Kiss (cryptanalysis)

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In cryptanalysis, a kiss is a pair of identical messages sent using different ciphers, one of which has been broken. The term was used at Bletchley Park during World War II. A deciphered message in the breakable system provided a "crib" (piece of known plaintext) which could then be used to read the unbroken messages. One example was where messages read in a German meteorological cipher could be used to provide cribs for reading the difficult 4-wheel Naval Enigma cipher.

cribs from re-encipherments .... were known as 'kisses' in Bletchley Park parlance because the relevant signals were marked with 'xx' [1]

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  1. ^ Smith & Erskine (2001) p 69
  • Smith, Michael and Erskine, Ralph (editors): Action this Day (2001, Bantam London) ISBN 0-593-04910-1