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Implementations of the NSA's Simon and Speck Block Ciphers

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Simon & Speck Block Ciphers in Python 3.x/2.x

Pure python implementations of the Simon and Speck block ciphers. These are small ciphers designed by the National Security Agency for use in constrained hardware and software environments such as micro controllers or small ASICs/FPGAs.

WARNING The following implementations are for reference/research/entertainment only and should not be considered 100% free of bugs or side channel attacks. Use in a production environment is discouraged.


The Simon/Speck suite can be installed from PyPi via pip:

pip install simonspeckciphers

If pip is unavailable, you download or clone this project and run from this directory:

python install

where python is favorite python interperator

You can verify the included pytest test suite with:

python test
# or
py.test -xvvv

Basic Usage

Simon and Speck work identically. Once the code has been copied into your project, the ciphers can be imported:

>>> from speck import SpeckCipher
>>> from simon import SimonCipher

Once imported, a ciphers object that store the state of the cipher can be created. The only parameter required to initialize a cipher object is an encryption key.

>>> my_speck = SpeckCipher(0x123456789ABCDEF00FEDCBA987654321)

Once initialized, the cipher can encrypt or decrypt provided plaintext or ciphertext values using the encrypt() and decrypt() methods. The object will continue to process encryption/decryption requests as long as the object exists.

>>> my_plaintext = 0xCCCCAAAA55553333
>>> speck_ciphertext = my_speck.encrypt(my_plaintext)
>>> speck_plaintext = my_speck.decrypt(speck_ciphertext)
>>> simon_ciphertext = my_simon.encrypt(0xFFFF0000EEEE1111)
>>> simon_plaintext = my_simon.decrypt(simon_ciphertext)

The encryption key may be read or updated by way of the key attribute

>>> hex(my_speck.key)

Block and Key Size

All valid key and block sizes as described in the specification are supported as optional parameters. Valid block and key sizes in bits are:

block size key sizes
32 64
48 72,96
64 96,128
96 96,144
128 128,192,256

If not supplied at initialization, both ciphers will default to 128-bit encryption keys and block sizes. If the defaults are not used, it is reccomended to specify both the key size and block explictly.

>>> tiny_cipher = SpeckCipher(0x123456789ABCDEF0, key_size=64, block_size=32)
>>> big_cipher = SimonCipher(0x111122223333444455556666777788889999AAAABBBBCCCCDDDDEEEEFFFF0000, key_size=256, block_size=128)
>>> trunc_cipher = SimonCipher(0x111122223333444455556666777788889999, key_size=96, block_size=48)
>>> hex(trunc_cipher.key)

All inputted values (keys, plaintexts, IVs, etc) will be truncated or padded with zeros to the bit size specified by the block and key sizes. The current key and block sizes can be accessed via the key_size and block_size attributes

Block Modes

For convenience, both ciphers support the most common modes of block cipher operation.

  • Electronic Code Book ECB (Default mode for Speck/Simon)
  • Counter CTR
  • Cipher Block Chaining CBC
  • Propagating Cipher Block Chaining PCBC
  • Cipher Feedback CFB
  • Output Feedback OFB

These can be enabled at initialization using the mode optional argument or via the mode attribute after creation. Other than ECB, these modes require an additional Initialization Vector (IV) and possibly a Counter. These values can be set at cipher creation using the init and counter optional arguments. The ciphers automatically update or increment the IV and counter values internal between encrypt and decrypt operations. There is no need to manual update them between operations.

>>> ofb_cipher = SpeckCipher(1234, mode='OFB', init=0x999999)
>>> ctr_cipher = SimonCipher(0x525354, mode='CTR', init=0xCABCABCAB, counter=1)
>>> ctr_cipher.counter
>>> ofb_cipher.update_iv()

The IV may be may also be altered or read anytime during the cipher objects life using the update_iv() method. If a new IV is provided, this method returns the current IV, otherwise, it returns the IV that was just updated. The ciphers internal counter value may be read and altered through the counter attribute.

Data Types

Currently, both the Speck and Simon ciphers expect int inputs for keys, IVs, counters, plaintexts, and ciphertexts. Any value provided that does not match the bit size for keys, plaintexts, etc, will be truncated down or MSB padded with 0's up to the correct size. If your application requires strings or bytearrays, input and output values can be easily translated to and from ints.

>>> key_bytes = bytes([0x11, 0x22, 0x33, 0x44, 0x55, 0x66, 0x77, 0x88, 0x99, 0xAA, 0xBB, 0xCC, 0xDD, 0xEE, 0xFF, 0x00])
# For Python 3.x Only
>>> key_int = int.from_bytes(key_bytes, byteorder='big', signed='False')
# Python 2.x/3.x
>>> import binascii
>>> key_int = int(binascii.hexlify(key_bytes),16)
>>> hex(key_int)
>>> msg = 'ATTACK AT DAWN!!'
>>> msg_int = sum([ord(c) << (8 * x) for x, c in enumerate(reversed(msg))])
>>> hex(msg_int)
>>> new_cipher = SimonCipher(key_int, key_size=128, block_size=128)
>>> my_secret = new_cipher(msg_int)
>>> my_secret_bytes = bytearray.fromhex('{:032x}'.format(my_secret))
>>> my_secret_bytes

Tests & Examples

A robust pytest suite is provided in Here all the official test vectors are exercised as well as random values. Exceptions are tested as well as block cipher modes. Refer to these tests for clean examples of how to use each mode.

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