# Questions tagged [group-theory]

Groups are an abstract algebraic concept based on a set and a group law (a binary function which closes the set).

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### Factoring large $N$ given oracle to find square roots modulo $N$

When $p$ and $q$ are distinct odd primes and $N = pq$, the points in $\mathbb Z_N^\ast$ have either zero or four square roots. A quarter of the points have four square roots; the rest have no square ...
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### What are possible caveats when generating a group for use as parameters for Diffie-Hellman key exchange?

As reusing a widely used group for Diffie-Hellman key exchanges might lead to far easier third-party key discovery through precomputation for that specific group, I would like to know what can ...
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### Elliptic Curve ElGamal and DSA - smooth group order and element of large prime order

In regular ElGamal and DSA, we choose large primes $p$ and $q$ such that $p\equiv 1\pmod{q}$, and a group element $g$ of order $q$ by computing $a^{(p-1)/q}$ for some random $a$. This is to prevent ...
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### Modular Arithmetic in RSA

Consider the following the following RSA public key $pk = (N, e) = (1457, 1307)$. (a) Knowing that $187^2 \equiv 1 \pmod {1457}$ find the factorization of $N$. (b) Given the factorization of $N$ ...
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### Given $g,g^t$ in a cyclic group of order $pq$, is it hard to compute $g^{t^{-1}}$?

Suppose we have a group $G$ cyclic of order $pq$ , where $p,q$ are primes. Let $g$ be a generator of $G$ and $t\in \mathbb{Z}_{pq}$. Having $g$ and $g^t$, it seems to be very hard to find $g^{t^{-1}}$,...
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### How is a group element converted into a key?

I've only just started research on cryptography so I apologize if this is a basic question or I'm getting terms confused. I'm researching braid group cryptography and currently looking at the Anshel-...
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### lcm versus phi in RSA

In textbook RSA, the Euler $\varphi$ function $$\varphi(pq) := (p-1)(q-1)$$ is used to define the private exponent $d$. On the other hand, real-world cryptographic specifications require the ...
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### Number generation for Fujisaki-Okamoto commitment scheme parameters

I need to implement the Fujisaki-Okamoto commitment scheme for a project such that I can demonstrate performance of various zero-knowledge proofs in relation to one another, for example Boudot's "...
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### What is the hardness in Decisional Linear Assumption (DLIN)?

I had understood what does the DLIN assumption means and here is a related question. But I fail to understand the 'real hardness' in this problem. I would be grateful if someone can help me to ...
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### Do $v_1=\alpha\cdot r_1$ and $v_2=\alpha\cdot r_2$ leak information about $\alpha$

Please consider we have finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$ for large prime number $p$. We have a fixed field element $\alpha$. By $r_i\leftarrow \mathbb{F}_p$ we mean we pick $r_i$ uniformly random from the ...
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### How to determine the order of an elliptic curve group from its parameters?

Let $\quad E:\; y^2 = x^3 + ax + b \quad$ be an elliptic curve defined over a finite field $\mathbb F_q$ where $q = p^n$, $a,b \in \mathbb F_q$ and $p \neq 2, 3$. By Hasse's theorem we know that the ...
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### How can I find the order of the group that an elliptic curve is defined over?

I have a Weierstrass elliptic curve ($y^2=x^3+a \times x+b \mod p$) How can I find the order of the group itself? I have seen Mathematica has a GroupOrder[] ...
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### Why is “multiplying” $g^x$ and $g^y$ not possible?

The computational Diffie-Hellman problem states that for a cyclic group $G$ of order $p$ and a generator $g$, it is hard to find the value $g^{xy}$ given only $g^x$ and $g^y$ (but easy if either $x$ ...
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### $f : \mathbb{Z}_n \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^\times_n$?

Is there any function $f : \mathbb{Z}_n \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^\times_n$ that is invertible? By invertible, I mean it given $y \in \mathbb{Z}^\times_n$, it should be easy to find $x \in \mathbb{Z}_n$ ...
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### Are there groups where the computational Diffie Hellman problem is easy but the discrete log problem is hard?

I know that there are elliptic curve groups, used in pairing-based cryptography, where the decisional Diffie Hellman problem (ie. given $g$, $g^a$, $g^b$ and $c$, determine if $c = g^{ab}$ is easy but ...
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### How to understand the Bilinear mapping with an example [duplicate]

An efficient bilinear map is given by $e$: $G_{1}$ × $G_{1}$ → $G_{T}$. How can i prove this equation with the help of an example.
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### Diffie-Hellman insecure on addition modulo $n$

Assume that the group $G$ is the set $\mathbb{Z}_{n} = \{0,\ldots, n-1\}$ for a 1024 bit integer and $+$ is addition modulo $n$. Then why would Diffie-Hellman key exchange in this group be insecure?
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Given the finite cyclic, additive group (G, +), with |G| = n and generator = g, what are the computations and exchanged messages for Diffie-Hellman? What I tried myself: Alice chooses a private $a$ ...
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### Best group if one wants the discrete log problem to be hard?

Suppose one is implementing a cryptographic scheme over a group where one needs the discrete logarithm to be hard - what is the recommended group to use? I'm looking for a group where calculations are ...
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### Can anyone give an example where (asymmetric) crypto can go wrong due to selection of wrong groups?

Basically the title says it all. It would be great if someone could tell give an example using provable security. More information about groups can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_(...
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### Generator for Group $QR_{N}$

Let $N=PQ$, where $P=2p+1$ and $Q=2q+1$. $P,Q,p,q$ are prime numbers. $QR_{N}$ is the set of quadratic residues modulo $N$. Please help me to prove $QR_{N}$ is a cyclic group. Note: $QR_{P}$ and \$...