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Unformatted text preview: Public Key Cryptography 2 c circlecopyrt Eli Biham  August 18, 2010 292 Public Key Cryptography 2 (11) Public Key Cryptography c circlecopyrt Eli Biham  August 18, 2010 293 Public Key Cryptography 2 (11) RSA Reference : Rivest, Shamir, Adleman, A Method for Obtaining Digital Sig natures and Public Key Cryptosystems , CACM, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 120–126, February 1978. RSA is a public key cryptosystem based on number theory. The security of RSA is based on the difficulty of factoring a number to its prime factors, while its efficiency is based on the ease of multiplying prime numbers and checking whether given numbers are primes. c circlecopyrt Eli Biham  August 18, 2010 294 Public Key Cryptography 2 (11) • RSA — the Key Generation User A chooses his keys by: 1. Randomly chooses two large prime numbers p and q of size 512 bits (154 decimal digits) at least. 2. Computes n = pq (a 1024bit number). 3. Randomly chooses an odd number e in the range 1 < e < ϕ ( n ) which is coprime to ϕ ( n ) (i.e., e ∈ Z ∗ ϕ ( n ) ). 4. Computes e ≡ d − 1 (mod ϕ ( n )) by Euclid’s algorithm. Thus, de ≡ 1 (mod ϕ ( n )). 5. Publishes e , n as the public key, and keeps d secret as the secret key. (There is no need to keep p , q and ϕ ( n )). We denote the public key of user A by e A , n A and the secret key by d A . c circlecopyrt Eli Biham  August 18, 2010 295 Public Key Cryptography 2 (11) † RSA — the Key Generation (cont.) Notes : 1. It is easy to find random primes: One of every ln n numbers around n is a prime. Given a number, it is easy to check whether it is a prime (by a probabilistic algorithm). Therefore, to choose a random prime, random numbers are chosen and are checked whether they are primes. On average about ln n number are chosen and checked till a prime is found. 2. Choosing e : In Z ∗ ϕ ( n ) there are ϕ ( ϕ ( n )) invertible numbers modulo ϕ ( n ), and we do not choose even e ’s (which are not invertible). Thus, about ϕ ( n ) 2 ϕ ( ϕ ( n )) random e ’s should be chosen till an invertible e is found — in most cases the first or second chosen e is selected. c circlecopyrt Eli Biham  August 18, 2010 296 Public Key Cryptography 2 (11) † RSA — Encryption/Decryption The encryption algorithm E : Everybody can encrypt messages m (0 ≤ m < n A ) to user A by c = E A ( m ) = m e A mod n A . The ciphertext c (0 ≤ c < n A ) can be sent to A , and only A can decrypt. The decryption algorithm D : Only A knows his secret key d A and can decrypt: m = D A ( c ) = c d A mod n A . c circlecopyrt Eli Biham  August 18, 2010 297 Public Key Cryptography 2 (11) RSA — Correctness Theorem : ∀ m ∈ Z n D ( E ( m )) = m. Proof : We should prove that ∀ m ∈ Z n ( m e ) d ≡ m (mod n ) ....
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 Cryptography, Publickey cryptography, public key cryptography, Eli Biham

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