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Mitigating collision and preimage attacks against the generalized MDC-2 mode of operation

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This paper proposes a set of mechanisms for enhancing the security of the generalized MDC-2 mode of operation. The MDC-2 [4] mode is used for constructing a double length hash function, using block cipher building blocks, and is believed to provide some collision resistance [4], [10]. Recently, several attacks on MDC-2 have been published - collision, first and second pre-image attacks, with complexity below the ideal [2], [7], [8]. In this paper we analyze the root-cause of these attacks, as applied to the generalized MDC-2 mode, and propose techniques for mitigating them. By mitigating we mean that with our amendments the attacks are either not applicable, or their complexity is pushed to ideal.

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Computers and Communications (ISCC), 2010 IEEE Symposium on

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22-25 June 2010