# Questions tagged [number-theory]

Number theory is the study of the properties and construction of numbers, particularly integers. Prime numbers are of particular interest to number theorists and consequently cryptographers as they are considered the "building blocks" of numbers and produce many interesting results which are useful in cryptography. Questions covering number theory and primes should use this tag; questions involving finite fields and groups might use this tag if relevant.

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### What does modular inversion mean?

I'm trying to implement an e-voting algorithm, which is described at the paper "Internet Voting Protocol Based on Improved Implicit Security" by Abhishek Parakh & Subhash Kak. At the Example 1 ...
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### Difference between when select x from $\mathbb{Z}_{p-1}$ and $\mathbb{Z}_p$ in discrete logarithm Problem?

Reading "Security Arguments for Digital Signatures and Blind Signatures" paper, I confused by some questions. Q1. when it refers to "El Gamal signature scheme", The key generation algorithm: it ...
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### How to compute ElGamal decryption by hand

Lets say that $u=3, x=5, v=2$, how do we work out $u^{-x}*v$, so $3^{-5} * 2$. I know how to work out the answer if it was $3^5 * 2$ but how do we do it with negative exponents?
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### How to prove if a Hash Function is collision resistant

Say we have the following Hash Function, H(x) = 4x mod N where N is a number generated by multiplying two prime numbers and x={0,1,2,3,...,N-1}. So lets assume that ...
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### Why are some group representations much easier to compute discrete logarithm for? [duplicate]

The multiplicative group mod $p$ is isometric to the additive group mod $p-1$, yet computing discrete logarithms in the additive group is easy and completing discrete logarithms in the multiplicative ...
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### Why does square root $\pmod n$ find $p$ and $q$ (as $n = p \cdot q$)?

Let $n = p*q$, with $p \neq q$ and $x^2=1 \pmod n$, $x+1 \neq 0 \pmod n, x-1 \neq 0 \pmod n$ (So x is a non-trivial square root mod n.) I don't see how $\gcd(x+1,n) \in \{p,q\}$ follows. I ...
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### Why can every prime number be written as 6k±1? [closed]

I want to know how to be sure that each prime number can be written in the form $6k±1$. How I can find the prime number that exists after a composite number with this property of prime or other ...
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### Explain the meaning of “$E_i = g^{F_i} g^{G_i}$ is uniformly distributed in $G_q$”?

In this paper[1] Qiong et al.’s CRT-based VSS} {Dealer Phase} To share a secret $d \epsilon Z_{m_0}$ among a group of $n$ users with verifiable shares, the dealer does the following: <...
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### How should I address message size limits in RSA encryption?

I am making an end-to-end encryption software program in Java using RSA. I am using BigIntegers and its number theory methods. (I know this is a very slow approach, but I just want to learn to the ...
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### RSA encryption, Number theory [duplicate]

In RSA algorithm we have the value of $e$ & $d$ exponent and also one of the prime numbers. My question is how to produce another prime number that is not equal to the first one and the digit of a ...
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### Can I select a large random prime using this procedure?

Say I want a random 1024-bit prime $p$. The obviously-correct way to do this is select a random 1024-bit number and test its primality with the usual well-known tests. But suppose instead that I do ...
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### Is it possibe to extend DGK method of comparion two integers to $d$-ary settings?

In [1], a method for comparing two integers is described by using polynomial operations related to the binary representations of the given two integers. The method is re-phrased as follows: Given the ...
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### Upper bounds on difference of RSA primes

I was wondering whether given a concrete $N = p \cdot q$ whether we can find a upper bound on $\Delta = | p - q|$ as function of $N$ e.g, $N^\delta$, and thus test whether a given $N$ is vulnerable ...
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### Why is Approximate GCD a hard problem?

There are many Fully Homomorphic Encryption over the Integers schemes whose security is based on the intractability of the Approximate GCD (AGCD) problem. The paper Algorithms for the Approximate ...
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### Would the ability to efficiently find Discrete Logs have any impact on the security of RSA?

This answer makes the claim that the Discrete Log problem and RSA are independent from a security perspective. RSA labs makes a similar statement: The discrete logarithm problem bears the same ...
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### Sum of two squares problem

I would like to know if there is any existing research on the following problem: $$\text{For }a, b \in \mathbb Z \text{, given }n = a^2 + b^2, \text{output }a, b$$. Searching for "sum of squares", "...
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### How can process algebra help to design security protocols?

Would you please tell me how process algebra could help me to design security protocols? More specifically, can I use it for proving the security of protocols? Is process algebra used for any ...
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### Why do one-way accumulators use rigid integers as the modulus?

In the paper that introduced one-way accumulators, the author's justify their use of rigid integers as the modulus with the following: The advantage of using a rigid integer $n = pq$ is that the ...
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### Understanding the Pohlig-Hellman algorithm

The paper has the following relation: $$y^{(p-1)/p_i} \equiv \alpha^{x(p-1)/p_i} \equiv \gamma_i^x \equiv \gamma_i^{b_0} \pmod p$$ where $\gamma_i = \alpha^{(p-1)/p_i}$. I understand this relation ...