By Edsger W. Dijkstra

He starts by means of contemplating the questions, «What is an algorithm?» and «What are we doing once we program?» those questions lead him to an engaging digression at the semantics of programming languages, which, in flip, results in essays on programming language constructs, scoping of variables, and array references. Dijkstra then supplies, as promised, a set of gorgeous algorithms. those algorithms are some distance ranging, masking mathematical computations, different types of sorting difficulties, trend matching, convex hulls, and extra. simply because this is often an previous booklet, the algorithms awarded are often not the simplest on hand. although, the worth in interpreting A self-discipline of Programming is to soak up and comprehend the way in which that Dijkstra thought of those difficulties, which, in many ways, is extra necessary than 1000 algorithms.

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Fr Abstract. In this paper, we describe generic attacks on Feistel networks with internal permutations, instead of Feistel networks with internal functions as designed originally. By generic attacks, we mean that in these attacks the internal permutations are supposed to be random. Despite the fact that some real Feistel ciphers actually use internal permutations like Twoﬁsh, Camellia, or DEAL, these ciphers have not been studied much. We will see that they do not always behave like the original Feistel networks with round functions.

In the following, we present a diﬀerential characteristic for the key schedule of Tiger which we can use to construct preimages for the compression function faster than brute force search. Consider the diﬀerential (δ1 , 0, δ2 , 0, 0, 0, 0, 0) → (δ1 , 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0) , (1) with δ1 δ2 = 0, where δ1 and δ2 denote modular diﬀerences in the 19 most signiﬁcant bits of the message words X0 , X2 and X8 . In order to guarantee that this characteristic holds in the key schedule of Tiger, several conditions have to be fulﬁlled.

Constructing the list L has a complexity of about 239 · 2135 = 2174 compression function evaluations. 4. Next, by using the entries in the list L we build a backward tree starting from H . For each node in the tree we expect to get two new nodes on the next level. It is easy to see that since we have 239 entries in the list L, where 154 bits are equal for each entry, we will always have two entries, where Hi is equal. Therefore, we will have about 220 nodes at level 20. In other words, we have about 220 candidates for H −20 .

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