Network Working Group M. Boesgaard
Request for Comments: 4503 M. Vesterager
Category: Informational E. Zenner
Cryptico A/S
May 2006
A Description of the Rabbit Stream Cipher Algorithm
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Abstract
This document describes the encryption algorithm Rabbit. It is a
stream cipher algorithm with a 128bit key and 64bit initialization
vector (IV). The method was published in 2003 and has been subject
to public security and performance revision. Its high performance
makes it particularly suited for the use with Internet protocols
where large amounts of data have to be processed.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction ....................................................2
2. Algorithm Description ...........................................2
2.1. Notation ...................................................2
2.2. Inner State ................................................3
2.3. Key Setup Scheme ...........................................3
2.4. IV Setup Scheme ............................................3
2.5. Counter System .............................................4
2.6. NextState Function ........................................4
2.7. Extraction Scheme ..........................................5
2.8. Encryption/Decryption Scheme ...............................5
3. Security Considerations .........................................6
3.1. Message Length .............................................6
3.2. Initialization Vector ......................................6
4. Informative References ..........................................7
Appendix A: Test Vectors ...........................................8
A.1. Testing without IV Setup ...................................8
A.2. Testing with IV Setup ......................................8
Appendix B: Debugging Vectors ......................................9
B.1. Testing Round Function and Key Setup .......................9
B.2. Testing the IV setup ......................................10
1. Introduction
Rabbit is a stream cipher algorithm that has been designed for high
performance in software implementations. Both key setup and
encryption are very fast, making the algorithm particularly suited
for all applications where large amounts of data or large numbers of
data packages have to be encrypted. Examples include, but are not
limited to, serverside encryption, multimedia encryption, harddisk
encryption, and encryption on limitedresource devices.
The cipher is based on ideas derived from the behavior of certain
chaotic maps. These maps have been carefully discretized, resulting
in a compact stream cipher. Rabbit has been openly published in 2003
[1] and has not displayed any weaknesses as of the time of this
writing. To ensure ongoing security evaluation, it was also
submitted to the ECRYPT eSTREAM project[2].
Technically, Rabbit consists of a pseudorandom bitstream generator
that takes a 128bit key and a 64bit initialization vector (IV) as
input and generates a stream of 128bit blocks. Encryption is
performed by combining this output with the message, using the
exclusiveOR operation. Decryption is performed in exactly the same
way as encryption.
Further information about Rabbit, including reference implementation,
test vectors, performance figures, and security white papers, is
available from http://www.cryptico.com/.
2. Algorithm Description
2.1. Notation
This document uses the following elementary operators:
+ integer addition.
* integer multiplication.
div integer division.
mod integer modulus.
^ bitwise exclusiveOR operation.
<<< left rotation operator.
 concatenation operator.
When labeling bits of a variable, A, the least significant bit is
denoted by A[0]. The notation A[h..g] represents bits h through g of
variable A, where h is more significant than g. Similar variables
are labeled by A0,A1,... with the notation A(0),A(1),... being used
to denote those same variables if this improves readability.
Given a 64bit word, the function MSW extracts the most significant
32 bits, whereas the function LSW extracts the least significant 32
bits.
Constants prefixed with 0x are in hexadecimal notation. In
particular, the constant WORDSIZE is defined to be 0x100000000.
2.2. Inner State
The internal state of the stream cipher consists of 513 bits. 512
bits are divided between eight 32bit state variables, X0,...,X7 and
eight 32bit counter variables, C0,...,C7. In addition, there is one
counter carry bit, b.
2.3. Key Setup Scheme
The counter carry bit b is initialized to zero. The state and
counter words are derived from the key K[127..0].
The key is divided into subkeys K0 = K[15..0], K1 = K[31..16], ... K7
= K[127..112]. The initial state is initialized as follows:
for j=0 to 7:
if j is even:
Xj = K(j+1 mod 8)  Kj
Cj = K(j+4 mod 8)  K(j+5 mod 8)
else:
Xj = K(j+5 mod 8)  K(j+4 mod 8)
Cj = Kj  K(j+1 mod 8)
The system is then iterated four times, each iteration consisting of
counter update (Section 2.5) and nextstate function (Section 2.6).
After that, the counter variables are reinitialized to
for j=0 to 7:
Cj = Cj ^ X(j+4 mod 8)
2.4. IV Setup Scheme
If an IV is used for encryption, the counter variables are modified
after the key setup. Denoting the IV bits by IV[63..0], the setup
proceeds as follows:
C0 = C0 ^ IV[31..0] C1 = C1 ^ (IV[63..48]  IV[31..16])
C2 = C2 ^ IV[63..32] C3 = C3 ^ (IV[47..32]  IV[15..0])
C4 = C4 ^ IV[31..0] C5 = C5 ^ (IV[63..48]  IV[31..16])
C6 = C6 ^ IV[63..32] C7 = C7 ^ (IV[47..32]  IV[15..0])
The system is then iterated another 4 times, each iteration
consisting of counter update (Section 2.5) and nextstate function
(Section 2.6).
The relationship between key and IV setup is as follows:
 After the key setup, the resulting inner state is saved as a master
state. Then the IV setup is run to obtain the first encryption
starting state.
 Whenever reinitialization under a new IV is necessary, the IV
setup is run on the master state again to derive the next
encryption starting state.
2.5. Counter System
Before each execution of the nextstate function (Section 2.6), the
counter system has to be updated. This system uses constants
A1,...,A7, as follows:
A0 = 0x4D34D34D A1 = 0xD34D34D3
A2 = 0x34D34D34 A3 = 0x4D34D34D
A4 = 0xD34D34D3 A5 = 0x34D34D34
A6 = 0x4D34D34D A7 = 0xD34D34D3
It also uses the counter carry bit b to update the counter system, as
follows:
for j=0 to 7:
temp = Cj + Aj + b
b = temp div WORDSIZE
Cj = temp mod WORDSIZE
Note that on exiting this loop, the variable b has to be preserved
for the next iteration of the system.
2.6. NextState Function
The core of the Rabbit algorithm is the nextstate function. It is
based on the function g, which transforms two 32bit inputs into one
32bit output, as follows:
g(u,v) = LSW(square(u+v)) ^ MSW(square(u+v))
where square(u+v) = ((u+v mod WORDSIZE) * (u+v mod WORDSIZE)).
Using this function, the algorithm updates the inner state as
follows:
for j=0 to 7:
Gj = g(Xj,Cj)
X0 = G0 + (G7 <<< 16) + (G6 <<< 16) mod WORDSIZE
X1 = G1 + (G0 <<< 8) + G7 mod WORDSIZE
X2 = G2 + (G1 <<< 16) + (G0 <<< 16) mod WORDSIZE
X3 = G3 + (G2 <<< 8) + G1 mod WORDSIZE
X4 = G4 + (G3 <<< 16) + (G2 <<< 16) mod WORDSIZE
X5 = G5 + (G4 <<< 8) + G3 mod WORDSIZE
X6 = G6 + (G5 <<< 16) + (G4 <<< 16) mod WORDSIZE
X7 = G7 + (G6 <<< 8) + G5 mod WORDSIZE
2.7. Extraction Scheme
After the key and IV setup are concluded, the algorithm is iterated
in order to produce one 128bit output block, S, per round. Each
round consists of executing steps 2.5 and 2.6 and then extracting an
output S[127..0] as follows:
S[15..0] = X0[15..0] ^ X5[31..16]
S[31..16] = X0[31..16] ^ X3[15..0]
S[47..32] = X2[15..0] ^ X7[31..16]
S[63..48] = X2[31..16] ^ X5[15..0]
S[79..64] = X4[15..0] ^ X1[31..16]
S[95..80] = X4[31..16] ^ X7[15..0]
S[111..96] = X6[15..0] ^ X3[31..16]
S[127..112] = X6[31..16] ^ X1[15..0]
2.8. Encryption/Decryption Scheme
Given a 128bit message block, M, encryption E and decryption M' are
computed via
E = M ^ S and
M' = E ^ S.
If S is the same in both operations (as it should be if the same key
and IV are used), then M = M'.
The encryption/decryption scheme is repeated until all blocks in the
message have been encrypted/decrypted. If the message size is not a
multiple of 128 bits, only the needed amount of least significant
bits from the last output block S is used for the last message block
M.
If the application requires the encryption of smaller blocks (or even
individual bits), a 128bit buffer is used. The buffer is
initialized by generating a new value, S, and copying it into the
buffer. After that, all data blocks are encrypted using the least
significant bits in this buffer. Whenever the buffer is empty, a new
value S is generated and copied into the buffer.
3. Security Considerations
For an encryption algorithm, the security provided is, of course, the
most important issue. No security weaknesses have been found to
date, neither by the designers nor by independent cryptographers
scrutinizing the algorithms after its publication in [1]. Note that
a full discussion of Rabbit's security against known cryptanalytic
techniques is provided in [3].
In the following, we restrict ourselves to some rules on how to use
the Rabbit algorithm properly.
3.1. Message Length
Rabbit was designed to encrypt up to 2 to the power of 64 128bit
message blocks under the same the key. Should this amount of data
ever be exceeded, the key has to be replaced. It is recommended to
follow this rule even when the IV is changed on a regular basis.
3.2. Initialization Vector
It is possible to run Rabbit without the IV setup. However, in this
case, the generator must never be reset under the same key, since
this would destroy its security (for a recent example, see [4]).
However, in order to guarantee synchronization between sender and
receiver, ciphers are frequently reset in practice. This means that
both sender and receiver set the inner state of the cipher back to a
known value and then derive the new encryption state using an IV. If
this is done, it is important to make sure that no IV is ever reused
under the same key.
4. Informative References
[1] M. Boesgaard, M. Vesterager, T. Pedersen, J. Christiansen, O.
Scavenius. "Rabbit: A New HighPerformance Stream Cipher".
Proc. Fast Software Encryption 2003, Lecture Notes in Computer
Science 2887, p. 307329. Springer, 2003.
[2] ECRYPT eSTREAM project, available from
http://www.ecrypt.eu.org/stream/
[3] M. Boesgaard, T. Pedersen, M. Vesterager, E. Zenner. "The
Rabbit Stream Cipher  Design and Security Analysis". Proc.
SASC Workshop 2004, available from
http://www.isg.rhul.ac.uk/research/
projects/ecrypt/stvl/sasc.html.
[4] H. Wu. "The Misuse of RC4 in Microsoft Word and Excel". IACR
eprint archive 2005/007, available from
http://eprint.iacr.org/2005/007.pdf.
[5] Jonsson, J. and B. Kaliski, "PublicKey Cryptography Standards
(PKCS) #1: RSA Cryptography Specifications Version 2.1", RFC
3447, February 2003.
Appendix A: Test Vectors
This is a set of test vectors for conformance testing, given in octet
form. For use with Rabbit, they have to be transformed into integers
by the conversion primitives OS2IP and I2OSP, as described in [5].
A.1. Testing without IV Setup
key = [00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00]
S[0] = [B1 57 54 F0 36 A5 D6 EC F5 6B 45 26 1C 4A F7 02]
S[1] = [88 E8 D8 15 C5 9C 0C 39 7B 69 6C 47 89 C6 8A A7]
S[2] = [F4 16 A1 C3 70 0C D4 51 DA 68 D1 88 16 73 D6 96]
key = [91 28 13 29 2E 3D 36 FE 3B FC 62 F1 DC 51 C3 AC]
S[0] = [3D 2D F3 C8 3E F6 27 A1 E9 7F C3 84 87 E2 51 9C]
S[1] = [F5 76 CD 61 F4 40 5B 88 96 BF 53 AA 85 54 FC 19]
S[2] = [E5 54 74 73 FB DB 43 50 8A E5 3B 20 20 4D 4C 5E]
key = [83 95 74 15 87 E0 C7 33 E9 E9 AB 01 C0 9B 00 43]
S[0] = [0C B1 0D CD A0 41 CD AC 32 EB 5C FD 02 D0 60 9B]
S[1] = [95 FC 9F CA 0F 17 01 5A 7B 70 92 11 4C FF 3E AD]
S[2] = [96 49 E5 DE 8B FC 7F 3F 92 41 47 AD 3A 94 74 28]
A.2. Testing with IV Setup
mkey = [00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00]
iv = [00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00]
S[0] = [C6 A7 27 5E F8 54 95 D8 7C CD 5D 37 67 05 B7 ED]
S[1] = [5F 29 A6 AC 04 F5 EF D4 7B 8F 29 32 70 DC 4A 8D]
S[2] = [2A DE 82 2B 29 DE 6C 1E E5 2B DB 8A 47 BF 8F 66]
iv = [C3 73 F5 75 C1 26 7E 59]
S[0] = [1F CD 4E B9 58 00 12 E2 E0 DC CC 92 22 01 7D 6D]
S[1] = [A7 5F 4E 10 D1 21 25 01 7B 24 99 FF ED 93 6F 2E]
S[2] = [EB C1 12 C3 93 E7 38 39 23 56 BD D0 12 02 9B A7]
iv = [A6 EB 56 1A D2 F4 17 27]
S[0] = [44 5A D8 C8 05 85 8D BF 70 B6 AF 23 A1 51 10 4D]
S[1] = [96 C8 F2 79 47 F4 2C 5B AE AE 67 C6 AC C3 5B 03]
S[2] = [9F CB FC 89 5F A7 1C 17 31 3D F0 34 F0 15 51 CB]
Appendix B: Debugging Vectors
The following set of vectors describes the inner state of Rabbit
during key and iv setup. It is meant mainly for debugging purposes.
Octet strings are written according to I2OSP conventions.
B.1. Testing Round Function and Key Setup
key = [91 28 13 29 2E ED 36 FE 3B FC 62 F1 DC 51 C3 AC]
Inner state after key expansion:
b = 0
X0 = 0xDC51C3AC, X1 = 0x13292E3D, X2 = 0x3BFC62F1, X3 = 0xC3AC9128,
X4 = 0x2E3D36FE, X5 = 0x62F1DC51, X6 = 0x91281329, X7 = 0x36FE3BFC,
C0 = 0x36FE2E3D, C1 = 0xDC5162F1, C2 = 0x13299128, C3 = 0x3BFC36FE,
C4 = 0xC3ACDC51, C5 = 0x2E3D1329, C6 = 0x62F13BFC, C7 = 0x9128C3AC
Inner state after first key setup iteration:
b = 1
X0 = 0xF2E8C8B1, X1 = 0x38E06FA7, X2 = 0x9A0D72C0, X3 = 0xF21F5334,
X4 = 0xCACDCCC3, X5 = 0x4B239CBE, X6 = 0x0565DCCC, X7 = 0xB1587C8D,
C0 = 0x8433018A, C1 = 0xAF9E97C4, C2 = 0x47FCDE5D, C3 = 0x89310A4B,
C4 = 0x96FA1124, C5 = 0x6310605E, C6 = 0xB0260F49, C7 = 0x6475F87F
Inner state after fourth key setup iteration:
b = 0
X0 = 0x1D059312, X1 = 0xBDDC3E45, X2 = 0xF440927D, X3 = 0x50CBB553,
X4 = 0x36709423, X5 = 0x0B6F0711, X6 = 0x3ADA3A7B, X7 = 0xEB9800C8,
C0 = 0x6BD17B74, C1 = 0x2986363E, C2 = 0xE676C5FC, C3 = 0x70CF8432,
C4 = 0x10E1AF9E, C5 = 0x018A47FD, C6 = 0x97C48931, C7 = 0xDE5D96F9
Inner state after final key setup xor:
b = 0
X0 = 0x1D059312, X1 = 0xBDDC3E45, X2 = 0xF440927D, X3 = 0x50CBB553,
X4 = 0x36709423, X5 = 0x0B6F0711, X6 = 0x3ADA3A7B, X7 = 0xEB9800C8,
C0 = 0x5DA1EF57, C1 = 0x22E9312F, C2 = 0xDCACFF87, C3 = 0x9B5784FA,
C4 = 0x0DE43C8C, C5 = 0xBC5679B8, C6 = 0x63841B4C, C7 = 0x8E9623AA
Inner state after generation of 48 bytes of output:
b = 1
X0 = 0xB5428566, X1 = 0xA2593617, X2 = 0xFF5578DE, X3 = 0x7293950F,
X4 = 0x145CE109, X5 = 0xC93875B0, X6 = 0xD34306E0, X7 = 0x43FEEF87,
C0 = 0x45406940, C1 = 0x9CD0CFA9, C2 = 0x7B26E725, C3 = 0x82F5FEE2,
C4 = 0x87CBDB06, C5 = 0x5AD06156, C6 = 0x4B229534, C7 = 0x087DC224
The 48 output bytes:
S[0] = [3D 2D F3 C8 3E F6 27 A1 E9 7F C3 84 87 E2 51 9C]
S[1] = [F5 76 CD 61 F4 40 5B 88 96 BF 53 AA 85 54 FC 19]
S[2] = [E5 54 74 73 FB DB 43 50 8A E5 3B 20 20 4D 4C 5E]
B.2. Testing the IV Setup
key = [91 28 13 29 2E ED 36 FE 3B FC 62 F1 DC 51 C3 AC]
iv = [C3 73 F5 75 C1 26 7E 59]
Inner state during key setup:
as above
Inner state after IV expansion:
b = 0
X0 = 0x1D059312, X1 = 0xBDDC3E45, X2 = 0xF440927D, X3 = 0x50CBB553,
X4 = 0x36709423, X5 = 0x0B6F0711, X6 = 0x3ADA3A7B, X7 = 0xEB9800C8,
C0 = 0x9C87910E, C1 = 0xE19AF009, C2 = 0x1FDF0AF2, C3 = 0x6E22FAA3,
C4 = 0xCCC242D5, C5 = 0x7F25B89E, C6 = 0xA0F7EE39, C7 = 0x7BE35DF3
Inner state after first IV setup iteration:
b = 1
X0 = 0xC4FF831A, X1 = 0xEF5CD094, X2 = 0xC5933855, X3 = 0xC05A5C03,
X4 = 0x4A50522F, X5 = 0xDF487BE4, X6 = 0xA45FA013, X7 = 0x05531179,
C0 = 0xE9BC645B, C1 = 0xB4E824DC, C2 = 0x54B25827, C3 = 0xBB57CDF0,
C4 = 0xA00F77A8, C5 = 0xB3F905D3, C6 = 0xEE2CC186, C7 = 0x4F3092C6
Inner state after fourth IV setup iteration:
b = 1
X0 = 0x6274E424, X1 = 0xE14CE120, X2 = 0xDA8739D9, X3 = 0x65E0402D,
X4 = 0xD1281D10, X5 = 0xBD435BAA, X6 = 0x4E9E7A02, X7 = 0x9B467ABD,
C0 = 0xD15ADE44, C1 = 0x2ECFC356, C2 = 0xF32C3FC6, C3 = 0xA2F647D7,
C4 = 0x19F71622, C5 = 0x5272ED72, C6 = 0xD5CB3B6E, C7 = 0xC9183140
Authors' Addresses
Martin Boesgaard
Cryptico A/S
Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: +45 39 17 96 06
EMail: mab@cryptico.com
URL: http://www.cryptico.com
Mette Vesterager
Cryptico A/S
Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: +45 39 17 96 06
EMail: mvp@cryptico.com
URL: http://www.cryptico.com
Erik Zenner
Cryptico A/S
Fruebjergvej 3
2100 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: +45 39 17 96 06
EMail: ez@cryptico.com
URL: http://www.cryptico.com
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