CS475 Lab 2: Brute-Force Binary Cipher Cracking
For this assignment, you are given a file (output.aes) in the course examples area, which is encrypted with the AES cipher. The program used to encrypt the file is also in the class examples area, but the key has been changed! For this assignment, perform a brute-force attack to discover the key and decrypt the file.
Searching the entire key space is not required, because the key was set in a very lazy manner. Only the first two characters in the encryption program have been changed (all the "a"'s at the end are unchanged from the original key). This gives two ascii characters of password security, which is reasonable for a brute-force attack.
Upload the plaintext and the name of the poem, along with any programs you write for this lab in the usual spot.