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Evaluation and Analysis of Authenticated Encryption Schemes

In 2013 the Competition for Authenticated Encryption: Security, Applicability, and Robustness (CAESAR) was announced. It is organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA with funding from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The goal of the competition is to select a portfolio of cryptographic algorithms for authenticated encryption. CAESAR is scheduled to run for 4 years until 2017 when the selected algorithms will be announced. It is very likely that these algorithms will end up in standardization and will be implemented and used by the industry worldwide.

In the CAESAREA project we propose to take part in the global effort of evaluating the strength and security properties of the proposals submitted to CAESAR. The main objective of our research is to evaluate to what extent the security goals set out by the designers of the target algorithms are met. Potentially our results may serve as recommendations to the committee of the CAESAR competition in the process of making their final decision. In this sense the outcomes of this project will be of interest not only to a limited scientific audience but will benefit society in general.

The CAESAR competition is a global initiative in which research teams and experts from large companies (STMicroelectronics, Google Inc. Switzerland, NXP Semiconductors, Kudelski Security, NTT Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric) are involved. Therefore the contributions of our team, as representatives of the University of Luxembourg, are expected to have high impact and will further improve the visibility of the university on a worldwide scale.