Paper 2022/345

On the decisional Diffie-Hellman problem for class group actions on oriented elliptic curves

Wouter Castryck, Marc Houben, Frederik Vercauteren, and Benjamin Wesolowski


We show how the Weil pairing can be used to evaluate the assigned characters of an imaginary quadratic order $\mathcal{O}$ in an unknown ideal class $[\mathfrak{a}] \in \mathrm{Cl}(\mathcal{O})$ that connects two given $\mathcal{O}$-oriented elliptic curves $(E, \iota)$ and $(E', \iota') = [\mathfrak{a}](E, \iota)$. When specialized to ordinary elliptic curves over finite fields, our method is conceptually simpler and often faster than a recent approach due to Castryck, Sot\'akov\'a and Vercauteren, who rely on the Tate pairing instead. The main implication of our work is that it breaks the decisional Diffie--Hellman problem for practically all oriented elliptic curves that are acted upon by an even-order class group. It can also be used to better handle the worst cases in Wesolowski's recent reduction from the vectorization problem for oriented elliptic curves to the endomorphism ring problem, leading to a method that always works in sub-exponential time.

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Public-key cryptography
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Preprint. MINOR revision.
decisional Diffie-Hellmanisogeny-based cryptographyoriented elliptic curvesclass group actionWeil pairing
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houben mr @ gmail com
2022-03-14: received
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      author = {Wouter Castryck and Marc Houben and Frederik Vercauteren and Benjamin Wesolowski},
      title = {On the decisional Diffie-Hellman problem for class group actions on oriented elliptic curves},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2022/345},
      year = {2022},
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