Introduction to Cryptography

University of Rochester

Fall 2015

Instructor: Muthu Venkitasubramaniam

Time: TR 2:00-3:15

Place: CSB 601

Course Web page: http://www.cs.rochester.edu/courses/281/spring2017/

Office Hours: Tuesday 3:30p-4:30p (CSB 621)

TA: Grace Heard (gheard@u.rochester.edu), Office Hours: Friday 1:00p-2:00p (CSB 727)

TA: Jacob Bisnett (jbisnett@u.rochester.edu), Office Hours: Thursday 11:30a-12:30p (CSB 727)

Modern cryptography studies techniques for facilitating interactions between
*distrustful *entities. Today, with the advent of the Internet, these
techniques become indispensable – enabling, for instance, *anonymous
electronic elections, privacy-preserving electronic auctions, internet banking *and
more. In this course, we will introduce some of the fundamental concepts,
protocols with rigorous proofs of security.

CS 280 (or equivalent), MTH150 (or mathematical maturity), or permission of
instructor.

The main skills that will be assumed from these courses are: 1) the ability to
understand and write formal mathematical definitions and proofs and 2) comfort
with reasoning about algorithms, such as proving their correctness and
analyzing their running times. It is also important that you are familiar with
basic probability.

Course Administration

We will be using Piazza for this course. If you have not been invited please email the TAs

Grading

TBD

You will be assigned to workshops. Please attend the workshop you have been assigned to.

Homework Policy

You are free to collaborate with other students on the homework, but you
must turn in your own individually written solution and you **must specify** the names of your collaborators. You are not allowed
to use **any** published material beyond
the resources specified on this webpage. Note that it is a violation of this
policy to submit a problem solution that you are unable to explain orally to
me. Typed problem sets are **strongly preferred**.

Reading

Lecture notes covering a large fraction of the course can be found here **[PS]**
(course notes developed by Rafael
Pass and abhi shelat).

There is no required text for the course other than lecture notes. You may find the following two books to be useful references. Note, however, that we will not always be following the same notational conventions as these books.

· **[KL]**
Jonathan Katz and Yehuda Lindell. An
Introduction to Modern Cryptography. This is an introductory textbook
on cryptography. The level of the material and the mathematical treatment is
similar to the one we will use in class. However, this book does not cover all
of the material that we go through.

· **[G]**
Oded Goldreich. Foundations of
Cryptography. This is a very comprehensive treatment of the theoretical
foundations of cryptography. Volume I and II include most of the material that
we cover in class, but at a far greater depth and (at a more advanced level).
This book is a great reference for students interested in more advanced studies
in theoretical cryptography.

For a more applied treatment of cryptography, I suggest the following book which is available on-line.

· Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. van Oorschot, and Scott A. Vanstone. Handbook of Applied Cryptography.

For background reading on probability, algorithms, and complexity theory, I recommend:

· **[CLR]**
Thomas H. Cormen , Charles E. Leiserson
, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein. Introduction
to Algorithms.

· Michael Sipser. Introduction to the Theory of Computation.

1/24 Lecture 1: What can cryptography do for you? the match-making game and Kerchoff’s principles

1/26 Lecture cancelled

1/31 Lecture 2: Introduction to Probability

MTH 233: Introduction to Cryptography