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Coding for Cryptographic Security Enhancement Using Stopping Sets

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Executive Summary

In this paper the authors discuss the ability of channel codes to enhance cryptographic secrecy. Toward that end, this paper present the secrecy metric of degrees of freedom in an attacker's knowledge of the cryptogram, which is similar to equivocation. Using this notion of secrecy, the authors' show how a specific practical channel coding system can be used to hide information about the ciphertext, thus increasing the difficulty of cryptographic attacks. The system setup is the wiretap channel model where transmitted data traverse through independent packet erasure channels with public feedback for authenticated ARQ (Automatic Repeat reQuest).

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