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1 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 1 File: rivest/notes/notes.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Computer and Networ Security MIT Class Notes by Ronald L. Rivest December 2, 2002

2 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 2 File: rivest/notes/ntintro.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Introduction to Number Theory Elementary number theory provides a rich set of tools for the implementation of cryptographic schemes. Most public-ey cryptosystems are based in one way or another on number-theoretic ideas. The next pages provide a brief introduction to some basic principles of elementary number theory.

3 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 3 File: rivest/notes/bignum.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Bignum computations Many cryptographic schemes, such as RSA, wor with large integers, also nown as bignums or multiprecision integers. Here large may mean bits ( decimal digits), with 1024-bit integers (308 decimal digits) typical. We briefly overview of some implementation issues and possibilities. When RSA was invented, efficiently implementing it was a problem. Today, standard destop CPU s perform bignum computations quicly. Still, for servers doing hundreds of SSL connections per second, a hardware assist may be needed, such as the SSL accelerators produced by ncipher A popular C/C++ software subroutine library supporting multi-precision operations is GMP (GNU Multiprecision pacage) A more elaborate pacage (based on GMP) is Shoup s NTL (Number Theory Library) For a survey, see Java has excellent support for multiprecision operations in its BigInteger class java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.1/docs/api/java/math/biginteger.html; this includes a primalitytesting routine. Python is a personal favorite; it includes direct support for large integers. Scheme also provides direct bignum support. Some other pointers to software and hardware implementations can be found in the Practical Aspects section of Helger Lipmaa s Cryptology pointers helger/crypto/=. When woring on -bit integers, most implementations implement addition and subtraction in time O(), multiplication, division, and gcd in time O( 2 ) (although faster implementations exist for very large ), and modular exponentation in time O( 3 ). To get you roughly calibrated, here are some timings, obtained from a simple Python program on my IBM Thinpad laptop (1.2 GHz PIII processor) on 1024-bit inputs. SHA-1 is included just for comparison. The last column gives the approximate ratio of running time to addition. 2.2 microseconds addition 455,000 per second microseconds SHA1 hash (on 20-byte input) 227,000 per second microseconds modular addition 93,000 per second 5 41 microseconds multiplication 24,000 per second microseconds modular multiplication 7,400 per second milliseconds modular exponentiation (exponent is 2**16+1) 440 per second milliseconds gcd 180 per second milliseconds modular exponentiation (1024-bit exponent) 5 per second 93000

4 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 4 File: rivest/notes/divisors.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Divisors and Divisibility Definition 1 (Divides relation, divisor, common divisor) We say that d divides a, written d a, if there exists an integer such that a = d. If d does not divide a, we write d a. If d a and d 0, we say that d is a divisor of a. If d a and d b, then d is a common divisor of a and b. Example 1 Every integer d 0 (including d = 0) is a divisor of 0. While 0 divides no integer except itself, 1 is a divisor of every integer. The divisors of 12 are {1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12}. A common divisor of 14 and 77 is 7. If d a then d ( a). Definition 2 (prime) An integer p > 1 is prime if its only divisors are 1 and p. Definition 3 (Greatest common divisor, relatively prime) The greatest common divisor, gcd(a, b), of two integers a and b is the largest of their common divisors, except that gcd(0, 0) = 0 by definition. Integers a and b are relatively prime if gcd(a, b) = 1. Example 2 gcd(24, 30) = 6 gcd(4, 7) = 1 gcd(0, 5) = 5 gcd( 6, 10) = 2 Example 3 For all a 0, a and a + 1 are relatively prime. The integer 1 is relatively prime to all other integers. Example 4 If p is prime and 1 a < p, then gcd(a, p) = 1. That is, a and p are relatively prime. Definition 4 For any positive integer n, we define Euler s phi function of n, denoted φ(n), as the number of integers d, 1 d n, that are relatively prime to n. (Note that φ(1) = 1.) Example 5 If p is prime, then φ(p) = p 1. For any integer > 0, φ(2 ) = 2 1. Definition 5 The least common multiple lcm(a, b) of two integers a 0, b 0, is the least m such that a m and b m. Exercise 1 Show that the number of divisors of n = p e 1 1 pe 2 2 pe (where the p i s are distinct primes) is 1 i (1 + e i ). Exercise 2 Show that lcm(a, b) = ab/ gcd(a, b).

5 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 5 File: rivest/notes/flt.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Fermat s Little Theorem Theorem 1 (Fermat s Little Theorem) If p is prime and a Z p, then a p 1 = 1 (mod p). Theorem 2 (Lagrange s Theorem) The order of a subgroup must divide the order of a group. Fermat s Little Theorem follows from Lagrange s Theorem, since the order of the subgroup a generated by a in Z p is the least t > 0 such that a t = 1 (mod p), and Z p = p 1. Euler s Theorem generalizes Fermat s Little Theorem, since Z n = φ(n) for all n > 0. Theorem 3 (Euler s Theorem) For any n > 1 and any a Z n, a φ(n) = 1 (mod n). A somewhat tighter result actually holds. Define for n > 0 Carmichael s lambda function λ(n) to be the least positive t such that a t = 1 (mod n) for all a Z n. Then λ(1) = λ(2) = 1, λ(4) = 2, λ(2 e ) = 2 e 2 for e > 2, λ(p e ) = p e 1 (p 1) if p is an odd prime, and if n = p e 1 1 pe, then λ(n) = lcm(λ(p e 1 1 ),..., λ(pe )). Computing modular inverses. Fermat s Little Theorem provides a convenient way to compute the modular inverse a 1 (mod p) for any a Z p, where p is prime: a 1 = a p 2 (mod p). (Euclid s extended algorithm for computing gcd(a, p) is more efficient.) Primality testing. The converse of Fermat s Little Theorem is almost true. The converse would say that if 1 a < p and a p 1 = 1 (mod p), then p is prime. Suppose that p is a large randomly chosen integer, and that a is a randomly chosen integer such that 1 a < p. Then if a p 1 1 (mod p), then p is certainly not prime (by FLT), and otherwise p is liely to be prime. FLT thus provides a heuristic test for primality for randomly chosen p; refinements of this approach yield tests effective for all p. Exercise 1 Prove that λ(n) is always a divisor of φ(n), and characterize exactly when it is a proper divisor. Exercise 2 Suppose a > 1 is not even or divisible by 5; show that a 100 (in decimal) ends in 001. Exercise 3 Let p be prime. (a) Show that a p = a (mod p) for any a Z p. (b) Argue that (a + b) p = a p + b p (mod p) for any a,b in Z p. (c) Show that (m e ) d = m (mod p) for all m Z p if ed = 1 (mod p 1).

6 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 6 File: rivest/notes/generators.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Generators Definition 1 A finite group G = (S, ) may be cyclic, which means that it contains a generator g such that every group element h S is a power h = g of g for some 0. If the group operation is addition, we write this condition as h = g + g + + g = g. } {{ } Example 1 For example, 3 generates Z 10 under addition, since the multiples of 3, modulo 10, are: 3, 6, 9, 2, 5, 8, 1, 4, 7, 0. Fact 1 The generators of (Z m, +) are exactly those φ(m) integers a Z m relatively prime to m. Example 2 The generators of (Z 10, +) are {1, 3, 7, 9}. Example 3 The group (Z 11, ) is generated by g = 2, since the powers of 2 (modulo 11) are: 2, 4, 8, 5, 10, 9, 7, 3, 6, 1. Fact 2 Any cyclic group of size m is isomorphic to (Z m, +). For example, (Z 11, ) (Z 10, +) via: 2 x (mod 11) x (mod 10). Theorem 1 If p is prime, then (Z p, ) is cyclic, and contains φ(p 1) generators. More generally, the group (Z n, ) is cyclic if and only if n = 2, n = 4, n = p e, or n = 2p e, where p is an odd prime and e 1; in these cases the group contains φ(φ(n)) generators. Finding a generator of Z p. If the factorization of p 1 is unnown, no efficient algorithm is nown, but if p 1 has nown factorization, it is easy to find a generator. Generators of Z p are relatively common (φ(n) n/(6 ln ln n) for n 5), so one can be found by searching at random for an element g whose order is p 1. (Note g has order p 1 if g p 1 = 1 (mod p) but g (p 1)/q 1 (mod p) for all prime divisors q of p 1). Group generated by an element. In any group G, the set g of elements generated by g is always a cyclic subgroup of G; if g = G then g is a generator of G. Groups of prime order. If a group H has prime order, then every element except the identity is a generator. For example, the subgroup QR 11 = {1, 4, 9, 5, 3} of squares (quadratic residues) in Z 11 has order 5, so 4, 9, 5, and 3 all generate QR 11. For this reason, it is sometimes of interest to wor with the group QR p of squares modulo p, where p = 2q + 1 and q is prime. Exercise 1 (a) Find all of the generators of (Z 11, ) and of (Z 2, +). (b) Let g be a generator of (Z p, ); prove that g x generates Z p if and only if x generates (Z p 1, +).

7 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 7 File: rivest/notes/orders.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Orders of Elements Definition 1 The order of an element a of a finite group G is the least positive t such that a t = 1. (If the group is written additively, it is the least positive t such that a + a + + a (t times) = 0.) Order Row a column contains a mod p for p = 7; boldface entries illustrate the fundamental period of a (mod p) as increases. The length of this period is the order of a, modulo p. By Fermat s Little Theorem the order always divides p 1; thus a p 1 is always 1 (see the column mared with an uparrow). Elements 3 and 5 have order p 1, and so are generators of Z 7. Element 6 is 1, modulo 7, and thus has order 2. Fact 1 The order of an element a G is a divisor of the order of G. (The order G of a group G is the number of elements it contains.) Therefore a G = 1 in G. Thus when p is prime, the order of an element a Z p is a divisor of Z p = p 1, and in general the order of an element a Z n is a divisor of Z n = φ(n). Computing the order t of an element a G. If the factorization of G is unnown, no efficient algorithm is nown, but if G has nown factorization G = p e 1 1 pe 2 2 pe, it is easy. Basically, compute the order t as t = p f 1 1 pf 2 2 pf where each f i is initially e i, then each f i is decreased in turn as much as possible (but not below zero) while eeping a t = 1 in G. Fact 2 When p is prime, the number of elements in Z p of order d, where d (p 1), is φ(d). For example, since φ(2) = 1, there is a unique square root of 1 modulo p, other than 1 itself (it is 1 = p 1 (mod p)). Exercise 1 Let ord(a) denote the order of a G. (a) Prove that ord(a) = ord(a 1 ) and ord(a ) ord(a). (b) Prove that ord(ab) is a divisor of lcm(ord(a), ord(b)), and show that it may be a proper divisor. (c) Show that ord(ab) = ord(a) ord(b) if gcd(ord(a), ord(b)) = 1. Exercise 2 Show that there are at least as many elements of order p 1 (i.e. generators) of Z p as there are elements of any other order. Exercise 3 Show that the order of a in (Z n, +) is n/ gcd(a, n).

8 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 8 File: rivest/notes/gcd.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Euclid s Algorithm for Computing GCD It is easy to compute gcd(a, b). This is surprising because you might thin that in order to compute gcd(a, b) you would need to figure out their divisors, i.e. solve the factoring problem. But, as you will see, we don t need to figure out the divisors of a and b to find their gcd. Euclid (circa 300 B.C.) showed how to compute gcd(a, b) for a 0 and b 0: { a if b = 0 gcd(a, b) = gcd(b, a mod b) otherwise The recursion terminates since (a mod b) < b; the second argument strictly decreases with each call. An equivalent non-recursive version sets a 0 = a, a 1 = b, and then computes a i+1 for i = 2, 3,... as a i+1 = a i 1 mod a i until a i+1 = 0, then returns a i. Example 1 Euclid s Algorithm finds the greatest common divisor of 12 and 33 as: gcd(12, 33) = gcd(33, 12) = gcd(12, 9) = gcd(9, 3) = gcd(3, 0) = 3. The equivalent non-recursive version has a 0 = 12, a 1 = 33, and So gcd(12, 33) = 3. a 2 = a 0 mod a 1 = 12 mod 33 = 12 a 3 = a 1 mod a 2 = 33 mod 12 = 9 a 4 = a 2 mod a 3 = 12 mod 9 = 3 a 5 = a 3 mod a 4 = 9 mod 3 = 0 It can be shown that the number of recursive calls is O(log b); the worst-case input is a pair of consecutive Fibonacci numbers. Euclid s algorithm (even if extended) taes O( 2 ) bit operations when inputs a and b have at most bits; see Bach and Shallit.

9 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 9 File: rivest/notes/xgcd.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Euclid s Extended Algorithm Theorem 1 For all integers a, b, one can efficiently compute integers x and y such that gcd(a, b) = ax + by. We give a proof by example, using Euclid s Extended Algorithm on inputs a = 9, b = 31, which for each a i of the nonrecursive version of Euclid s algorithm finds an x i and y i such that a i = ax i + by i : a 0 = a = 9 = a 1 + b 0 a 1 = b = 31 = a 0 + b 1 a 2 = a 0 mod a 1 = 9 = (a 1 + b 0) 0 (a 0 + b 1) = a 1 + b 0 a 3 = a 1 mod a 2 = 4 = (a 0 + b 1) 3 (a 1 + b 0) = a ( 3) + b 1 a 4 = a 2 mod a 3 = 1 = (a 1 + b 0) 2 (a ( 3) + b 1) = a 7 + b ( 2) a 5 = a 3 mod a 4 = 0 Thus Euclid s Extended Algorithm computes x = 7 and y = 2 for a = 9 and b = 31. Corollary 1 (Multiplicative inverse computation) Given integers n and a where gcd(a, n) = 1, using Euclid s Extended Algorithm to find x and y such that ax + ny = 1 finds an x such that ax 1 (mod n); such an x is the multiplicative inverse of a modulo n: x = a 1 (mod n). Example 1 The multiplicative inverse of 9, modulo 31, is 7. Chec: 9 7 = 63 = 1 (mod 31). Exercise 1 Find the multiplicative inverse of 11 modulo 41. Exercise 2 Prove that if gcd(a, n) > 1, then the multiplicative inverse a 1 (mod n) does not exist. Exercise 3 Show that Euclid s algorithm is correct by arguing that d is a common divisor of a and b if and only if d is a common divisor of b and (a mod b).

10 MIT Computer and Networ Security Class Notes 10 File: rivest/notes/crt.pdf Revision: December 2, 2002 Chinese Remainder Theorem When woring modulo a composite modulus n, the Chinese Remainder Theorem (CRT) can both speed computation modulo n and facilitate reasoning about the properties of arithmetic modulo n. Theorem 1 (Chinese Remainder Theorem (CRT)) Let n = n 1 n 2 n be the product of integers n i that are pairwise relatively prime. The mapping f(a) = (a 1,..., a ) = (a mod n 1,..., a mod n ) is an isomorphism from Z n to Z n1 Z n : if f(a) = (a 1,..., a ) and f(b) = (b 1,..., b ), then f((a ± b) mod n) = ((a 1 ± b 1 ) mod n 1,..., (a ± b ) mod n ) f((ab) mod n) = ((a 1b 1) mod n 1,..., (a b ) mod n ) f(a 1 mod n) = (a 1 1 mod n 1,..., a 1 mod n ) if a 1 (mod n) exists f 1 ((a 1,..., a )) = a = a i c i (mod n) where m i = n/n i and c i = m i (m 1 i mod n i ). i When n = pq is the product of two primes, woring modulo n is equivalent to woring independently on each component of its CRT (i.e. (mod p, mod q)) representation. It can be worthwhile to convert an input to its CRT representation, compute in that representation, and then convert bac. Example: For n = 35 = 5 7 put (a mod 35) in row a 1 = (a mod 5) and column a 2 = (a mod 7): f(8) = (3, 1) f( 8) = f(27) = ( 3, 1) = (2, 6) f(12) = (2, 5) f(12 1 ) = (2 1, 5 1 ) = (3, 3) = f(3) f(8 + 12) = f(20) = (3 + 2, 1 + 5) = (0, 6) f(8 12) = f(96) = f(26) = (3 2, 1 5) = (1, 5) Here m 1 = 7, m 2 = 5, c 1 = 7 (7 1 mod 5) = 7 3 = 21, c 2 = 5 (5 1 mod 7) = 5 3 = 15, so f 1 ((a 1, a 2)) = 21a a 2 (mod 35). (Note: f(21) = (1, 0), f(15) = (0, 1).) Thus, f 1 ((1, 5)) = = 96 = 26 (mod 35). Speeding up Modular Exponentation. A significant application is speeding up exponentiation modulo n = pq when p and q are nown. To compute y = x d mod n, where f(x) = (x 1, x 2 ): f(y) = f(x d ) = (x d 1 mod p, x d d mod (p 1) d mod (q 1) 2 mod q) = (x1 mod p, x2 mod q). Note x p 1 1 = 1 mod p for x 1 0 by Fermat s Little Theorem. Then convert bac from (y mod p, y mod q) to y mod n. Since exponentiation taes time cubic in the input size, two half-size exponentiations are about four times faster than one full-size exponentiation (including conversion). Exercise 1 Prove that x is a square mod n = pq if and only if it is a square mod p and mod q.

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