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PEA: Polymorphic Encryption Algorithm based on quantum computation

Komninos, N. & Mantas, G. (2011). PEA: Polymorphic Encryption Algorithm based on quantum computation. International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications, 3(1), pp. 1-18. doi: 10.1504/IJSCC.2011.039222


In this paper, a polymorphic encryption algorithm (PEA), based on basic quantum computations, is proposed for the encryption of binary bits. PEA is a symmetric key encryption algorithm that applies different combinations of quantum gates to encrypt binary bits. PEA is also polymorphic since the states of the shared secret key control the different combinations of the ciphertext. It is shown that PEA achieves perfect secrecy and is resilient to eavesdropping and Trojan horse attacks. A security analysis of PEA is also described.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Encryption algorithm, polymorphism, quantum computations, CNOT and SWAP quantum gates
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Software Reliability
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