Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2018/1200

On a Rank-Metric Code-Based Cryptosystem with Small Key Size

Julian Renner and Sven Puchinger and Antonia Wachter-Zeh

Abstract: A repair of the Faure-Loidreau (FL) public-key code-based cryptosystem is proposed.The FL cryptosystem is based on the hardness of list decoding Gabidulin codes which are special rank-metric codes. We prove that the recent structural attack on the system by Gaborit et al. is equivalent to decoding an interleaved Gabidulin code. Since all known polynomial-time decoders for these codes fail for a large constructive class of error patterns, we are able to construct public keys that resist the attack. It is also shown that all other known attacks fail for our repair and parameter choices. Compared to other code-based cryptosystems, we obtain significantly smaller key sizes for the same security level.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / code-based cryptography, rank-metric codes, interleaving, Gabidulin codes

Date: received 12 Dec 2018

Contact author: julian renner at tum de

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