Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2003/085

A defect of the implementation schemes of the TTM cryptosystem

Jintai Ding, Dieter Schmidt

Abstract: We show all the existing TTM implementation schemes have a defect that there exist linearization equations $$ \sum_{i=1,j=1}^{n,m} a_{ij}x_iy_j(x_1,\dots,x_{n})+ \sum_{i=1}^{n} b_ix_i+\sum_{j=1}^{m} c_jy_j(x_1,\dots,x_{n}) + d= 0, $$ which are satisfied by the components $y_i(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ of the ciphers of the TTM schemes. We further demonstrate that, for the case of the most recent two implementation schemes in two versions of the paper \cite{CM}, where the inventor of TTM used them to refute a claim in \cite{CG}, if we do a linear substitution with the linear equations derived from the linearization equations for a given ciphertext, we can find the plaintext easily by an iteration of the procedure of first search for linear equations by linear combinations and then linear substitution. The computation complexity of the attack on these two schemes is less than $2^{35}$ over a finite field of size $2^8$.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / cryptanalysis, linerization, TTM

Date: received 30 Apr 2003

Contact author: ding at math uc edu

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