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AUT64 is a 64-bit automotive block cipher with a 120-bit secret key used in a number of security sensitive applications such as vehicle immobilisation and remote keyless entry systems. In this paper, we present for the ﬁrst time full details of AUT64 including a complete speciﬁcation and analysis of the block cipher, the associated authentication protocol, and its implementation in a widely-used vehicle immobiliser system that we have reverse engineered. Secondly, we reveal a number of cryptographic weaknesses in the block cipher design. Finally, we study the concrete use of AUT64 in a real immobiliser system, and pinpoint severe weaknesses in the key diversiﬁcation scheme employed by the vehicle manufacturer. We present two key-recovery attacks based on the cryptographic weaknesses that, combined with the implementation ﬂaws, break both the 8 and 24 round conﬁgurations of AUT64. Our attack on eight rounds requires only 512 plaintext-ciphertext pairs and, in the worst case, just 237.3 oﬄine encryptions. In most cases, the attack can be executed within milliseconds on a standard laptop. Our attack on 24 rounds requires 2 plaintext-ciphertext pairs and 248.3 encryptions to recover the 120-bit secret key in the worst case. We have strong indications that a large part of the key is kept constant across vehicles, which would enable an attack using a single communication with the transponder and negligible oﬄine computation.
|Number of pages
|IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems
|Published - 8 May 2018
|Conference on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems 2018 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 9 Sept 2018 → 12 Sept 2018
- Automotive security
- Hardware and software reverse engineering
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1/07/17 → 30/06/23
Project: Research Councils