Security analysis of M-DES and key-based coded permutation ciphers in wireless channels


Yap, Wun She and Heng, Swee Huay and Goi, Bok Min (2018) Security analysis of M-DES and key-based coded permutation ciphers in wireless channels. IET Communications, 12 (10). pp. 1230-1235. ISSN 1751-8628

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Encryption is primarily used to ensure the confidentiality of information transmitted over an insecure wireless channel. However, an encrypted signal may be received with some errors due to noise and interference in the wireless channel. To alleviate these errors in the received encrypted signal, Zibideh and Matalgah proposed two different versions of key-based coded permutation cipher (KBCPC) aimed to improve the error performance and security of the transmission in the wireless channel. These two versions were designed based on the modified data encryption standard (M-DES) and provide different levels of security. This study presents a divide-and-conquer attack on both M-DES and KBCPC by exploiting the function that extends the length of output. Their analysis shows that these two ciphers can only provide 56-bit level of security instead of the claimed 136-bit and 173.67-bit level of security for different versions. The authors' analysis is further verified through experiments. More importantly, their attack can be easily adapted to other schemes with a different encryption design but the same coding technique used in M-DES or KBCPC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cryptography, telecommunication security, wireless channels
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA150-272.5 Algebra
Divisions: Faculty of Information Science and Technology (FIST)
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2020 17:01
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2020 17:01


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