Accession Number:

ADA063104

Title:

On the Security of the Merkle-Hellman Cryptographic Scheme,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE

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Report Date:

1978-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

In this paper we show that a simplified version of the Merkle-Hellman public-key cryptographic system is breakable. While their full-fledged system seems to be resistant to the cryptanalytic attack we propose, this result suggests some ways in which the security of their system can be further enhanced. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Non-Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE