X-FCSR

X-FCSR -- a new software oriented stream cipher based upon FCSRs. Feedback with Carry Shift Registers (FCSRs) are a promising alternative to LFSRs in the design of stream ciphers. The previous constructions based on FCSRs were dedicated to hardware applications. In this paper, we will describe X-FCSR a family of software oriented stream ciphers using FCSRs. The core of the system is composed of two 256-bits FCSRs. We propose two versions: X-FCSR-128 and X-FCSR-256 which output respectively 128 and 256 bits at each iteration. We study the resistance of our design against several cryptanalyses. These stream ciphers achieve a high throughput and are suitable for software applications (6.3 cycles/byte).

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