RSA and Public-Key Cryptography

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Although much literature exists on the subject of RSA and public-key cryptography, until now there has been no single source that reveals recent developments in the area at an accessible level. Acclaimed author Richard A. Mollin brings together all of the relevant information available on public-key cryptography (PKC), from RSA to the latest applications of PKC, including electronic cash, secret broadcasting, secret balloting systems, various banking and payment protocols, high security logins, smart cards, and ...

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Overview

Although much literature exists on the subject of RSA and public-key cryptography, until now there has been no single source that reveals recent developments in the area at an accessible level. Acclaimed author Richard A. Mollin brings together all of the relevant information available on public-key cryptography (PKC), from RSA to the latest applications of PKC, including electronic cash, secret broadcasting, secret balloting systems, various banking and payment protocols, high security logins, smart cards, and biometrics. Moreover, he covers public-key infrastructure (PKI) and its various security applications.

Throughout the book, Mollin gives a human face to cryptography by including nearly 40 biographies of the individuals who helped develop cryptographic concepts. He includes a number of illustrative and motivating examples, as well as optional topics that go beyond the basics, such as Lenstra's elliptic curve method and the number field sieve. From history and basic concepts to future trends and emerging applications, this book provides a rigorous and detailed treatment of public-key cryptography. Accessible to anyone from the senior undergraduate to the research scientist, RSA and Public-Key Cryptography offers challenging and inspirational material for all readers.

Although vast literature exists on the subject of RSA and public-key cryptography, there is no single source that reveals recent developments in the area. This book provides a rigorous and detailed treatment of public-key cryptography (PKC), from RSA, the first public key system devised in 1978, to the latest applications of PKC, including electronic cash, secret broadcasting, secret balloting systems, various banking and payment protocols, high security logins, smart cards, and biometrics. Accessible to anyone from the senior undergraduate to the research scientist, RSA and Public-Key Cryptography offers challenging and inspirational material for all readers.

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Table of Contents

HISTORY AND BASIC CRYPTOGRAPHIC CONCEPTS
Terminology
Classical Ciphers
Classification of Attacks

PROTOCOLS, DISCRETE LOG, AND DIFFIE-HELLMAN
Cryptographic Protocols
The Discrete Log Problem
Exponentiation Ciphers and Diffie-Hellman

PUBLIC-KEY CRYPTOGRAPHY
One-Way Functions
Public-Key Cryptosystems and RSA
ElGamal Cryptosystems
Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Cryptosystems
Secret History of Public-Key Cryptography

PROBABILISTIC PRIMALITY TESTS
Introduction
Pseudoprimes and Carmichael Numbers
Solovay-Strassen Test
Miller-Selfridge-Rabin Test

FACTORING
Universal Exponent Method
Pollard's p - 1 Method
Lenstra's Elliptic Curve Method
Multipolynomial Quadratic Sieve
The Number Field Sieve

SECURITY OF RSA
Implementation Attacks
Exponent Attacks
Strong Moduli
Generation of Random Primes

AUTHENTICATION
Identification, Impersonation, & Signatures
Digital Signature Schemes
Digital Cash and Electronic Commerce

KEY MANAGEMENT
Secret Sharing
Key Establishment
Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI)

APPLICATIONS AND THE FUTURE
Secrecy and Authentication
Other Threats to System Security
Wireless Security
Smart Cards and Biometrics

APPENDICES
Letter Frequency Analysis
Elementary Complexity Theory
Fundamental Facts

Solutions to Odd-Numbered Exercises
Bibliography
List of Symbols
Index

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