Paper 2015/588

An analysis of the $C$ class of bent functions

Bimal Mandal, Pantelimon Stanica, Sugata Gangopadhyay, and Enes Pasalic


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.

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Secret-key cryptography
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Preprint. MINOR revision.
Boolean functionbent function.
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gsugata @ gmail com
2015-06-21: received
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      author = {Bimal Mandal and Pantelimon Stanica and Sugata Gangopadhyay and Enes Pasalic},
      title = {An analysis of the $C$ class of bent functions},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2015/588},
      year = {2015},
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