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How can I generate large prime numbers for RSA?

What is the currently industry-standard algorithm used to generate large prime numbers to be used in RSA encryption? I'm aware that I can find any number of articles on the Internet that explain how ...
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Compute Modulo exponentiation with prime powers

The problem is to find x such that $$x = M^d \mod p^2$$, where M and d are large numbers, and p is a large prime. Ideally we only want to compute $M^d\mod p$ and then use the result to further ...
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How robust is discrete logarithm in $GF(2^n)$?

"Normal" discrete logarithm based cryptosystems (DSA, Diffie-Hellman, ElGamal) work in the finite field of integers modulo a big prime $p$. However, there exist other finite fields out there, in ...
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Are there security issues with discrete logarithm keys not being uniformly distributed?

Generally, algorithms based on discrete logarithm specify that private keys are chosen as scalars between 1 and the order of the group (denoted $q$ here). For instance IEEE P1363 and FIPS 186-3 both ...
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Background for modular arithmetic function

I'm investigating this function: $a := ((b\cdot c) \bmod k) - (b \cdot c)/k$ where $/$ indicates integer division. Two things I've noticed: It's equivalent to multiplying a·b, and then ...
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Get $a$ such that quadratic residue has a solution (Rabin)

My task is to implement Rabin signature. I have trouble with choosing padding a such that $$x^2 \equiv a \pmod n$$ has a solution. In that context, $n=p\cdot q$ is composite, where $p$ and $q$ are ...
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New Improved Probabilistic version of RSA

On the 2nd page of "New probabilistic public-key encryption based on the RSA cryptosystem" by Roman'kov (PDF), at last it says Alice can find "f" of order "l" with least probability of (1-1/l). I ...
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Calculating the discrete logarithm

I'm given a prime number $p = 1217$ I'm also given the following equations: $$ 40 \equiv \log2 \pmod{64} \\ 63 \equiv \log3 \pmod{64} \\ 13 \equiv \log5 \pmod{64} \\ 13 \equiv \log2 \pmod{19} \\ 10 \...
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Naccache–Stern knapsack cryptosystem: How to calculate $p_i ^{s^{-1}} \mod p$?

In the algorithm(link), for calculated n and chosen secret key s, we need to calculate $\sqrt[s]{p_{i}} \bmod p $. As an example in original research paper (link) , For a given $p=9700247$ and $s=...
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Why $e>n^{3/2}$ prevents Wiener's attack

Here's the Wiener's attack as I understand it. Suppose $n=pq$ with $q < p < 2q$, and $d < n^{1/4}/3$ where $ed=k\phi(n)+1$ and $e < \phi(n)$. $$\begin{align*} n-\phi(n) &=n-(p-1)(q-1)...
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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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Three-Pass Protocol number theory

I've got a homework problem that I'm having a hard time understanding. It's for the Three-Pass Protocol, and we are given p, the three messages, and are told that the original plain text is one of two ...
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Is there a security problem with this prime generation algorithm?

I am facing the following algorithm to generate an RSA public key: ...
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Obtaining Diffie-Hellman generator

In the Wikipedia article on Diffie-Hellman, the algorithm calls for a large prime modulus, $p$, and a generator, $g$, which is a primitive root of $p$. As far as my knowledge of number theory goes, ...
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How does a non-prime modulus for Diffie-Hellman allow for a backdoor?

Recently someone found that a Diffie-Hellman modulus used in a unix tool (socat) was not prime. This led some people to shout "backdoor". What I don't understand ...
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Computing the cardinality of the co-domain of specific modular exponentiations

Consider the following function: $f: \mathbb{Z}_n \rightarrow Y,~x \mapsto x^e \bmod n$, where $n = p \cdot q$ is an RSA modulus and $gcd(\varphi(n),e) \neq 1$ (different as required for a public ...
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Can we break ECDLP with this machine?

Let $P$ and $Q$ are two points of NIST elliptic curve $E$ (defined over $F_{2^m}$ with prime $m$) and $k$ is a private key such that $k.P=Q$. Also we have a machine that is able to leak some ...
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How “hard” it is to take an e'th root mod p?

I know it's hard to find the $e$th root of a number mod $n=p_1*p_2$, and if it would be possible we could break RSA. But how hard it is to take an $e$th root mod $p$ where $p$ is a prime and $\gcd(e,p-...
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Find plaintext of RSA by solving extended euclidean algorith for two encrptions with two different exponents for same plaintext

This is my homework question (but I am not asking the answer to it): Suppose two users Alice and Bob have the same RSA modulus n and suppose that their encryption exponents eA and eB are ...
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Why is RSA encryption key based on modulo $\varphi(n)$ rather than modulo $n$?

While calculating RSA encryption key we take modulo $\varphi(n)$ rather than modulo $n$. I can’t understand why it’s done this way.
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How many bits of an exponent are leaked when doing a powmod?

How many bits of the exponent $x$ are leaked when you calculate and reveal $g^x \pmod p$ for some generator $g$ of $\mathbb Z^∗_p$? The low bit of $x$ is obviously leaked: the low bit equals $1-\frac{...
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Why can we ignore $y$ when using the extended Euclidean algorithm to calculate an RSA decryption exponent?

I have a follow-up question about the extended Euclidean algorithm, as applied to RSA key generation, described in this answer. Let us say we have $p=5$, $q=11$ and $e=17$, so that $N=55$ and $φ(N)=...
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Confusion regarding computing Multiplicative Inverse Modulo P?

May be a silly doubt, please rectify my confusion regarding below problem: For concreteness assume $g=2, p=11, a=6$ and $x=9$ $$A = g^a \bmod p = 2^6 \bmod 11 = 9$$ $$X = g^x \bmod p = 2^9 \bmod 11 ...
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Is it possible to generate backdoored DH parameters?

I know it has been already asked and answered whether it's possible to generate weak DH parameters. But "recentely" we experienced the Logjam attack, which makes use of the pre-computation ...
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Is it possible to validate a Public Key in RSA?

If I have a 1024-bit number, and someone is telling me that it is in fact a valid RSA public key, is there any way I can quickly validate that it is indeed so (without cracking RSA)? (I suppose I am ...
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What if the p and q used in keys generation of Pailler cryptosystem are composite?

I've seen a few implementations of Paillier cryptosystem that uses probable primes to choose $p$ and $q$. Assuming that a keypair is generated with $p$ and $q$ that are coprime and that $pq$ is ...
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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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Calculating RSA private exponent when given public exponent and the modulus factors using extended euclid

When given $p = 5, q = 11, N = 55$ and $e = 17$, I'm trying to compute the RSA private key $d$. I can calculate $\varphi(N) = 40$, but my lecturer then says to use the extended Euclidean algorithm to ...
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What is the difference between the standard representants of $\mathbb Z/q\mathbb Z$?

The symbol $\mathbb Z/q\mathbb Z$ (given that $q$ is prime) represents the prime field $\mathbb Z_q$. Basically, the elements of this field are represented by $\{0, 1, \dots, q-1\}$, let's call this ...
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How to compute two EC point multiplication?

I would like to know how to compute multiplication of two valid EC points over a curve E with generator G. i.e. Given only P and Q points then how to compute R = P * Q where $P = p G$, $Q = q G$ and ...
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Is the strength of RSA over quadratic or other cyclotomic fields as strong as over the integers?

If we assume the strength of RSA is based on the difficulty of factoring (which I know we can't guarantee) and we compose the modulus of some other quadratic ring that is a unique factorization domain ...
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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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How is information disclosed by modular multiplication?

Consider the case that $c = a \cdot b \mod p$ where $p$ is a known prime and $0 < a < p$ and $0 < b < p$ are unknown integers numbers. Furthermore, some bits on the value of $c$ are ...
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Is it hard to recover $p$ from $k \phi(p)$?

Given $k\phi(p)$, is it hard to recover $p$? Here, $p$ is a large prime, $\phi(\cdot)$ is Euler's totient function and $k$ is an unknown integer. Or what's the complexity to recover $p$ from $k \phi(...
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Non adjacent form of an integer is unique

I have tried to look up the proof for NAF (Non-adjacent form) being unique for every integer, but as far as I have seen, textbooks only mention it as a property of NAF, but no proof is given. Also I ...
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Is computing roots moduli a composite $N$ a hard problem without knowing the factorization of $N$?

Suppose that we are given $\mathbb{Z}_{N}$ and an element $x^u \in \mathbb{Z}_{N}$ with $u \in (0,l]$ where $l$ is the bit-size of $N$. Is it difficult to recover $x$ by knowing $u$ without knowing ...
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In a additive group is it hard to calculate $bg$ given $ag, g, abg$

The ECDH problem defined that given $g,ag,bg$ it is difficult to calculate $abg$. But it is also difficult to calculate $bg$ given $ag,g,abg$. where $g$ is generator and a,b are elements of group.
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For Diffie-Hellman, must g be a generator?

Due to a number of recently asked questions about Diffie-Hellman, I was thinking this morning: must $g$ in Diffie-Hellman be a generator? Recall the mathematics of Diffie-Hellman: Given public ...
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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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subgroup of quadratic residue

if a number is said to be a subgroup of a quadratic residue of Z∗p, can I affirm that it is a generator of a cyclic group ? ie, say i am looking for a number which is an element of order q in Z*p, ...
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Prime Numbers in Discrete Log

I am implementing a security protocol based on discrete log. I came across the equation $p = kq + 1$. Understand that based on number theories that both $p$ and $q$ should be large enough to be "safe"....
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What does $\mathbb Z_p^*$ contain?

I have a prime $p = 7$ and was tasked to select a random value in $\mathbb Z_p^*$ in my signature scheme. What does the full range of $\mathbb Z_p^*$ contain in this case? Is it $\{0...7\}$ or $\{0.....
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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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Equal length of primes in paillier cryptosystem

In the key generation step of paillier cryptosystem , In order to satisfy $\gcd(pq,(p-1)(q-1))=1$ , we can take equal length primes. Instead of taking(length as parameter to generate $p,q$) equal ...
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How costly is to find millions of large prime numbers for RSA?

Consider I need to assign a large distinct prime number to each element in a large set. This must be deterministic so the function always gives me the same prime to the same value. What is the most ...
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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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ABC Conjecture's Impact on RSA Encryption

A recent proof of the ABC Conjecture has been released by one Shinichi Mochizuki. Now, I'm not well versed in mathematics but it would appear that this proof implies that finding prime factors could ...
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AES mixcolumn stage

I'm studying AES, and am having problems with the "mixcolumn" stage. I read about finite fields, but I still don't know. How do I construct $GF(2^8)$? ...
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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 $g^a$...
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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 ...