Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Aug 2011 17:53 UTC, submitted by HAL2001
Privacy, Security, Encryption Researchers have found a weakness in the AES algorithm. They managed to come up with a clever new attack that can recover the secret key four times easier than anticipated by experts. In the last decade, many researchers have tested the security of the AES algorithm, but no flaws were found so far. The new attack applies to all versions of AES even if it used with a single key. The attack shows that finding the key of AES is four times easier than previously believed; in other words, AES-128 is more like AES-126.
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RE[3]: AES-254
by Laurence on Wed 17th Aug 2011 22:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: AES-254"
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That is simply a related key attack. It does identify a weakness in the key scheduling of AES, but it in no way makes it "easier" to crack AES-256. It does, however, make AES-128 "better" in some respects, since no one has managed this type of attack on it.

I know what the attack is relating to and all you're doing is arguing the semantics of "easier".

Perhaps that term does over simplify the situation, however the point of my post was to be a brief explanation of the included link as Schneier explains the attack far better than I could.

Besides, it is really all academic anyway. AES-128 is so hard to brute-force that doubling the key size is practically pointless. Unless a weakness is found, AES-128 is good enough - more than good enough. With today's computer speeds it is simply impossible to brute force it - you could throw every computer on earth at the problem 24/7 and you'd still have the problem of the oceans drying up first...

Indeed, but the point of hacks like these is to find weaknesses in the encryption that negates the need for numerous heavy-duty brute-force attacks.

Edited 2011-08-17 22:35 UTC

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