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A prime number is an integer greater than 1 with no divisors other than itself and 1. Primes and prime products play an important role in public key cryptography.

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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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How to generate 1000 prime number of 1024-bit with much less time?

I am generating thousand prime number of 1024 bit each. But it takes lots of time. My procedure is as follows. Generate prime number using ...
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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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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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Why does RSA need p and q to be prime numbers?

This is a clarifying thread after finding: What makes RSA secure by using prime numbers?. Despite the fact that this question was answered already, I am still struggling to really grasp the ...
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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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How to test implementation of primality tests like Miller–Rabin?

The Miller-Rabin primality test is an algorithm for checking if number is a prime. What would be best way to test implementation of such algorithm (or any primality test in general)?
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NIST Diffie-Hellman prime: how was it picked? Where did it come from?

According to this Matasano Crypto challenge, the NIST "likes" the following prime modulus, which appears to be expressed in hexadecimal: ...
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Are the prime numbers used for RSA encryption known? [duplicate]

I read that one reason why RSA is secure is because it uses a huge number that's called the modulus which is the product of two prime numbers. For maths reasons the prime numbers being prime numbers ...
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Security of Diffie Hellman in specific cyclic group

For some $k$, let's say $p = 1+ \prod_{j=1}^k q( j)$, where $q(1)=2$, $q(2)=3$, if $p$ is prime, the diffie-hellman key exchange is not secure in cyclic group $Z^*_p$. Why?
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Implications of pattern in finial digit of prime numbers [duplicate]

http://qz.com/639452/mathematicians-are-geeking-out-about-a-bizarre-discovery-in-prime-numbers/ What are the implications of this (very) new research on crytopgraphy? I would have thought this would ...
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“Prime conspiracy”'s effect on cryptography [duplicate]

Recent news reported about the discovery of a "Prime Conspiracy" which can be read about here. In summary, researchers have discovered that the last digit of prime numbers have a greater ...
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Why do we need Euler's totient function $\varphi(N)$ in RSA?

After we calculated $N = p * q$, we calculate $\varphi(N)$ and use it later to determine $e$ (PR) and $d$ (PU). But why? For decryption and encryption we only use $N$ and don't need $\varphi(N)$. So ...
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Do any cryptography algorithms work on numbers besides primes?

I know prime numbers are important for several algorithms and protocols. Are there any algorithms and protocols that don't require primes?
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Fast algorithm for reduction modulo a prime [closed]

If the prime is $p=2^a\cdot3^b+1$ , is there any fast reduction technique modulo this prime?
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How common are weak RSA keys?

There exist certain attacks that can be used against RSA keys whose prime factors are of specific forms, such as one by Coppersmith. How common are these RSA keys? If you generate primes randomly, ...
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Is RSA safe anymore? [duplicate]

Some people may have heard of Shor's algorithm. It allows for integer factorization on a quantum computer. This wasn't a problem a little while ago since we didn't have any quantum computers. Google ...
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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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Difference between Pseudo Mersenne primes and Generalized Mersenne primes

The field prime numbers $p$ proposed by the NIST standards are referred to as Generalized Mersenne prime numbers [1] and as Pseudo Mersenne prime numbers [2]. Is there a difference between Pseudo ...
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Finding public exponent e

I'm trying to create an algorithm to find the public exponent e given a plain (non-CRT) private key that doesn't include the public exponent, i.e. I've only got $n$ and $d$. A question has already ...
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RSA with probable primes

I am a bit of a newbie to RSA encryption, so please be patient. I understand that for a 4096 bit RSA, the numbers p and q should be prime. And to have the best security, the p and q should both be ...
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Why doesn't this defeat RSA?

Apologies for the obviously ridiculous question but I need to know where I'm going wrong here. For RSA, we compute $n=pq$ for primes $p$ and $q$. We then choose an $e$ such that $gcd(e, \varphi(n))=1$...