Chaskey: a Lightweight MAC Algorithm for Microcontrollers

Nicky Mouha 1, 2
1 ESAT-COSIC - Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography [KU Leuven]
KU-ESAT - Department of Electrical Engineering [KU Leuven]
Abstract : We propose Chaskey: a very efficient Message Authentication Code (MAC) algorithm for 32-bit microcontrollers. It is intended for applications that require 128-bit security, yet cannot implement standard MAC algorithms because of stringent requirements on speed, energy consump­tion, or code size. Chaskey is a permutation-based MAC algorithm that uses the Addition-Rotation-XOR (ARX) design methodology. We prove that Chaskey is secure in the standard model, based on the security of an underlying Even-Mansour block cipher. Chaskey is designed to perform well on a wide range of 32-bit microcontrollers. Our benchmarks show that on the ARM Cortex-3/M4, our Chaskey implementation reaches a speed of 7.0 cycles/byte, compared to 89.4 cycles/byte for AES-128-CMAC. For the ARM Cortex-M0, our benchmark results give 16.9 cycles/byte and 136.5 cycles/byte for Chaskey and AES-128-CMAC respectively.
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Nicky Mouha. Chaskey: a Lightweight MAC Algorithm for Microcontrollers. NIST Lightweight Cryptography Workshop 2015, Jul 2015, Gaithersburg, United States. ⟨hal-01241083⟩

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