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A polynomial time algorithm for breaking the basic Merkle-Hellman cryptosystem

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The cryptographic security of the Merkle-Hellman cryptosystem has been a major open problem since 1976. In this paper we show that the basic variant of this cryptosystem, in which the elements of the public key are modular multiples of a superincreasing sequence, is breakable in polynomial time.

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Foundations of Computer Science, 1982. SFCS '08. 23rd Annual Symposium on

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3-5 Nov. 1982