Failure of the McEliece public-key cryptosystem under message-resend and related-message attack
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- Berson T.A. (1997) Failure of the McEliece public-key cryptosystem under message-resend and related-message attack. In: Kaliski B.S. (eds) Advances in Cryptology — CRYPTO '97. CRYPTO 1997. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 1294. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
The McEliece public-key cryptosystem fails to protect any message which is sent to a recipient more than once using different random error vectors. In general, it fails to protect any messages sent to a recipient which have a known linear relation to one another. Under these conditions, which are easily detectable, the cryptosystem is subject to a devastating attack which reveals plaintext with a work factor which is 1015 times better than the best general attack.