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Discretization of coupled map lattices for a stream cipher

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5 Author(s)
Ruming Yin ; Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China ; Jian Yuan ; Qiuhua Yang ; Xiuming Shan
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Coupled map lattices (CML) have been recently used to construct ciphers. However, the complicated operations on real numbers make these CML-based ciphers difficult to analyze. This paper presents a new stream cipher with the discretized CML which operates on binary numbers. When discretizing the CML, the effective network structure is explicitly preserved to improve the confusion and diffusion. The proposed cipher can be easily analyzed using proper cryptographic techniques and has good security. The cipher has a strict lower bound on the period length of 264 and its key setup scheme achieves enough diffusion. The keystreams pass all of the NIST statistical randomness tests and have good randomness properties. In addition the cipher is resistant to the guess-and-determine attack.

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Tsinghua Science and Technology  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 3 )