Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2010/410

Wild McEliece

Daniel J. Bernstein and Tanja Lange and Christiane Peters

Abstract: The original McEliece cryptosystem uses length-n codes over F_2 with dimension >=n-mt efficiently correcting t errors where 2^m>=n. This paper presents a generalized cryptosystem that uses length-n codes over small finite fields F_q with dimension >=n-m(q-1)t efficiently correcting floor(qt/2) errors where q^m>=n. Previously proposed cryptosystems with the same length and dimension corrected only floor((q-1)t/2) errors for q>=3. This paper also presents list-decoding algorithms that efficiently correct even more errors for the same codes over F_q. Finally, this paper shows that the increase from floor((q-1)t/2) errors to more than floor(qt/2) errors allows considerably smaller keys to achieve the same security level against all known attacks.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / McEliece cryptosystem, Niederreiter cryptosystem, Goppa codes, wild Goppa codes, list decoding

Publication Info: accepted to SAC 2010

Date: received 22 Jul 2010, last revised 6 Oct 2010

Contact author: c p peters at tue nl

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