CSci 4509 Cryptographic Protocols -- Problem set 5.
Due Thursday, May 5th
Unless otherwise specified, assume that Alice and Bob use RSA system
with the following parameters. Here e denotes the public
(i.e. encryption) exponent, and d denotes the private
(i.e. decryption) exponent:
- Alice: p = 17, q = 7, n = 119, e = 55, d = 7,
- Bob: p = 13, q = 11, n = 143, e = 37, d = 13.
Problem 1: chosen ciphertext attack on RSA
Recall that chosen ciphertext attack on RSA involves obtaining a digital
signature on a specially constructed message (Schneier 19.3). Suppose
Bob sends Alice a ciphertext (i.e. a message encrypted with Alice's
public key) which consists of a single number 99. Construct such a
plaintext that by signing it Alice reveals the information sent to her
by Bob. Show the following computations:
- Your computation of the plaintext that Alice needs to sign.
- Alice's digital signature of this plaintext.
- Your computation of the message that Bob sent to Alice.
Problem 2: another chosen ciphertext attack on RSA
Alice knows that it's dangerous to sign just any document sent by a
stranger. Therefore she signs only messages that are prime
numbers. Show how Mallory can obtain Alice's signature on the message
m = 10. Show all your computations and the result.
Problem 3: choosing the same e and d
Note: this problem has been modified on
Note that there is another possibility for e and d for Bob's RSA
system: e = d = 19.
Describe an attack that would allow Eve (a passive attacker) to
determine that e and d are the same. What does the attacker gain by
learning that e and d are the same?
Would choosing the same e and d present a problem in a real-life RSA
Problem 4: Shamir's three-pass protocol
Would the following work as an implementation of Shamir's three pass
Please explain your answer.
- Alice generates an RSA system (p1, q1, n1, e1, d1) and keeps all
the parameters secret,
- Bob generates an RSA system (p2, q2, n2, e2, d2) and keeps it
- Alice encrypts a message M with using e1 and n1: M1 = M^e1 mod n1,
sends M1 to Bob,
- Bob encrypts M' using e2 and n2: M2 = M1^e2 mod n2, sends M2 to
- Alice decrypts the result using d1 and n1: M3 = M2^d1 mod n1,
sends the result to Bob,
- Bob decrypts it using d2 and n2: M4 = M3^d2 mod n2.
Would choosing n1 = n2 make a difference?
Problem 5: Diffie-Hellman
Consider Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol with p = 7 and g =
5. Alice's random number is x = 4, Bob's random number is y = 6. What
is the key generated in this protocol?
Problem 6: EKE
Consider encrypted key exchange protocol (Schneier 22.5). Suppose in
step 2 Bob generates a key and an initialization vector IV for a block
cipher in OFB mode which produces a stream of bits. In the remaining
steps Alice and Bob use this cipher, always starting with the same
initialization vector. Can Eve get any information about the key by
observing steps 3, 4, and 5 of the protocol? If yes, what is it? If
Problem 7: Secret broadcasting
Suppose Alice wants to broadcast a message encrypted with a secret key
K = 7. Alice shares a secret key with each participant as following:
Alice wants the message to be readable to Bob and Dave, but not to
Carol. What number does she have to broadcast in addition to the
message to accomplish this?
- Alice's and Bob's key is 13,
- Alice's and Carol's key is 17,
- Alice's and Dave's key is 19.
Problem 8: Secret splitting
Suppose you want to split a secret between Alice, Bob, and Carol in
such a way that only all three of them together can restore
it (see Schneier 3.6). Describe the process that accomplishes
this. Show how the secret can be restored.
Problem 9: Secret sharing
Using LaGrange interpolating polynomial scheme (Schneier 23.2), show
how you can set up a scheme in which Alice, Bob, Carol, and Dave can
restore a secret as follows:
Write down the formula for a polynomial that you need to generate,
give a list of points at which you compute the polynomial, and
indicate how many shadows each of the participants gets.
- Alice and Bob can restore the secret,
- Alice, Carol, and Dave can restore the secret, but Alice with just
Carol or just Dave cannot.
- Bob and either Carol or Dave can restore the secret.
- Carol and Dave cannot restore the secret without Alice or Bob.
Problem 10: Bit commitment
Suppose Alice wants to use a bit commitment protocol which uses
symmetric cryptography (see Schneier 4.9, p. 86). Suppose Alice uses a
one-time pad to encrypt Bob's string and the bit she is committing
to. Does it give any of the participants an ability to cheat? Please
explain your answer in detail.
Problem 11: Bit commitment using pseudo-random sequences
Suppose Bob's string in this algorithm is just 2 bits long. How easy
would it be for Alice to cheat? Would it be easy for Bob to cheat?
Please explain your answer.
Problem 12: Zero-knowledge proofs
Is it possible to use the graph isomorphism problem (instead of the
Hamiltonian cycle problem) for a non-interactive zero-knowledge proof?
If yes, how? If not, why? Give a detailed answer.
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