# Questions tagged [prime-numbers]

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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### Will a list of all prime numbers upto certain number of bits compromise crytopgraphic algorithms based on prime factorization? [duplicate]

I understand that many cryptographic algorithms depend on the difficulty of large prime factorization. Will a list of all prime numbers upto certain number of bits make it easy for an attacker to ...
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### Source of very large prime numbers

The RSA cryptosystem makes use of $n=pq$ where $p, q$ are large prime numbers. With quantum computing, factorization might become easier, so it will probably be useful to use much much bigger $p$, $q$ ...
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### RSA encryption. Does message have to be coprime to n? [duplicate]

If I understand correctly, for RSA to work we need the message(cleartext) M $\in Z_n$ and gcd(M,n)=1. That is M coprime to n. This is to fulfil the requirement for Eulers theorem. How does RSA make ...
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### Repeated modular square roots to recover original base

I'm given a large prime $p$ and $c \equiv m^e \pmod p$, and $e = 2^{64}$. Typical RSA rules don't apply here, since $\phi(p) = p - 1$ is even, and $e$ is a power of two, so they share a common factor, ...
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### why to use a safe-prime in Diffie-Hellman key exchange?

In order for Diffie-Hellman to be extra secure we must use a safe prime which is (p – 1) / 2 will also be a prime. so my question is what extra benefit of using ...
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### FLT is partly applying to RSA equation, and also relation between ED mod phi and Phi + 1 mod N

After numerous attempts from myself and all of you guys, I finally came to understand RSA. I can now prove it and understand how I got there. But I still have some very few polishing questions. 1) We ...
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### Relation between $N = P \times Q$, and $\Phi(N)$

When studying RSA, and proving simple concepts to myself, I went and understood groups and rings, but I failed to understand Lagrange's theorem. I did understand how from invertible finite groups I ...
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### Is it hard to find a big random easy to factor number?

Suppose that I give you the challenge of successfully factoring any very big random number. That is, you pick a big random number (say, 65536 bits) and try to factor it. If you manage to, you win. If ...
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### Why is a prime number used in ECDSA?

So I need to write a piece for school about ECDSA and how it is secure. Now I thought I had a simple question, however, I can't seem to find an answer anywhere: Why does the p in the formula need to ...
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### Three Pass Protocol Question!

Alice and Bob have agreed to use the Three Pass Protocol. p=1009 Alice chooses the encryption exponent e_A = 101 Bob chooses the encryption exponent e_B = 209 Now Alice and Bob send three ...
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### Diffie-Hellman in Https: How are prime numbers picked?

I am trying to understand https, as I understand https uses the Diffie–Hellman method for keys exchange and then AES for encryption. But Diffie–Hellman needs two prime numbers, where do these come ...