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I was reading a paper on attacks on RSA variants, and the paper equates $\phi(N) = (p^2-1)(q^2-1)$. Before, I have always seen $\phi(N) = (p-1)(q-1)$ and don't understand why it is different here.

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  • $\begingroup$ digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/cgi/… $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Apr 11 at 9:51
  • $\begingroup$ Isn't clear? Gaussian integers are $Z[i]$ and the Euler Totient is given. $|P|$ is the norm with $P = a+bi$ and $|P| = a^2 + b^2$, if there is no imaginary part then $|P| = p^2$ $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Apr 11 at 9:54
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Gaussian integers are numbers of the form $a+bi$, where $i$ is such that $i^2=-1$. If you consider them modulo a prime integer $p$, then:

  1. If $p=4k+1$, then $i$ exists in $GF(p)$ and so Gaussian integers simply reduce to $GF(p)$ when working modulo $p$, with the size of the multiplicative group equal to $p-1$.
  2. If $p=4k+3$, then $i$ does not exist in $GF(p)$ but does exist in $GF(p^2)$ (that's actually a common way to construct $GF(p^2)$ - to introduce such $i$), so Gaussian integers reduce to $GF(p^2)$ when working modulo $p$. The size of the multiplicative group is $p^2-1$.

Note that $p-1|p^2-1$ so using $p^2-1$ in the first case (as a multiple of the group order) also works for RSA. Although, for the scheme it probably matters to use primes of the form $p=4k+3$ to avoid degeneration to the basic RSA.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this answer will be great if you talk about UFD of Gaussian Integers and prime definition and How Euler Totient is defined. $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Apr 11 at 11:46
  • $\begingroup$ I specifically did not write $\phi$ but "size of the multiplicative group" because that's what matters for RSA. $\endgroup$ – Fractalice Apr 11 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ I see your point, I've considered it from the educative perspective. $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Apr 11 at 13:48

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