On the Differential Security of Multivariate Public Key Cryptosystems
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Since the discovery of an algorithm for factoring and computing discrete logarithms in polynomial time on a quantum computer, the cryptographic community has been searching for an alternative for security in the approaching post-quantum world. One excellent candidate is multivariate public key cryptography. Though the speed and parameterizable nature of such schemes is desirable, a standard metric for determining the security of a multivariate cryptosystem has been lacking. We present a reasonable measure for security against the common differential attacks and derive this measurement for several modern multivariate public key cryptosystems.
KeywordsMatsumoto-Imai multivariate public key cryptography differential symmetry
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