New results on the hardness of diffie-hellman bits

María Isabel González Vasco*, Mats Näslund, Igor E. Shparlinski

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We generalize and extend results obtained by Boneh and Venkatesan in 1996 and by González Vasco and Shparlinski in 2000 on the hardness of computing bits of the Diffie-Hellman key, given the public values. Specifically, while these results could only exclude (essentially) error-free predictions, we here exclude any non-negligible advantage, though for larger fractions of the bits. We can also demonstrate a trade-off between the tolerated error rate and the number of unpredictable bits. Moreover, by changing computational model, we show that even a very small proportion of the most significant bits of the Diffie-Hellman secret key cannot be retrieved from the public information by means of a Las Vegas type algorithm, unless the corresponding scheme is weak itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-172
Number of pages14
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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