A General Framework for Guess-and-Determine and Time-Memory-Data Trade-Off Attacks on Stream Ciphers
Source: DSO National Laboratories
In this paper, the authors present a framework for guess-and-determine attack on stream ciphers that relies on guessing part of the internal state and solving for the remaining unknown cipher state based on known keystream bits. They show that this basic attack can always be extended to a Time-Memory-Data (TMD) Trade-Off attack. This allows them to easily extend any guess-and-determine attack to a guess-and-determine TMD attack, which improves the online attack at the expense of memory, pre-processing time, and data requirement. Lastly, they illustrate three applications of the attack framework.