On the Salsa20 Core Function

  title={On the Salsa20 Core Function},
  author={Julio C{\'e}sar Hern{\'a}ndez Castro and Juan E. Tapiador and Jean-Jacques Quisquater},
In this paper, we point out some weaknesses in the Salsa20 core function that could be exploited to obtain up to 2 collisions for its full (20 rounds) version. We first find an invariant for its main building block, the quarterround function, that is then extended to the rowround and columnround functions. This allows us to find an input subset of size 2 for which the Salsa20 core behaves exactly as the transformation f(x) = 2x. An attacker can take advantage of this for constructing 2… CONTINUE READING

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