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[FYI] (Fwd) ETSI to distribute openly 3GPP algorithms

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From:           	Theodor.SCHLICKMANN@cec.eu.int
Date sent:      	Wed, 13 Sep 2000 10:49:08 +0200
To:             	<ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk>
Subject:        	ETSI to distribute openly 3GPP algorithms
Send reply to:  	ukcrypto@maillist.ox.ac.uk

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Sophia Antipolis, France - 4 September 2000

The European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) announced
today the distribution of the specification of the 3GPP
Confidentiality and integrity algorithms.

The 3GPP Confidentiality and Integrity algorithms are cryptographic
algorithms used to protect the over-the-air privacy and integrity of
cellular voice and date communication. They are part of the security
architecture of the 3GPP system and are essential for its overall

The algorithms consist of a confidentiality algorithm f8 and an
integrity algorithm f9, based on the Kasumi algorithm. The
confidentiality algorithm f8 is a stream cipher that is used to
encrypt/decrypt blocks of user data and signaling messages under a
confidentiality key.

The algorithms were developed by an ETSI SAGE (Security Algorithms
Group of Experts) 3 GPP Task Force, and were evaluated by three groups
of independent experts.

The specifications of the 3GPP Confidentiality and Integrity
algorithms are publicly available on the ETSI web site at:

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Would somebody from the "three groups of indenpendent experts" like to
comment ?

Theodor Schlickmann

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