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EPCBC - A Block Cipher Suitable for Electronic Product Code Encryption

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors present EPCBC, a lightweight cipher that has 96-bit key size and 48-bit/96-bit block size. This is suitable for Electronic Product Code (EPC) encryption, which uses low-cost passive RFID-tags and exactly 96 bits as a unique identifier on the item level. EPCBC is based on a generalized PRESENT with block size 48 and 96 bits for the main cipher structure and customized key schedule design which provides strong protection against related-key differential attacks, a recent class of powerful attacks on AES. Related-key attacks are especially relevant when a block cipher is used as a hash function.

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