# Questions tagged [finite-field]

A finite field is a mathematical construct based on a set of axioms which are held to be true. A number of interesting and useful properties arise from finite fields that makes them particularly suitable for use in cryptography, notably in block ciphers. Questions concerning finite fields should use this tag. Your question may concern finite fields if you are asking about AES, block ciphers or modular arithmetic.

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### Galois fields in cryptography

I don't really understand Galois fields, but I've noticed they're used a lot in crypto. I tried to read into them, but quickly got lost in the mess of heiroglyphs and alien terms. I understand they're ...
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### What is so special about elliptic curves?

There seems to be sources like this, this also, and some introductions that discuss elliptic curves in general and how they're used. But what I'd like to know is why these particular curves are so ...
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### How robust is discrete logarithm in $GF(2^n)$?

"Normal" discrete logarithm based cryptosystems (DSA, Diffie-Hellman, ElGamal) work in the finite field of integers modulo a big prime $p$. However, there exist other finite fields out there, in ...
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### Choice of multiplication polynomial in Rijndael s-box affine mapping

The Rijndael specification details the design choices for the s-box in section 7.2. They describe the choice of affine mapping as follows: We have chosen an affine mapping that has a very simple ...
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### Are there any (asymmetric) cryptographic primitives not relying on arithmetic over prime fields and/or finite fields?

Trying to figure out if any (asymmetric) cryptographic primitives exists, which do not rely on arithmetic over a prime field and/or arithmetic over a finite field, some people might get lost in ...
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### How to determine the order of an elliptic curve group from its parameters?

Let $\quad E:\; y^2 = x^3 + ax + b \quad$ be an elliptic curve defined over a finite field $\mathbb F_q$ where $q = p^n$, $a,b \in \mathbb F_q$ and $p \neq 2, 3$. By Hasse's theorem we know that the ...
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### Design properties of the Rijndael finite field?

So we've already had a question on replacing the Rijndael S-Box. My question is - can we use a different finite field other than the one given by $x^8 + x^4 + x^3 + x + 1$ in $GF(2^8)$. In other words,...
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### Do recent announcements about solving the DLP in $GF(2^{6120})$ apply to schemes proposed for cryptographic use?

A recent paper by GĆ¶loÄlu, Granger, McGuire, and ZumbrĆ¤gel: Solving a 6120-bit DLP on a Desktop Computer seems to "demonstrate a practical DLP break in the finite field of $2^{6120}$ elements, using ...
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### Necessity for finite field arithmetic and the prime number p in Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme

Shamir's original paper (PDF, 197kb) describing a threshold secret sharing scheme states: To make this claim more precise, we use modular arithmetic instead of real arithmetic. The set of ...
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### Security of pairing-based cryptography over binary fields regarding new attacks

In the last week, the discrete logarithm problem was broken for the binary fields $\mathbb{F}_{2^{(14 \times 127)}}$ and $\mathbb{F}_{2^{(27 \times 73)}}$. Pairing-based cryptography using binary ...
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### The aftermath and considerations of the new record of 30750-Bit Binary Field Discrete Logarithm - 2020

Granger et al. recently published a paper about breaking a record for discrete logarithm on the Binary field Computation of a 30 750-Bit Binary Field Discrete Logarithm, Robert Granger and Thorsten ...
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### Multiplicative inverse in $\operatorname{GF}(2^8)$?

I know how to do multiplication over ${\rm GF}(2^8)$: ...
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### What is the main difference between finite fields and rings?

In the course I'm studying, if I've understood it right, the main difference between the two is supposed to be that finite fields have division (inverse multiplication) while rings don't. But as I ...
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### Why use prime number $q$ such $q$| $(p-1)$ in discrete logarithm based schemes?
In discrete logarithm based schemes on finite field we have a prime number $q$ that divides $p-1$ and $q$ is to specify a subgroup with the order $q$. But why do we do that? Why do not we work on the ...
Say you're give some prime numbers $p_{1},p_{2},p_{3}, p = 2p_{1}p_{2}p_{3} + 1$ (which is assumed to be also prime) and a list of numbers $L$ and you're asked to find the generators of the ...