NSA backdoors and Set Preferred Cipher

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Sun Sep 8 01:45:50 CEST 2013

On 9/7/2013 4:59 PM, Filip M. Nowak wrote:
> Is CAMELLIA's pick as least preferred cipher - omitted/disregarded by
> NIST (US) but certified by NESSIE (EU) and CRYPTREC (Japan) - is somehow
> related to those revelations?

NIST couldn't consider it for an AES candidate because it hadn't been
invented yet.

A brief timeline:

1997: NIST begins the AES selection process
1998: Rijndael is published
2000: Camellia is published too late to be considered for AES
2000: NESSIE begins evaluating new algorithms
2000: CRYPTREC begins evaluating new algorithms
2001: Rijndael is selected to become the Advanced Encryption Standard
2003: CRYPTREC and NESSIE each select Camellia

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