© 2011

The Block Cipher Companion


  • Written by established experts

  • Is the most comprehensive reference on the subject

  • The authors include an exhaustive bibliography of the field with over 750 references


Part of the Information Security and Cryptography book series (ISC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 1-12
  3. DES
    Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 13-34
  4. AES
    Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 35-64
  5. Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 65-94
  6. Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 95-108
  7. Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 109-126
  8. Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 127-144
  9. Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 145-192
  10. Lars R. Knudsen, Matthew J. B. Robshaw
    Pages 193-219
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 221-267

About this book


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.


Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Block Ciphers Brute-Force Attacks Cryptanalysis Cryptography Cryptology Data Encryption Standard (DES) Differential Cryptanalysis Linear Cryptanalysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Dept. of MathematicsTechnical University of DenmarkKgs. LyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.Orange LabsIssy les MoulineauxFrance

About the authors

The first author is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and head of the Crypto Group at the Technical University of Denmark; his main interests are the analysis and design of block ciphers, hash functions, and message authentication codes. The second author is a researcher in the Cryptography Research Group of Orange (France Télécom); his main interests are the design and analysis of symmetric cryptographic primitives, cryptographic techniques for constrained devices, and the deployment of cryptographic solutions. Both authors have taken lead roles in the related professional associations and academic conferences.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Block Cipher Companion
  • Authors Lars R. Knudsen
    Matthew Robshaw
  • Series Title Information Security and Cryptography
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-17341-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-27111-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-17342-4
  • Series ISSN 1619-7100
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 270
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Data Structures and Information Theory
    Mathematics of Computing
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From the reviews:

"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)