Cryptanalysis of public-key cryptosystems based on algebraic geometry codes

I. Márquez-Corbella, E. Martínez-Moro, G.R. Pellikaan

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This paper addresses the question of retrieving the triple (X ;P; E) from the algebraic geometry code CL(X ;P; E), where X is an algebraic curve over the finite field Fq, P is an n-tuple of Fq-rational points on X and E is a divisor on X . If deg(E) = 2g + 1 where g is the genus of X , then there is an embedding of X onto Y in the projective space of the linear series of the divisor E. Moreover, if deg(E) = 2g + 2, then I(Y), the vanishing ideal of Y, is generated by I2(Y), the homogeneous elements of degree two in I(Y). If n > 2 deg(E), then I2(Y) = I2(Q), where Q is the image of P under the map from X to Y. These two results imply that certain algebraic geometry codes are not secure if used in the McEliece public-key cryptosystem.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOberwolfach
PublisherMathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameOberwolfach Preprints
VolumeOWP 2012-01


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