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Cryptography 2014

Professor: Prof. Ueli Maurer
Assistants: Christian Matt and Björn Tackmann


Lecture

The lecture takes place on Wednesdays 13–16 in CAB G 51.

The first lecture is on February 19th.

There is no lecture on April 16th. Instead, section 4.9 of the lecture notes is given as a reading assignment. It is relevant for both the second intermediate exam and the final exam.

Material

The material for this lecture is only available for users accessing this web page from the ETH-domain.

Exercises

A new problem set is distributed every week at the beginning of the lecture. Detailed solutions are handed out one week later. You are not required to hand in your solutions to the exercises. However, if you wish to receive feedback, feel free to hand in your solutions to your assistant.

Exercise Sessions

The weekly exercise class discusses the material of the new problem set and explains the solution of the previous one in detail. The session on Friday and the one on the following Monday cover the same material.

The first exercise class is on February 21st.

Assistant Time Room
Christian Matt Friday 10–12 CAB G 57
Björn Tackmann Monday 10–12 CAB G 52

Exercise Sheets

The material for this lecture is only available for users accessing this web page from the ETH-domain.

Reading Assignments

There is an additional reading assignment for this lecture (note the 1 A in the course catalogue). The corresponding material was distributed in the lecture on March 19th and will be covered by the exam.

The material for this lecture is only available for users accessing this web page from the ETH-domain.

Exams

There will be two written intermediate exams during the semester and one final exam during the exam session. The grade of each intermediate exam amounts to 15% of the final grade, and the grade of the final exam amounts to 70% of the final grade. For students that are unable to attend the intermediate exams for important reasons (illness with medical certificate, military service), oral exams will be arranged.

All exams are “closed book”, i.e., no supplementary material is permitted.

Date Starting Time Duration Room
Intermediate Exam 1 March 19th 13:15 30 Minutes CAB G 51
Intermediate Exam 2 April 30th 13:15 30 Minutes CAB G 51

Literature

The course does not make use of textbooks, but we encourage the students to consult several books to get a more detailed and sometimes complementary view on the various topics. Some useful books on cryptography, each with a different focus, are listed below:

  • O. Goldreich, Foundations of Cryptography, Basic Tools, Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • J. Katz and Y. Lindell, Introduction to Modern Cryptography, Chapman & Hall, 2007.
  • W. Mao, Modern Cryptography - Theory and Practice, Prentice Hall, 2004.
  • A.J. Menezes, P.C. van Oorschot, and S.A. Vanstone, Handbook of Applied Cryptography, Boca Raton: CRC Press, 1997.
  • D.R. Stinson, Cryptography - Theory and Practice, CRC Press, 1995.