In this paper we characterize the set of polynomials $f\in\mathbb F_q[X]$ satisfying the following property: there exists a positive integer $d$ such that for any positive integer $\ell$ less or equal than the degree of $f$, there exists $t_0$ in $\mathbb F_{q^d}$ such that the polynomial $f-t_0$ has an irreducible factor of degree $\ell$ over $\mathbb F_{q^d}[X]$. This result is then used to progress in the last step which is needed to remove the heuristic from one of the quasi-polynomial time algorithms for discrete logarithm problems (DLP) in small characteristic. Our characterization allows a construction of polynomials satisfying the wanted property. The method is general and can be used to tackle similar problems which involve factorization patterns of polynomials over finite fields.

Thanks. We have received your report. If we find this content to be in
violation of our guidelines,
we will remove it.

Ok