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### Short Overview of Cryptography (Lecture II)

John C. Mitchell

Stanford University

Some philosophy (my opinions)
• Do something useful with your life
• Computers can do many things
• Have fun!
• Do something that matters
• Learn something about the problems you solve
• If you are going to do graphics, study visual art
• If you work on computational biology, try to learn a little organic chemistry
• If we are going to analyze security protocols, we should learn a few things about cryptography
Some security objectives
• Secrecy
• Info not revealed
• Authentication
• Know identity of individual or site
• Data integrity
• Msg not altered
• Message Authentication
• Know source of msg
• Receipt
• Access control
• Revocation
• Anonymity
• Non-repudiation
Some Basic Concepts
• Encryption scheme:

encrypt(plaintext,key)decrypt(ciphertext,key )

• Secret vs. public key

Public key: publishing key does not reveal key

Secret key: more efficient; can have key = key

• Hash function

map long text to short hash key; ideally, no collision

• Signature scheme

public key and private key provide “authentication”

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Cryptosystem
• A cryptosystem consists of five parts
• A set P of plaintexts
• A set C of ciphertexts
• A set K of keys
• A pair of functions

encrypt: KPC

decrypt: KCP

such that for every key kK and plaintext pP

decrypt(k, encrypt(k, p)) = p

Good def’n for now, but doesn’t include key generation or prob encryption.

Primitive Example: Shift Cipher
• Shift letters using mod 26 arithmetic
• Set P of plaintexts {a, b, c, … , x, y, z}
• Set C of ciphertexts {a, b, c, … , x, y, z}
• Set K of keys {1, 2, 3, … , 25}
• Encryption and decryption functions

encrypt(key, letter) = letter + key (mod 26)

decrypt(key, letter) = letter - key (mod 26)

• Example

encrypt(3, marktoberdorf) = pdunwrehugrui

Evaluation of Shift Cipher
• Easy to encrypt, decrypt
• Ciphertext does look garbled
• Not very good for long sequences of English words
• Few keys -- only 26 possibilities
• Regular pattern
• encrypt(key,e) is same for all occurrences of letter e
• can use letter-frequency tables, etc
Letter frequency in English
• Five frequency groups [Beker and Piper]

E has probability 0.12

TAOINSHR have probability 0.06 - 0.09

DL have probability ~ 0.04

CUMWFGYPB have probability 0.015 - 0.028

VKJXQZ have probability < 0.01

Possible to break many letter-to-letter substitution ciphers.

• Secret-key encryption scheme (symmetric)
• Encrypt plaintext by xor with sequence of bits
• Decrypt ciphertext by xor with same bit sequence
• Scheme for pad of length n
• Set P of plaintexts: all n-bit sequences
• Set C of ciphertexts: all n-bit sequences
• Set K of keys: all n-bit sequences
• Encryption and decryption functions

encrypt(key, text) = key  text (bit-by-bit)

decrypt(key, text) = key  text (bit-by-bit)

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• Easy to compute encrypt, decrypt from key, text
• As hard to break as possible
• This is an information-theoretically secure cipher
• Given ciphertext, all possible plaintexts are equally likely, assuming that key is chosen randomly
• Key is as long as the plaintext
• How does sender get key to receiver securely?

Idea can be combined with pseudo-random generators ...

What is a “secure” cryptosystem?
• Idea
• If an enemy intercepts your ciphertext, cannot recover plaintext
• Issues in making this precise
• What else might your enemy know?
• The kind of encryption function you are using
• Some plaintext-ciphertext pairs from last year
• Some information about how you choose keys
• What do we mean by “cannot recover plaintext” ?
• Ciphertext contains no information about plaintext
• No efficient computation could make a reasonable guess
Information-theoretic Security
• Remember conditional probability...
• Random variables X, Y, …
• Conditional probability P(X=x|Y=y)
• Probability that X takes value x, given that Y=y
• Apply to plaintext, ciphertext
• Cryptosystem is info-theoretically secure if

P(Plaintext=p | Ciphertext=c) = P(Plaintext=p)

Ciphertext gives no advantage in guessing the plaintext.

Data Encryption Standard
• Developed at IBM, widely used
• Regular structure
• Permute input bits
• Repeat application of a certain function
• Apply inverse permutation to produce output
• Appears to work well in practice
• Efficient to encrypt, decrypt
• Not provably secure

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One round of DES
• Function f(Ri-1 ,Ki)
• Expand Ri-1 and XOR w/ Ki
• Divide into 8 6-bit blocks
• Apply “S-box” table-lookup functions to each block
• Permute resulting bits
• Ki is permutation of key K
• Invertible if K known

See Biham and Shamir for analysis

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Properties of DES
• Not a simple mathematical function
• Difficult to analyze
• All operations are linear except “S-boxes”
• Security depends on “magic” S-box functions
• These were designed secretly by NSA
• No S-box is a linear function
• Changing one input bit changes two output bits
• Efficient to compute
• Combination of bit operations and table lookup
• Differential cryptanalysis of DES
• Can break 8-round DES, but not 16-round DES (yet)
Complexity-based Cryptography
• Some computational problems provably hard
• Undecidability of halting problem
• Presburger arithmetic is non-elementary
• Commutative semi-groups require exponential space
• Some problems are believed intractable
• NP-complete optimization problems
• Traveling salesman as hard as any problem in NP
• No known polynomial time algorithm, in spite of effort
• Factoring is not believed to be poly-time
• Not NP-complete, but many years of effort

Still, useful to relate crypto to standard problems

Review: Complexity Classes

hard

Answer in polynomial space may need exhaustive search

If yes, can guess and check in polynomial time

Answer in polynomial time, with high probability

PSpace

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One-way functions
• A function f is one-way if it is
• Easy to compute f(x), given x
• Hard to compute x, given f(x), for most x
• Examples (we believe)
• f(x) = divide bits, x = yz, and multiply f(x)=y*z
• f(x) = 3x mod p, where p is prime
• f(x) = x3 mod pq, where p,q are primes with |p|=|q|
Easy and hard (more precisely)
• For any finite f, can build a table and invert f
• Measure “hardness” using classes of functions

Want this to be hard as a function of choice of f

• A class {fa :Df Rf | aA} is one-way if
• Efficient algorithm for fa (x), given a, x
• No efficient alg computes x, given a, fa (x)

where we assume Df, Rf finite and measure running time as a function of |a|

One-way trapdoor
• A function f is one-way trapdoor if
• Easy to compute f(x), given x
• Hard to compute x, given f(x), for most x
• There is extra “trapdoor” information making it easy to compute x from f(x)
• Example (we believe)
• f(x) = x3 mod pq, where p,q are primes with |p|=|q|
• Compute cube root using (p-1)*(q-1)
Group theory for RSA
• Group G = G, , e, ( )-1
• Set of elements with
• associative “multiplication” 
• identity e with ex = xe = x
• inverse ( )-1 with xx-1 = x-1 x = e
• Cyclic group
• Group G = G, , e, ( )-1 with
• G = { g0, g1 , g2 , ..., gk =g0}
• element g is called a generator of G
• number of distinct elements if called the order of group
Number theory for RSA
• Group Zn* of integers relatively prime to n
• multiplication mod n is associative operation
• 1 is identity
• x-1 computed by Euclidean algorithm for gcd
• order of group is (n) = | { k<n | gcd(k,n) =1 } |
• What if x not relatively prime to n?
• Can have zero divisors, no multiplicative inverse
• If y divides x and n, then yi=x, yj=n and therefore xj = yij  0 mod n
• Only numbers relatively prime to n form group
RSA Encryption
• Let p, q be two distinct primes and let n=p*q
• Encryption, decryption based on group Zn *
• For n=p*q product of primes, (n) = (p-1)*(q-1)
• Proof: (p-1)*(q-1) = p*q - p - q + 1
• Key pair: a, b with ab  1 mod (n)
• Encrypt(x) = xa mod n
• Decrypt(y) = yb mod n
• Since ab  1 mod (n), have xab  x mod n
• Proof: if gcd(x,n) = 1, then by general group theory, otherwise use “Chinese remainder theorem”.
How well does this work?
• Can generate modulus, keys fairly efficiently
• Efficient rand algorithms for generating primes p,q
• May fail, but with low probability
• Given primes p,q easy to compute n=p*q and (n)
• Choose a randomly with gcd(a, (n))=1
• Compute b = a-1 mod (n) by Euclidean algorithm
• Public key n, a does not reveal b
• This is not proven, but believed
• But if n can be factored, all is lost ...
Message integrity
• Theoretically, a weak point
• encrypt(k*m) = (k*m)e = ke * me

= encrypt(k)*encrypt(m)

• This leads to “chosen ciphertext” form of attack
• If someone will decrypt new messages, then can trick them into decrypting m by asking for decrypt(ke *m)
• Implementations reflect this problem
• “The PKCS#1 … RSA encryption is intended primarily to provide confidentiality. … It is not intended to provide integrity.” RSA Lab. Bulletin
Recall security objectives
• Secrecy
• Info not revealed
• Authentication
• Know identity of individual or site
• Data integrity
• Msg not altered
• Message Authentication
• Know source of msg
• Receipt
• Access control
• Revocation
• Anonymity
• Non-repudiation
Digital Signatures
• Public-key encryption
• Alice publishes encryption key
• Anyone can send encrypted message
• Only Alice can decrypt messages with this key
• Digital signature scheme
• Alice publishes key for verifying signatures
• Anyone can check a message signed by Alice
• Only Alice can send signed messages
RSA Signature Scheme
• Publish decryption instead of encryption key
• Alice publishes decryption key
• Anyone can decrypt a message encrypted by Alice
• Only Alice can send encrypt messages
• In more detail,
• Alice generates primes p, q and key pair a, b
• Sign(x) = xa mod n
• Verify(y) = yb mod n
• Since ab  1 mod (n), have xab  x mod n
Cryptographic hash functions
• Function h with two main properties
• Map arbitrary strings to strings of fixed length
• Given h(x), impractical to find y with h(y)=h(x)
• Variety of uses
• More efficient digital signatures
• Sign hash of message instead of entire message
• Data integrity
• Compute and store hash of some data
• Check later by recomputing hash and comparing
• Keyed hash fctns provide message authentication
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Iterated hash functions
• Repeat use of block cipher (like DES, …)
• Pad input to some multiple of block length
• Iterate a length-reducing function f
• f : 22k -> 2k reduces bits by 2
• Repeat h0= some seed

hi+1 = f(hi, xi)

• Some final function g

completes calculation

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General Basis for Cryptography
• Cyclic group with one-way properties
• multiplication, inverse easy to compute
• discrete log  a, an  n not in O(log2 |G|)
• Note: randomized algorithm in O(sqrt |G|)
• Examples
• Integers modulo prime p
• Elliptic curve groups

Important: complexity depends on group presentation

Public-Key Cryptography [ElGamal]
• Public encryption key:  g, ga 
• Private decryption key: a
• Encryption function
• Choose random b  [2, |G|-1]
• Send encrypt(msg) =  gb , gab  msg 
• Decryption
• Compute g-ab = ((gb)a) -1
• Decrypt g-ab gab  msg

This is classical algorithm; better security withhash(gab)  msg