International Association for Cryptologic Research

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IACR News item: 15 September 2020

Abhraneel Dutta, Aaron Hutchinson, Koray Karabina
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An efficient scalar multiplication algorithm is a crucial component of elliptic curve cryptosystems. In this paper we propose a scalar multiplication algorithm based on scalar recodings that is regular in nature and provides resistance against simple power analysis attacks. Our scalar multiplication algorithm is made from two scalar recoding algorithms called Recode and Align. Recode is the generalization of the signed non-zero bit recoding algorithm given by Hedabou, Pinel and Beneteau in 2005. It recodes the $k$-$ary$ representation of the given scalar into a signed nonzero form by means of a small lookup table. On the other hand, Align is the generalized $k$-$ary$ version of the sign-aligned columns recoding algorithm given by Faz-Hernandez, Longa and Sanchez in 2014. It recodes the $k$-$ary$ representation of a scalar in such a way that the sign of each of its digits agrees a given $\{1,-1\}$-valued sequence of signs. When analyzing the choice of $k$ in $\{2,3\}$, we find some theoretical evidence that $k=3$ may offer better performance in certain scenarios.

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