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5: Indices and Discrete Logarithms

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    • 5.0: Prelude to Indices and Discrete Logarithms
      We talked about the cyclic subgroup ⟨a⟩ of (Z/nZ)* generated by an element a in the proof of our version of Lagrange’s Theorem 3.3.1, on the way to Euler’s Theorem 3.3.2. Recall it consisted of all powers of a (well, of [a]_n ) in (Z/nZ)*.
    • 5.1: More Properties of Multiplicative Order
      This section explores more theorems regarding the properties of multiplicative order, as well as provides the appropriate example and exercises.
    • 5.2: A Necessary Digression - Gauss’s Theorem on Sums of Euler’s Function
      Later in this chapter, we will need a fact first proved by Gauss about Euler’s ϕ function. This section discusses the two proofs of Gauss’s Theorem on Sums of Euler’s Function.
    • 5.3: Primitive Roots
      Now back to those elements which generate large cyclic subgroups – which have a name: Primitive Root.
    • 5.4: Indices
      Some things are natural to conjecture, given these examples and the simple definition of index; many of them are very easy to prove (and are exercises). Before turning to cryptology, we explore some pure mathematical applications of indices.
    • 5.5: Diffie-Helman Key Exchange
      About a year before the RSA cryptosystem was invented, Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman published New directions in cryptography , the first full description of a working public key cryptosystem in the open scientific literature.
    • 5.6: The ElGamal Cryptosystem
      The ElGamal cryptosystem uses an elementary arithmetic operation – multiplication of a numerical form of the message by a random number in some mod – to do the scrambling needed for encryption. Enough information is also passed along in the ciphertext so that the intended recipient, who knows the value of a certain discrete log, can cancel out this scrambling multiplication.

    Thumbnail: In the Diffie–Hellman key exchange scheme, each party generates a public/private key pair and distributes the public key. After obtaining an authentic copy of each other's public keys, Alice and Bob can compute a shared secret offline. (Pubic Domain; Davidgothberg via Wikipedia)

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