Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2010/372

Decoding square-free Goppa codes over $\F_p$

Paulo S. L. M. Barreto and Richard Lindner and Rafael Misoczki

Abstract: We propose a new, efficient decoding algorithm for square-free (irreducible or otherwise) Goppa codes over $\F_p$ for any prime $p$. If the code in question has degree $t$ and its average code distance is at least $(4/p)t + 1$, the proposed decoder can uniquely correct up to $(2/p)t$ errors with high probability. The correction capability is higher if the distribution of error magnitudes is not uniform, approaching or reaching $t$ errors when any particular error value occurs much more often than others or exclusively. This makes the method interesting for (semantically secure) cryptosystems based on the decoding problem for permuted and punctured Goppa codes.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / coding-based cryptosystems, error correction, efficient algorithms

Date: received 28 Jun 2010, last revised 2 Jul 2010

Contact author: pbarreto at larc usp br

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