Number theory is the study of the properties and construction of numbers, particularly integers. Prime numbers are of particular interest to number theorists and consequently cryptographers as they are considered the "building blocks" of numbers and produce many interesting results which are useful ...

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What are the possible cryptographic implications of Zhang's proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture?

Earlier this year, Yitang Zhang published a proof of a weakened form of the Twin Prime Conjecture. I'm wondering if any of the new mathematical machinery he developed has uses in cryptography or could ...
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Need 32-bit mixing function that has perfect avalanche between octets

for my hobby tinkering project, I need a mixing function that takes 32-bit input and has 32-bit output (and will, most likely, run in a 32-bit C environment) and the following property (independent of ...
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Discrete log analog of ECM factoring algorithm?

Anecdotally, most factoring algorithms have a corresponding variant algorithm that can be used to attack the discrete log problem using similar ideas. Is there an analog of the elliptic curve (ECM) ...
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Is there an algorithm for factoring N, which is just as simple as this one, but faster?

I found a simple algorithm for factoring semiprime numbers, you can read about it in Factoring Semiprimes and Possible Implications for RSA. It basically works like this: You reverse the digits in ...
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Given $g$, $b$, $g^{ab}$, is finding $g^a$ a hard problem?

As in the title, given $g$, $g^{ab}$ are big elements in a prime group $Z_p$ and $b$ in prime group $Z_r$ ($p > r$, $g$ is one generator of $Z_p$). $a$ is unknown and also in $Z_r$, is finding ...
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Which area of Maths should I pursue?

I would like to know which area of Mathematics would be most beneficial to cryptography. Surely Algebraic Number Theory and maybe to a lesser extend, Elliptic Curves, are closely linked to ...
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What does modular inversion mean?

I'm trying to implement an e-voting algorithm, which is described at the paper "Internet Voting Protocol Based on Improved Implicit Security" by Abhishek Parakh & Subhash Kak. At the Example 1 ...
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Question about Fermat's little theorem

Why is $g^e \mod p = g^{e \mod (p-1)} \mod p$ if p is prime. I don't get it. It follows from Fermat's little theorem.
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Modular exponentiation with Chinese Remainder Theorem

I'm learning modular exponentiation with Chinese remainder theorem. I found a great answer from below How can I use eulers totient and the chinese remainder theorem for modular exponentiation? But I ...
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ECC - Point Addition/Point Multiplication

So I have a very beginner-esque knowledge of ECDSA and I'm trying to write something in python to take a private key and output the public key (Basically from what I understand just trying to do the ...
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How to solve the reverse of an equation that uses MOD?

I've been tasked with reverse engineering an unknown crypto function. The function uses the following constants: $a=380951$: I noticed that this is a prime number $b=3182$: I noted that this is a ...
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Efficiently computing the neutral element in a ring isomorphic to Z/NZ?

Edited to clarify question So my question is whether anyone knows of an efficient way to compute the neutral element (I'm gonna call it 1, but the operation doesn't have to be multiplication) in an ...
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What does $(\mathbb{Z}_n^*)^2$ mean?

In a paper they write once, $(\mathbb{Z}_n^*)^2$. Is this the group of quadratic residues or is it something else? Here the theorem: Under the strong RSA assumption, given a modulus $n$, along with ...
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Montgomery Exponentiation - selecting input value R for a given BigInteger

I have Montgomery exponentiation working, but it's working quite slow. I suspect there are two reasons for this - I implemented it bit size instead of word size (I didn't realize at the time that ...
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Non-commutitive and nonassociative algebraic structures in cryptography

Are there any cryptographic algorithms or primitives that have been developed and studied that make use of non-commutative or non-associative algebraic structures such as quaternion integers or ...
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Algorithm for proving Carmichael numbers

I have an application for determining if a number is a prime or not, currently I'm getting a random number, then doing the Fermat primality testing to find out if the number is probably prime (so this ...
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What are some different cryptography methods?

Some of the most effective cryptography methods and algorithms are based of factoring large prime numbers (e.g. RSA). I'm curious whether there are some other cryptography methods. Somethings that is ...
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What constitutes a “description of B” for probabilistic encryption as defined in Cryptology 6.3.4?

On page 21 of the Rivest's Cryptology chapter, he defines a trapdoor predicate as a boolean function for which it is easy to choose an x such that ...
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$\phi$ function in Dual_EC_DRBG

I am trying to understand the operation of the Dual_EC_DRBG. I'm reading the formal specification (SP 800-90) and can't seem to find a definition of the $\phi$ function used throughout the definition ...
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Understanding elliptic curve encryption

I'm having a hard time understanding the elliptic curve encryption. One thing thing I don't understand is listing all the points on the curve (mod p). Suppose I have the following elliptic curve: y^2 ...
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Can you help me clear a confusion about small subgroup attack on HMQV?

First,i want to show you with a picture how the HMQV works. There are some notations you might not familiar, it doesn't matter. I just want to show you the procedure. Next it's an attack on HMQV ...
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Key Refresh in Diffie-Hellman

Assume the case, that two participants have agreed on a key $K=g^{ab} \mod p$ via Diffie Hellman. I have the need to change the key every now and then. The first idea I had was to simply initiate a ...
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Quadratic Residues in identification setting

Suppose Alice has two primes $p$ and $q$ such that $p\equiv q \equiv 3 \pmod 4$. $n=p\cdot q$ is part of her certificate to identify her. A party say Bob, sends her a random quadratic residue ${}\bmod ...
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Existence of a map $\phi:\mathbb{Z}_{N^2}^* \mapsto \mathbb{F} $

Is there a map between the group of $\mathbb{Z}_{N^2}^*$ where $N$ is a composite number , a product of two equal size secure prime numbers $p$ and $q$ and a finite field $\mathbb{F}$, such that for ...
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What are alternatives to number theory based crypto? [closed]

Quantum crypto,lattice based crypto, Neurocryptography and cellular automata based cryptography are alternatives to number theory based crypto. I need to know what are the other hard problems like ...
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RSA, finding p,q [duplicate]

If the public key $(e,n)$ and the private key $(d,n)$ are known, what is the easiest way to find the primes $p$ and $q$? When $n$ and $\phi(n)$ are given this is easy to solve. But I can't manage it ...
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What parts of number theory does the RSA algorithm use?

It is said that the RSA algorithm uses number theory. What parts of number theory does it use? I know it uses modular arithmetic and Euler's totient theorem and function. Is that all?
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Deciphering a Custom Encoding Scheme [closed]

I've been tasked with figuring out the strength of an encoding scheme developed by my employer. I've been given a thousand plain-text numerical values along with their corresponding numerical ...