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"Overall, this book provides a historical view of the essential work on the design and analysis of block ciphers. The book is well written and is appropriate for both beginners and experienced readers. Those who want more details about the rationale and philosophy behind block cipher design can use this book as an up-to-date reference." (Zheng Gong, ACM Computing Reviews, July 2012)

“‘The block cipher companion’ is a well written handbook, wholly recommended. An excellent choice of examples and informal language make this handbook an excellent choice for beginners, guiding the reader from simple cipher techniques and cryptanalysis towards more advanced ideas. … Professionals will find the book to be a systematic collection of ideas, and, in particular, a thorough bibliography and a short survey of block ciphers evolution.” (Jerzy Żurawiecki, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1243, 2012)

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Block ciphers encrypt blocks of plaintext, messages, into blocks of ciphertext under the action of a secret key, and the process of encryption is reversed by decryption which uses the same user-supplied key. Block ciphers are fundamental to modern cryptography, in fact they are the most widely used cryptographic primitive – useful in their own right, and in the construction of other cryptographic mechanisms.


In this book the authors provide a technically detailed, yet readable, account of the state of the art of block cipher analysis, design, and deployment. The authors first describe the most prominent block ciphers and give insights into their design. They then consider the role of the cryptanalyst, the adversary, and provide an overview of some of the most important cryptanalytic methods.


The book will be of value to graduate and senior undergraduate students of cryptography and to professionals engaged in cryptographic design. An important feature of the presentation is the authors' exhaustive bibliography of the field, each chapter closing with comprehensive supporting notes.

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Product Details

  • Series: Information Security and Cryptography
  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3642173411
  • ISBN-13: 978-3642173417
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By unicityd on April 13, 2012
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This book provides a fantastic introduction to block ciphers and cryptanalysis. The book is reasonably short (just over 200 pages) and provides the right amount of coverage for its topics. It fully explains DES and AES and provides a lesser amount of detail for many other block ciphers. It provides sufficient coverage of major cryptographic attacks to allow the reader to understand them while also providing extensive references for interested readers who may want to implement these attacks or conduct further research. One chapter is also devoted to implementation issues such as modes and padding.

The book includes over 700 references in total and ends each chapter with a categorized list of references relevant to the topic at hand. If you want to conduct research and/or study cryptography in grad school, this is a must.

I'd recommend this book to graduate students in cryptography, software/security engineers working with block cipher implementaiton, or as a second book in cryptography for any curious reader interested in learning more about block ciphers.
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