Calculating CMAC for DESFire EV1

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Calculating CMAC for DESFire EV1

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david_cleal
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I'm working through the examples in AN0945. I'm stuck on table 41, trying to understand how to calculate AES CMACs.

In step one, it says 

...Calculate CMAC on “3D01000000100000010203040 50607080910111213141516” (cmd + file no + offset + length + data) as done in native mode.

I used my CMAC implementation to correctly calculate the CMAC on this as 7CC4A0C770A11F62762F397482F75E92, using the session key, which gives me some confidence that my CMAC implementation is correct. 

However, in step 5, it says

...Calculate CMAC on “00” (success code as in native)... and it says that the result should be 99FF486D1BCE3F24.

I assume this means I should get a 16 byte CMAC and these are the first eight? In any case, if I calculate the CMAC on "00" using the session key of 00112233F9B7C14CCCDDEEFF1E92CBD4, I get something completely different (I actually get 5C0821A202813197E29134F30CF3728D).

So, my question is, does the calculation actually work on just "00"? Is there some other difference between steps 1 and 5? For example, I don't believe that I should use the IV in the CMAC calculation, but perhaps I should?

Thanks in advance

- Dave

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david_cleal
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Quiet in here, isn't it?

In case anyone comes this way,  then I found the answer, which is that yes, you do use the IV in the CMAC calculation. But not in the bit where you use the cipher to calculate sub keys, just in the final encryption pass. This makes it difficult to do this using bouncy castle, and I ended up rolling my own CMAC implementation. After that, everything just worked.

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Jonathan_Iglesias
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Dear David Cleal,

I deeply apologize for the delay,  yes you will have to use the updated IV for future calculations not the zeros IV, so the calculations should be 

Data = 00
IV = 7CC4A0C770A11F62762F397482F75E92

Session Key = 00112233F9B7C14CCCDDEEFF1E92CBD4

and the result should be 99 FF 48 6D 1B CE 3F 24 60 69 D8 4D 03 38 55 A6.

Hope this is clear and please let me know if you have more questions.

BR

Jonathan

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david_cleal
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Dear jonathaniglesias

thanks for the message - as I said earlier, I did manage to get it working, once I realised we were using a modified IV. Incidentally, varying the IV seems like pointless complexity: it makes it harder to use standard implementations like bouncycastle, and it doesn't add security. But I guess it's way too late to complain ;-)

- Dave

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david_cleal
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Update... I can't even make the example in table 24, step 4, work. Is there a reference implementation of this calculation somewhere that I can use? Preferably in Java?

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