On the tropical discrete logarithm problem and security of a protocol based on tropical semidirect product

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Tropical linear algebra has been recently put forward by Grigoriev and Shpilrain as a promising platform for 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 ⊗ F⊗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.


Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunications in Algebra
Early online date20 Sep 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Sep 2021