Introduction to Cryptography

Principles and Applications

  • Hans Delfs
  • Helmut Knebl

Part of the Information Security and Cryptography book series (ISC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 1-10
  3. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 11-48
  4. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 49-106
  5. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 107-202
  6. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 203-214
  7. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 215-242
  8. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 243-266
  9. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 267-282
  10. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 283-320
  11. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 321-372
  12. Hans Delfs, Helmut Knebl
    Pages 373-396
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 397-508

About this book


The first part of this book covers the key concepts of cryptography on an undergraduate level, from encryption and digital signatures to cryptographic protocols. Essential techniques are demonstrated in protocols for key exchange, user identification, electronic elections and digital cash. In the second part, more advanced topics are addressed, such as the bit security of one-way functions and computationally perfect pseudorandom bit generators. The security of cryptographic schemes is a central topic. Typical examples of provably secure encryption and signature schemes and their security proofs are given. Though particular attention is given to the mathematical foundations, no special background in mathematics is presumed. The necessary algebra, number theory and probability theory are included in the appendix. Each chapter closes with a collection of exercises.


In the second edition the authors added a complete description of the AES, an extended section on cryptographic hash functions, and new sections on random oracle proofs and public-key encryption schemes that are provably secure against adaptively-chosen-ciphertext attacks. The third edition is a further substantive extension, with new topics added, including: elliptic curve cryptography; Paillier encryption; quantum cryptography; the new SHA-3 standard for cryptographic hash functions; a considerably extended section on electronic elections and Internet voting; mix nets; and zero-knowledge proofs of shuffles.


The book is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students in computer science, mathematics, and engineering.


Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Cryptographic Protocols Digital Signatures Information Security Information Theory Keccak Number Theory One-Way Functions Probabilistic Algorithms Provably Secure Encryption Pseudorandomness Public-Key Cryptography Quantum Cryptography Sponge Construction Symmetric-Key Encryption

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Delfs
    • 1
  • Helmut Knebl
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTechnische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon OhmNürnbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceTechnische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon OhmNürnbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-47973-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-47974-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1619-7100
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-845X
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