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CMPE 471. BASIC ENCRYPTION AND DECRYPTION. TERMINOLOGY & BACKGROUND.

CMPE 471

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CMPE 471

BASIC ENCRYPTION AND DECRYPTION

Suppose S(Sender)wants to send a message to R(Reciever).Sentrusts the message to T, who will deliver it to R; T then becomes the transmission medium. If an outsider, O, wants the message and tries to access it, we will call Oan interceptor or intruder.

- Any time after S transmits via T, the message is exposed, so O might try to access the message:
- Block it, by preventing it to reach to R: availability
- Intercept it, by reading or listening to the message: secrecy
- Modifyit, by seizing the message and changing it: integrity
- Fabricate an authentic looking message, arranging as if it came from S: integrity.

- Encryption (encode/ encipher):
- Process of encoding a message so that its meaning is not so obvious.

- Decryption (decode/ decipher):
- Is the reverse process: transforming an encrypted message back into its normal form.

- Cryptosystem:
- A system for encryption and decryption

- Plaintext:
- The original form of the message

- Ciphertext:
- The encrypted form of the message.

- Encryption Algorithms:
Some encryption algorithms use a keyK, so that the ciphertext message depends on both the original plaintext message and the key value

C = E(K,P)

E is a set of encryption algorithms, and the key K selects one specific algorithm.

Sometimes the encryption and decryption keys are the same; P = D(K, E(K,P)). This is called symmetric encryption since D and E are mirror-image processes.

Other times encryption and decryption keys come in pairs. Then a decryption key K inverts the encryption of key K so that P = D(K , E(K ,P)). Encryption algorithms of this form are called asymmetric, because converting C back to P is not just reversing the steps of E.

D

E

D

E

Original

Plaintext

Plaintext

Ciphertext

Decryption

Encryption

ENCRYPTION

Key

Original

Plaintext

Plaintext

Ciphertext

Encryption

Decryption

Symmetric Cryptosystem

Encryption Key

K

Encryption Key

K

E

D

Original

Plaintext

Plaintext

Ciphertext

Encryption

Decryption

Asymmetric Cryptosystem

- Cryptograpghy:
- Hidden writing, the practice of using encryption to conceal text.

- Cryptanalyst:
- Studies encryption and encrypted messages, with the goal of finding the hidden meanings of the messages.

- Cryptology:
- Is the research into and study of encryption and decryption; it includes both cryptography and cryptanalysis.

- Substitution:
- One letter is exchanged for another

- Transposition:
- The order of the letters is rearranged

- The Caesar Cipher:
- Named after Julius Caeser. Each letter is translated to the letter a fixed number of letters after it in the alphabet. Caesar used to shift 3, so that plaintext letter p was enciphered as ciphertext letter c by the rule
c = E(p ) = p +3

Plaintext A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

Chiphertext d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w y z a b c

- Named after Julius Caeser. Each letter is translated to the letter a fixed number of letters after it in the alphabet. Caesar used to shift 3, so that plaintext letter p was enciphered as ciphertext letter c by the rule

i

i

i

i

i

Using this encryption encode the below message

TREATY IMPOSSIBLE

Would be encoded as

TREATY IMPOSSIBLE

wu hd wb l p s r vv le o h

The pattern p + 3 is easy to memorise and it is a simple cipher.

That obvious pattern is also the major weakness of the Ceasar cipher.

A secure encryption should not allow an interceptor to use a little piece to predict the entire pattern of the encryption.

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- Please decipher the following:
dh ey vdedk duded wdpluflvlqh jlwwlp vrqud eludc jhcphbh jlwwlp zh rnyod jhoglp eyudgd ghuvlp zdu

ben bu sabah araba tamircisine gittim sonra biraz gezmeye gittim ve okula geldim burada dersim var

- Please make the cryptanalysis of Caesar chipher.

- Suppose you were trying to break the following ciphertext message:
Wklv phvvdjh lv qrw wrr kdug wr euhdn

- The message has been enciphered with a 27-symbol alphabet
- Worst of all the blank has been translated to itself
- It shows which are the small words
- In encryption spaces between words often are deleted under the assumption that a legitimate reciever can breakmostmessagesintowordsfairlyeasily.

- English has relatively few small words such as am, is, to, be, he, we, and, are, you, she...
- One attack is to substitute known short words at appropriate places in the ciphertext and try to substituting for matching characters other places in the ciphertext.
- A stronger clue is the repeated R in the word wrr: see, too, add, odd, off

- The cryptanalysis here is ad hoc
- Uses deduction based on guesses instead of solid principles.

- Another approach is to consider which letters commonly start words, which letters commonly end words, and which prefixes and suffixes are common.

- The weakness of monoalphabetic ciphers is that their frequency distribution reflects the distribution of the underlying alphabet.
- A cipher that is more cryptographicaly secure would display a rather flat distribution, which gives no information to cryptanalyst.
- One way to flatten the distribution is to combine distributions that are high with ones that are low:
- If Tis enciphered as aand b, and if X is also enciphered as a and b, the high frequency of T mixes with the low frequency of X to produce a more moderate distribution for a and b.

- We can combine two distributions by using two separate encryption alphabets
- All charaters in odd positions of the plaintext message
- All characters in even positions
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

a d g j m p s v y b e h k n q t w z c f i l o r u x

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

n s x c h m r w b g l q v a f k p u z e j o t y d i

Table for

odd positions

Table for

even positions

- The first table uses the permutation
∏ı(λ) = (3*λ) mod 26

- The second uses the permutation
∏2(λ) = ((5*λ) + 13) mod 26

- Encryption with these tables would be
TREATY IMPOSSIBLE

TREAT YIMPO SSIBL E

f u m nf dyvtf czysh h

- Notice that the double S becomes cz and that the two Es are enciphered as m and h
- Polyalphabetic encryption flattens the frequency distribution of the plaintext considerably.

- Please make the cryptanalysis of polyalphabetic substitutions

- With a little help from frequency distributions and letter patterns you can break monoalphabetic substitution by hand
- With the aid of computer programs and with an adequate amount of ciphertext, a good cryptanalyst can break such a cipher in an hour.
- In some applications the prospect of one day’s effort may not make sense and it may be enough to protect the message.
- There are two tools that can decrypt messages written even with a large number of alphabets
- The Kasiski method for repeated patterns: the method relies on the regularity of English. If a message is encoded with n alphabets in cyclic rotation, and if a particular word or letter group apperas k times in a plaintext message, it should be encoded approximately k/n times from the same alphabet.
- Index of Coincidence: to rate how well a particular distribution matches the distribution of letters in English. The index of coincidence is a measure of the variation between frequencies in a distribution.

- Substitutions are effective cryptographic devices used in diplomatic communications and appeared in the mysteries of
- Arthur Conan Doyle, Allan Poe, Agatha Cristie...

- The presentation of substitution ciphers has also introduced several cryptoanalytic tools:
- Frequency distribution
- Index of coincidence
- Consideration of highly likely letters and probable words
- Repeated pattern analysis and the Kasiski approach
- Persistence, organisation, ingenuity, and luck

- The goal of substitution is confusion, an attempt to make it difficult to determine how a message and key were transformed into ciphertext.
- A transposition is an encryption in which the letters of the message are rearranged.
- The goal is diffusion, spreading the information from the message or the key out widely across the ciphertext: permutation.

Plaintext message

five-column transposition

Ciphertext is formed by

traversing the columns

- The resulting ciphertext would then be read as
tssoh oaniw haaso lrsto imghw

utpir seeoa mrook istwc nasns

- The length of this message happened to be a multiple of five, so all columns came out the same length
- If the message length is not a multiple of the length of a row, the last columns will be a letter short.

Encipherment/ Decipherment Complexity

- Involves no additional work beyond arranging the letters and reading them off again.
- The algorithm is constant in the amount of work per character, and the time for the algorithm is proportional to the length of the message
- This algorithm requires storage for all characters of the message, so the space required is not constant but depends directly on the length of the message.
- Because of the storage space and the delay involved, it is not appropriate for long messages.

- Diagrams:
- Characteristic patterns of pairs of adjacent letters.
- Such as –re, -th, -en, -ed, -on, -in, -an...

- Trigrams:
- Groups of three letters in English
- Such as –ent, -ion, -ing, -ive, -for, -one...

- Please make the cryptanalysis of transpositions

- The basic attack on columnar transpositions is not as precise as the attack on substitution ciphers.
- Transpositions look less secure since they leave the plaintext letters intact, the work for cryptanalyst is more exhausting, because it relies on a human judgement of what ‘looks right’.
- The process involves exhaustive comparison of strings of ciphertext.
- Compares a block of ciphertext characters against characters successively farther away in the ciphertext.

- Morse Code:
- Means of representing letters as sequences of dots and dashes, used with telegraphs, and flashing lights.

- They convert one symbol of plaintext immediately into a symbol of ciphertext (columnar transposition is the exception).
- The transformation depends only on the symbol, the key, and control information of the encipherment algorithm.

Key

(Optional)

Stream

Encryption

Y

wdhuw...

ISSOPMI

Plaintext

Ciphertext

Encryption

- Advantages:
- Speed of transformation: each symbol is encrypted without regard for any other plaintext symbols, each symbol can be encrypted as soon as it is read. Thus the time to encrypt each symbol depends only on the encryption algorithm itself, not on the time it takes to receive more plaintext.
- Low error propogation: since each symbol is separately encoded, an error in the encryption process affects only that character.

- Disadvantages:
- Low diffusion:each symbol is separately enciphered. Therefore, all the information of that symbol is contained in one symbol of the ciphertext. A cryptanalyst can attempt to break it by analaysing the characteristics of all individual symbols of the ciphertext, using tools such as frequency distribution counts, Kasiski method, etc.
- Susceptibility to malicious insertions and modifications: because each symbol is separately encipherde, an active interceptor who has broken the code can splice together pieces of previous messages and transmit a spurious new message that may look authentic.

- Encrypt a group of plaintext symbols as one block.
- Columnar transpositions and other transpositions are examples of block ciphers.

Key

(Optional)

XN

OI

TP

YR

CN

ES

Block

Cipher

Systems

IH

po

Plaintext

Ciphertext

ba

qc

kd

em

mc

Encryption

- Advantages:
- Diffusion: information from plaintext is diffused into several ciphertext symbols. One ciphertext block may depend on several plaintext letters.
- Immunity to insertions: because blocks of symbols are enciphered, it is impossible to insert a single symbol into one block. The length of the block would then be incorrect, and the decipherment would quickly reveal the insertion.

- Disadvantages:
- Slowness of encryption: block ciphers must wait until an entire block of plaintext symbols has been received before starting the encryption process.
- Error propagation: an error will affect the transformation of all characters in the same block.

- Shannon Characteristics:
- The amount of secrecy needed should determine the amount of labour appropriate for the encryption and decryption
- The set of keys and the enciphering algorithm should be free from complexity
- The implementation of the process should be as simple as possible
- Errors in ciphering should not propogate and cause corruption of further information in the message
- The size of the enciphered text should be no longer than the text of the original message.