[Ach] "New algorithm shakes up cryptography"

Hanno Böck hanno at hboeck.de
Sun May 18 01:28:07 CEST 2014

On Sat, 17 May 2014 23:10:47 +0200
Aaron Zauner <azet at azet.org> wrote:

> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140515163739.htm
> http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-55220-5_1
> This is an improvement over the work published in 2013. I'm yet unsure
> how serious this is since I cannot read the entire paper (although
> I'm a IACR member I'd need to pay for the journal -> fuck that).

I had mail contact with one of the authors today and also talked to
someone who was at the talk, it's basically "just" the final version of
the paper that was preprint-released last year.

I think the press release is vastly overblown. This still only affects
finite fields of small characteristics, which is not really relevant
for crypto.

> I'm wondering why there's so little new research in the field of
> post-quantum cryptography - We'll need something that's not based on
> difficulty of factoring nor discrete log. There are many options out
> there, but most stuff I've read about is just not applicable in real
> world protocols and software.

Yeah, I agree on that. I don't see the Joux et all results really
frightening, as most people I ask seem to think that they don't apply
to any real-world crypto. But the quantum threat is looming and became
much more likely in recent years.

Hanno Böck

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