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A finite field is a mathematical construct based on a set of axioms which are held to be true. A number of interesting and useful properties arise from finite fields that makes them particularly suitable for use in cryptography, notably in block ciphers. Questions concerning finite fields should use ...

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### In what sense addition modulo $n$ ($n>2$) isn't linear in the field $\mathbb{F}_2$?

I've been reading the Reason why “XOR” is a linear operation, but ordinary “addition” isn’t? question, in which one of the answers states that addition modulo $n$ ($n>2$) is linear in $\mathbb{Z}_n$...
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### Schnorr signature security level as compared to AES/RSA

As per the Schnorr's original paper (1991), The Security Complexity $2^t$: We wish to choose the parameters $p$, $q$ so that forging a signature or an authentication requires about $2^t$ steps by ...
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### What is this “finite field cryptography”?

See RFC 5931 § 2.2.1 which talks about "finite field cryptography" as opposed to elliptic curve cryptography and it looks like it is describing the Diffie-Hellman protocol. But Diffie-Hellman is not a ...
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### How to use the Extended Euclidean algorithm to invert a finite field element?

I was doing some practice on cryptography (I'm new to this topic) and was wondering what the following question even means or what it is asking me to find. I do know how to do Extended Euclidean ...
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### multiplicative inverse in galois field $2^8$

I am trying to compute the multiplicative inverse in galois field $2^8$.The question is to find the multiplicative inverse of the polynomial $x^5+x^4+x^3$ in galois field $2^8$ with the irreducible ...
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### Algebraic structures in RSA

Why do we need a field for RSA and what are the two operations in this field? Why can't we have a ring or group for example? Because in a group you also have inverse elements.
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### Using quadratic residue to learn the sign of a field element

Given $x' \in \{-x, x\} \bmod q$ (where $q$ could be any prime of my choice), $s$ is a random element in the field, $y = x'\cdot s$ and $y' = \pm\sqrt{(x\cdot s)^2}\bmod q$ (i.e., both solutions to ...
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### Non primitive lfsr sequence

Given a non-primitive LFSR sequence (i.e number of states is less than $2^n - 1$); how do we find out the the characteristic polynomial? Will Berlekamp-Massey algorithm work in this case? for example;...
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### How to define order according to domain parameters in elliptic curve pairing groups

According to domain parameters, as an example Type 1 pairing domain parameters are ...
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### Probability of generating same master secret key in Identity-based Encryption

Suppose multiple servers use same IBE domain parameters (I mean same curve description parameters and field) for master secret key setup. Is there any possibility for generating the same system ...
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### How to perform AES MixColumns as matrix multiplication in GF(2) (boolean values)?

AES MixColumns is done by multiplying a $4 \times 4$ matrix and a column of the AES state (a vector). Addition and multiplication are done in $\operatorname{GF}(2^8)$. In the paper White-box AES, the ...
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### How to find roots of equation $f(x)=0 \pmod p$, where $p$ is prime number?

$f(x)$is any nth degree equation $n>0$, how to find roots of $f(x)$ over prime modulo.
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### Computing inverses in a binary field

Please suggest how can i solve the below question What is the inverse of {03} in GF (2^8) with the irreducible polynomial x8+x4+x3+x+1?
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### How to split up $GF(2^{128})$ into smaller fields?

I've heard that it's possible to split up $GF(2^{128})$ into copies of several smaller fields like $GF(4)$ so as to make the math easier in some cases. How do you do that? I know how it works for ...
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### Elliptic ElGamal Public Key Cryptosystem doubt

I need an example of Elliptic ElGamal Public Key Cryptosystem. I have been trying with some values but I don't get the right solution. I have $p=13$, the elliptic curve $E:y^2=x^3+11x+7$ and a point ...
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### How does $g$ being a generator imply Diffie-Hellman's correctness?

In the Diffie-Hellman protocol for key exchange over an unsecured channel, we choose $p$ and $g$, where $g$ is a generator of $\mathbf{Z}_p^*$. However I want to know why this assumption makes the ...
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### What is the polynomial to use in the Massey-Omura cryptosystem?

The Massey-Omura cryptosystem uses "multiplication over the finite field $GF(2^n)$. I'm just starting understand the idea of multiplying polynomials and I've searched for online calculators to use for ...
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### Affine transformation in finite field SubBytes

Can anyone please explain how this computation was done? I picked it up from How are the AES S-Boxes calculated? The affine transformation is as follows. The input bits are multiplied against the ...
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### Finding $x$'s parity in the discrete log problem

Suppose $p$ is prime, and $g, a\in\mathbb F_p$ are given elements with $g$ a primitive root. The discrete log problem poses the task of finding an integer $x$ such that $g^x=a$. Show that even if $x$ ...
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### In a group, is it hard to calculate the base $g$ given $g^a$ and $a$?

Discrete logarithm, that is: calculate $a$ given $g$ and $g^a$, is assumed to be a hard problem in some groups. Is it also hard to calculate $g$ given $g^a$ and $a$?
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### Usage of GF(p^m) fields, where p != 2

$GF(2^m)$ Galois fields are widely used in different cryptographic algorithms, for example, in Rijndael. However, $GF(p^m)$ fields are possible with any prime $p$, not only 2, but $GF(2^m)$ fields ...
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### Applications of GF(p) polynomials

A Galois field of the type $GF(p)$, where $p$ is prime, is normally expressed as the ring of integers modulo $p$. If my understanding is correct, it is also possible to represent its elements as a ...
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### What is the difficulty of DLP in GF(P^Q) with a subgroup with a prime order of L

Given a finite field GF(P^Q), having a subgroup with a prime order of L (P,Q,L are all primes), how difficult is it to find the discrete log, is it related to P and Q or is it related to L, or to both....
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### Random Galois fields

Note: I have now answered this by my own research and can generate random fields up to G(2^9) in reasonable time. I would need to find more speedups for larger fields. At this time G(2^8) takes a few ...
I would like to know how to find multiplicative inverses in $\mathrm{GF}(2^8)$. I know how to multiply two elements of $\mathrm{GF}(2^8)$ (for example, I know that ...