Implementation of lightweight cryptographic primitives

Baraa Tareq Hammad, Norziana Jamil, Mohd Ezanee Rusli, Muhammad Reza Z’Aba, Ismail T. Ahmed

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Lightweight cryptography is not a new branch in cryptography. It is a subject specifically addressing the implementation of security mechanism in pervasive computing that are characterized by smart but resource constrained devices. There are at least two main lightweight symmetric cryptographic primitives namely lightweight block cipher and lightweight hash algorithm. Most of the previous surveys were focusing on implementation of specific cryptographic primitives. In this paper we present a comprehensive survey of all lightweight symmetric cryptographic primitives, from hardware and software perspectives. The survey covers analysis of these algorithms and a comparison between these primitives in terms of throughput, number of cycle, comprehensive area, power, and energy. We also provide a classification of the structure of lightweight block cipher and lightweight hash function. These classifications are very useful because the primitives have different and sometimes contrary characteristics. Finally this comprehensive survey highlights some of the issues related to security aspect of small key length in lightweight cryptographic primitives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5126-5141
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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