Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2020/1315

On Index Calculus Algorithms for Subfield Curves

Steven D. Galbraith and Robert Granger and Simon-Philipp Merz and Christophe Petit

Abstract: In this paper we further the study of index calculus methods for solving the elliptic curve discrete logarithm problem (ECDLP). We focus on the index calculus for subfield curves, also called Koblitz curves, defined over $\mathbb{F}_q$ with ECDLP in $\mathbb{F}_{q^n}$. Instead of accelerating the solution of polynomial systems during index calculus as was predominantly done in previous work, we define factor bases that are invariant under the $q$-power Frobenius automorphism of the field $\mathbb{F}_{q^n}$, reducing the number of polynomial systems that need to be solved. A reduction by a factor of $1/n$ is the best one could hope for. We show how to choose factor bases to achieve this, while simultaneously accelerating the linear algebra step of the index calculus method for Koblitz curves by a factor $n^2$. Furthermore, we show how to use the Frobenius endomorphism to improve symmetry breaking for Koblitz curves. We provide constructions of factor bases with the desired properties, and we study their impact on the polynomial system solving costs experimentally. This work gives an answer to the problem raised in the literature on how the Frobenius endomorphism can be used to speed-up index calculus on subfield curves.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / elliptic curve discrete logarithm, Koblitz curves, subfield curves, Frobenius endomorphism

Date: received 21 Oct 2020, last revised 21 Oct 2020

Contact author: s galbraith at auckland ac nz, r granger@surrey ac uk, simon-philipp merz 2018@rhul ac uk,christophe f petit@gmail com

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