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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
75230 Paris Cedex 05
TW20 0EX Egham, Surrey