Applied Cryptography - CSCI 531, Spring 2012

General Information
Time   :   MW 9:30am - 10:50am
Location : OHE 100C
Instructor   :   Bill Cheng (for office hours, please see instructor's web page), E-mail: <>.   (Please do not send HTML-only e-mails. They will not be read.)
TA   :   (TBD)
Grader   :   Jeswanth Manikonda, E-mail: <>(The grader will hold office hours the week after the announcement of each assignment's grades.)
Midterm Exam   :   during class, Wed, 3/7/2012 (firm)
Final Exam   :   8am-10am, Fri, 5/4/2012 (firm)
Class Resources
Description   :   textbooks, topics covered, grading policies, additional resources, etc.
Papers   :   required technical papers
Lectures   :   slides from lectures in HTML and PDF formats
Participation   :   rules about rowcalls.
Homeworks   :   homework assignments (please also see important information about programming assignments at the bottom of this page.)
Newsgroup   :   Google Group for discussing course materials and programming assignments. (This group is by invitation only.)
(in reversed chronological order)
  • 4/25/2012: The final exam will be closed book, closed notes, and closed everything (and no "cheat sheet"). Also, no calculators, cell phones, or any electronic gadgets are allowed. Please bring a photo ID. Your ID will be collected at the beginning of the exam and will be returned to you when you turn in your exam. There will be assigned seating.

    The final exam will cover everything from math background for AES (slide 1 of lecture 14) to the end of the last lecture. Here is a quick summary of the topics (not all topics covered are listed):

    • block ciphers
      • AES
        • math for Rijndael
          • xtime()
          • multiplication in GF(28)
          • multiplicative inverse in GF(28)
            • extended Euclidean algorithm
            • table method
          • multiplication of polynomials with coefficients in GF(28)
        • components and structure of Rijndael
          • SubBytes() and InvSubBytes()
          • ShiftRows() and InvShiftRows()
          • MixColumns() and InvMixColumns()
          • AddRoundKey()
          • key expansion
        • equivalent inverse cipher
        • security of Rijndael
    • Generating Primes
      • math background
        • quadratic residue
        • square root
        • Legendre and Jacobi symbols
        • pseudosquares
        • Blum integers
        • integer factorization
          • Pollard's rho factoring algorithm
        • primality proving algorithms
          • using the factorization of n-1
          • Pocklington's theorem
      • probabilistic primality tests
        • Fermat's test
        • Carmichael number
        • Solovey-Strassen test
        • Miller-Rabin test
      • generating probable primes
        • RANDOM-SEARCH(k,t)
        • incremental search
      • generating provable primes
        • Maurer's algorithm
    • Public-key Encryption
      • background
        • extended Euclidean algorithm
        • modular exponentiation algorithm
        • Chinese remainder theorem
        • residue number system
        • Garner's algorithm
      • RSA
        • the RSA problem
        • key generation
        • security of RSA
          • small exponent problem
          • forward search attack
          • multiplicative properties
          • common modulus attack
          • cycling attack
          • message concealing
      • Diffie-Hellman
        • the Diffie-Hellman problem
      • ElGamal
        • key generation
        • encryption/decryption
        • randomized encryption
      • Rabin
        • key generation
        • encryption/decryption
        • finding square roots
    • Pseudorandom Bit Generators
      • linear congruential generator
      • polynomial-time statistical tests
        • statistics background
          • normal distribution
          • chi-square distribution
        • five basic tests
          • frequency (mono-bit) test
          • serial (two-bit) test
          • poker test
          • runs test
          • autocorrelation test
      • cryptographically secure PRBG
        • RSA pseudorandom bit generator
        • Blum-Blum-Shub pseudorandom bit generator
    • Stream Ciphers
      • synchronous vs. self-synchronizing stream ciphers
      • LFSR
        • connection polynomial
        • linear complexity
        • Berlekamp-Massey algorithm
      • Non-linear FSR
        • de Bruijn FSR
      • Stream ciphers based on LFSRs
        • Geffe generator
        • correlation attacks and correlation immunity
        • summation generator
        • non-linear filter generator and knapsack generator
        • clock controlled generators
          • alternating step generator
          • shrinking generator
      • Stream ciphers not based on LFSRs
        • RC4 (FMS attack excluded)
        • SEAL
    • Hash Functions
      • keyed hash functions
        • MACs
      • unkeyed hash functions
        • MDCs
          • OWHF
          • CRHF
      • hash function properties
        • compression
        • ease of computation
        • preimage resistance
        • 2nd-preimage resistance
        • collision resistance
      • computational resistance for MACs
      • Yuval's birthday attack
      • one-way functions
        • compression functions
        • DES-based one-way functions
        • other one-way functions
      • iterated hash functions
      • Merkle's meta-method for hashing
      • Merkle Damgard strengthening
      • padding
      • MD5 & SHA-1 seriously broken
    • HW6, HW7

  • 3/31/2012: Office hour this coming Monday (4/2/2012) will only be half an hour long (2:00pm to 2:30pm). Sorry about the inconvenience.

  • 2/28/2012: The midterm exam will be closed book, closed notes, and closed everything (and no "cheat sheet"). Also, no calculators, cell phones, or any electronic gadgets are allowed. Please bring a photo ID. Your ID will be collected at the beginning of the exam and will be returned to you when you turn in your exam. There will be assigned seating.

    The midterm exam will cover everything from the beginning of the semester till the end of DES (last slide of lecture 13 on 3/27/2012).

    Here is a quick summary of the topics (not all topics covered are listed):

    • overview
      • functions
        • bi-jections and inverses
        • one-way functions and trapdoor one-way functions
        • permutations
      • encryption schemes
        • max number of permutations
        • model of communication and channels
      • types of adversaries
      • types of cryptanalysis
      • symmetric-key encryption
        • model of communication and channels
        • block ciphers
          • substitution ciphers
            • mono-alphabetic substitution cipher
            • homophonic substitution cipher
            • polyalphabetic substitution cipher
          • transposition ciphers
          • composition of ciphers and product ciphers
        • stream ciphers
          • Vernam ciphers and one-time pad
        • key space issues
      • digital signatures
        • signing and verification transformations
      • authentication and identification
        • entity vs. data origina authentication
      • public-key cryptography
        • necessity of authentication
        • digital signature from reversible public-key encryption
      • cryptographic hash functions
        • one-wayness
        • weak collision-resistance
        • strong collision-resistance
        • keyed vs. unkeyed hash functions
      • protocols and mechanisms
        • protocol failures
      • key management
        • symmetric-key and trusted third party
        • public-key and certificate authority
      • attacks
        • ciphertext-only
        • known-plaintext
        • chosen-plaintext
        • chosen-ciphertext
      • security models
        • unconditional security
        • complexity-theoretic security
        • provable security
        • computational security
        • ad hoc security
    • block ciphers
      • classical ciphers
        • simple transposition ciphers
        • mono-alphabetic substitution cipher
        • polygram substitution cipher
        • homophonic substitution cipher
        • cryptographic codes
        • polyalphabetic substitution cipher
          • Vigenere cipher and variants
          • Jefferson cylinders and rotors and the Enigma machine
      • cryptanalysis of classical ciphers
        • language statistics
        • method of Kasiski
        • index of coincidences
      • block cipher analysis
        • True Random Cipher
        • complexity of attacks
        • birthday paradox
      • modes of operation
        • ECB
        • CBC
        • CFB
        • OFB
      • cascade cipher and multiple encryption
        • meet-in-the-middle attacks
        • known-plaintext unicity distance
        • attacks on multiple encryption
      • DES
        • product ciphers
        • Fiestel
        • DES algorithm
          • P
          • S
          • E
        • DES key scheduling
          • V
          • PC1
          • PC2
        • DES properties
        • DES weak and semi-weak keys
        • cryptanalysis of DES
    • HW1, HW2, HW4

  • 2/21/2012: Office hour tomorrow (Wed, 2/22/2012) has been moved to 2:30pm - 3:00pm. Sorry about the inconvenience.

  • 1/4/2012:
    • Registering with the class mailinglist is required for this class. This is not the same as the class discussion Google Group. You will be receiving HW and exam scores through this list via individual e-mails. If you have not done so, please visit the mailinglist page after the semester starts. (You do not have to be registered for the course to register with the class mailinglist.) In the registration confirmation e-mail, you will also get your user ID and password for accessing protected area of this web site.

    • Watch this area for important announcements.
CS 102L (Data Structures) or graduate standing. It is assumed that you know how to write programs, and how to debug them and make them work correctly.
Important Information about Programming Assignments
All homework assignments are programming assignments to be done in C/C++. No other programming language will be accepted and your program must compile and run with a Makefile on (Sorry, no Java.) You must be familiar with the UNIX development environment (vi/pico/emacs, cc/gcc or g++/CC, make, etc.)

If a student signs up late for this class, he/she is still required to turn all projects and homeworks on time or he/she will receive a score of 0 for these assignments. No exceptions!


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