252-0407-00L  Cryptography Foundations

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersU. Maurer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


252-0407-00 VCryptography Foundations3 hrs
Wed13:15-16:00CAB G 51 »
U. Maurer
252-0407-00 UCryptography Foundations2 hrs
Mon10:15-12:00CAB G 52 »
Tue13:15-15:00CAB G 57 »
U. Maurer
252-0407-00 ACryptography Foundations
Project Work, no fixed presence required.
1 hrsU. Maurer

Catalogue data

AbstractFundamentals and applications of cryptography. Cryptography as a mathematical discipline: reductions, constructive cryptography paradigm, security proofs. The discussed primitives include cryptographic functions, pseudo-randomness, symmetric encryption and authentication, public-key encryption, key agreement, and digital signature schemes. Selected cryptanalytic techniques.
ObjectiveThe goals are:
(1) understand the basic theoretical concepts and scientific thinking in cryptography;
(2) understand and apply some core cryptographic techniques and security proof methods;
(3) be prepared and motivated to access the scientific literature and attend specialized courses in cryptography.
ContentSee course description.
Lecture notesyes.
Prerequisites / NoticeFamiliarity with the basic cryptographic concepts as treated for
example in the course "Information Security" is required but can
in principle also be acquired in parallel to attending the course.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits7 credits
ExaminersU. Maurer
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThere will be one written intermediate exam ("midterm") during the semester. The grade achieved in the midterm influences the final grade if this influence is beneficial: The final grade is the maximum of (1) the grade achieved in the final session exam and (2) the weighted average of the grades achieved in the midterm (25%) and in the final session exam (75%). A bonus is not transferable to a future repetition of the final exam.
Written aidsNone
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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