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In cryptography, xmx is a block cipher designed in 1997 by David M'Raïhi, David Naccache, Jacques Stern, and Serge Vaudenay. According to the designers it "uses public-key-like operations as confusion and diffusion means." The cipher was designed for efficiency, and the only operations it uses are XORs and modular multiplications.

The main parameters of xmx are variable, including the block size and key size, which are equal, as well as the number of rounds. In addition to the key, it also makes use of an odd modulus n which is small enough to fit in a single block.

The round function is f(m)=(moa)·b mod n, where a and b are subkeys and b is coprime to n. Here moa represents an operation that equals m XOR a if that is less than n, and otherwise equals m. This is a simple invertible operation: moaoa = m. The xmx cipher consists of an even number of iterations of the round function, followed by a final o with an additional subkey.

The key schedule is very simple, using the same key for all the multipliers, and three different subkeys for the others: the key itself for the first half of the cipher, its multiplicative inverse mod n for the last half, and the XOR of these two for the middle subkey.

The designers defined four specific variants of xmx:

  • Standard: 512-bit block size, 8 rounds, n=2-1
  • High security: 768-bit block size, 12 rounds, n=2-1
  • Very-high security: 1024-bit block size, 16 rounds, n=2-1
  • Challenge: 256-bit block size, 8 rounds, n=(2-1)·2+157

Borisov, et al., using a multiplicative form of differential cryptanalysis, found a complementation property for any variant of xmx, like the first three above, such that n=2-1, where k is the block size. They also found large weak key classes for the Challenge variant, and for many other moduli.


XMX (or just X) Channel 2 was a commercial-free, satellite radio station on Sirius XM Radio, formerly XM Satellite Radio. Originally used to remind subscribers of overdue payments, the channel changed to a music format on August 1, 2007 and featured popular exclusive XM music programming played all day, every day. XMX was discontinued on November 12, 2008, as part of the merger of the SIRIUS and XM channel lineups. The channel was directed by Paul Bachmann, who was also regularly found in XM's Classical and Rock neighborhoods in the 2000s.


XMX may refer to:

  • xmx, a block cipher
  • XMX (XM), a satellite radio station
  • Maden language, an Austronesian language of West Papua