caesar cipher key • encrypt the corresponding plaintext letter • eg using keyword deceptive key: deceptivedeceptivedeceptive plaintext: wearediscoveredsaveyourself ciphertext:ZICVTWQNGRZGVTWAVZHCQYGLMGJ

  26. Autokey Cipher • ideally want a key as long as the message • Vigenère proposed the autokey cipher • with keyword is prefixed to message as key • knowing keyword can recover the first few letters • use these in turn on the rest of the message • but still have frequency characteristics to attack • eg. given key deceptive key: deceptivewearediscoveredsav plaintext: wearediscoveredsaveyourself ciphertext:ZICVTWQNGKZEIIGASXSTSLVVWLA

  27. One-Time Pad • if a truly random key as long as the message is used, the cipher will be secure • called a One-Time pad • is unbreakable since ciphertext bears no statistical relationship to the plaintext • since for any plaintext & any ciphertext there exists a key mapping one to other • can only use the key once though • have problem of safe distribution of key

  28. Transposition Ciphers • now consider classical transposition or permutation ciphers • these hide the message by rearranging the letter order • without altering the actual letters used • can recognise these since have the same frequency distribution as the original text

  29. Transposition Ciphers now consider classical transposition or permutation ciphers these hide the message by rearranging the letter order without altering the actual letters used can recognise these since have the same frequency distribution as the original text

  30. Rail Fence cipher • write message letters out diagonally over a number of rows • then read off cipher row by row • eg. write message out as: m e m a t r h t g p r y e t e f e t e o a a t • giving ciphertext MEMATRHTGPRYETEFETEOAAT

  31. Row Transposition Ciphers • a more complex scheme • write letters of message out in rows over a specified number of columns • then reorder the columns according to some key before reading off the rows Key: 3 4 2 1 5 6 7 Plaintext: a t t a c k p o s t p o n e d u n t i l t w o a m x y z Ciphertext: TTNAAPTMTSUOAODWCOIXKNLYPETZ

  32. Product Ciphers • ciphers using substitutions or transpositions are not secure because of language characteristics • hence consider using several ciphers in succession to make harder, but: • two substitutions make a more complex substitution • two transpositions make more complex transposition • but a substitution followed by a transposition makes a new much harder cipher • this is bridge from classical to modern ciphers

  33. Summary • have considered: • classical cipher techniques and terminology • monoalphabetic substitution ciphers • cryptanalysis using letter frequencies • Playfair ciphers • polyalphabetic ciphers • transposition ciphers • product ciphers