Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2015/588

An analysis of the $C$ class of bent functions

Bimal Mandal and Pantelimon Stanica and Sugata Gangopadhyay and Enes Pasalic

Abstract: Two (so-called $C, D$) classes of permutation-based bent Boolean functions were introduced by Carlet two decades ago, but without specifying some explicit construction methods for their construction (apart from the subclass $D_0$). In this article, we look in more detail at the $C$ class, and derive some existence and nonexistence results concerning the bent functions in the $C$ class for many of the known classes of permutations over $\mathbb F_{2^n}$. Most importantly, the existence results induce generic methods of constructing bent functions in class $C$ which possibly do not belong to the completed Maiorana-McFarland class. The question whether the specific permutations and related subspaces we identify in this article indeed give bent functions outside the completed Maiorana-McFarland class remains open.

Category / Keywords: secret-key cryptography / Boolean function; bent function.

Date: received 13 Jun 2015

Contact author: gsugata at gmail com

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