New Tools in Cryptography from Algebraic Geometry


Dan Boneh

Stanford University

Harvard University

Thursday, November 21, 2002


Talk at 4:30 p.m. in Science Center D

Tea at 4:00 p.m. in the Math Lounge


Abstract:   Over the past three years we have seen a number of exciting new cryptographic constructions using the Weil pairing on elliptic curves. For example, the Weil pairing gives rise to a number of digital signature schemes with remarkable properties. The pairing can also be used for public key encryption where public keys can be arbitrary strings. In this talk we will survey some new applications for the Weil pairing and will describe several open problems in this area. The talk will be self-contained.


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