Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2005/085

A new structural attack for GPT and variants

R. Overbeck

Abstract: In this paper we look at the Gabidulin version of the McEliece cryptosystem (GPT) and its variants. We propose a new polynomial time attack on the private key, which is applicable to all variants proposed so far, breaking some of them completely.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / gabidulin codes, code based cryptography

Date: received 17 Mar 2005, last revised 31 May 2005, withdrawn 18 Jul 2005

Contact author: overbeck at cdc informatik tu-darmstadt de

Available format(s): (-- withdrawn --)

Note: One of the assumptions we made in the previous version of this paper has turned out to be false. However, as is shown in the current version, it is not essential for the analysis. Thus the results remain unchanged.

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