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IACR News item: 12 January 2021

Any Muanalifah, Serge˘ı Sergeev
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Tropical linear algebra has been recently put forward by Grigoriev and Shpilrain ~\cite{grigoriev2014tropical,grigoriev2018tropical} as a promising platform for the implementation of protocols of Diffie-Hellman and Stickel type. Based on the CSR expansion of tropical matrix powers, we suggest a simple algorithm for the following tropical discrete logarithm problem: ``Given that $A=V\otimes F^{\otimes t}$ for a unique $t$ and matrices $A$, $V$, $F$ of appropriate dimensions, find this $t$.'' We then use this algorithm to suggest a simple attack on a protocol based on the tropical semidirect product. The algorithm and the attack are guaranteed to work in some important special cases and are shown to be efficient in our numerical experiments.
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