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Cryptography Spring 2013

Professor: Prof. Dr. Ueli Maurer
Assistants:Christian Badertscher and Björn Tackmann


Lecture: Wednesday 13-16 in CAB G51
Exercises: Monday 10-12 in CAB G52
  Friday 10-12 in CAB G57

Further Information

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There will be two written intermediate exams during the semester and one final exam during the exam session. All exams are 'closed book': No supplementary material is permitted. The grade of each intermediate exam amounts to 20% of the final grade, and the grade of the final exam amounts to 60% 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.

The intermediate exams will cover the contents of the lecture and the exercises up to the corresponding date. The intermediate exams are planned for 45 minutes and scheduled for March 20 and April 24 (during the lecture). The final exam will cover the contents of the lecture, the exercises, and the reading assignments.


There is no offical textbook for the lecture. However, we recommend the following texts for further reading. (The books are available in the library.)
  • A. Menezes, P. van Oorschot, S. Vanstone, Handbook of Applied Cryptography, CRC Press, 1997.
  • O. Goldreich, Foundations of Cryptography, Vol. I: Basic Tools, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001, Vol. II: Basic Applications, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • B. Schneier, Applied Cryptography, 2nd edition, Wiley, 1996.
  • D.R. Stinson, Cryptography -- Theory and Practice, CRC Press, 1995.
Furthermore, the following books are a good bedtime reading:
  • D. Kahn, The Code Breakers - The Story of Secret Writing, MacMillan, New York, 1967.
  • S. Singh, The Code Book - The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking, Fourth Estate Ltd., 1999.