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Linear Models for the Self-Shrinking Generator Based on CA
Sara D. Cardell And Amparo Fúster-Sabater

The self-shrinking generator is a non-linear cryptographic sequence generator designed to be used in stream cipher applications. In this work, its output sequence, the self-shrunken sequence, is computed as one of the output sequences of a linear model based on Cellular Automata. Such Automata are uniform, null, one-dimensional and use rules 102 or 60 for their computations. The linearity of these structures can be advantageous exploited to recover the complete self-shrunken sequence from a number of intercepted bits. Indeed, a Cellular Automata-based reconstruction procedure that is deterministic, does not need the knowledge of the LFSR characteristic polynomial and is performed exclusively by means of XOR operations has been proposed.

Keywords: Self-shrinking generator, self-shrunken sequence, cellular automata, rule 102, cryptography.

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