An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography by Jeffrey Hoffstein, Jill Pipher, Joseph H. Silverman

By Jeffrey Hoffstein, Jill Pipher, Joseph H. Silverman

An advent to Mathematical Cryptography offers an creation to public key cryptography and underlying arithmetic that's required for the topic. all the 8 chapters expands on a particular sector of mathematical cryptography and offers an in depth checklist of exercises.

It is an appropriate textual content for complex scholars in natural and utilized arithmetic and computing device technological know-how, or the ebook can be utilized as a self-study. This e-book additionally offers a self-contained therapy of mathematical cryptography for the reader with constrained mathematical background.

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For example, the factorization of 1728 is 1728 = 26 · 33 , so ord2 (1728) = 6, ord3 (1728) = 3, and ordp (1728) = 0 for all primes p ≥ 5. Using the ordp notation, the factorization of a can be succinctly written as pordp (a) . a= primes p Note that this product makes sense, since ordp (a) is zero for all but finitely many primes. It is useful to view ordp as a function ordp : {1, 2, 3, . } −→ {0, 1, 2, 3, . }. 28. We now observe that if p is a prime, then every nonzero number modulo p has a multiplicative inverse modulo p.

K · mn ) = k · gcd(m1 , m2 , . . , mn ) equals k itself or a small multiple of k. Note that it is an easy task to compute the greatest common divisor. This observation provides our first indication of how reduction modulo p has a wonderful “mixing” effect that destroys properties such as divisibility. However, reduction is not by itself the ultimate solution. 9) to a chosen plaintext attack. As noted above, if Eve can get her hands on both a ciphertext c and its corresponding plaintext m, then she easily recovers the key by computing k ≡ m−1 · c (mod p).

These books describe not only simple substitution and transposition ciphers, but also the first recorded instance of a homophonic substitution cipher, which is a cipher in which a single plaintext letter may be represented by any one of several possible ciphertext letters. More importantly, they contain the first description of serious methods of cryptanalysis, including the use of letter frequency counts and the likelihood that certain pairs of letters will appear adjacent to one another. Unfortunately, most of this knowledge seems to have disappeared by the 17th century.

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