Paper 2019/093

Key Encapsulation Mechanism From Modular Multivariate Linear Equations

Muhammad Rezal Kamel Ariffin, Abderrahmane Nitaj, Yanbin Pan, and Nur Azman Abu


In this article we discuss the modular pentavariate and hexavariate linear equations and its usefulness for asymmetric cryptography. Construction of our key encapsulation mechanism dwells on such modular linear equations whose unknown roots can be interpreted as long vectors within a lattice which surpasses the Gaussian heuristic; hence unable to be identified by the LLL lattice reduction algorithm. By utilizing our specially constructed public key when computing the modular hexavariate linear ciphertext equation, the decapsulation mechanism can correctly output the shared secret parameter. The scheme has short key length, no decapsulation failure issues, plaintext-to-ciphertext expansion of one-to-one as well as uses ``simple" mathematics in order to achieve maximum simplicity in design, such that even practitioners with limited mathematical background will be able to understand the arithmetic. Due to inexistence of efficient algorithms running upon a quantum computer to obtain the roots of our modular pentavariate and hexavariate linear equation and also to retrieve the private key from the public key, our key encapsulation mechanism can be a probable candidate for seamless post quantum drop-in replacement for current traditional asymmetric schemes.

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Public-key cryptography
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Preprint. MINOR revision.
Post quantum cryptosystemLLL algorithm
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rezal @ upm edu my
2019-11-01: withdrawn
2019-01-31: received
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