The Self-Shrinking Generator

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The Self-Shrinking Generator
The self-shrinking generator was introduced in 1994. It is based on the idea behind the shrinking generator and despite its simplicity it has remained remarkably resistant to efficient attacks. Several known plaintext attacks have been proposed against the generator, some operating on a short keystream and others requiring a longer sequence to succeed. In this paper we propose two new attacks on the self-shrinking generator. The first attack, using a short known keystream, has the same complexity as the BDD-based attack, which is the best previously known attack. However, while the BDD-based attack requires a huge amount of memory, our algorithm uses almost no memory, leaving it as the preferred alternative. Our second attack operates on a longer known keystream, exponential in the length of the LFSR. The attack considers one or several segments of keystream bits and guesses that these bits stem from LFSR segments of some size. It is shown that this attack achieves better complexity th...
Willi Meier, Othmar Staffelbach
Added 09 Aug 2010
Updated 09 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 1994
Authors Willi Meier, Othmar Staffelbach
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