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Paper: Direct construction of quasi-involutory recursive-like MDS matrices from 2-cyclic codes

Authors:
Victor Cauchois , DGA MI and IRMAR, Université de Rennes 1
Pierre Loidreau , DGA MI and IRMAR, Université de Rennes 1
Nabil Merkiche , DGA IP and Sorbonnes universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, LIP6 UMR 7606
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DOI: 10.13154/tosc.v2016.i2.80-98
URL: http://tosc.iacr.org/index.php/ToSC/article/view/566
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Abstract: A good linear diffusion layer is a prerequisite in the design of block ciphers. Usually it is obtained by combining matrices with optimal diffusion property over the Sbox alphabet. These matrices are constructed either directly using some algebraic properties or by enumerating a search space, testing the optimal diffusion property for every element. For implementation purposes, two types of structures are considered: Structures where all the rows derive from the first row and recursive structures built from powers of companion matrices. In this paper, we propose a direct construction for new recursive-like MDS matrices. We show they are quasi-involutory in the sense that the matrix-vector product with the matrix or with its inverse can be implemented by clocking a same LFSR-like architecture. As a direct construction, performances do not outperform the best constructions found with exhaustive search. However, as a new type of construction, it offers alternatives for MDS matrices design.
BibTeX
@article{tosc-2016-28133,
  title={Direct construction of quasi-involutory recursive-like MDS matrices from 2-cyclic codes},
  journal={IACR Trans. Symmetric Cryptol.},
  publisher={Ruhr-Universität Bochum},
  volume={2016, Issue 2},
  pages={80-98},
  url={http://tosc.iacr.org/index.php/ToSC/article/view/566},
  doi={10.13154/tosc.v2016.i2.80-98},
  author={Victor Cauchois and Pierre Loidreau and Nabil Merkiche},
  year=2016
}