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The use of public key cryptography in communication system design

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2 Author(s)
Adleman, Leonard M. ; Dept. of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA ; Rivest, Ronald L.

Since the time of Caesar, cryptography has been used in the design of secure communications systems. Recently, Diffie and Hellman [2] have introduced a new type of cryptographic method, based on "trapdoor" functions, which promises to be of great value in the design of such systems. We present a review of public key cryptosystems, followed by examples of communications systems which make particularly elegant use of their properties.

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Communications Society Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

November 1978

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