Tool to decrypt/encrypt Bazeries automatically. The Bazeries Cipher is a ciphering system created by Etienne Bazeries combining two grids (Polybius), and one key creating super-encryption.

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Tag(s) : Substitution Cipher, Poly-Alphabetic Cipher

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Tool to decrypt/encrypt Bazeries automatically. The Bazeries Cipher is a ciphering system created by Etienne Bazeries combining two grids (Polybius), and one key creating super-encryption.

Encryption uses a number N, and two identical grids (usually square grids of 25 distinct characters). Bazeries suggested generating the second grid from the number N written in letters, but any keyword is fine too.

Example: To crypt DCODE with N=23, use a first grid, generated with the alphabet (without J) and written in columns:

\ | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

1 | A | F | L | Q | V |

2 | B | G | M | R | W |

3 | C | H | N | S | X |

4 | D | I | O | T | Y |

5 | E | K | P | U | Z |

Example: And the second grid generated with the keyword TWENTYTHREE (one could have took TWOTHREE)

\ | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

1 | T | W | E | N | Y |

2 | H | R | A | B | C |

3 | D | F | G | I | K |

4 | L | M | O | P | Q |

5 | S | U | V | X | Z |

The message is segmented by groups of letters with cardinality equals to each digit of N (repeated if necessary).

Example: The number 23 is made of the digits 2 and 3, so split in 2 then 3 letters: DC then ODE.

The groups are then written backward

Example: DC becomes CD and ODE becomes EDO

The letters are located in the grid 1 and replaced by the letter in the same position in grid 2.

Example: C (line 3, column 1, grid 1) is replaced by D (line 3, column 1, grid 1) and so on.

Example: The final Bazeries ciphered message is DLSLO

Decryption requires a number N and two grids (or the keys to generate them).

Example: The cipher message is DLSLO, the number N=23, grid 1 transposed (without key) is :

\ | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

1 | A | F | L | Q | V |

2 | B | G | M | R | W |

3 | C | H | N | S | X |

4 | D | I | O | T | Y |

5 | E | K | P | U | Z |

\ | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

1 | T | W | E | N | Y |

2 | H | R | A | B | C |

3 | D | F | G | I | K |

4 | L | M | O | P | Q |

5 | S | U | V | X | Z |

The message is segmented by groups of letters with cardinality equals to each digit of N (repeated if necessary).

Example: 23 is made of the digits 2 and 3, let's split the message by 2 then 3 letters: DL and SLO.

Groups of letters are written backward

Example: DL becomes LD and SLO becomes OLS

Each letter is located in the second grid, and replaced by the letter with the same coordinate in the first grid.

Example: L (line 4, column 1, grid 2) is replaced by D (line 4, column 1, grid 1) and so on.

Example: The original plain text is DCODE.

A Bazeries ciphered message has an index of coincidence close to the language of the plain text.

One can crack Bazeries using frequency analysis, as it is a substitution, but a manual analysis is then needed to find the key used and reverse segments of the message.

Grids can be written in rows or in columns, they also can be switched.

Etienne Bazeries would have created this cipher near 1980.

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