Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2021/954

Scabbard: a suite of efficient learning with rounding key-encapsulation mechanisms

Jose Maria Bermudo Mera and Angshuman Karmakar and Suparna Kundu and Ingrid Verbauwhede

Abstract: In this paper, we introduce Scabbard, a suite of post-quantum key-encapsulation mechanisms. Our suite contains three different schemes Florete, Espada, and Sable based on the hardness of module- or ring-learning with rounding problem. In this work, we first show how the latest advancements on lattice-based cryptography can be utilized to create new better schemes and even improve the state-of-the-art on post-quantum cryptography. We put particular focus on designing schemes that can optimally exploit the parallelism offered by certain hardware platforms and are also suitable for resource constrained devices. We show that this can be achieved without compromising the security of the schemes or penalizing their performance on other platforms. To substantiate our claims, we provide optimized implementations of our three new schemes on a wide range of platforms including general-purpose Intel processors using both portable C and vectorized instructions, embedded platforms such as Cortex-M4 microcontrollers, and hardware platforms such as FPGAs. We show that on each platform, our schemes can outperform the state-of-the-art in speed, memory footprint, or area requirements.

Category / Keywords: Post-quantum cryptography, Learning with rounding, Key-encapsulation mechanism, Lattice-based cryptography, Embedded implementations, AVX2, Cortex-M4, FPGA

Original Publication (in the same form): IACR-CHES-2021

Date: received 14 Jul 2021

Contact author: jbermudo at esat kuleuven be

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