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A Practical Attack Against the Use of RC4 in the HIVE Hidden Volume Encryption System

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A Practical Attack Against the Use of RC4 in the HIVE Hidden Volume Encryption System
The HIVE hidden volume encryption system was proposed by Blass et al. at ACM-CCS 2014. Even though HIVE has a security proof, this paper demonstrates an attack on its implementation that breaks the main security property claimed for the system by its authors, namely plausible hiding against arbitrary-access adversaries. Our attack is possible because of the HIVE implementation’s reliance on the RC4 stream cipher to fill unused blocks with pseudorandom data. While the attack can be easily eliminated by using a better pseudorandom generator, it serves as an example of why RC4 should be avoided in all new applications and a reminder that one has to be careful when instantiating primitives.
Kenneth G. Paterson, Mario Strefler
Added 17 Apr 2016
Updated 17 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2015
Where CCS
Authors Kenneth G. Paterson, Mario Strefler
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