# 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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### 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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### Are safe primes $p=2^k \pm s$ with $s$ small less recommandable than others as a discrete log modulus?

I take the definition of safe prime as: a prime $p$ is safe when $(p-1)/2$ is prime. Safe primes of appropriate size are the standard choice for the modulus of cryptosystems related to the discrete ...
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### How are primes generated for RSA?

As I understand it, the RSA algorithm is based on finding two large primes (p and q) and multiplying them. The security aspect is based on the fact that it's difficult to factor it back into p and q. ...
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### How can I generate large prime numbers for RSA?

What is the currently industry-standard algorithm used to generate large prime numbers to be used in RSA encryption? I'm aware that I can find any number of articles on the Internet that explain how ...
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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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### How to efficiently generate a random safe prime of given length?

A prime $p$ is said to be safe prime if $(p-1)/2$ is also a prime. How to efficiently generate a safe prime? I have written the following code in sagemath which generates a random safe prime of 1536 ...
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### Is it reasonable to assure that p-1 and q-1 aren't smooth?

I came across the requirement that, in RSA, $p-1$ and $q-1$ shouldn't be smooth, shouldn't consist of lots of small factors. Therefore my question: How complicated is it to check whether $p-1$ is ...
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### Efficient function/algorithm/method to do modular exponentiation

I was working on this project where I needed an RSA key, and I wondered if there was and more efficient way of doing $g^a \bmod n$ other than calculating $g^a$ and then finding the remainder when you ...
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### In RSA, rationale for prime $p$ with $p-1$ having prime factor $u$ with $u-1$ having large prime factor?

In the 1978 RSA paper, it is recommended, among other things, to choose primes $p$ such that $(p-1)$ has a large prime factor $u$. This was motivated by Pollard's p-1 algorithm. Further, the authors ...
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### Why does RSA need p and q to be prime numbers?

Despite having read What makes RSA secure by using prime numbers?, I seek a clarification because I am still struggling to really grasp the underlying concepts of RSA. Specifically, why can't we ...
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### In layman's terms, how does Shor's algorithm work?

I've just been reading up on Shor's algorithm, and I find it both fascinating and baffling. I don't really understand much about it, other than that it can factor semiprimes in polynomial time. Could ...
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### Necessity for finite field arithmetic and the prime number p in Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme

Shamir's original paper (PDF, 197kb) describing a threshold secret sharing scheme states: To make this claim more precise, we use modular arithmetic instead of real arithmetic. The set of ...
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### Could Riemann hypothesis solve certainly RSA?

I don't have the background for dealing with Riemann hypothesis but is well known that covers the prime distribution below a specified number. In order to solve the RSA problem you have to factor the ...
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### Choosing primes in the Paillier cryptosystem

In the first step of key generation phase in Paillier cryptosystem given here. It's given that $$\operatorname{length}(p) = \operatorname{length}(q) ) \implies \operatorname{gcd}(pq,(p-1)(q-1))=1$$ ...
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### Generation of strong primes

It seems that this is pretty difficult to find large (above 1024 bits) strong primes, or at least such primes $p$ where $(p-1)$ has a very large prime factor. Is there any information regarding the ...
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### How common are weak RSA keys?

There exist certain attacks that can be used against RSA keys whose prime factors are of specific forms, such as one by Coppersmith. How common are these RSA keys? If you generate primes randomly, ...
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### Is there a way to systematically calculate the public exponent $e$ in RSA?

I'm learning RSA in one of my classes and we were given a problem: $p = 5$, $q = 11$ I have done the following steps: $n = 5 \cdot 11 = 55$ $\phi = (5-1)\cdot(11-1) = 40$ I know that to find ...
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### Finding public exponent e

I'm trying to create an algorithm to find the public exponent e given a plain (non-CRT) private key that doesn't include the public exponent, i.e. I've only got $n$ and $d$. A question has already ...
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### Is it safer to generate your own Diffie-Hellman primes or to use those defined in RFC 3526?

I was wondering if the prime numbers defined for use with Diffie-Hellman in RFC 3526 are more trustworthy than generating one's own, especially considering the recent Arjen Lenstra paper (Ron was ...
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### Is Wiener's attack on RSA extendable to larger keys with low hamming weight?

Using small private exponents with RSA improves performance. However, it has been shown (Wiener, 1990) that if $\log d \leq \frac14 \log N$, the private exponent $d$ can be reconstructed from the ...
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### Why does the PKCS1 RSA private key structure contain more than just exponent and modulus?

The ASN.1 spec for the PKCS1 RSA private key format is as follows: ...
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### Finding strong primes

Wikipedia lists the following conditions for a prime to be strong: $p-1$ has large prime factors. That is, $p = a_1 q_1 + 1$ for some integer $a_1$ and large prime $q_1$. $q_1-1$ has large prime ...
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### How does Python's pycrypto library generate primes?

The pycrypto library in Python can generate random n-bit prime numbers. The syntax I use is as follows: from Crypto.Util import number number.getPrime(2048) The ...
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### Fermat's factorization method on weak RSA modulus

Given a public key for RSA, I have extracted the modulus which looks like this: ...
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### Why are cube and square roots of primes used as SHA constants?

Do square or cube roots have properties that make them a better choice over, for example, the primes themselves? Or is it arbitrary - would random numbers work as effectively?
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### Equal length of primes in paillier cryptosystem

In the key generation step of paillier cryptosystem , In order to satisfy $\gcd(pq,(p-1)(q-1))=1$ , we can take equal length primes. Instead of taking(length as parameter to generate $p,q$) equal ...
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### Primality test in GPG/RSA or extract numbers of private key

I cannot find if the two numbers for RSA are tested against an elliptic curve primality test. If not, is there a way to extract the two integers of my private key in order to test it by myself? If ...
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### In RSA, why does Alice's $N$ need to be relatively prime to Bob's $N$?

I was asked this by my professor and I didn't understand the reasoning behind it. If Alice has a the key pair $(p_a, n_a)$ and Bob has the key pair $(p_b, n_b)$, why do $n_a$ and $n_b$ have to be ...
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### Why does Schnorr's Digital Signature scheme necessitate two prime numbers?

One of the necessary components to the Schnorr Digital Signature scheme is a pair of prime numbers $p$ and $q$ such that $q$ divides $p-1.$ However, there is never a modular inverse taken of q so why ...
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### Probability that n is prime such that n fails the Miller-Rabin test N times

I'm working through An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography and one of the exercises asks Suppose that we run the MillerāRabin test N times on the integer n and that it fails to prove that n ...
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### Safety of using GPG's libgcrypt prime generation for generating ephemeral Diffie-Hellman primes?

My company wants to generate new primes for every Diffie-Hellman key exchange. We are thinking of using the prime generation scheme in GPGās libgcrypt library. The code documentation says that the ...
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### Efficient algorithm for finding Sophie Germain primes

What's the industry standard for an efficient finding large Sophie Germain primes? As a part of request handling in my application, I need to generate Paillier key. My current approach is to ...