• Unit 7: Digital Signature and Entity Authentication

    This unit begins with a general discussion of key exchange methods, or methods designed to distribute keys securely so that they can be later used in a cryptographic algorithm. This unit also describes the difficult problem of computing the discrete logarithm, which is of greatly interest to cryptologists by virtue of its ElGamal signature scheme.

    The unit will then cover five additional schemes (trusted certificates, private certificates, a modified Schnorr algorithm, a modified Guillou-Quisquater algorithm, and a modified Mu-Varadharajan algorithm) before ending with an overview and discussion of public key infrastructure and a lecture by James Massey.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 12 hours.