Differential attack on five rounds of the SC2000 block cipher

J. Lu

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SC2000 is a 128-bit block cipher with a user key of 128, 192 or 256 bits, which employs a total of 6.5 rounds if a 128-bit user key is used. It is a CRYPTREC recommended e-government cipher. In this paper we describe one 4.75-round differential characteristic with probability $2^{126}$ of SC2000 and thirty 4.75-round differential characteristics with probability $2^{¿127}$. Finally, we exploit these 4.75-round differentials to conduct a differential cryptanalysis attack on a 5-round reduced version of SC2000 when used with a 128-bit key. The attack suggests for the first time that the safety margin of SC2000 with a 128-bit key decreases below one and a half rounds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Security and Cryptology (5th International Conference, Inscrypt 2009, Beijing, China, December 12-15, 2009. Revised Selected Papers)
EditorsF. Bao, M. Yung
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-16341-8
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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