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Improved Generic Attacks Against Hash-based MACs and HAIFA


The security of HMAC (and more general hash-based MACs) against state-recovery and universal forgery attacks was very recently shown to be suboptimal, following a series of surprising results by Leurent \emph{et al.} and Peyrin \emph{et al.}. These results have shown that such powerful attacks require much less than $2^{\ell}$ computations, contradicting the common belief (where $\ell$ denotes the internal state size). In this work, we revisit and extend these results, with a focus on properties of concrete hash functions such as a limited message length, and special iteration modes. We begin by devising the first state-recovery attack on HMAC with a HAIFA hash function (using a block counter in every compression function call), with complexity $2^{4\ell/5}$. Then, we describe improved trade-offs between the message length and the complexity of a state-recovery attack on HMAC. Consequently, we obtain improved attacks on several HMAC constructions used in practice, in which the hash functions limit the maximal message length (e.g., SHA-1 and SHA-2). Finally, we present the first universal forgery attacks, which can be applied with short message queries to the \mac oracle. In particular, we devise the first universal forgery attacks applicable to SHA-1 and SHA-2.

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hal-01086177 , version 1 (22-11-2014)



Itai Dinur, Gaëtan Leurent. Improved Generic Attacks Against Hash-based MACs and HAIFA. Advances in Cryptology - CRYPTO 2014, Aug 2014, Santa Barbara, CA, United States. ⟨10.1007/978-3-662-44371-2_9⟩. ⟨hal-01086177⟩
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