Cryptanalysis (SS 2024)

Course Number 705068 | Sommersemester 2024

Cryptanalytic attacks and how they guide cryptographic design


Cryptanalytic attacks define the security of cryptographic algorithms, and understanding them is crucial to understand cryptographic design. This lecture aims to give you some in-depth knowledge of several recent state-of-the-art topics in cryptography, with a focus on cryptanalysis:
  • Classic and quantum algorithms for factoring and discrete log
  • Cryptanalysis of block ciphers (differential, linear, algebraic)
  • Cryptanalysis of hash functions and stream ciphers
  • Lattices and continued fractions in cryptanalysis
In the exercises, you will implement some of these attacks to solve cryptanalytic challenges. In the seminar, additional selected topics may be presented by participants -- see below for a list of suggested topics.


Lecture and Seminar

Date Who Lecture (16:00-17:30 in HS i1) Video (2021)
07.03.2024 ME L1 – Discrete Logarithm YouTube
14.03.2024 ME L2 – Factoring and Continued Fractions YouTube
21.03.2024 MN L3 – Quantum Cryptanalysis YouTube
11.04.2024 MN L4 – Lattices YouTube
18.04.2024 ME L5 – Linear Cryptanalysis YouTube
25.04.2024 KK L6 – Differential Cryptanalysis YouTube
02.05.2024 ME L7 – Advanced Differential Attacks YouTube
16.05.2024 MN L8 – Sponges & Stream Ciphers YouTube
23.05.2024 HH L9 – Algebraic Attacks YouTube
06.06.2024 MN LA – TLS security & Protocol Attacks YouTube
13.06.2024 you Secure Key Generation, RSA: (In)Secure Key Generation
20.06.2024 you Statistical Ineffective Fault Attacks, Coding Theory
27.06.2024 you Exam  

We have two guest talks this year by Katharina Koschatko (L6) and Hosein Hadipour (L9).

Previous versions of this course: SS 2023, SS 2022, SS 2021 (YouTube playlist), SS 2020


Date Topic Where
14.03.2024 Team registration deadline TeachCenter
14.03.2024 T1 – Asymmetric Cryptanalysis After L2 in HS i1
25.04.2024 T1 – Submission deadline (23:59) git
KW18/19 T1 – Assignment interviews (individual slots) Office
02.05.2024 T2 – Symmetric Cryptanalysis After L7 in HS i1
06.06.2024 T2 – Submission deadline (23:59) git
KW24 T2 – Assignment interviews (individual slots) Office

Administrative Information

For questions outside lecture times, contact us via the #cryptanalysis Discord channel or by email.

Exercises (KU)

In the exercises, you implement cryptanalysis techniques from the lecture in teams of 2. To get a grade, you submit your implementations for 2 assignments, which we will discuss with you in a final interview ("Abgabegespräch"). Use TeachCenter to register your team and git for your submissions. We usually won't need the 16:30–17:15 KU timeslots (except for question times and seminar presentations).

Lecture exams and seminar talks (VO)

There are 2 ways to get a grade for the VO:
  • Exam mode: Write exam at the end of the term or take an oral exam later. Register for an exam date in TUGRAZonline or contact us if none is available.
  • Seminar mode: Participate actively in KU+VO and give a seminar presentation in one of the last lectures (30 minutes) accompanied by a short report (8 pages) in your team, for example on
    • Block Ciphers: Division Property | MitM and Biclique Attacks | Boomerang Attacks | ...
    • Hash Functions: Rebound Attack | Cryptanalytic Exploits (MD5 Certificates etc.) | ...
    • Authenticated Encryption: Security Proofs and Robustness | ...
    • RSA: (In)Security in Practice | Secure Key Generation | ...
    • Post-Quantum: Coding-based Cryptography | Lattices and Learning with errors | ...
    • Implementation Security: Secure Masking | Statistical Ineffective Fault Attacks | ...


We treat the involvement of ChatGPT and similar tools the same way as the involvement of another natural person. That is, for involvement that qualifies as plagiarism or an impermissible level of assistance, the consequences will be the same in both cases to the strictest extent possible.


The lecture slides are reasonably self-contained, but often briefly phrased. If you prefer full-text resources, you may find some of the following books interesting:

Lecture Dates

Date Begin End Location Event Type Comment
2024/06/27 16:00 17:30 HS i1 Abhaltung VO fix/
2024/06/27 17:30 18:15 HS i1 Abhaltung KU fix/


Maria Eichlseder

Assistant Professor

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Marcel Nageler

PhD Student

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