REVIEW: "The Design of Rijndael", Joan Daemen/Vincent Rijmen

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    "The Design of Rijndael", Joan Daemen/Vincent Rijmen, 2002,
    %A Joan Daemen
    %A Vincent Rijmen
    %C 233 Spring St., New York, NY 10013
    %D 2002
    %G 3-540-42580-2
    %I Springer-Verlag
    %O 212-460-1500 800-777-4643
    %O Audience s- Tech 3 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
    %P 238 p.
    %T "The Design of Rijndael: AES - The Advanced Encryption Standard"

    This book, written by the authors of the Rijndael encryption
    algorithm, (the engine underlying the Advanced Encryption Standard)
    explains how Rijndael works, discusses some implementation factors,
    and presents the approach to its design. Daemen and Rijmen note the
    linear and differential cryptanalytic attacks to which DES (the Data
    Encryption Standard) was subject, the design strategy that resulted
    from their analysis, the possibilities of reduce round attacks, and
    the details of related ciphers.

    Chapter one is a history of the AES assessment and decision process.
    It is interesting to note the requirements specified, particularly the
    fact that AES was intended to protect "sensitive but unclassified"
    material. Background in regard to mathematical and block cipher
    concepts is given in chapter two. The specifications of Rijndael sub-
    functions and rounds are detailed in chapter three. Chapter four
    notes implementation considerations in small platforms and dedicated
    hardware. The design philosophy underlying the work is outlined in
    chapter five: much of it concentrates on simplicity and symmetry.
    Differential and linear cryptanalysis mounted against DES is examined
    in chapter six. Chapter seven reviews the use of correlation matrices
    in cryptanalysis. If differences between pairs of plaintext can be
    calculated as they propagate through the boolean functions used for
    intermediate and resultant ciphertext, then chapter eight shows how
    this can be used as the basis of differential cryptanalysis. Using
    the concepts from these two chapters, chapter nine examines how the
    wide trail design diffuses cipher operations and data to prevent
    strong linear correlations or differential propagation. There is also
    formal proof of Rijndael's resistant construction. Chapter ten looks
    at a number of cryptanalytic attacks and problems (including the
    infamous weak and semi-weak keys of DES) and notes the protections
    provided in the design of Rijndael. Cryptographic algorithms that
    made a contribution to, or are descended from, Rijndael are described
    in chapter eleven.

    This book is intended for serious students of cryptographic algorithm
    design: it is highly demanding text, and requires a background in the
    formal study of number theory and logic. Given that, it does provide
    some fascinating examination of both the advanced cryptanalytic
    attacks, and the design of algorithms to resist them.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2009 BKDRJNDL.RVW 20091129


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