Phd topics -
Advanced Symmetric Cryptanalysis
Promoter: Bart Preneel |
Description: Symmetric cryptography is used to protect large amounts of digital data. Block ciphers, stream ciphers, message authentication codes, hash functions are types of algorithms which fall in the class of symmetric cryptography. Well-known standards include the AES, the 3GPP algorithm suite, the SHA-3 candidates. The security of these algorithms is usually measured by determining their resistance against several methods of cryptanalysis: differential cryptanalysis, linear cryptanalysis, etc.
We are continuously looking for students who want to learn about symmetric cryptanalysis and to apply the methods to modern cryptographic algorithms. Besides the standard cryptanalysis methods, the students will also work with recently developed advanced variants like rebound attacks, zero-correlation linear cryptanalysis etc.
A background in cryptography or computer security is not required. The applicant should be familiar with linear algebra, coding theory, Boolean functions, programming in C, C++ or Java, and be willing to learn more mathematics as needed.
Key words: symmetric cryptography, cryptanalysis, hash functions, block ciphers, stream ciphers
Latest application date: 2016-04-09
Type of Position: scholarship
Duration of the Project : 4 years
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