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Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:41:57 -0500 (CDT)
From: Steve Thomas <steve@...tu.com>
To: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] Endian Issue in Catfish

OK then there is a bug in the reference code because it is being read as big
endian.

> On April 2, 2014 at 12:36 PM Bo Zhu <bo.zhu@...terloo.ca> wrote:
> 
>  Sorry if I am making you more confused.
> 
>  By " chose little endian to be compatible with Keccak", I meant we are trying
> to use the same bit and byte ordering conventions as Keccak's, in order to
> avoid possible confusions when someone wants to implement both Keccak and
> Catfish by himself/herself.
>  But it should not matter if you treat Keccak as a black box and just link
> some Keccak libs.
> 
>  If you are interested, you can read more info about Keccak's bit/byte
> ordering in its specs at
> <http://keccak.noekeon.org/Keccak-implementation-3.2.pdf> .   (Sec 1.2, Page
> 9).
> 
>  Thanks.
> 
>  --Bo
> 
> 
> 
> 
>  On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM, Steve Thomas <steve@...tu.com
> <mailto:steve@...tu.com> > wrote:
>    > > 
> >     > > >     On April 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM Bo Zhu < bo.zhu@...terloo.ca
> >     > > > <mailto:bo.zhu@...terloo.ca> > wrote:
> > > 
> > >     Hi Steve,
> > > 
> > >     Thanks for your interest in our design and especially the source code.
> > > 
> > >     The pkhash_slow() was modified from one piece of old code, and it was
> > > using big endian.
> > >     I was in a hurry to complete the C ref code to be submitted to the
> > > competition.
> > >     That's the reason why it seems a little weird.
> > > 
> > >     We chose little endian to be compatible with Keccak and other minor
> > > issues.
> > >     It is perfectly fine if you can implement the pkhash in little endian.
> > > 
> > >     Best,
> > >     Bo
> > > 
> > > 
> > >     On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM, Steve Thomas <steve@...tu.com
> > > <mailto:steve@...tu.com> > wrote:
> > >       > > > >       I think there is an issue with endian in Catfish. E
> > >       > > > > verywhere in catfish() it is little
> > > >       endian until it gets  passed into pkhash_slow() then it thinks
> > > > it's big endian and
> > > >       "in" is  "reverse for little-endian". Then is used as little
> > > > endian. Although this
> > > >       doesn't really matter since the input  is  from keccak. It just
> > > > seems weird.
> > > >     > > > 
> > >    > >    I guess I'm either confused or being confusing, are you suppose
> > >    > > to read the output
> >    of  keccak as little or big endian .
> > 
> >  > 


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