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Rail Fence (Zig-Zag) Cipher

Tools to decrypt/encrypt Rail Fence automatically. Rail Fence cipher is a transposition cipher consisting in writing a text in zig-zag and read it from left to right.

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Rail Fence (Zig-Zag) Cipher

Rail Fence Decoder




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Tools to decrypt/encrypt Rail Fence automatically. Rail Fence cipher is a transposition cipher consisting in writing a text in zig-zag and read it from left to right.

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How to encrypt using Rail Fence cipher?

Rail Fence Encryption uses an integer for the number of levels of the zigzag.

The encoded message is written in zig-zag (like a rail fence/sawtooth) along a path with N levels/floors.

Example: Encrypt DCODEZIGZAG with N=3 is writting

D---E---Z--
-C-D-Z-G-A-
--O---I---G

The cipher message is read by rows.

Example: The encrypted message is DEZCDZGAOIG

How to decrypt Rail Fence cipher?

RailFence decryption requires to know the number of levels N.

Example: Decrypt the message DEZCDZGAOIG with N=3

Write the expected zigzag form and complete it by lines, before reading as zig zag

Example:

X---X---X--
-X-X-X-X-X-
--X---X---X
then
D---E---Z--
-C-D-Z-G-A-
--O---I---G

Example: The original plain text is DCODEZIGZAG.

How to recognize Rail Fence ciphertext?

A message encoded by Rail-Fence has an index of coincidence equal to that of the language of the original text.

Frequency analysis reveals usual occurrences of common letters similar to a plain text.

How to decipher Rail Fence without the number of levels?

Rail Fence can be cracked by testing all levels from 2 to N. Use the Brute-force attack button.

What are the variants of the Rail Fence cipher?

There are several variations:

- The fence may begin with a peak or a hollow (up or down).

Example: A...E
.B.D.
..C..
(↘↗ hollow)

Example: ..C..
.B.D.
A...E
(↗↘ peak)

- The first letter is not necessarily the base of the peak or hollow, the zig zag can start in the middle (equivalent to add spaces at the beginning)

Example: ....D.
.A.C.E
..B...
(One shift)

- It is possible to allow the spaces and punctuation, which shifts the characters.

What is the difference between Rail Fence and ZigZag?

None, Rail Fence is the original word, ZigZag is the mnemonic term.

When Rail-Fence have been invented?

No date is recognized.

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