EDITOR’S CORRECTION – January 5, 2015
Thanks to an outstanding contributor over at www.cccure.org by the name of “ParadiseLost”, I was notified that there is a difference between Rijndael and AES, and here it is:
Rijndael can use different block sizes, but AES uses a fixed block size of 128-bits.
So for AES, the block size must always be 128-bits!!!
Key Size Block Size
Official NIST standard
Won first place out of 15 other AES contestants
Pronounced “Rhine Dall”
Named after it’s developers Vincent Rijmen and Joan Daemen
Rijndael is the actual name of the algorithm, AES is the standard
Symmetric block cipher
Proved to have the best security, speed, and scalability
Stronger than DES and 3DES
Supports 128, 192, 256-bit keys
Can be used by the government to protect sensitive but unclassified data as well as secret and top secret