Tag: cipher

Oct 12

Seminar: Stephane Fernandes Medeiros “Kalyna the new Ukrainian block cipher standard” (Octobre 12, 2015)

October 12, 2015 – 12.30 – Computer Department Seminar Room – NO Building, 8th floor (P.2NO8.08 – Rotule)

Speaker: Stephane Fernandes Medeiros (ULB)

Title: Kalyna the new Ukrainian block cipher standard

Jul 11


The Gostcrypt project has been launched at the end of 2013 as fork of the (late) Truecrypt project. Snowden’s leaks have made clear more than ever that the massive use of encryption by citizens must become a reality. This is possible only if there is a vast, rich offer of trusted, open source products like Truecrypt, with the strong support of the hacker community. However, at that time we did not foresee the unprecedented upheaval of terrible shock with the recent Truecrypt disappearance. More than ever we all need more and more projects to replace it. Gostcrypt is one among (we hope) many others. The variety and richness of encryption solutions is THE solution.

But with Gostcrypt, we intend to go farther than ever. Since the late 70s, most of the algorithms used (not to say all) are UKUSA encryption systems that have been chosen, promoted and standardized under the control of the USA and its minions. It is more than likely that among the different levels of control, mathematical trapdoors are part of the game. We thus decided to used strong encryption systems (as far as we know and despite a few recent “manipulation papers” that have nothing to do with science and which are mistaken operational security with fantasy and which have been rejected recently again as non valid [Babenko & Maro, 2014]) which moreover were not invasive as UKUSA ciphers are (mostly AES) by now. The Gost cipher and hash functions are not everywhere, have not invaded our systems and have been designed by the former USSR for its own need. Aside the fact that it is indeed a very strong cipher (when correctly implemented and a suitable key management), this feature of non-aggressive technological expansion is a key point. GOST algorithms have never sought to spread and to impose on anyone. It has even been rejected from the ISO standardization process in 2012 as a consequence of fallacious, non-reproducible allegations of weakness.

Whatever may be the quality and features of a security project, it can be valid in the long run with trust only. Trust is only possible with open source code and above all with the active support of the hacking community, which will analyze the security, report bugs, make comments and contribute to the project. So welcome on board to everybody.

via GostCrypt.

Feb 28

New software: cryptosat

This package allows for the user to generate, manipulate, and solve SAT instances encoding cryptographic algorithms of the ARX family (Addition, Rotation, eXclusive or) that make use of bitwise Boolean functions and S-Boxes. Currently supported algorithms include the compression function of the obsolete hash algorithm MD4, the stream cipher ZUC used in 4G LTE, and the key schedule of block ciphers WIDEA and MESH. The package can be easily extended in order to support other algorithms.
System requirements: Linux, g++, little-endian platform.

Download: cryptosat_0.2.1.tar

Apr 25

Seminar: Frederic Lafitte “SAT-solver based analysis of LTE stream cipher ZUC” (April 30, 2013)

April 30, 2013 – 12.30 – Computer Department Seminar Room – NO Building, 8th floor (2N8.202)

Speaker : Frederic Lafitte (ERM & ULB)

Title : SAT-solver based analysis of LTE stream cipher ZUC

Apr 15

SSL Cipher Suites Supported By Your Browser

SSL Cipher Suites Supported By Your Browser.

Mar 04

The top 10 unsolved ciphertexts | Naked Security

The top 10 unsolved ciphertexts | Naked Security.

Feb 13

The top 10 cracked ciphertexts from history | Naked Security

The top 10 cracked ciphertexts from history | Naked Security.

Jan 31

The 2013 International Conference on Security and Management – SAM’13


Paper Submission Deadline: March 18, 2013

The 2013 International Conference on Security and Management

July 22-25, 2013, Las Vegas, USA


You are invited to submit a full paper for consideration. All accepted
papers will be published in printed conference books/proceedings (ISBN)
and will also be made available online. The proceedings will be indexed
in science citation databases that track citation frequency/data for
each paper. In addition, like prior years, extended versions of selected
papers (about 35%) will appear in journals and edited research books
(publishers include: Springer, Elsevier, BMC, and others). SAM’13
is composed of a number of tracks, including: tutorials, sessions,
workshops, posters, and panel discussions. The conference will be held
July 22-25, 2013, Las Vegas, USA.

SCOPE: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

O Network Security
-Security Algorithms
-Mobile Network Security
-Security in CDN (Contents Distribution Networks)
-Virtual Private Network (VPN)
-Tracing Techniques in Internet
-Active Networks
-Security in Grid
-Web Monitoring
-Network Security Engineering
-Transport-Level Security
-Wireless Network Security
-IP Security
-Electronic Mail security

O Cryptographic Technologies
-Security Protocols
-Key Management Techniques
-Cryptographic Technologies
-Applications of Block and Stream Ciphers
-Applications of Public Key Cryptology
-Message Authentication and Hash Functions
-Digital Signature Schemes
-Secret Sharing

O Security Management
-Surveillance Technologies
-Security Policies
-Security for Protocol Management
-Location Management
-QoS Management
-Resource Management
-Channel Management
-Mobility Management
-Digital Contents Copyright Protection
-System Security Management
-Network Security Management
-Management in Network Equipment
-Storage Area Networks (SAN) Management
-Information Security Management
-Government Security Policy
-Web Penetration Testing
-Security Operations
-Vulnerabilities Management

O Security Education
-Computer Security Education
-Network Security Education
-Cyber Security Education
-Cyber Security Body of Knowledge
-Information Assurance Education

O Information Assurance
-Mission Assurance
-Risk Assessment and Risk Management
-Continuity of Operations and Business Impact Analysis
-Cyber Security Compliance
-Security Auditing
-Security-Savvy Software Development
-Disaster Recovery
-Business Continuity Analysis
-Access Control
-Secure Use of Software
-Secure Performance

O Biometrics and Forensics
-Novel Biometric Methods
-Biological Security Technologies
-Face Recognition Systems
-Signature Recognition Systems
-Cyber Forensics
-Forensic Analysis
-Biometric Technologies for Security
-Feature Extraction and Matching Algorithms

O Hardware Security
-Embedded Systems Security
-Cryptographic Processors and Co-Processors
-Security Architectures
-True and Pseudorandom Number Generators
-Side Channel Attacks
-Fault Attacks
-Hardware Tamper Resistance
-Smart Card Processors
-Secure Storage Devices

O Security Applications
-Security in E-Commerce and M-Commerce
-Secure OS
-High-Tech Systems at Airports
-Emerging Technologies and Applications
-Cloud Computing Security
-Database Security
-Data Mining Security
-Cyber Security Automation

O Computer Security
-Firewall Systems
-Hacking Techniques and Related Issues
-Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
-Virus Issues (Detection, Prevention …)
-Trusted Computing
-Alert Correlation
-Attack Graphs
-Incident Responding
-Malware Analysis
-Incident Responding


January 31, 2013: Workshop / Session Proposals
March 18, 2013: Submission of full papers (about 7 pages)
April 18, 2013: Notification of acceptance (+/- two days)
May 5, 2013: Final papers + Copyright + Registration
July 22-25, 2013: The 2013 International Conference on Security
and Management (SAM’13)


Currently being prepared – The Academic Sponsors of the last offering of
FECS (2012) included research labs and centers affiliated with:
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, USA; Argonne National Laboratory,
Illinois, USA; George Mason University, Virginia, USA; Harvard University,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; Center for Cyber Defense, NCAT, North
Carolina, USA; Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences (CASIS:
NC A&T, Carnegie Mellon, Clemson, UNC Wilmington), USA; Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; Texas A&M
University, USA; UMIT, Institute of Bioinformatics and Translational
Research, Austria; University of Iowa, USA; Russian Academy of Sciences,
Moscow, Russia; NDSU-CIIT Green Computing and Communications Laboratory,
USA; Medical Image HPC and Informatics Lab, Iowa, USA; and others.
Sponsors At-Large included (corporate, associations, organizations):
Intel Corporation; Super Micro Computer, Inc., California, USA; Altera
Corporation; The International Council on Medical and Care Compunetics;
International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine; US Chapter of
World Academy of Science; High Performance Computing for Nanotechnology;
Luna Innovations; World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies;
Manx Telecom; Computer Science Research, Education, and Applications
Press; HoIP Telecom; Hodges Health; Leading Knowledge; OMG; Science
Publications and others.


Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers by uploading them
to the evaluation web site at:
( OR http://world-comp.org ).
Submissions must be uploaded by March 18, 2013 and must be in either
MS doc or pdf formats (about 7 pages including all figures, tables,
and references – single space, font size of 10 to 12). All reasonable
typesetting formats are acceptable (later, the authors of accepted
papers will be asked to follow a particular typesetting format to
prepare their final papers for publication.) Papers must not have been
previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere.
The first page of the paper should include: title of the paper, name,
affiliation, postal address, and email address for each author. The
first page should also identify the name of the Contact Author and a
maximum of 5 topical keywords that would best represent the content
of the paper. The track title must also be stated on the first page of the
paper as well as a 100 to 150-word abstract. The length of the final/
Camera-Ready papers (if accepted) will be limited to 7
(two-column IEEE style) pages.

Each paper will be peer-reviewed by two experts in the field for
originality, significance, clarity, impact, and soundness. In cases of
contradictory recommendations, a member of the conference program
committee would be charged to make the final decision (accept/reject);
often, this would involve seeking help from additional referees.
Papers whose authors include a member of the conference program
committee will be evaluated using the double-blinded review process.
(Essay/philosophical papers will not be refereed but may be considered
for discussion/panels).

The proceedings will be published in printed conference books (ISBN) and
will also be made available online. The proceedings will be indexed in
science citation databases that track citation frequency/data for each
published paper. Science citation databases include: Inspec / IET / The
Institute for Engineering & Technology; The French National Center for
Scientific Research, CNRS, INIST databases, PASCAL (accessable from
INIST, Datastar, Dialog, EBSCO, OVID, Questel.Orbit, Qwam, and STN
International); P3P8PCTD70148 and others. Though, there is no guarantee
that the proceedings will also be included in SCI EI Compendex/Elsevier
indexings; in the past, the proceedings were included in these databases.
Therefore, we will also be sending the proceedings for indexing
procedures to SCI EI Compendex/Elsevier. The printed proceedings/books
will be available for distribution on site at the conference.


Poster papers can be 2 pages long. Authors are to follow the same
instructions that appear above (see, SUBMISSION OF REGULAR PAPERS) except
for the submission is limited to 2 pages. On the first page, the author
should state that “This paper is being submitted as a poster”. Poster
papers (if accepted) will be published if and only the author of the
accepted paper wishes to do so. please email your poster papers to the
poster co-chairs: Hanen Idoudi ( Hanen.Idoudi@ensi.rnu.tn ), or
Esmiralda Moradian ( moradian@kth.se ).


Each conference is composed of a number of tracks. A track can be a
session, a workshop, or a symposium. A session will have at least 6
papers; a workshop at least 12 papers; and a symposium at least 18
papers. Track chairs will be responsible for all aspects of their
tracks, including: soliciting papers, reviewing, selecting, …
The names of track chairs will appear as Associate Editors in the
conference proceedings and on the cover of the printed books (and
indexed in science databases as such).

Proposals to organize tracks (sessions, workshops, or symposiums) should
include the following information: name and address (+ email) of proposer,
his/her biography, title of track, a 100-word description of the topic of
the track, the name of the conference the track is submitted for
consideration (ie, SAM), and a short description on how the track
will be advertised (in most cases, track proposers solicit papers from
colleagues and researchers whose work is known to the track proposer).
E-mail your track proposal to the Workshops/Sessions co-chairs:
Flaminia Luccio ( luccio@unive.it ) or Sergey Morozov
( morozose@udmercy.edu ). We would like to receive the track proposals
as soon as possible but by no later than January 31, 2013.


Currently being finalized. The members of the Steering Committee of The
2012 Congress that FECS was (and will be) part of included: Dr. Selim
Aissi, (formerly: Chief Strategist – Security, Intel Corporation, USA)
Senior Business Leader & Chief Architect, Visa Corporation, USA; Prof.
Babak Akhgar, PhD, FBCS, CITP, Professor of Informatics, Sheffield
Hallam University, Sheffield, UK; Prof. Hamid R. Arabnia, Professor of
Computer Science, Elected Fellow of ISIBM, Editor-in-Chief of Journal
of Supercomputing (Springer), University of Georgia, USA; Prof. Kevin
Daimi, Professor of Computer Science, Director of Computer Science and
Software Engineering Programs, Department of Mathematics, Computer
Science and Software Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit,
Michigan, USA; Prof. Gerry Vernon Dozier, Professor of Computer Science,
Chair of Department of Computer Science and Director of Center for
Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences, Center for Cyber Defense, North
Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina, USA; Dr. Michael R.
Grimaila, Associate Professor, Air Force Institute of Technology,
Systems Engineering, Fellow of ISSA, CISM, CISSP, IAM/IEM, Editorial
Board of ISSA Journal, Air Force Center of Cyberspace Research, Advisor
to the Prince of Wales Fellows & Prince Edward Fellows at MIT and
Harvard Universities and PC member of NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence
Centre of Excellence (CCD COE); Prof. Kun Chang Lee, Professor of MIS
and WCU Professor of Creativity Science, Business School and Department
of Interaction Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea;
Prof., Dr., Dr.h. Victor Malyshkin, Head of Supercomputer Software
Department (SSD), Institute of Computational Mathematics and
Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia;
Prof. George Markowsky, Professor and Chair of Computer Science,
Associate Director of School of Computing and Information Science,
Chair of International Advisory Board of IEEE IDAACS and Director 2013
Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, Chair Bangor Foreign
Policy Forum, Cooperating Professor of Mathematics & Statistics
Department UMaine, Cooperating Professor of School of Policy &
International Affairs UMaine, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA;
Prof. Andy Marsh, Director of HoIP, Director of HoIP Telecom, UK,
Secretary-General of WABT, Vice- president of ICET, Visiting Professor,
University of Westminster, UK; Prof. James J. (Jong Hyuk) Park,
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Seoul National
University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), Korea, President of
KITCS, Presidentof FTRA, Editor-in-Chiefs of HCIS, JoC and IJITCC
Journals; Ashu M. G. Solo (Publicity Chair), Fellow of British
Computer Society, Principal R&D Engineer, Maverick Technologies
America; Prof. Sang C. Suh, Head and Professor of Computer Science,
Vice President, of Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS),
Director of Intelligent Cyberspace Engineering Lab (ICEL), Texas A&M
University, Com., Texas, USA; Prof. Layne T. Watson, IEEE Fellow,
NIA Fellow, ISIBM Fellow, Fellow of The National Institute of
Aerospace, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University,
Virginia, USA

The 2013 Program Committee for SAM conference is currently being
compiled. Many who have already joined the committees are renowned
leaders, scholars, researchers, scientists and practitioners of the
highest ranks; many are directors of research labs., fellows of
various societies, heads/chairs of departments, program directors of
research funding agencies, as well as deans and provosts.

Program Committee members are expected to have established a strong and
documented research track record. Those interested in joining the
Program Committee should email daimikj@udmercy.edu
the following information for consideration/evaluation: Name,
affiliation and position, complete mailing address, email address,
a one-page biography that includes research expertise, and details of
two recent papers on security.


SAM is an international conference that serves researchers, scholars,
professionals, students, and academicians who are looking to both foster
working relationships and gain access to the latest research results.
It is being held jointly (same location and dates) with a number of
other research conferences; namely, The 2013 World Congress in Computer
Science, Computer Engineering, and Applied Computing (WORLDCOMP). The
Congress is the largest annual gathering of researchers in computer
science, computer engineering and applied computing. We anticipate to
have 2,100 or more attendees from over 85 countries.

The 2013 Congress will be composed of research presentations, keynote
lectures, invited presentations, tutorials, panel discussions, and
poster presentations. In recent past, keynote/tutorial/panel speakers
have included: Prof. David A. Patterson (pioneer, architecture, U. of
California, Berkeley), Dr. K. Eric Drexler (known as Father of
Nanotechnology), Prof. John H. Holland (known as Father of Genetic
Algorithms; U. of Michigan), Prof. Ian Foster (known as Father of Grid
Computing; U. of Chicago & ANL), Prof. Ruzena Bajcsy (pioneer, VR, U.
of California, Berkeley), Prof. Barry Vercoe (Founding member of MIT
Media Lab, MIT), Dr. Jim Gettys (known as X-man, developer of X Window
System, xhost; OLPC), Prof. John Koza (known as Father of Genetic
Programming, Stanford U.), Prof. Brian D. Athey (NIH Program Director,
U. of Michigan), Prof. Viktor K. Prasanna (pioneer, U. of Southern
California), Dr. Jose L. Munoz (NSF Program Director and Consultant),
Prof. Jun Liu (pioneer, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard U.),
Prof. Lotfi A. Zadeh (Father of Fuzzy Logic), Dr. Firouz Naderi (Head,
NASA Mars Exploration Program/2000-2005 and Associate Director, Project
Formulation & Strategy, Jet Propulsion Lab, CalTech/NASA; Director,
NASA’s JPL Solar System Exploration), Prof. David Lorge Parnas (Fellow
of IEEE, ACM, RSC, CAE, GI; Dr.h.c.: ETH Zurich, Prof. Emeritus,
McMaster U. and U. of Limerick), Prof. Eugene H. Spafford (Executive
Director, CERIAS and Professor, Purdue University), Dr. Sandeep
Chatterjee (Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, SourceTrace
Systems, Inc.), Prof. Haym Hirsh (Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
and former director of Division of Information and Intelligent Systems,
National Science Foundation, USA), Dr. Flavio Villanustre (Vice-
President, HPCC Systems), and many other distinguished speakers. To
get a feeling about the Congress’s atmosphere, see the 2012 delegates
photos available at: http://infinitydempsey.smugmug.com/WorldComp

An important mission of the Congress is “Providing a unique platform for
a diverse community of constituents composed of scholars, researchers,
developers, educators, and practitioners. The Congress makes concerted
effort to reach out to participants affiliated with diverse entities
(such as: universities, institutions, corporations, government agencies,
and research centers/labs) from all over the world. The Congress also
attempts to connect participants from institutions that have teaching as
their main mission with those who are affiliated with institutions that
have research as their main mission. The Congress uses a quota system to
achieve its institution and geography diversity objectives.”

One main goal of the Congress is to assemble a spectrum of affiliated
research conferences, workshops, and symposiums into a coordinated
research meeting held in a common place at a common time. This model
facilitates communication among researchers in different fields of
computer science, computer engineering, and applied computing. The
Congress also encourages multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary
research initiatives; ie, facilitating increased opportunities for
cross-fertilization across sub-disciplines.


As of December 2012, papers published in the Congress proceedings have
received over 27,000 citations (includes about 2,000 self-citations).
Citation data obtained from http://academic.research.microsoft.com/ .


Inquiries should be sent to: daimikj@udmercy.edu


Dec 07

Schneier on Security: Roger Williams’ Cipher Cracked

Schneier on Security: Roger Williams’ Cipher Cracked.

Oct 31

Seminar: Jorge Nakahara Jr. “Differential and Linear Attacks on the full WIDEA-n block ciphers (under weak keys)” (November 8, 2012)

November 8, 2012 – 12.30 – Computer Department Seminar Room – NO Building, 8th floor (2NO8.08 – Rotule)

Speaker : Jorge Nakahara Jr. (ULB)

Title : Differential and Linear Attacks on the full WIDEA-n block ciphers (under weak keys)