Snake Oil Crypto Competition
The Snake Oil Competition (SOC) is an effort organized to identify
new craptographic schemes in order to improve on the state-of-the-art,
and to encourage the use of snake oil cryptography. Snake Oil
cryptography is widely used in practice, but recent events show that
more research is urgently needed to fill much needed gaps in the field.
The winner(s) will be invited to a special edition of
the Journal of
Craptology (JoC). The first prize is a bottle of premium
snake oil, and 100 trillion ZWR (Third Zimbabwean Dollar),
equivalent to 1027 ZWD (First Zimbabwean Dollar). The loser will
also be invited to the JoC.
The competition is dedicated to
Emperor Alexander and its Information Dominance Center.
We have received our first submissions!!!!! Thank you for making this competition a great success!
We are proud to announce that the NSA has not interfered with this
competition in any way since last Tuesday (dead-man's switch).
The SOC competition has been
awarded the Cryptography Competition of the year Award!
The submissions received so far are listed here.
The competition is open to snake oil primitives, modes of
operation, cryptanalitic techniques, evaluation methodologies, and
random numbers. Original or non-original designs are
Submission should be written in English or Parseltongue. The
submission document must provides proof or arguments (convincing
if possible) for any claims.
NSA submissions must include a 10 million USD donation to cover
committe members expenses.
- Brute-forcing the key should be hard.
- Distinguishing the C code from randomly generated code should be hard.
- The cipher should run in a finite amount of time on most inputs
(security proofs are a plus).
- Security against some known and/or unknown attacks.
- The cipher must make the user feel secure.
Potential extra features (worth extra points)
- Decryption being correct most of the time.
- NSA endorsing your design.
- Implementations on a wide range of platforms (e.g. Colossus or PDP-11).
- Protection against front-channel attacks.
- Paying companies to deploy your design.
- Master keys stored on an internet-connected machine.
- Inventing original backdoors.
- Synergetic and multidisciplinary designs.
- Published at TCC.
- Protection against cash attacks.
- Proof of knowledge of backdoor.
- Protection against decryption misuse.
- Zero-accuracy proof of security.
Reference platform: Pentium II MMX.
Reference designs: Dual_EC, ROT13.
The following submissions will be arbitrarly rejected:
- Chaos based cryptography.
- Submissions form Joan Daemen and/or Vincent Rijmen (they already
master the art of snake oil, and have won enough competitions).
- Designs based on Serpent or the Cobra family.
Submission must be sent by postal mail, printed on pink elephant
sized paper. The accompanying code should be on a floppy disc
(5¼" is preferred). Alternatively, send an email to
submit(at)snakeoil.cr.yp.to, and the NSA will inform
us about any message sent there.
- Q1 2014
- Announcing the competition, going online.
Setting dead-line to Q3 2014 (Crypto rump session).
- Q2 2014
- Call for submission published (FSE rump session).
Postponing the dead-line to Q4 2014 (Asiacrypt rump session).
- Q3 2014
- Moving back the dead-line to Q2 2014 (make up complaints).
- Q4 2014
- Open website for submission.
- Q5 2014
- Asking for comments about the call for submission.
- Q0 2015
- Q1 2015
- Real dead-line.
- Q2 2015
- Candidate workshop (collocated with Eurovision).
- Q3 2015
- NSA to submit secret comments.
- Q4 2015
- Leaking NSA secret comments.
- Q5 2015
- Announcing the winner(s).
- Q1 2016
- Trying to change winner's parameters.
- Q2 2016
- Changing winner's parameters to default ones.
- Q3 2016
- Retraction of the idea to change parameters.
- Q5 2016
- Standartization to end.
- Q7 2016
- Adding a missing rotate left by 1 instruction to standard.
Tentative dead-line: FSE 2015 rump session.
The selection will be made by a random oracle, and the task of the
selection committee will be to find some rationale to justify the
oracle decision. The voting process will use Helios.
- Bart Preneel (President in charge of undecidability)
- Céline Blondeau (Treasurer of the State)
- D. Julius B. (CAESAR)
- Edward Snowden (Honorary member)
- Gaëtan Leurent (Secretary of the State)
- Greg Rose (Fleet Admiral)
- Keith Alexander (Emperor)
- Kenny Patterson (Head of Typograpy)
- Kevin Igoe (Co-chair for life)
- Orr Dunkelman (Minister of silly talks)
- Roberto Avanzi (Chief procrastinator — starting tomorrow)
- Simon Speck (NSA liaison)
- Stefan Lucks (CTO)
- Tanja Lange (Medusa oil drilling)
Members of the selection committee are expected to submit at least one
design. Conflicts of interest are encouraged.
The competition is supported by
the Journal of
Craptology. We would like to
thank Schloss Dagstuhl
for hosting the kickoff meeting.
The following companies and organizations do not support this
competition (we assume they already have enough snake oil or other sources):
- Cryptography research Inc.
- ID Quantique
- NSA (dead-man's switch)
- NSA (they should pay twice)
- Synaptic Labs
- Western Digital
If your competitors are not listed, they
probably support this competition already.
Email received at those address will be shared at our discretion.