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counter mode

In cryptography, a sophisticated mode of operation. Counter mode uses an arbitrary number (the counter) that changes with each block of text encrypted. The counter is encrypted with the cipher, and the result is XOR'd into ciphertext. Since the counter changes for each block, the problem of repeating ciphertext that results from the electronic code book (ECB) method is avoided. See mode of operation, block cipher, XOR and AES-CCMP.
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The Hifn 7956 security processor is ideal for wireless applications with the acceleration of the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) and AES Counter Mode encryption with CBC-MAC Protocol (CCMP), and its high-speed LZS(R) compression engines to increase packet throughput.
In the case of a common authentication algorithm called Advanced Encryption Standard with Galois Counter Mode (AES-GCM), a non-repeatable special parameter, or nonce, is required to achieve security.

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