Software Engineer and encryption aficionado Jeff Moser has created an XKCD-esque stick figure comic explaining the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES): where it came from, why it was necessary, and most-illuminatingly, how it works. Your eyes may glaze over toward the end when it gets into some hefty math, but even if you skim that part, you’ll know a lot more about encryption when you’re done.
A Stick Figure Guide to AES
2009-09-25 Privacy, Security 4 Comments
and a fun read. I like pictures.
“handy for memorizing”
Not any time soon, I think.
I wish the stupid kid who asked for the math didn’t raise the question. I didn’t read the math, I wanted to hear about the differential analysis
I couldn’t follow much of the columns, and none of the mathematics, but I got the gist of it. It sounds really clever, and it must be considering that it’s not been broken yet (AFAIK?)..