Provided by: International Association for Cryptologic Research
Date Added: Jul 2013
The privacy of GSM cellular telephony is protected by the A5 family of cryptosystems. The first two members of this family, the stream ciphers A5/1 and A5/2 (developed primarily for export markets) were designed in the late 1980s in an opaque process and were kept secret until they were reverse engineered in 1999 from actual handsets. Once published, it became clear that A5/2 provided almost no security, and A5/1 could be attacked with practical complexity by a variety of techniques (e.g., [2, 3, 10 and 13]).