REVIEW: "The Design of Rijndael", Joan Daemen/Vincent Rijmen

Do you have a question? Post it now! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

BKDRJNDL.RVW   20091129

"The Design of Rijndael", Joan Daemen/Vincent Rijmen, 2002,
%A   Joan Daemen
%A   Vincent Rijmen
%C   233 Spring St., New York, NY   10013
%D   2002
%G   3-540-42580-2
%I   Springer-Verlag
%O   212-460-1500 800-777-4643
%O  ( product link shortened)
  ( product link shortened)
%O   Audience s- Tech 3 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
%P   238 p.
%T   "The Design of Rijndael: AES - The Advanced Encryption Standard"

This book, written by the authors of the Rijndael encryption
algorithm, (the engine underlying the Advanced Encryption Standard)
explains how Rijndael works, discusses some implementation factors,
and presents the approach to its design.  Daemen and Rijmen note the
linear and differential cryptanalytic attacks to which DES (the Data
Encryption Standard) was subject, the design strategy that resulted
from their analysis, the possibilities of reduce round attacks, and
the details of related ciphers.

Chapter one is a history of the AES assessment and decision process.
It is interesting to note the requirements specified, particularly the
fact that AES was intended to protect "sensitive but unclassified"
material.  Background in regard to mathematical and block cipher
concepts is given in chapter two.  The specifications of Rijndael sub-
functions and rounds are detailed in chapter three.  Chapter four
notes implementation considerations in small platforms and dedicated
hardware.  The design philosophy underlying the work is outlined in
chapter five: much of it concentrates on simplicity and symmetry.
Differential and linear cryptanalysis mounted against DES is examined
in chapter six.  Chapter seven reviews the use of correlation matrices
in cryptanalysis.  If differences between pairs of plaintext can be
calculated as they propagate through the boolean functions used for
intermediate and resultant ciphertext, then chapter eight shows how
this can be used as the basis of differential cryptanalysis.  Using
the concepts from these two chapters, chapter nine examines how the
wide trail design diffuses cipher operations and data to prevent
strong linear correlations or differential propagation.  There is also
formal proof of Rijndael's resistant construction.  Chapter ten looks
at a number of cryptanalytic attacks and problems (including the
infamous weak and semi-weak keys of DES) and notes the protections
provided in the design of Rijndael.  Cryptographic algorithms that
made a contribution to, or are descended from, Rijndael are described
in chapter eleven.

This book is intended for serious students of cryptographic algorithm
design: it is highly demanding text, and requires a background in the
formal study of number theory and logic.  Given that, it does provide
some fascinating examination of both the advanced cryptanalytic
attacks, and the design of algorithms to resist them.

copyright Robert M. Slade, 2009    BKDRJNDL.RVW   20091129

"Dictionary of Information Security," Syngress               1597491152 /
============= for back issues:
[Base URL] site /
CISSP refs:     [Base URL]mnbksccd.htm
Book reviews:   [Base URL]mnbk.htm
Review mailing list: send mail to

Site Timeline