**On the Minimum Number of Multiplications Necessary for Universal Hash Constructions**

*Mridul Nandi*

**Abstract: **Let $d \geq 1$ be an integer and $R_1$ be a finite ring whose elements are called {\bf block}. A $d$-block universal hash over $R_1$ is a vector of $d$ multivariate polynomials in message and key block such that the maximum {\em differential probability} of the hash function is ``low''. Two such single block hashes are pseudo dot-product (\tx{PDP}) hash and Bernstein-Rabin-Winograd (\tx{BRW}) hash which require $\frac{n}{2}$ multiplications for $n$ message blocks. The Toeplitz construction and $d$ independent invocations of \tx{PDP} are $d$-block hash outputs which require $d \times \frac{n}{2}$ multiplications. However, here we show that {\em at least $(d-1) + \frac{n}{2}$ multiplications are necessary} to compute a universal hash over $n$ message blocks. We construct a {\em $d$-block universal hash, called \tx{EHC}, which requires the matching $(d -1) + \frac{n}{2}$ multiplications for $d \leq 4$}. Hence it is optimum and our lower bound is tight when $d \leq 4$. It has similar parllelizibility, key size like Toeplitz and so it can be used as a light-weight universal hash.

**Category / Keywords: **secret-key cryptography / Universal Hash, AXU hash, multivariate polynomial, error correcting code, Vandermonde matrix, Toeplitz hash.

**Date: **received 8 Sep 2013, last revised 14 Feb 2014

**Contact author: **mridul nandi at gmail com

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