Belgian block cipher
developed by Dr. Joan Daemen
and Dr. Vincent Rijmen
. It was an AES
candidate and has at length been selected by NIST
as the proposed AES
standard--a relative dark horse
winner among hyped ciphers such as Twofish
, and MARS
, though the eminence of Dr. Rijmen is not to be understated. The neglect of Rijndael can probably be attributed more to its Belgian
name than its underlying structure. (Pronounce it "Rhine Dahl" or "Rain Doll." Also, his
name is Joan.)
The irony of the federal government instituting a foreign-made algorithm as a national standard when not long ago, at the beginning of the selection process, it could be treason to give cryptological instruction to a foreign national, is not to be lost.
A humorous tidbit from the submission paper:
"Advantages: Simplicity of Design:
The cipher is fully `self-supporting.' It does not make use of another cryptographic component, S-boxes `lent' from well-reputed ciphers, bits obtained from Rand tables, digits of pi or any other such jokes."