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A Cryptosystem Based on the Symmetric Group Sn


Javad N. Doliskani, Ehsan Malekian, Ali Zakerolhosseini


Vol. 8  No. 1  pp. 266-274


This paper proposes a public key cryptosystem based on the symmetric group Sn, and validates its theoretical foundation. The proposed system benefits from the algebraic properties of Sn such as non commutative, high computational speed and high flexibility in selecting keys which make the Discrete Logarithm Problem (DLP) resistant to attacks by algorithms such as Pohlig-Hellman. Against these properties, the only disadvantage of the scheme is its relative large memory and bandwidth requirements. Due to the similarities in the algebraic structures, many other cryptosystems can be translated to their symmetric group analogs, and the proposed cryptosystem is in fact the Generalized El-Gamal cryptosystem which is based on Sn instead of GF(p).


Cryptosystem, Public Key, Discrete Logarithm Problem