Post-quantum cryptography

The table lists some values for different schemes at a bit post-quantum security level. In cryptography research, it is desirable to prove the equivalence of a cryptographic algorithm and a known hard mathematical problem. In contrast to the threat quantum computing poses to current public-key algorithms, most current symmetric cryptographic algorithms and hash functions are considered to be relatively secure against attacks by quantum computers.

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This fact had reduced interest in these signatures until interest was revived due to the desire for cryptography that was resistant to attack by quantum computers.

There appear to be no patents on the Merkle signature scheme [ citation needed ] and there exist many non-patented hash functions that could be used with these schemes. This includes cryptographic systems which rely on error-correcting codes , such as the McEliece and Niederreiter encryption algorithms and the related Courtois, Finiasz and Sendrier Signature scheme. The original McEliece signature using random Goppa codes has withstood scrutiny for over 30 years. However, many variants of the McEliece scheme, which seek to introduce more structure into the code used in order to reduce the size of the keys, have been shown to be insecure.

This cryptographic system relies on the properties of supersingular elliptic curves and supersingular isogeny graphs to create a Diffie-Hellman replacement with forward secrecy. Because it works much like existing Diffie—Hellman implementations, it offers forward secrecy which is viewed as important both to prevent mass surveillance by governments but also to protect against the compromise of long term keys through failures.

Provided one uses sufficiently large key sizes, the symmetric key cryptographic systems like AES and SNOW 3G are already resistant to attack by a quantum computer. Given its widespread deployment in the world already, some researchers recommend expanded use of Kerberos-like symmetric key management as an efficient and effective way to get Post Quantum cryptography today. In cryptography research, it is desirable to prove the equivalence of a cryptographic algorithm and a known hard mathematical problem.

These proofs are often called "security reductions", and are used to demonstrate the difficulty of cracking the encryption algorithm. In other words, the security of a given cryptographic algorithm is reduced to the security of a known hard problem.

Researchers are actively looking for security reductions in the prospects for post quantum cryptography. Current results are given here:. In some versions of Ring-LWE there is a security reduction to the shortest-vector problem SVP in a lattice as a lower bound on the security. In , Luis Garcia proved that there was a security reduction of Merkle Hash Tree signatures to the security of the underlying hash function. Garcia showed in his paper that if computationally one-way hash functions exist then the Merkle Hash Tree signature is provably secure.

Therefore, if one used a hash function with a provable reduction of security to a known hard problem one would have a provable security reduction of the Merkle tree signature to that known hard problem.

The Post Quantum Cryptography Study Group sponsored by the European Commission has recommended use of Merkle signature scheme for long term security protection against quantum computers.

RLCE scheme can be constructed using any linear code such as Reed-Solomon code by inserting random columns in the underlying linear code generator matrix. Security is related to the problem of constructing an isogeny between two supersingular curves with the same number of points. The most recent investigation of the difficulty of this problem is by Delfs and Galbraith indicates that this problem is as hard as the inventors of the key exchange suggest that it is.

One common characteristic of many post-quantum cryptography algorithms is that they require larger key sizes than commonly used "pre-quantum" public key algorithms. There are often tradeoffs to be made in key size, computational efficiency and ciphertext or signature size. The table lists some values for different schemes at a bit post-quantum security level.

A practical consideration on a choice among post-quantum cryptographic algorithms is the effort required to send public keys over the internet. The basic idea comes from the associativity of matrix multiplications, and the errors are used to provide the security.

The paper [44] appeared in after a provisional patent application was filed in In , Peikert [45] presented a key transport scheme following the same basic idea of Ding's, where the new idea of sending additional 1 bit signal for rounding in Ding's construction is also utilized. For somewhat greater than bits of security , Singh presents a set of parameters which have bit public keys for the Peikert's scheme. In , an authenticated key exchange with provable forward security following the same basic idea of Ding's was presented at Eurocrypt , [47] which is an extension of the HMQV [48] construction in Crypto The parameters for different security levels from 80 bits to bits, along with the corresponding key sizes are provided in the paper.

This results in a public key of bits. The corresponding private key would be bits. In order to get bits of security for hash based signatures to sign 1 million messages using the fractal Merkle tree method of Naor Shenhav and Wool the public and private key sizes are roughly 36, bits in length.

If one uses elliptic curve point compression the public key will need to be no more than 8x or bits in length. As a general rule, for bits of security in a symmetric-key-based system, one can safely use key sizes of bits. The best quantum attack against generic symmetric-key systems is an application of Grover's algorithm , which requires work proportional to the square root of the size of the key space.

To transmit an encrypted key to a device that possesses the symmetric key necessary to decrypt that key requires roughly bits as well. It is clear that symmetric-key systems offer the smallest key sizes for post-quantum cryptography.

A public-key system demonstrates a property referred to as perfect forward secrecy when it generates random public keys per session for the purposes of key agreement. This means that the compromise of one message cannot lead to the compromise of others, and also that there is not a single secret value which can lead to the compromise of multiple messages. Security experts recommend using cryptographic algorithms that support forward secrecy over those that do not. This is viewed as a means of preventing mass surveillance by intelligence agencies.

Any authenticated public key encryption system can be used to build a key exchange with forward secrecy. Open Quantum Safe [55] [56] OQS project was started in late and has the goal of developing and prototyping quantum-resistant cryptography.

It aims to integrate current post-quantum schemes in one library: As of April , the following key exchange algorithms are supported: One of the main challenges in Post-quantum cryptography is considered to be the implementation of potentially quantum safe algorithms into existing systems. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Post-quantum cryptography is distinct from quantum cryptography , which refers to using quantum phenomena to achieve secrecy and detect eavesdropping.

Cryptography that is secure against quantum computers.