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Complementary dual codes for counter-measures to side-channel attacks

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  • We recall why linear codes with complementary duals (LCD codes) play a role in counter-measures to passive and active side-channel analyses on embedded cryptosystems. The rate and the minimum distance of such LCD codes must be as large as possible. We recall the known primary construction of such codes with cyclic codes, and investigate other constructions, with expanded Reed-Solomon codes and generalized residue codes, for which we study the idempotents. These constructions do not allow to reach all the desired parameters. We study then those secondary constructions which preserve the LCD property, and we characterize conditions under which codes obtained by direct sum, direct product, puncturing, shortening, extending codes, or obtained by the Plotkin sum, can be LCD.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 94B15, 94B65; Secondary: 14G50.


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