# Questions tagged [factoring]

The decomposition of an integer number to the product of other integers. Algorithms such as RSA are based on the premise that no practical way has been found was to factorize large integers when they have been produced by multiplying two large primes.

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### How big an RSA key is considered secure today?

I think 1024 bit RSA keys were considered secure ~5 years ago, but I assume that's not true anymore. Can 2048 or 4096 keys still be relied upon, or have we gained too much computing power in the ...
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### Security strength of RSA in relation with the modulus size

NIST SP 800-57 §5.6.1 p.62–64 specifies a correspondence between RSA modulus size $n$ and expected security strength $s$ in bits: ...
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### Is it feasible to build an index of prime factors?

Would it be possible to break an RSA key, in for example 1 week of time, if the cracker have already spent X number of years building an index of primes by performing every permutation of existing ...
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### Why is it not possible to increase the size of RSA keys indefinitely?

According to this primer on elliptic curves by Ars Technica, when composite numbers get "too" big, they become easier to factorize with Quadratic Sieve and General Number Field Sieve. While this is ...
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### What is the progress on the MIT LCS35 Time Capsule Crypto-Puzzle?

Ron Rivest posed a puzzle in 1999. MIT LCS35 Time Capsule Crypto-Puzzle. The problem is to compute $2^{2^t} \pmod n$ for specified values of $t$ and $n$. Here $n$ is the product of two large ...
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### Quantum complexity of LWE

As per my understanding, LWE is quantum secure because there is no known quantum algorithm to solve LWE in polynomial time. Due to the reductions given by Regev et al., if there is any algorithm that ...
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### Why are elliptic curve variants of RSA “chiefly of academic interest”?

Yesterday I was thinking about elliptic curve variants of popular protocols/algorithms (ECDH, ECES[1], etc) and the thought occured that I had never seen an elliptic curve variant of RSA. My ...
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### RSA factorization for special primes $p$ and $q$

I want to factorize the modulus $n = pq$ knowing that $p$ and $q$ are not random, but constructed based on integer numbers $a$ and $b$ as following ($a$ and $b$ are not given): p = a^2 + b^2, \...
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### RSA leak bits to factor N

Suppose you randomly generate large primes p and q as in RSA, and then tell me N=pq but not p or q. Then, you would like to actually let me factor N, except you should tell me as few bits of ...
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### Is this paper's technique for factoring RSA 2048 with noisy qubits realistic?

A paper titled How to factor 2048 bit RSA integers in 8 hours using 20 million noisy qubits has just come out which proposes a technique to factor RSA keys with moduli up to 2048 bits with a design ...
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### Are there asymmetric cryptographic algorithms that are not based on integer factorization and discrete logarithm?

In the computer security class (in which cryptography is a big chapter) that I took, I remembered the professor said about current asymmetric cryptography algorithms are based on integer factorization ...
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### Fewest qubits required for the discrete logarithm problem and integer factorization

According to a paper from 2002, the most efficient circuit to factor an $n$-bit integer requires $2n+3$ qubits and $O(n^{3}\lg(n))$ elementary quantum gates, assuming ideal qubits. Later on, according ...
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### What happens for factoring algorithms if P=NP?

If someone ever demonstrates that P=NP, will it give us a polynomial factoring algorithm, or will it only tell us that such an algorithm exists, but we still have to find it?
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### How long does it take to crack RSA 1024 with a PC?

Using an Intel Core i5 CPU, how long does it take to crack RSA using a key size of 1024 bit (generated using a secure key pair generation function)? Suppose for instance that we have thousands of ...
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### Why has the RSA factoring challenge been withdrawn?

Wikipedia states that RSA challenge has been withdrawn. Does it mean that an efficient factoring algorithm is "just around the corner"? or are there some other reasons? If the challenge was still ...
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### How can I create an RSA modulus for which no one knows the factors?

It's easy to create an RSA modulus where almost no one knows the factors: for example, I can generate two 1024-bit primes $p$ and $q$ and set $n=pq$. If I publish $n$, I will be the only person in ...
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### Which algorithms are used to factorize large integers?

Even if RSA decided to cancel the Factoring Challenge, it seems that some teams keep working on it. According to Wikipedia, RSA-768 has been factored in late 2009. What are the current large integer ...
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### Safe primes in RSA

It's my understanding that there's no longer a requisite of safe primes for $q$ and $p$ when choosing a RSA modulus. How is it that this does not change the hardness of factoring $N$?
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### Is it easy to factorize a number of the form $n = t^{2} \cdotp p$?

Is it easy to factorize a number of the form $n = t^{2} \cdotp p$, where $t$ and $p$ are large primes?
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### What role plays Quantum Fourier Transformation in Shor's integer factorization algorithm?

I cannot seem to understand the role or goal of Quantum Fourier Transformation in Shor's integer factorization algorithm. Is it used to collapse all quantum states into one, in which it has a factor ...
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### In the Quadratic Sieve, why restrict the factor base?

In the Quadratic Sieve, when factoring a number $N$, many descriptions and most implementations select as the factor base the set of small primes $p_j$ less than some bound $B$ restricted to having ...
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### What is the difference between Shor's algorithm for factoring and Shor's algorithm for logarithm

There is a paper from Peter W. Shor from 1994: http://www.csee.wvu.edu/~xinl/library/papers/comp/shor_focs1994.pdf "Algorithms for Quantum Computation: Discrete Logarithms and Factoring", and I have a ...
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### What is the fastest integer factorization to break RSA?

I read on Wikipedia, the fastest Algorithm for breaking RSA is GNFS. And in one IEEE paper (MVFactor: A method to decrease processing time for factorization algorithm), I read the fastest algorithms ...
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### uniqueness of the RSA public modulus

What is the probability that two separate RSA public moduli are the same? For example, consider a 2048-bit modulus. The number seems to be huge, but the choice for prime factors p and q is much more ...
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### Why can ECC key sizes be smaller than RSA keys for similar security?

I understand how ECC is based on the discrete log problem and RSA on integer factorization. I've read several references that show how a solution to either of these problems can typically be adapted ...
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### How to calculate the time it'll take to crack RSA or DH?

Sometimes the easiest way to describe security of a type of cryptography is to say that "the time it takes to solve for an x-bit key would be y years". How would one go about doing such a calculation ...
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### Can Shor's algorithm factor multi-prime numbers?

I know that Shor's algorithm can factor semi-primes ($N = p \times q \space, \{p, \space q \in \Bbb{P} \space \vert \space p, \space q \gt 0 \}$). Assuming that all prime numbers are so large that ...
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### Quadratic residuosity problem reduction to integer factorization

How can one show how to reduce the quadratic residuosity problem to an integer factorization?
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### Why is Rabin encryption equivalent to factoring?

I don't understand the proof of equivalence I've read everywhere (e.g., in Rabin's paper or on Wikipedia). Here's my objection: let's say you have a Rabin decryption oracle that takes ...