Improved Algebraic Methods for Cryptanalysis of Post-Quantum Cryptosystems launched through Open Competition Domain Science-M programme

Date of news: 26 September 2022

The NWO Domain Board Science has approved twenty-two grant applications in the Open Competition Domain Science-M programme. The topics vary from climate vulnerability of slum communities, behaviour of atomically thin magnets, and dead zones in Caribbean coral reefs, to bacteria-driven microrobots and symmetries of geometric spaces. M-grants are intended for innovative, high-quality, fundamental research and/or studies involving matters of scientific urgency.

Improved Algebraic Methods for Cryptanalysis of Post-Quantum Cryptosystems (ALPaQCa)
Dr. Simona Samardjiska (RU)
An algebraic attack is a cryptanalytic technique in which cryptographic schemes are modelled as systems of non-linear equations. Systems arising from cryptographic schemes, and in general from practical applications are almost always structured, but current algorithms typically do not take into account this structure. In this project, we will develop an algorithmic framework that takes into account the specific structure arising from the cryptosystem itself and from the interaction of the physical implementation of the cryptosystem with adversarial environment. The framework will be applied on post-quantum schemes in order to increase the confidence in the security analysis of these schemes.

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