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The Diffie-Hellman Protocol

Ueli Maurer and Stefan Wolf

Designs, Codes and Cryptography, Special Issue Public Key Cryptography, Kluwer Academic Publishers, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 147–171, Jan 2000.

The 1976 seminal paper of Diffie and Hellman is a landmark in the history of cryptography. They introduced the fundamental concepts of a trapdoor one-way function, a public-key cryptosystem, and a digital signature scheme. Moreover, they presented a protocol, the so-called Diffie-Hellman protocol, allowing two parties who share no secret information initially, to generate a mutual secret key. This paper summarizes the present knowledge on the security of this protocol.

BibTeX Citation

    author       = {Ueli Maurer and Stefan Wolf},
    title        = {The {D}iffie-{H}ellman Protocol},
    booktitle    = {Special Issue Public Key Cryptography},
    journal      = {Designs, Codes and Cryptography},
    pages        = {147--171},
    number       = {3},
    volume       = {19},
    year         = {2000},
    month        = {1},
    publisher    = {Kluwer Academic Publishers},

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