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rfc:rfc2040

Network Working Group R. Baldwin Request for Comments: 2040 RSA Data Security, Inc. Category: Informational R. Rivest

                                   MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
                                           and RSA Data Security, Inc.
                                                          October 1996
       The RC5, RC5-CBC, RC5-CBC-Pad, and RC5-CTS Algorithms

Status of this Memo

 This memo provides information for the Internet community.  This memo
 does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of
 this memo is unlimited.

Acknowledgments

 We would like to thank Steve Dusse, Victor Chang, Tim Mathews, Brett
 Howard, and Burt Kaliski for helpful suggestions.

Table of Contents

   1.        Executive Summary .......................  1
   2.        Overview ................................  2
   3.        Terminology and Notation ................  3
   4.        Description of RC5 Keys .................  4
   5.        Description of RC5 Key Expansion ........  6
   6.        Description of RC5 Block Cipher ......... 10
   7.        Description of RC5-CBC and RC5-CBC-Pad .. 12
   8.        Description of RC5-CTS .................. 18
   9.        Test Program and Vectors ................ 19
   10.       Security Considerations ................. 26
   11.       ASN.1 Identifiers ....................... 28
   References ........................................ 28
   Authors' Addresses ................................ 29

1. Executive Summary

 This document defines four ciphers with enough detail to ensure
 interoperability between different implementations.  The first cipher
 is the raw RC5 block cipher.  The RC5 cipher takes a fixed size input
 block and produces a fixed sized output block using a transformation
 that depends on a key.  The second cipher, RC5-CBC, is the Cipher
 Block Chaining (CBC) mode for RC5.  It can process messages whose
 length is a multiple of the RC5 block size.  The third cipher, RC5-
 CBC-Pad, handles plaintext of any length, though the ciphertext will
 be longer than the plaintext by at most the size of a single RC5

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 block.  The RC5-CTS cipher is the Cipher Text Stealing mode of RC5,
 which handles plaintext of any length and the ciphertext length
 matches the plaintext length.
 The RC5 cipher was invented by Professor Ronald L. Rivest of the
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.  It is a very fast and
 simple algorithm that is parameterized by the block size, the number
 of rounds, and key length.  These parameters can be adjusted to meet
 different goals for security, performance, and exportability.
 RSA Data Security Incorporated has filed a patent application on the
 RC5 cipher and for trademark protection for RC5, RC5-CBC, RC5-CBC-
 Pad, RC5-CTS and assorted variations.

2. Overview

 This memo is a restatement of existing published material.  The
 description of RC5 follows the notation and order of explanation
 found in the original RC5 paper by Professor Rivest [2].  The CBC
 mode appears in reference works such as the one by Bruce Schneier
 [6].  The CBC-Pad mode is the same as in the Public Key Cryptography
 Standard (PKCS) number five [5].  Sample C code [8] is included for
 clarity only and is equivalent to the English language descriptions.
 The ciphers will be explained in a bottom up object-oriented fashion.
 First, RC5 keys will be presented along with the key expansion
 algorithm.  Second, the RC5 block cipher is explained, and finally,
 the RC5-CBC and RC5-CBC-Pad ciphers are specified.  For brevity, only
 the encryption process is described.  Decryption is achieved by
 inverting the steps of encryption.
 The object-oriented description found here should make it easier to
 implement interoperable systems, though it is not as terse as the
 functional descriptions found in the references.  There are two
 classes of objects, keys and cipher algorithms.  Both classes share
 operations that create and destroy these objects in a manner that
 ensures that secret information is not returned to the memory
 manager.
 Keys also have a "set" operation that copies a secret key into the
 object.  The "set" operation for the cipher objects defines the
 number of rounds, and the initialization vector.
 There are four operations for the cipher objects described in this
 memo.  There is binding a key to a cipher object, setting a new
 initialization vector for a cipher object without changing the key,
 encrypting part of a message (this would be performed multiple times
 for long messages), and processing the last part of a message which

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 may add padding or check the length of the message.
 In summary, the cipher will be explained in terms of these
 operations:
 RC5_Key_Create           - Create a key object.
 RC5_Key_Destroy          - Destroy a key object.
 RC5_Key_Set              - Bind a user key to a key object.
 RC5_CBC_Create           - Create a cipher object.
 RC5_CBC_Destroy          - Destroy a cipher object.
 RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Init     - Bind a key object to a cipher object.
 RC5_CBC_SetIV            - Set a new IV without changing the key.
 RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Update   - Process part of a message.
 RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Final    - Process the end of a message.

3. Terminology and Notation

 The term "word" refers to a string of bits of a particular length
 that can be operated on as either an unsigned integer or as a bit
 vector.  For example a "word" might be 32 or 64 bits long depending
 on the desired block size for the RC5 cipher.  A 32 bit word will
 produce a 64 bit block size.  For best performance the RC5 word size
 should match the register size of the CPU.  The term "byte" refers to
 eight bits.
 The following variables will be used throughout this memo with these
 meanings:
W  This is the word size for RC5 measured in bits.  It is half the
    block size.  The word sizes covered by this memo are 32 and 64.
WW This is the word size for RC5 measured in bytes.
B  This is the block size for RC5 measured in bits.  It is twice
    the word size.  When RC5 is used as a 64 bit block cipher, B is
    64 and W is 32. 0 < B < 257.  In the sample code, B, is used as
    a variable instead of a cipher system parameter, but this usage
    should be obvious from context.
BB This is the block size for RC5 measured in bytes.  BB = B / 8.

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b  This is the byte length of the secret key.  0 <= b < 256.
K  This is the secret key which is treated as a sequence of b
    bytes indexed by: K[0], ..., K[b-1].
R  This is the number of rounds of the inner RC5 transform.
    0 <= R < 256.
T  This is the number of words in the expanded key table.  It is
    always 2*(R + 1).  1 < T < 513.
S  This is the expanded key table which is treated as a sequence
    of words indexed by: S[0], ..., S[T-1].
N  This is the byte length of the plaintext message.
P  This is the plaintext message which is treated as a sequence of
    N bytes indexed by: P[0], ..., P[N-1].
C  This is the ciphertext output which is treated as a sequence of
    bytes indexed by: C[0], C[1], ...
I  This is the initialization vector for the CBC mode which is
    treated as a sequence of bytes indexed by: I[0], ..., I[BB-1].

4. Description of RC5 Keys

 Like most block ciphers, RC5 expands a small user key into a table of
 internal keys.  The byte length of the user key is one of the
 parameters of the cipher, so the RC5 user key object must be able to
 hold variable length keys.  A possible structure for this in C is:
/* Definition of RC5 user key object. */
typedef struct rc5UserKey
{
  int          keyLength; /* In Bytes. */
  unsigned char   *keyBytes;
} rc5UserKey;
 The basic operations on a key are to create, destroy and set.  To
 avoid exposing key material to other parts of an application, the
 destroy operation zeros the memory allocated for the key before
 releasing it to the memory manager.  A general key object may support
 other operations such as generating a new random key and deriving a
 key from key-agreement information.

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4.1 Creating an RC5 Key

 To create a key, the memory for the key object must be allocated and
 initialized.  The C code below assumes that a function called
 "malloc" will return a block of uninitialized memory from the heap,
 or zero indicating an error.
/* Allocate and initialize an RC5 user key.
 * Return 0 if problems.
 */
rc5UserKey *RC5_Key_Create ()
{
  rc5UserKey *pKey;
  pKey = (rc5UserKey *) malloc (sizeof(*pKey));
  if (pKey != ((rc5UserKey *) 0))
  {
      pKey->keyLength = 0;
      pKey->keyBytes = (unsigned char *) 0;
  }
  return (pKey);
}

4.2 Destroying an RC5 Key

 To destroy a key, the memory must be zeroed and released to the
 memory manager.  The C code below assumes that a function called
 "free" will return a block of memory to the heap.
/* Zero and free an RC5 user key.
 */
void RC5_Key_Destroy (pKey)
  rc5UserKey      *pKey;
{
  unsigned char   *to;
  int          count;
  if (pKey == ((rc5UserKey *) 0))
      return;
  if (pKey->keyBytes == ((unsigned char *) 0))
      return;
  to = pKey->keyBytes;
  for (count = 0 ; count < pKey->keyLength ; count++)
      *to++ = (unsigned char) 0;
  free (pKey->keyBytes);
  pKey->keyBytes = (unsigned char *) 0;
  pKey->keyLength = 0;
  free (pKey);

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}

4.3 Setting an RC5 Key

 Setting the key object makes a copy of the secret key into a block of
 memory allocated from the heap.
/* Set the value of an RC5 user key.
 * Copy the key bytes so the caller can zero and
 * free the original.
 * Return zero if problems
 */
int RC5_Key_Set (pKey, keyLength, keyBytes)
  rc5UserKey  *pKey;
  int          keyLength;
  unsigned char   *keyBytes;
{
  unsigned char   *keyBytesCopy;
  unsigned char   *from, *to;
  int          count;
  keyBytesCopy = (unsigned char *) malloc (keyLength);
  if (keyBytesCopy == ((unsigned char *) 0))
      return (0);
  from = keyBytes;
  to = keyBytesCopy;
  for (count = 0 ; count < keyLength ; count++)
      *to++ = *from++;
  pKey->keyLength = count;
  pKey->keyBytes = keyBytesCopy;
  return (1);
}

5. Description of RC5 Key Expansion

 This section describes the key expansion algorithm.  To be specific,
 the sample code assumes that the block size is 64 bits.  Several
 programming parameters depend on the block size.
/* Definitions for RC5 as a 64 bit block cipher. */
/* The "unsigned int" will be 32 bits on all but */
/* the oldest compilers, which will make it 16 bits. */
/* On a DEC Alpha "unsigned long" is 64 bits, not 32. */
#define RC5_WORD     unsigned int
#define W            (32)
#define WW           (W / 8)
#define ROT_MASK     (W - 1)
#define BB           ((2 * W) / 8) /* Bytes per block */

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/* Define macros used in multiple procedures. */
/* These macros assumes ">>" is an unsigned operation, */
/* and that x and s are of type RC5_WORD. */
#define SHL(x,s)    ((RC5_WORD)((x)<<((s)&ROT_MASK)))
#define SHR(x,s,w)  ((RC5_WORD)((x)>>((w)-((s)&ROT_MASK))))
#define ROTL(x,s,w) ((RC5_WORD)(SHL((x),(s))|SHR((x),(s),(w))))

5.1 Definition of initialization constants

 Two constants, Pw and Qw, are defined for any word size W by the
 expressions:
      Pw = Odd((e-2)*2**W)
      Qw = Odd((phi-1)*2**W)
 where e is the base of the natural logarithm (2.71828 ...), and phi
 is the golden ratio (1.61803 ...), and 2**W is 2 raised to the power
 of W, and Odd(x) is equal to x if x is odd, or equal to x plus one if
 x is even.  For W equal to 16, 32, and 64, the Pw and Qw constants
 are the following hexadecimal values:
#define P16  0xb7e1
#define Q16  0x9e37
#define P32  0xb7e15163
#define Q32  0x9e3779b9
#define P64  0xb7e151628aed2a6b
#define Q64  0x9e3779b97f4a7c15
#if W == 16
#define Pw   P16 /* Select 16 bit word size */
#define Qw   Q16
#endif
#if W == 32
#define Pw   P32 /* Select 32 bit word size */
#define Qw   Q32
#endif
#if W == 64
#define Pw   P64 /* Select 64 bit word size */
#define Qw   Q64
#endif

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5.2 Interface definition

 The key expansion routine converts the b-byte secret key, K, into an
 expanded key, S, which is a sequence of T = 2*(R+1) words.  The
 expansion algorithm uses two constants that are derived from the
 constants, e, and phi.  These are used to initialize S, which is then
 modified using K.  A C code procedure header for this routine could
 be:
/* Expand an RC5 user key.
 */
void RC5_Key_Expand (b, K, R, S)
  int      b; /* Byte length of secret key */
  char        *K; /* Secret key */
  int      R; /* Number of rounds */
  RC5_WORD *S;    /* Expanded key buffer, 2*(R+1) words */
{

5.3 Convert secret key from bytes to words

 This step converts the b-byte key into a sequence of words stored in
 the array L.  On a little-endian processor this is accomplished by
 zeroing the L array and copying in the b bytes of K.  The following C
 code will achieve this effect on all processors:
  int i, j, k, LL, t, T;
  RC5_WORD    L[256/WW];  /* Based on max key size */
  RC5_WORD    A, B;
  /* LL is number of elements used in L. */
  LL = (b + WW - 1) / WW;
  for (i = 0 ; i < LL ; i++)  {
      L[i] = 0;
  }
  for (i = 0 ; i < b ; i++)  {
      t = (K[i] & 0xFF) << (8*(i%4)); /* 0, 8, 16, 24*/
      L[i/WW] = L[i/WW] + t;
  }

5.4 Initialize the expanded key table

 This step fills in the S table with a fixed (key independent)
 pseudo-random pattern using an arithmetic progression based on Pw and
 Qw modulo 2**W.  The element S[i] equals i*Qw + Pw modulo 2**W.  This
 table could be precomputed and copied as needed or computed on the
 fly.  In C code it can be computed by:

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  T = 2*(R+1);
  S[0] = Pw;
  for (i = 1 ; i < T ; i++)  {
      S[i] = S[i-1] + Qw;
  }

5.5 Mix in the secret key

 This step mixes the secret key, K, into the expanded key, S.  First
 the number of iterations of the mixing function, k, is set to three
 times the maximum of the number of initialized elements of L, called
 LL, and the number of elements in S, called T.  Each iteration is
 similar to an interation of the encryption inner loop in that two
 variables A and B are updated by the first and second halves of the
 iteration.
 Initially A and B are zero as are the indexes into the S array, i,
 and the L array, j.  In the first half of the iteration, a partial
 result is computed by summing S[i], A and B.  The new value for A is
 this partial result rotated left three bits.  The A value is then
 placed into S[i].  The second half of the iteration computes a second
 partial result that is the sum of L[j], A and B.  The second partial
 result is then rotated left by A+B bit positions and set to be the
 new value for B.  The new B value is then placed into L[j].  At the
 end of the iteration, i and j are incremented modulo the size of
 their respective arrays.  In C code:
  i = j = 0;
  A = B = 0;
  if (LL > T)
      k = 3 * LL; /* Secret key len > expanded key. */
  else
      k = 3 * T;  /* Secret key len < expanded key. */
  for ( ; k > 0 ; k--)  {
      A = ROTL(S[i] + A + B, 3, W);
      S[i] = A;
      B = ROTL(L[j] + A + B, A + B, W);
      L[j] = B;
      i = (i + 1) % T;
      j = (j + 1) % LL;
  }
  return;
} /* End of RC5_Key_Expand */

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6. Description of RC5 Block Cipher

 This section describes the RC5 block cipher by explaining the steps
 required to perform an encryption of a single input block.  The
 decryption process is the reverse of these steps so it will not be
 explained.  The RC5 cipher is parameterized by a version number, V, a
 round count, R, and a word size in bits, W.  This description
 corresponds to original version of RC5 (V = 16 decimal) and covers
 any positive value for R and the values 16, 32, and 64 for W.
 The inputs to this process are the expanded key table, S, the number
 of rounds, R, the input buffer pointer, in, and the output buffer
 pointer, out.  A possible C code procedure header for this would be:
void RC5_Block_Encrypt (S, R, in, out)
  RC5_WORD    *S;
  int  R;
  char    *in;
  char    *out;
{

6.1 Loading A and B values

 This step converts input bytes into two unsigned integers called A
 and B.  When RC5 is used as a 64 bit block cipher A and B are 32 bit
 values.  The first input byte becomes the least significant byte of
 A, the fourth input byte becomes the most significant byte of A, the
 fifth input byte becomes the least significant byte of B and the last
 input byte becomes the most significant byte of B.  This conversion
 can be very efficient for little-endian processors such as the Intel
 family.  In C code this could be expressed as:
  int  i;
  RC5_WORD    A, B;
  A  =  in[0] & 0xFF;
  A += (in[1] & 0xFF) << 8;
  A += (in[2] & 0xFF) << 16;
  A += (in[3] & 0xFF) << 24;
  B  =  in[4] & 0xFF;
  B += (in[5] & 0xFF) << 8;
  B += (in[6] & 0xFF) << 16;
  B += (in[7] & 0xFF) << 24;

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6.2 Iterating the round function

 This step mixes the expanded key with the input to perform the
 fundamental encryption operation.  The first two words of the
 expanded key are added to A and B respectively, and then the round
 function is repeated R times.
 The first half of the round function computes a new value for A based
 on the values of A, B, and the next unused word in the expanded key
 table.  Specifically, A is XOR'ed with B and then this first partial
 result is rotated to the left by an amount specified by B to form the
 second partial result.  The rotation is performed on a W bit boundary
 (i.e., 32 bit rotation for the version of RC5 that has a 64 bit block
 size).  The actual rotation amount only depends on the least
 significant log base-2 of W bits of B.  The next unused word of the
 expanded key table is then added to the second partial result and
 this becomes the new value for A.
 The second half of the round function is identical except the roles
 of A and B are switched. Specifically, B is exclusive or'ed with A
 and then this first partial result is rotated to the left by an
 amount specified by A to form the second partial result.  The next
 unused word of the expanded key table is then added to the second
 partial result and this becomes the new value for B.
 One way to express this in C code is:
  A = A + S[0];
  B = B + S[1];
  for (i = 1 ; i <= R ; i++) {
      A = A ^ B;
      A = ROTL(A, B, W) + S[2*i];
      B = B ^ A;
      B = ROTL(B, A, W) + S[(2*i)+1];
  }

6.3 Storing the A and B values

 The final step is to convert A and B back into a sequence of bytes.
 This is the inverse of the load operation.  An expression of this in
 C code could be:
  out[0] = (A >>  0) & 0xFF;
  out[1] = (A >>  8) & 0xFF;
  out[2] = (A >> 16) & 0xFF;
  out[3] = (A >> 24) & 0xFF;
  out[4] = (B >>  0) & 0xFF;
  out[5] = (B >>  8) & 0xFF;

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  out[6] = (B >> 16) & 0xFF;
  out[7] = (B >> 24) & 0xFF;
  return;
} /* End of RC5_Block_Encrypt */

7. Description of RC5-CBC and RC5-CBC-Pad

 This section describes the CBC and CBC-Pad modes of the RC5 cipher.
 This description is based on the RC5 key objects and RC5 block cipher
 described earlier.

7.1 Creating cipher objects

 The cipher object needs to keep track of the padding mode, the number
 of rounds, the expanded key, the initialization vector, the CBC
 chaining block, and an input buffer.  A possible structure definition
 for this in C code would be:
/* Definition of the RC5 CBC algorithm object.
 */
typedef struct rc5CBCAlg
{
  int          Pad;   /* 1 = RC5-CBC-Pad, 0 = RC5-CBC. */
  int          R;     /* Number of rounds. */
  RC5_WORD        *S;     /* Expanded key. */
  unsigned char    I[BB]; /* Initialization vector. */
  unsigned char    chainBlock[BB];
  unsigned char    inputBlock[BB];
  int          inputBlockIndex; /* Next inputBlock byte. */
} rc5CBCAlg;
 To create a cipher algorithm object, the parameters must be checked
 and then space allocated for the expanded key table.  The expanded
 key is initialized using the method described earlier.  Finally, the
 state variables (padding mode, number of rounds, and the input
 buffer) are set to their initial values.  In C this could be
 accomplished by:
/* Allocate and initialize the RC5 CBC algorithm object.
 * Return 0 if problems.
 */
rc5CBCAlg *RC5_CBC_Create (Pad, R, Version, bb, I)
  int      Pad;       /* 1 = RC5-CBC-Pad, 0 = RC5-CBC. */
  int      R;         /* Number of rounds. */
  int      Version;   /* RC5 version number. */
  int      bb;        /* Bytes per RC5 block == IV len. */
  char     *I;        /* CBC IV, bb bytes long. */
{

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  rc5CBCAlg    *pAlg;
  int           index;
  if ((Version != RC5_FIRST_VERSION) ||
      (bb != BB) ||   (R < 0) || (255 < R))
      return ((rc5CBCAlg *) 0);
  pAlg = (rc5CBCAlg *) malloc (sizeof(*pAlg));
  if (pAlg == ((rc5CBCAlg *) 0))
      return ((rc5CBCAlg *) 0);
  pAlg->S = (RC5_WORD *) malloc (BB * (R + 1));
  if (pAlg->S == ((RC5_WORD *) 0))    {
      free (pAlg);
      return ((rc5CBCAlg *) 0);
  }
  pAlg->Pad = Pad;
  pAlg->R = R;
  pAlg->inputBlockIndex = 0;
  for (index = 0 ; index < BB ; index++)
      pAlg->I[index] = I[index];
  return (pAlg);
}

7.2 Destroying cipher objects

 Destroying the cipher object is the inverse of creating it with care
 being take to zero memory before returning it to the memory manager.
 In C this could be accomplished by:
/* Zero and free an RC5 algorithm object.
 */
void RC5_CBC_Destroy (pAlg)
  rc5CBCAlg   *pAlg;
{
  RC5_WORD    *to;
  int      count;
  if (pAlg == ((rc5CBCAlg *) 0))
      return;
  if (pAlg->S == ((RC5_WORD *) 0))
      return;
  to = pAlg->S;
  for (count = 0 ; count < (1 + pAlg->R) ; count++)
  {
      *to++ = 0;  /* Two expanded key words per round. */
      *to++ = 0;
  }
 free (pAlg->S);
  for (count = 0 ; count < BB ; count++)

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  {
      pAlg->I[count] = (unsigned char) 0;
      pAlg->inputBlock[count] = (unsigned char) 0;
      pAlg->chainBlock[count] = (unsigned char) 0;
  }
  pAlg->Pad = 0;
  pAlg->R = 0;
  pAlg->inputBlockIndex = 0;
  free (pAlg);
}

7.3 Setting the IV for cipher objects

 For CBC cipher objects, the state of the algorithm depends on the
 expanded key, the CBC chain block, and any internally buffered input.
 Often the same key is used with many messages that each have a unique
 initialization vector.  To avoid the overhead of creating a new
 cipher object, it makes more sense to provide an operation that
 allows the caller to change the initialization vector for an existing
 cipher object.  In C this could be accomplished by the following
 code:
/* Setup a new initialization vector for a CBC operation
 * and reset the CBC object.
 * This can be called after Final without needing to
 * call Init or Create again.
 * Return zero if problems.
 */
int RC5_CBC_SetIV (pAlg, I)
  rc5CBCAlg   *pAlg;
  char        *I;     /* CBC Initialization vector, BB bytes. */
{
  int     index;
  pAlg->inputBlockIndex = 0;
  for (index = 0 ; index < BB ; index++)
  {
      pAlg->I[index] = pAlg->chainBlock[index] = I[index];
      pAlg->inputBlock[index] = (unsigned char) 0;
  }
  return (1);
}

7.4 Binding a key to a cipher object

 The operation that binds a key to a cipher object performs the key
 expansion.  Key expansion could be an operation on keys, but that
 would not work correctly for ciphers that modify the expanded key as

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 they operate.  After expanding the key, this operation must
 initialize the CBC chain block from the initialization vector and
 prepare the input buffer to receive the first character.  In C this
 could be done by:
/* Initialize the encryption object with the given key.
 * After this routine, the caller frees the key object.
 * The IV for this CBC object can be changed by calling
 * the SetIV routine.  The only way to change the key is
 * to destroy the CBC object and create a new one.
 * Return zero if problems.
 */
int RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Init (pAlg, pKey)
  rc5CBCAlg       *pAlg;
  rc5UserKey  *pKey;
{
  if ((pAlg == ((rc5CBCAlg *) 0)) ||
      (pKey == ((rc5UserKey *) 0)))
      return (0);
  RC5_Key_Expand (Key->keyLength, pKey->keyBytes,
                  pAlg->R, pAlg->S);
  return (RC5_CBC_SetIV(pAlg, pAlg->I));
}

7.5 Processing part of a message

 The encryption process described here uses the Init-Update-Final
 paradigm.  The update operation can be performed on a sequence of
 message parts in order to incrementally produce the ciphertext.
 After the last part is processed, the Final operation is called to
 pick up any plaintext bytes or padding that are buffered inside the
 cipher object.  An appropriate procedure header for this operation
 would be:
/* Encrypt a buffer of plaintext.
 * The plaintext and ciphertext buffers can be the same.
 * The byte len of the ciphertext is put in *pCipherLen.
 * Call this multiple times passing successive
 * parts of a large message.
 * After the last part has been passed to Update,
 * call Final.
 * Return zero if problems like output buffer too small.
 */
int RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Update (pAlg, N, P,
                            pCipherLen, maxCipherLen, C)
  rc5CBCAlg   *pAlg;      /* Cipher algorithm object. */
  int          N;         /* Byte length of P. */
  char        *P;         /* Plaintext buffer. */

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  int         *pCipherLen;/* Gets byte len of C. */
  int          maxCipherLen;  /* Size of C. */
  char        *C;         /* Ciphertext buffer. */
{

7.5.1 Output buffer size check.

 The first step of plaintext processing is to make sure that the
 output buffer is big enough hold the ciphertext.  The ciphertext will
 be produced in multiples of the block size and depends on the number
 of plaintext characters passed to this operation plus any characters
 that are in the cipher object's internal buffer.  In C code this
 would be:
  int      plainIndex, cipherIndex, j;
  /* Check size of the output buffer. */
  if (maxCipherLen < (((pAlg->inputBlockIndex+N)/BB)*BB))
  {
      *pCipherLen = 0;
      return (0);
  }

7.5.2 Divide plaintext into blocks

 The next step is to add characters to the internal buffer until a
 full block has been constructed.  When that happens, the buffer
 pointers are reset and the input buffer is exclusive-or'ed (XORed)
 with the CBC chaining block.  The byte order of the chaining block is
 the same as the input block.  For example, the ninth input byte is
 XOR'ed with the first ciphertext byte.  The result is then passed to
 the RC5 block cipher which was described earlier.  To reduce data
 movement and byte alignment problems, the output of RC5 can be
 directly written into the CBC chaining block.  Finally, this output
 is copied to the ciphertext buffer provided by the user.  Before
 returning, the actual size of the ciphertext is passed back to the
 caller.  In C, this step can be performed by:
  plainIndex = cipherIndex = 0;
  while (plainIndex < N)
  {
      if (pAlg->inputBlockIndex < BB)
      {
          pAlg->inputBlock[pAlg->inputBlockIndex]
                  = P[plainIndex];
          pAlg->inputBlockIndex++;
          plainIndex++;
      }

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      if (pAlg->inputBlockIndex == BB)
      {   /* Have a complete input block, process it. */
          pAlg->inputBlockIndex = 0;
          for (j = 0 ; j < BB ; j++)
          {   /* XOR in the chain block. */
              pAlg->inputBlock[j] = pAlg->inputBlock[j]
                               ^ pAlg->chainBlock[j];
          }
          RC5_Block_Encrypt(pAlg->S, pAlg->R
                           pAlg->inputBlock,
                           pAlg->chainBlock);
          for (j = 0 ; j < BB ; j++)
          {   /* Output the ciphertext. */
              C[cipherIndex] = pAlg->chainBlock[j];
              cipherIndex++;
          }
      }
  }
  *pCipherLen = cipherIndex;
  return (1);
} /* End of RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Update */

7.6 Final block processing

 This step handles the last block of plaintext.  For RC5-CBC, this
 step just performs error checking to ensure that the plaintext length
 was indeed a multiple of the block length.  For RC5-CBC-Pad, padding
 bytes are added to the plaintext.  The pad bytes are all the same and
 are set to a byte that represents the number of bytes of padding.
 For example if there are eight bytes of padding, the bytes will all
 have the hexadecimal value 0x08.  There will be between one and BB
 padding bytes, inclusive.  In C code this would be:
/* Produce the final block of ciphertext including any
 * padding, and then reset the algorithm object.
 * Return zero if problems.
 */
int RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Final (pAlg, pCipherLen, maxCipherLen, C)
  rc5CBCAlg   *pAlg;
  int         *pCipherLen;    /* Gets byte len of C. */
  int          maxCipherLen;  /* Len of C buffer. */
  char        *C;             /* Ciphertext buffer. */
{
  int     cipherIndex, j;
  int     padLength;
  /* For non-pad mode error if input bytes buffered. */
  *pCipherLen = 0;

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  if ((pAlg->Pad == 0) && (pAlg->inputBlockIndex != 0))
      return (0);
  if (pAlg->Pad == 0)
      return (1);
  if (maxCipherLen < BB)
      return (0);
  padLength = BB - pAlg->inputBlockIndex;
  for (j = 0 ; j < padLength ; j++)
  {
      pAlg->inputBlock[pAlg->inputBlockIndex]
             = (unsigned char) padLength;
      pAlg->inputBlockIndex++;
  }
  for (j = 0 ; j < BB ; j++)
  {   /* XOR the chain block into the plaintext block. */
      pAlg->inputBlock[j] = pAlg->inputBlock[j]
                           ^ pAlg->chainBlock[j];
  }
  RC5_Block_Encrypt(pAlg->S, pAlg->R,
                    pAlg->inputBlock, pAlg->chainBlock);
  cipherIndex = 0;
  for (j = 0 ; j < BB ; j++)
  {   /* Output the ciphertext. */
      C[cipherIndex] = pAlg->chainBlock[j];
      cipherIndex++;
  }
  *pCipherLen = cipherIndex;
  /* Reset the CBC algorithm object. */
  return (RC5_CBC_SetIV(pAlg, pAlg->I));
} /* End of RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Final */

8. Description of RC5-CTS

 The Cipher Text Stealing (CTS) mode for block ciphers is described by
 Schneier on pages 195 and 196 of [6].  This mode handles any length
 of plaintext and produces ciphertext whose length matches the
 plaintext length.  The CTS mode behaves like the CBC mode for all but
 the last two blocks of the plaintext.  The following steps describe
 how to handle the last two portions of the plaintext, called Pn-1 and
 Pn, where the length of Pn-1 equals the block size, BB, and the
 length of the last block, Pn, is Ln bytes.  Notice that Ln ranges
 from 1 to BB, inclusive, so Pn could in fact be a complete block.

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 1. Exclusive-or Pn-1 with the previous ciphertext
    block, Cn-2, to create Xn-1.
 2. Encrypt Xn-1 to create En-1.
 3. Select the first Ln bytes of En-1 to create Cn.
 4. Pad Pn with zeros at the end to create P of length BB.
 5. Exclusive-or En-1 with P to create to create Dn.
 6. Encrypt Dn to create Cn-1
 7. The last two parts of the ciphertext are Cn-1 and
    Cn respectively.
 To implement CTS encryption, the RC5-CTS object must hold on to
 (buffer) at most 2*BB bytes of plaintext and process them specially
 when the RC5_CTS_Encrypt_Final routine is called.
 The following steps describe how to decrypt Cn-1 and Cn.
 1. Decrypt Cn-1 to create Dn.
 2. Pad Cn with zeros at the end to create C of length BB.
 3. Exclusive-or Dn with C to create Xn.
 4. Select the first Ln bytes of Xn to create Pn.
 5. Append the tail (BB minus Ln) bytes of Xn to Cn
    to create En.
 6. Decrypt En to create Pn-1.
 7. The last two parts of the plaintext are Pn-1 and
    Pn respectively.

9. Test Program and Vectors

 To help confirm the correctness of an implementation, this section
 gives a test program and results from a set of test vectors.

9.1 Test Program

 The following test program written in C reads test vectors from its
 input stream and writes results on its output stream.  The following
 subsections give a set of test vectors for inputs and the resulting

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 outputs.
#include <stdio.h>
#define BLOCK_LENGTH     (8 /* bytes */)
#define MAX_KEY_LENGTH   (64 /* bytes */)
#define MAX_PLAIN_LENGTH (128 /* bytes */)
#define MAX_CIPHER_LENGTH(MAX_PLAIN_LENGTH + BLOCK_LENGTH)
#define MAX_ROUNDS       (20)
#define MAX_S_LENGTH     (2 * (MAX_ROUNDS + 1))
typedef struct test_vector
{
  int padding_mode;
  int rounds;
  char    keytext[2*MAX_KEY_LENGTH+1];
  int key_length;
  char    key[MAX_KEY_LENGTH];
  char    ivtext[2*BLOCK_LENGTH+1];
  int iv_length;
  char    iv[BLOCK_LENGTH];
  char    plaintext[2*MAX_PLAIN_LENGTH+1];
  int plain_length;
  char    plain[MAX_PLAIN_LENGTH];
  char    ciphertext[2*MAX_CIPHER_LENGTH+1];
  int cipher_length;
  char    cipher[MAX_CIPHER_LENGTH];
  RC5_WORD    S[MAX_S_LENGTH];
} test_vector;
void show_banner()
{
  (void) printf("RC5 CBC Tester.\n");
  (void) printf("Each input line should contain the following\n");
  (void) printf("test parameters separated by a single space:\n");
  (void) printf("- Padding mode flag.  Use 1 for RC5_CBC_Pad, else
0.\n");
  (void) printf("- Number of rounds for RC5.\n");
  (void) printf("- Key bytes in hexadecimal.  Two characters per
byte like '01'.\n");
  (void) printf("- IV bytes in hexadecimal.  Must be 16 hex
characters.\n");
  (void) printf("- Plaintext bytes in hexadecimal.\n");
  (void) printf("An end of file or format error terminates the
tester.\n");
  (void) printf("\n");
}

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/* Convert a buffer from ascii hex to bytes.
 * Set pTo_length to the byte length of the result.
 * Return 1 if everything went OK.
 */
int hex_to_bytes (from, to, pTo_length)
  char    *from, *to;
  int     *pTo_length;
{
  char    *pHex;  /* Ptr to next hex character. */
  char    *pByte;     /* Ptr to next resulting byte. */
  int  byte_length = 0;
  int  value;
  pByte = to;
  for (pHex = from ; *pHex != 0 ; pHex += 2)  {
      if (1 != sscanf(pHex, "%02x", &value))
          return (0);
      *pByte++ = ((char)(value & 0xFF));
      byte_length++;
  }
  *pTo_length = byte_length;
  return (1);
}
/* Convert a buffer from bytes to ascii hex.
 * Return 1 if everything went OK.
 */
int bytes_to_hex (from, from_length, to)
  char    *from, *to;
  int from_length;
{
  char    *pHex;  /* Ptr to next hex character. */
  char    *pByte;     /* Ptr to next resulting byte. */
  int  value;
  pHex = to;
  for (pByte = from ; from_length > 0 ; from_length--)  {
      value = *pByte++ & 0xFF;
      (void) sprintf(pHex, "%02x", value);
      pHex += 2;
  }
  return (1);
}
/* Return 1 if get a valid test vector. */
int get_test_vector(ptv)
  test_vector *ptv;
{

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  if (1 != scanf("%d", &ptv->padding_mode))
      return (0);
  if (1 != scanf("%d", &ptv->rounds))
      return (0);
  if ((ptv->rounds < 0) || (MAX_ROUNDS < ptv->rounds))
      return (0);
  if (1 != scanf("%s", &ptv->keytext))
      return (0);
  if (1 != hex_to_bytes(ptv->keytext, ptv->key,
                       &ptv->key_length))
      return (0);
  if (1 != scanf("%s", &ptv->ivtext))
      return (0);
  if (1 != hex_to_bytes(ptv->ivtext, ptv->iv,
                       &ptv->iv_length))
      return (0);
  if (BLOCK_LENGTH != ptv->iv_length)
      return (0);
  if (1 != scanf("%s", &ptv->plaintext))
      return (0);
  if (1 != hex_to_bytes(ptv->plaintext, ptv->plain,
                       &ptv->plain_length))
      return (0);
  return (1);
}
void run_test (ptv)
  test_vector *ptv;
{
  rc5UserKey  *pKey;
  rc5CBCAlg       *pAlg;
  int          numBytesOut;
  pKey = RC5_Key_Create ();
  RC5_Key_Set (pKey, ptv->key_length, ptv->key);
  pAlg = RC5_CBC_Create (ptv->padding_mode,
                  ptv->rounds,
                  RC5_FIRST_VERSION,
                  BB,
                  ptv->iv);
  (void) RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Init (pAlg, pKey);
  ptv->cipher_length = 0;
  (void) RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Update (pAlg,
                  ptv->plain_length, ptv->plain,
                  &(numBytesOut),
                  MAX_CIPHER_LENGTH - ptv->cipher_length,
                  &(ptv->cipher[ptv->cipher_length]));

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  ptv->cipher_length += numBytesOut;
  (void) RC5_CBC_Encrypt_Final (pAlg,
                  &(numBytesOut),
                  MAX_CIPHER_LENGTH - ptv->cipher_length,
                  &(ptv->cipher[ptv->cipher_length]));
  ptv->cipher_length += numBytesOut;
  bytes_to_hex (ptv->cipher, ptv->cipher_length,
               ptv->ciphertext);
  RC5_Key_Destroy (pKey);
  RC5_CBC_Destroy (pAlg);
}
void show_results (ptv)
  test_vector *ptv;
{
  if (ptv->padding_mode)
      printf ("RC5_CBC_Pad ");
  else
      printf ("RC5_CBC     ");
  printf ("R = %2d ", ptv->rounds);
  printf ("Key = %s ", ptv->keytext);
  printf ("IV = %s ", ptv->ivtext);
  printf ("P = %s ", ptv->plaintext);
  printf ("C = %s", ptv->ciphertext);
  printf ("\n");
}
int main(argc, argv)
  int argc;
  char *argv[];
{
  test_vector tv;
  test_vector *ptv = &tv;
  show_banner();
  while (get_test_vector(ptv))  {
      run_test(ptv);
      show_results(ptv);
  }
  return (0);
}

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9.2 Test vectors

 The following text is an input file to the test program presented in
 the previous subsection.  The output is given in the next subsection.
0 00 00                 0000000000000000 0000000000000000
0 00 00                 0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff
0 00 00                 0000000000000001 0000000000000000
0 00 00                 0000000000000000 0000000000000001
0 00 00                 0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 01 11                 0000000000000000 0000000000000000
0 02 00                 0000000000000000 0000000000000000
0 02 00000000           0000000000000000 0000000000000000
0 08 00                 0000000000000000 0000000000000000
0 08 00                 0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 12 00                 0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 16 00                 0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 08 01020304           0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff
0 12 01020304           0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff
0 16 01020304           0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff
0 12 0102030405060708   0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff
0 08 0102030405060708   0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 12 0102030405060708   0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 16 0102030405060708   0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 08 01020304050607081020304050607080
                        0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 12 01020304050607081020304050607080
                        0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 16 01020304050607081020304050607080
                        0102030405060708 1020304050607080
0 12 0102030405         0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff
0 08 0102030405         0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff
0 08 0102030405         7875dbf6738c6478 0808080808080808
1 08 0102030405         0000000000000000 ffffffffffffffff
0 08 0102030405         0000000000000000 0000000000000000
0 08 0102030405         7cb3f1df34f94811 1122334455667701
1 08 0102030405         0000000000000000
ffffffffffffffff7875dbf6738c647811223344556677

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9.3 Test results

 The following text is the output produced by the test program run on
 the inputs given in the previous subsection.
RC5 CBC Tester.
Each input line should contain the following
test parameters separated by a single space:
- Padding mode flag.  Use 1 for RC5_CBC_Pad, else 0.
- Number of rounds for RC5.
- Key bytes in hexadecimal.  Two characters per byte
  like '01'.
- IV bytes in hexadecimal.  Must be 16 hex characters.
- Plaintext bytes in hexadecimal.
An end of file or format error terminates the tester.
RC5_CBC     R =  0 Key = 00 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = 0000000000000000 C = 7a7bba4d79111d1e
RC5_CBC     R =  0 Key = 00 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff C = 797bba4d78111d1e
RC5_CBC     R =  0 Key = 00 IV = 0000000000000001
 P = 0000000000000000 C = 7a7bba4d79111d1f
RC5_CBC     R =  0 Key = 00 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = 0000000000000001 C = 7a7bba4d79111d1f
RC5_CBC     R =  0 Key = 00 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = 8b9ded91ce7794a6
RC5_CBC     R =  1 Key = 11 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = 0000000000000000 C = 2f759fe7ad86a378
RC5_CBC     R =  2 Key = 00 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = 0000000000000000 C = dca2694bf40e0788
RC5_CBC     R =  2 Key = 00000000 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = 0000000000000000 C = dca2694bf40e0788
RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 00 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = 0000000000000000 C = dcfe098577eca5ff
RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 00 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = 9646fb77638f9ca8
RC5_CBC     R = 12 Key = 00 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = b2b3209db6594da4
RC5_CBC     R = 16 Key = 00 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = 545f7f32a5fc3836
RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 01020304 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff C = 8285e7c1b5bc7402
RC5_CBC     R = 12 Key = 01020304 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff C = fc586f92f7080934
RC5_CBC     R = 16 Key = 01020304 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff C = cf270ef9717ff7c4
RC5_CBC     R = 12 Key = 0102030405060708 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff C = e493f1c1bb4d6e8c

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RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 0102030405060708 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = 5c4c041e0f217ac3
RC5_CBC     R = 12 Key = 0102030405060708 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = 921f12485373b4f7
RC5_CBC     R = 16 Key = 0102030405060708 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = 5ba0ca6bbe7f5fad
RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 01020304050607081020304050607080
 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = c533771cd0110e63
RC5_CBC     R = 12 Key = 01020304050607081020304050607080
 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = 294ddb46b3278d60
RC5_CBC     R = 16 Key = 01020304050607081020304050607080
 IV = 0102030405060708
 P = 1020304050607080 C = dad6bda9dfe8f7e8
RC5_CBC     R = 12 Key = 0102030405 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff C = 97e0787837ed317f
RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 0102030405 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff C = 7875dbf6738c6478
RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 0102030405 IV = 7875dbf6738c6478
 P = 0808080808080808 C = 8f34c3c681c99695
RC5_CBC_Pad R =  8 Key = 0102030405 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff C = 7875dbf6738c64788f34c3c681c99695
RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 0102030405 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = 0000000000000000 C = 7cb3f1df34f94811
RC5_CBC     R =  8 Key = 0102030405 IV = 7cb3f1df34f94811
 P = 1122334455667701 C = 7fd1a023a5bba217
RC5_CBC_Pad R =  8 Key = 0102030405 IV = 0000000000000000
 P = ffffffffffffffff7875dbf6738c647811223344556677
 C = 7875dbf6738c64787cb3f1df34f948117fd1a023a5bba217

10. Security Considerations

 The RC5 cipher is relatively new so critical reviews are still being
 performed.  However, the cipher's simple structure makes it easy to
 analyze and hopefully easier to assess its strength.  Reviews so far
 are very promising.
 Early results [1] suggest that for RC5 with a 64 bit block size (32
 bit word size), 12 rounds will suffice to resist linear and
 differential cyptanalysis.  The 128 bit block version has not been
 studied as much as the 64 bit version, but it appears that 16 rounds
 would be an appropriate minimum.  Block sizes less than 64 bits are
 academically interesting but should not be used for cryptographic
 security.  Greater security can be achieved by increasing the number
 of rounds at the cost of decreasing the throughput of the cipher.

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 The length of the secret key helps determine the cipher's resistance
 to brute force key searching attacks.  A key length of 128 bits
 should give adequate protection against brute force key searching by
 a well funded opponent for a couple decades [7].  For RC5 with 12
 rounds, the key setup time and data encryption time are the same for
 all key lengths less than 832 bits, so there is no performance reason
 for choosing short keys.  For larger keys, the key expansion step
 will run slower because the user key table, L, will be longer than
 the expanded key table, S.  However, the encryption time will be
 unchanged since it is only a function of the number of rounds.
 To comply with export regulations it may be necessary to choose keys
 that only have 40 unknown bits.  A poor way to do this would be to
 choose a simple 5 byte key.  This should be avoided because it would
 be easy for an opponent to pre-compute key searching information.
 Another common mechanism is to pick a 128 bit key and publish the
 first 88 bits.  This method reveals a large number of the entries in
 the user key table, L, and the question of whether RC5 key expansion
 provides adequate security in this situation has not been studied,
 though it may be fine.  A conservative way to conform to a 40 bit
 limitation is to pick a seed value of 128 bits, publish 88 bits of
 this seed, run the entire seed through a hash function like MD5 [4],
 and use the 128 bit output of the hash function as the RC5 key.
 In the case of 40 unknown key bits with 88 known key bits (i.e., 88
 salt bits) there should still be 12 or more rounds for the 64 bit
 block version of RC5, otherwise the value of adding salt bits to the
 key is likely to be lost.
 The lifetime of the key also influences security.  For high security
 applications, the key to any 64 bit block cipher should be changed
 after encrypting 2**32 blocks (2**64 blocks for a 128 bit block
 cipher).  This helps to guard against linear and differential
 cryptanalysis.  For the case of 64 bit blocks, this rule would
 recommend changing the key after 2**40 (i.e. 10**12) bytes are
 encrypted.  See Schneier [6] page 183 for further discussion.

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11. ASN.1 Identifiers

 For applications that use ASN.1 descriptions, it is necessary to
 define the algorithm identifier for these ciphers along with their
 parameter block formats.  The ASN.1 definition of an algorithm
 identifier already exists and is listed below for reference.
AlgorithmIdentifier ::= SEQUENCE {
  algorithm    OBJECT IDENTIFIER,
  parameters   ANY DEFINED BY algorithm OPTIONAL
}
The values for the algorithm field are:
RC5_CBC  OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::=
  { iso (1) member-body (2) US (840) rsadsi (113549)
    encryptionAlgorithm (3) RC5CBC (8) }
RC5_CBC_Pad OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::=
{ iso (1) member-body (2) US (840) rsadsi (113549)
  encryptionAlgorithm (3) RC5CBCPAD (9) }
 The structure of the parameters field for these algorithms is given
 below.  NOTE: if the iv field is not included, then the
 initialization vector defaults to a block of zeros whose size depends
 on the blockSizeInBits field.
RC5_CBC_Parameters ::= SEQUENCE {
  version           INTEGER (v1_0(16)),
  rounds            INTEGER (8..127),
  blockSizeInBits   INTEGER (64, 128),
  iv                OCTET STRING OPTIONAL
}

References

 [1] Kaliski, Burton S., and Yinqun Lisa Yin, "On Differential and
 Linear Cryptanalysis of the RC5 Encryption Algorithm", In Advances
 in Cryptology - Crypto '95, pages 171-184, Springer-Verlag, New
 York, 1995.
 [2] Rivest, Ronald L., "The RC5 Encryption Algorithm", In
 Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Fast Software
 Encryption, pages 86-96, Leuven Belgium, December 1994.
 [3] Rivest, Ronald L., "RC5 Encryption Algorithm", In Dr. Dobbs
 Journal, number 226, pages 146-148, January 1995.

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 [4] Rivest, Ronald L., "The MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm", RFC
 1321.
 [5] RSA Laboratories, "Public Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS)",
 RSA Data Security Inc.  See ftp.rsa.com.
 [6] Schneier, Bruce, "Applied Cryptography", Second Edition, John
 Wiley and Sons, New York, 1996.  Errata: on page 195, line 13, the
 reference number should be [402].
 [7] Business Software Alliance, Matt Blaze et al., "Minimum Key
 Length for Symmetric Ciphers to Provide Adequate Commercial
 Security", http://www.bsa.org/bsa/cryptologists.html.
 [8] RSA Data Security Inc., "RC5 Reference Code in C", See the web
 site: www.rsa.com, for availability.  Not available with the first
 draft of this document.

Authors' Addresses

 Robert W. Baldwin
 RSA Data Security, Inc.
 100 Marine Parkway
 Redwood City, CA 94065
 Phone: (415) 595-8782
 Fax:   (415) 595-1873
 EMail: baldwin@rsa.com, or baldwin@lcs.mit.edu
 Ronald L. Rivest
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Laboratory for Computer Science
 NE43-324
 545 Technology Square
 Cambridge, MA 02139-1986
 Phone: (617) 253-5880
 EMail: rivest@theory.lcs.mit.edu

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