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# Multivariate Cryptography [edit]

##### Definition

Multivariate cryptography is the generic term for asymmetric cryptographic primitives based on multivariate polynomials over a finite field $\mathbb F$.

## Properties

## The Multivariate Quadratic (MQ) System

Given $m$ quadratic polynomials

$p_1(x_1,..., x_n), ..., p_m(x_1,..., x_n)$

with polynomial $p$ of $n$ variables $x$

in $n$ variables $x = x_1,..., x_n$ over a finite field $\mathbb F_q$, find a vector $\boldsymbol x$ such that

$p_1(x_0) = ... = p_m(x_0) = 0$

Solving MQ polynomial systems is worst case NP-hard and in general doubly exponential over any finite field.

## Construction

The private key consists of two affine transformations, $S$ and $T$, and an easy to invert quadratic map $P':F^{m}\rightarrow F^{n}$.

The triple $(S^{-1},{P'}^{-1},T^{-1})$ is the private key, also known as the trapdoor. The public key is the composition $P=S\circ P'\circ T$ which is by assumption hard to invert without the knowledge of …

## Implementations

Crypto-Systems based on multivariate cryptography:

- SFLASHv3
- QUARTZ