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Prikl. Diskr. Mat., 2017, Number 38, Pages 95–100 (Mi pdm603)  

This article is cited in 1 scientific paper (total in 1 paper)

Mathematical Backgrounds of Informatics and Programming

On generic complexity of the problem of finding roots in groups of residues

A. N. Rybalovab

a Omsk State University, Omsk, Russia
b Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, Novosibirsk, Russia

Abstract: Every algorithmic problem used in modern cryptography must satisfy important conditions. First of all, the problem should be easily decidable for legal users and hard for cryptanalysis. In addition, there should be an effective algorithm for generation of hard inputs. In practically used cryptosystems with open key, such inputs are randomly generated on a sufficiently large set of inputs. A problem may be hard only for a small part of the inputs (for example, only for polynomial number of words among exponential number of all binary words). So, the problem is easy for almost all inputs. This observation leads to the concept of generic complexity and computability. In the framework of this approach, the algorithmic problem is considered on some subset of “almost all” inputs. Such inputs form the so-called generic set. The concept of “almost all” can be formalized by the introduction of a natural measure on the set of inputs. The problem can be hard (moreover, algorithmically undecidable) on the whole set of inputs, but decidable (moreover, effectively decidable) for the “almost all” inputs. But cryptographic problems must remain hard in the generic case. In this paper, we study the generic complexity of the classical algorithmic problem of cryptography – the problem of extracting a root in the residue groups $\mathbb Z/(m)$, where $m=pq$ is the product of two different prime numbers. It is still unknown whether there exists a polynomial algorithm, deciding this problem for all inputs. Moreover, the famous cryptosystem RSA is based on the assumption of its hardness. We prove that this problem is generically undecidable in polynomial time, provided there is no polynomial probabilistic algorithm for its solution in the worst case. There is a plausible hypothesis ($\mathrm{P=BPP}$) that any polynomial probabilistic algorithm can be efficiently derandomized, i.e. that a polynomial deterministic algorithm can be build to solve the same problem.

Keywords: generic complexity, problem of finding roots in groups of residues, probabilistic algorithm.

Funding Agency Grant Number
Russian Foundation for Basic Research 15-41-04312


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17223/20710410/38/7

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Citation: A. N. Rybalov, “On generic complexity of the problem of finding roots in groups of residues”, Prikl. Diskr. Mat., 2017, no. 38, 95–100

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\paper On generic complexity of the problem of finding roots in groups of residues
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