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Crypto Series: New Directions in Cryptography

Posted by Eloi Sanfèlix

As some of you might have noticed already by looking at the title, this post will be the first one talking about public key cryptography.  Today, I'll introduce the basic ideas around public key crypto and the ideas proposed by Diffie and Hellman in their famous paper 'New Directions in Cryptography' from 1976.

In subsequent posts, we well look at the discrete logarithm problem and the factorization problem. We'll also look into some public key cryptosystems, such as El-Gamal and RSA. And after that, we'll look at Elliptic Curve Cryptography. With all this, the algorithms part of this series will be considered closed and I'll move into cryptographic systems and protocols ;-). Stay tuned!