Institute of Mathematics


Modul:   MAT075  Zurich Graduate Colloquium

What is... the McEliece system?

Violetta Weger talk

Date: 20.11.18  Time: 17.15 - 18.30  Room:

In 1978 Robert J. McEliece came up with the first code-based cryptosystem. It is based on error-correcting codes and many variants have been proposed until today. Since the underlying problem of decoding a random linear code is an NP-hard problem, this system is considered to be quantum secure, i.e. it would resist attacks from a quantum computer. In this talk we will explain the McEliece cryptosystem, its advantages and the disadvantages we try to overcome.