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Cryptanalysis of a Proposal Based on the Discrete Logarithm Problem Inside Sn

MACIMTE, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28933 Móstoles, Madrid, Spain
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Cryptography 2018, 2(3), 16;
Received: 21 May 2018 / Revised: 13 July 2018 / Accepted: 16 July 2018 / Published: 19 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Key Cryptography)
In 2008, Doliskani et al. proposed an ElGamal-style encryption scheme using the symmetric group Sn as mathematical platform. In 2012, an improvement of the cryptosystem’s memory requirements was suggested by Othman. The proposal by Doliskani et al. in particular requires the discrete logarithm problem in Sn, using its natural representation, to be hard. Making use of the Chinese Remainder Theorem, we describe an efficient method to solve this discrete logarithm problem, yielding a polynomial time secret key recovery attack against Doliskani et al.’s proposal. View Full-Text
Keywords: cryptanalysis; symmetric group; public key encryption cryptanalysis; symmetric group; public key encryption
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González Vasco, M.I.; Robinson, A.; Steinwandt, R. Cryptanalysis of a Proposal Based on the Discrete Logarithm Problem Inside Sn. Cryptography 2018, 2, 16.

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