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New European Schemes for Signature, Integrity, and Encryption

Objective

The project will put forward a portfolio of strong cryptographic primitives that has been obtained after an open call and been evaluated using a transparent and open process. The project intends to contribute to the final phase of the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) block cipher standardisation process (organised by NIST, US), but will also launch an independent open call for a broad set of primitives providing confidentiality, data integrity, and authentication. These primitives include block ciphers, stream ciphers, hash functions, MAC algorithms, digital signature schemes, and public-key encryption schemes. The project will develop an evaluation methodology (both for security and performance evaluation) and a software toolbox to support the evaluation. The project goal is to widely disseminate the project results and to build consensus based on these results by using the appropriate fora. A final objective is to maintain the strong position of European research while strengthening the position of European industry in cryptography.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
In a first phase, an open call for the submission of cryptographic primitives as well as for evaluation methodologies for these primitives will be published. This call will include a request for the submission of block ciphers (as for the AES call), and other cryptographic primitives including hash functions, additive stream ciphers, and digital signature algorithms. In addition, it will ask for evaluation methodologies for these primitives. In parallel, a software toolbox will be developed for generic and later on specific evaluations of primitives, taking into account the submitted testing methodologies. A first part of the security evaluation will consist of an analysis of the AES finalists, resulting in joint comments towards NIST. In parallel, a first performance evaluation will be executed, only implementing critical parts of the algorithms. The second phase of the project will consist of a thorough security evaluation of the finalists, combined with a performance evaluation that will produce realistic performance estimates of optimised implementations.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium

Participants (6)

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE PARIS
France
Address
45, Rue D'ulm
75230 Paris Cedex 05
ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Address
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX Egham, Surrey
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Wittelsbacherplatz 2
80333 Muenchen
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Address
Technion City
32000 Haifa
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
1 Place De L'universite
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
Address
Musepl. 1
5020 Bergen