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Publication Citation: Randomness Testing of the Advanced Encryption Standard Finalist Candidates

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Author(s): Juan Soto; Lawrence E. Bassham;
Title: Randomness Testing of the Advanced Encryption Standard Finalist Candidates
Published: April 01, 2000
Abstract: Mars, RC6, Rijndael, Serpent and Twofish were selected as finalists for the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). To evaluate the finalists' suitability as random number generators, empirical statistical testing is commonly employed. Although it widely believed that these five algorithms are indeed random, randomness testing was conducted to show that there is empirical evidence supporting this belief. In this paper, NIST reports on the studies that were conducted on the finalists for the 192-bit key size and 256-bit key size. The results to date suggest that all five of the finalists appear to be random.
Citation: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6483
Keywords: Advanced Encryption Standard (AES);random number generators; randomness; statistical tests
Research Areas: Computer Security, Cybersecurity, Statistics
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