Factorization is the problem of taking an integer and finding the set of prime numbers that produce the integer when multiplied together. For large integers with large factors, factorization is hard and is the basis for cryptosystems like RSA.

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Why has the RSA factoring challenge been withdrawn?

Wikipedia states that RSA challenge has been withdrawn. Does it mean that an efficient factoring algorithm is "just around the corner"? or are there some other reasons? If the challenge was still ...
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RSA: revealing the modulus factorization by choosing a bad message

I started reading the book Cryptanalysis of RSA and its variants by M. Jason Hinek and I stumbled upon a phrase that intrigued me: plaintext messages that are relatively prime to the modulus (i....
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justification for method to factorize n knowing RSA private exponent d

I know that knowing the private exponent $d$ corresponding to the private key $k_{pub}\langle n,e\rangle$ it is possible to efficiently factorize n. The procedure starts stating that: $ed -1 = s(p-1)...
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Does Coppersmith's method always finds non-trivial factor of integers of the form $n=a(2^k b+1)$ assuming $1 < a<2^k b +1$ and $b < n^{1/4-0.05}$?

Crossposted from mathoverflow. Got an argument and numeric evidence that pari's implementation of Coppersmith's method finds non trivial factor of integers of certain form under some assumptions very ...
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Computing cost for a trillionaire to compute GNFS in RFC 3766

RFC 3766, Section 4.1 discusses picking $n$ to achieve some target cost for employing the GNFS, i.e., $T$ is known and $N$ is unknown in the below equation: $$T = \kappa \cdot \exp{\left(c \cdot (\ln{...
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Prime factorization of 700 decimal digits number

I'm a newbie to encryption. If I create a number 'n' as a product of two prime numbers 'p' and 'q' with the following specifications: 'p' is a fully random prime with 300 decimal digits in length. 'q'...
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Are analog quantum computers a threat to RSA and DLP?

We already know that D-WAVE's "quantum computers" can't really run the Shor's algorithm, because the way they're built doesn't qualify them as universal quantum computers. Now researchers actually ...
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Quantum complexity of LWE

As per my understanding LWE is quantum secure because there is no known quantum algorithm to solve LWE in polynomial time. Due to the reductions given by Regev et al. If there is any algorithm that ...
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factorization of an integer $N$ that is in special format

Suppose $p_0$ and $q_0$ are known prime numbers and define $p_i$ and $q_i$ as follows: $$p_{i+1} = next\_prime(p_i^2 + q_i^2), \qquad i \ge 0$$ and $$q_{i+1} = next\_prime(2p_iq_i), \qquad i \ge 0$$ ...
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Highest prime factor that is Safe for a particular scheme

My question is how many bits of prime number is secure so that it cannot be factored from very large number? Until today how large prime factor is found in large number? Quantum computing find ...
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In the Quadratic Sieve, why restrict the factor base?

In the Quadratic Sieve, when factoring a number $N$, many descriptions and most implementations select as the factor base the set of small primes $p_j$ less than some bound $B$ restricted to having ...
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Factoring an RSA modulus given high bits of a factor

I have {e,N,C} and part of p; can I get q from this example : ...
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Security strength of RSA in relation with the modulus size

NIST SP 800-57 §5.6.1 p.62–64 specifies a correspondence between RSA modulus size $n$ and expected security strength $s$ in bits: ...
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Factorization of RSA modulus using a qubic residue

Suppose that someone uses RSA with $n = pq$, exponent $3$, also $3$ divides $\varphi(n) = (p-1)(q-1)$ and $2$ different roots $y$ and $z$ of the equation: $$x \equiv c \ (mod \ n)$$ are known (for ...
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Sieving the sequence $x^2-n$ to recognize b-smooth numbers

I am currently programming the quadratic sieve and have several literature books / papers and will take an example out of [1] for my question: [1] An Introduction to Mathemtaical Cryptography by J. ...
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How does the Number Field Sieve find the target number for Diffie-Hellman?

I have read some papers relating to the Number Field Sieve, but I could not figure out how this algorithm helps in Logjam, or even what is meant by the number field. What is this? What is meant by ...
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How to prove that an integer is hard to factorize when sampled from a known distribution

Suppose that an $n$-bit integer $c$ has been randomly drawn from a distribution $\chi$, whose description is known. Is there a general method to check if this particular sampling helps factorize $n$? ...
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Are there asymmetric cryptographic algorithms that are not based on integer factorization and discrete logarithm?

In the computer security class (in which cryptography is a big chapter) that I took, I remembered the professor said about current asymmetric cryptography algorithms are based on integer factorization ...
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Decrypting an RSA message given $a^2 \equiv 1 \pmod n$

I need help with a practice problem for an upcoming test. I've learned the answer to the problem is "well done", but don't know how to get there. Any help is greatly appreciated. Suppose that the ...
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Understanding the Hidden Subgroup Problem specific to Integer Factorization

I've been reading about the Hidden Subgroup Problem (HSP), specifically trying to understand how it is related to the integer factorization problem. I've read What exactly is the impact of the hidden ...
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Can spatial filters be used to factor composite numbers?

$Z=(N-XY)^2$ is a surface with absolute minima ($0s$) anywere $Y=N/X$. I know this question is naiive, but shouldn't it be possible to apply a lossy compression filter to this function which ...
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In RSA. Why is $\phi(n)$ kept secret and $n$ is public?

I mean, $n$ can also be easily used to find the factors $p$ and $q$ right?
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Integer factorization still hard with Hamming weight hypothesis?

Consider the following problem: Factorize a $n$-bit integer $c$ knowing that it is the product of two integers with known Hamming weight $h$. Is there a way to prove that this is still hard? I have ...
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Is there any IND-CPA secure stream cipher with a “standard” hardness assumption?

I've read our recent question: "One-time pad using RSA and Diffie-Hellman functions" which asks about the security of a particular way to convert RSA and discrete exponentiation into a stream cipher. ...
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What is the advantage of Pseudosquare?

Pseudosquares ,which are not square but Jacobi symbol are still 1, are used in some cryptographic algorithm. What is the advantage of them over the exact squares? If we used squares instead of ...
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How big an RSA key is considered secure today?

I think 1024 bit RSA keys were considered secure ~5 years ago, but I assume that's not true anymore. Can 2048 or 4096 keys still be relied upon, or have we gained too much computing power in the ...
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Factoring large $N$ given oracle to find square roots modulo $N$

When $p$ and $q$ are distinct odd primes and $N = pq$, the points in $\mathbb Z_N^\ast$ have either zero or four square roots. A quarter of the points have four square roots; the rest have no square ...
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What is base of $\log$ in Subexponential Algo for DLP?

I am currently going through this paper - "A Subexponential Algorithm for the Discrete Logarithm Problem" by Leonard Adleman. On page 56, author mentions that Dixon's algorithm - Asymptotically Fast ...
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Public key crypto without modular arithmetic?

This comment from Reddit math, in response to a statement about how people can communicate secrets to each other with a third party listening, has a very small, simple example of public key ...
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How can prime factor of $q-1$ divide prime $q$?

In this paper - "A Subexponential Algorithm for the Discrete Logarithm Problem", author mentions (page 56), For each $p_l^{e_l} | q$ proceed.... $p_l^{e_l}$ is one of the prime factors of $q-1$...
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Collision free one way function

I was playing with a function that I think is collision free and uninvertible assuming the hardness of integer factorization. I am unfortunately not as skilled at math as I would like to be, and do ...
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How can I factorize a 350 bit (106 decimal digits) number in two prime factors?

I have this large number: 1728098743723095094470726818328193358068864405124007684733613106475812450278961107574624070107782941006379 which is the multiplication of two unknown large prime numbers. I ...
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Effect of $L_n[1/4,c]$ integer factorization on RSA-2048

Using the L-notation, integer factorization of an integer $n$ has the best known complexity of $L_n[1/3,c]$ using general number field sieve. Would discovery of an algorithm with complexity $L_n[1/4,c]...
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Is it feasible to build an index of prime factors?

Would it be possible to break an RSA key, in for example 1 week of time, if the cracker have already spent X number of years building an index of primes by performing every permutation of existing ...
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Proof of RSA security dependent on public key exponent

I am writing a (high-school) paper on the public key exponent's (in textbook RSA - no padding is discussed!) significance in terms of time and security. The time part is done; as for the security part,...
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Checking for factor base

In algorithms like Dixon's factorization a factor base is used, which contains all primes below a bound. Then calculates $x^2 \mod n$, and then checks it is in factor base or not. Suppose $P$ is ...
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RSA and difference between factors

As I understand, for RSA $n = p \cdot q$. For the key to be safe enough from getting factored, $p$ and $q$ have to be far from each other. How far do they have to be? For example, if I have two $1024$-...
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Time complexity of trial division

Suppose $n=pq$, where p,q are prime numbers. let $p ( \le q)$ be the smallest prime, then we know that $p \le \sqrt{n}$. In trail division, we check $n \mod i$ for the values of $i$ from 2 to $\...
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Does it necessarily mean that an RSA moduli generated with poor randomness is not random?

In 2012 a group of researchers collected a large amount of RSA moduli and calculated their greatest common divisor in order to find common factors between them. By finding a common factor they could ...
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Adding two RSA private key

We've constructed a new private RSA key from two known private RSA keys $Priv_1$ and $Priv_2$ as follows: $$p = next\underline{}prime\left(\frac{Priv_1(p) + Priv_2(p)}{2}\right)$$ and $$q = next\...
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Factors of the group order to secure against Pohlig-Hellman

I am looking into the security of Diffie-Hellman and the discrete log in general. To make sure an attacker can not use Pohlig-Hellman to solve the discrete log quickly we need to make sure that the ...
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Algorithm for factoring a number $n$ of a specific form given $n$ and $\varphi(n)$

Given the natural number $n$, which is in the form $p^2 \cdot q^2$ with $p$,$q$ prime numbers. Also $\varphi(n)$ is given. Describe a fast algorithm (polynomial time) that calculates $p$ and $q$. ...
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Blinding to mask private key operations

Blinding is often used to mask private key operations when the underlying problem is integer factorization. For example, its used in both RSA and Rabin-Williams signature schemes. This presumes ...
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Why is Rabin encryption equivalent to factoring?

I don't understand the proof of equivalence I've read everywhere (e.g., in Rabin's paper or on Wikipedia). Here's my objection: let's say you have a Rabin decryption oracle that takes ...
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Logjam-style attack on Factoring?

We're all aware of the Logjam attack, which is known as "FREAK on discrete logarithms". The attack works by doing a large pre-computation step, which needs only to be done once per field and then ...
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Why should the primes used in RSA be distinct?

The two primes $p$ and $q$ part of the public key need to be distinct. What's the reason for them to be distinct? Is it because factorization of $p^2$ where $p$ is a prime is relatively easier, or is ...
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Are there UFDs where the factorization problem is difficult but finding irreducibles is cheap?

Factorization of integers is hard, but finding irreducibles is expensive. Is there a ring where factorization is assumed hard but finding irreducibles is much cheaper than over $\Bbb Z$? It could ...
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Factoring large numbers

I am trying to factor few integers that are each between 115 and 135 digits long. I was wondering if anyone knew of any efficient methods or any programs that I could use to find the two primes $p$ ...
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Prime factorization

What is the largest integer that can be factored by modern algorithm like Msieve and GGNFS in a time less than 5 hours with normal computers? For example, can an integer like ...
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Are factorization algorithms parallelizable?

I was reading about the Blum-Blum-Shub random number generator, and its security depends on the hardness of factoring very large numbers (like many things in crypto do). I'm just wondering, if I have ...