Diffie, Hellman: New Directions in Cryptography

24.10.2017, 10:00 – 11:30

24.10.2017 10:00-11:30

Speaker: Marc Fischlin, TU Darmstadt, Cryptoplexity Group | Location: Mornewegstraße 32 (S4|14), Room 4.3.01, Darmstadt

Organizer: Felix Günther, Christian Janson


This talk is the first one in the new seminar series „Reading the Crypto Classics“. The idea of this seminar is to jointly read classical milestone papers in the area of cryptography, to discuss their impact and understand their relevance for current research areas. The seminar is running as an Oberseminar, but at the same time meant to be a joint reading group seminar of the CROSSING Special Interest Group on Advanced Cryptography with all interested CROSSING members being invited to participate.

This issue will cover the paper Diffie, Hellman: „New Directions in Cryptography“ (IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 1976) with the following abstract:

„Two kinds of contemporary developments in cryptography are examined. Widening applications of teleprocessing have given rise to a need for new types of cryptographic systems, which minimize the need for secure key distribution channels and supply the equivalent of a written signature. This paper suggests ways to solve these currently open problems. It also discusses how the theories of communication and computation are beginning to provide the tools to solve cryptographic problems of long standing.“