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Block

Acronym(s):

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Definition(s):

  Sequence of binary bits that comprise the input, output, State, and Round Key. The length of a sequence is the number of bits it contains. Blocks are also interpreted as arrays of bytes.
Source(s): FIPS 197

  A binary vector. In this document, the input and output of encryption and decryption operation are 64-bit block. The bits are numbered from left to right. The plaintext and ciphertext are segmented to k-bit blocks, k = 1, 8, 64.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-20

  A subset of a bit string. A block has a predetermined length.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-22 Rev. 1a

  In this Recommendation, a binary string, for example, a plaintext or a ciphertext, is segmented with a given length. Each segment is called a block. Data is processed block by block, from left to right.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-67 Rev. 1

  For a given block cipher, a bit string whose length is the block size of the block cipher.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-38B
NIST SP 800-38D
NIST SP 800-38F

  A bit string whose length is the block size of the block cipher algorithm.
Source(s): NIST SP 800-38C

Synonym(s):

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