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The number field sieve in the medium prime case

Antoine Joux, Reynald Lercier, Nigel Smart, Fre Vercauteren, The number field sieve in the medium prime case. Advances in Cryptology - CRYPTO 2006, pp. 323–341. August 2006. No electronic version available.


In this paper, we study several variations of the number field sieve to compute discrete logarithms in finite fields of the form $\GF{p^n}$, with $p$ a medium to large prime. We show that when $n$ is not too large, this yields a $L_{p^n}(1/3)$ algorithm with efficiency similar to that of the regular number field sieve over prime fields. This approach complements the recent results of Joux and Lercier on the function field sieve. Combining both results, we deduce that computing discrete logarithms have heuristic complexity $L_{p^n}(1/3)$ in all finite fields. To illustrate the efficiency of our algorithm, we computed discrete logarithms in a 120-digit finite field $\F_{p^3}$.

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