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Modern Cryptography: Theory and Practice

Mao, Wenbo

Prentice Hall PTR
Published: July 25, 2003
ISBN: 0130669431

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From Book News, Inc.
Offers alternative cryptographic algorithms, schemes, and protocols that go beyond the standard direct encryption of a password under a basic public key encryption algorithm commonly used for network security. Mao (Hewlitt-Packard) describes the attacking tricks used by hackers and suggests prevention measures that employ symmetric encryption schemes, asymmetric techniques, data integrity techniques, authentication protocol systems, and zero-knowledge protocols. The mathematical theorems and algorithms relevant to the theoretical foundations of cryptography are also reviewed.Copyright 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"This book would be a good addition to any cryptographer's bookshelf. The book is self-contained; it presents all the background material to understand an algorithm and all the development to prove its security. I'm not aware of another book that's as complete as this one."

--Christian Paquin, Cryptographic/Security Developer, Silanis Technology Inc. "The book is both complete, and extraordinarily technically accurate. It would certainly be a useful addition to any cryptographer's or crypto-engineer's library."

--Marcus Leech, Advisor, Security Architecture and Planning, Nortel Networks Build more secure crypto systems--and prove their trustworthiness Modern Cryptography is the indispensable resource for every technical professional who needs to implement strong security in real-world applications.

Leading HP security expert Wenbo Mao explains why "textbook" crypto schemes, protocols, and systems are profoundly vulnerable by revealing real-world-scenario attacks. Next, he shows how to realize cryptographic systems and protocols that are truly "fit for application"--and formally demonstrates their fitness. Mao presents practical examples throughout and provides all the mathematical background you'll need.

Coverage includes:

Crypto foundations: probability, information theory, computational complexity, number theory, algebraic techniques, and more
Authentication: basic techniques and principles vs. misconceptions and consequential attacks
Evaluating real-world protocol standards including IPSec, IKE, SSH, TLS (SSL), and Kerberos Designing stronger counterparts to vulnerable "textbook" crypto schemes

Mao introduces formal and reductionist methodologies to prove the "fit-for-application" security of practical encryption, signature, signcryption, and authentication schemes. He gives detailed explanations for zero-knowledge protocols: definition, zero-knowledge properties, equatability vs. simulatability, argument vs. proof, round-efficiency, and non-interactive versions.

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