CSE 546: Cryptography (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Omkant Pandey (Office hours: MF 2:30p onwards, NCS 345)
TA: Christopher Smith (csasmith [at] cs stonybrook edu)
Yuhao Tang (yuhtang [at] cs stonybrook edu)
Time: MF, 1:00p - 2:20p
Location: JAVITS 101
Contact: omkant [at] cs stonybrook edu
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Course Description

In this class, we will introduce some topics in modern cryptography. The course is theoretical in nature, with emphasis on proofs and algorithmic reductions (even when discussing applied topics).  No prior background in cryptography is assumed. However, students should have some mathematical maturity and be comfortable working with definitions and proofs. Some of the topics we will cover include: one-way functions, pseudo-randomness, symmetric encryption, hash functions, message integrity, digital signatures, and public-key encryption. Time permitting, we may also dive into zero-knowledge proofs and secure multiparty computation.

Grading Policy

Note: Practice problems will be released from time to time depending on students' needs. They will not contribute towards the official grade, and their solutions will be covered upon request during TA's office hours.

Text Book

The prescribed textbook for this course is Katz and Lindell's text Introduction to Modern Cryptography (some copies available in the library). See course webpages for previous offerings of this course for several free and excellent resources and educational material on cryptography.

Lecture Schedule (Tentative)

Date Topic Chapter
01/22/2024 Introduction Ch. 1
01/26/2024 Shannon, Perfect Secrecy Ch. 2
01/29/2024 Indistinguishable Security §3.1, §3.2
02/02/2024 Encryption via PRGs §3.3
02/05/2024 CPA-Security via PRFs §3.4,§3.5
02/09/2024 First Assignment Due, Discuss Solutions
02/12/2024 Modes of Encryption §3.6
02/16/2024 Message Authentication Codes Ch. 4
02/19/2024 President's Day
02/23/2024 Hash Functions Ch. 5
02/26/2024 One-Way Functions §7.1+
03/01/2024 Hard Core Predicates §7.3, §7.4
03/04/2024 PRF/PRP from PRGs §7.5, §7.6
03/08/2024 Second Assignment Due, Discuss Solutions
03/11/2024 Spring Recess
03/15/2024 Spring Recess
03/18/2024 Number Theory Background §8.1, §8.3.1
03/22/2024 Hardness Assumptions §8.2--§8.4
03/25/2024 No Class
03/29/2024 Key Management, Public-Key Revolution Ch. 10
04/01/2024 Public-Key Encryption - I §11.1--§11.4
04/05/2024 Public-Key Encryption - II §11.4, §11.5
04/08/2024 Digital Signatures - I §12.1--§12.4
04/12/2024 Digital Signatures - II §12.5--§12.7
04/15/2024 Trapdoors, Secret Sharing §13.1--§13.3
04/19/2024 Final Assignment Due, Discuss Solutions
04/22/2024 Interactive Proofs ---
04/26/2024 Zero Knowledge ---
04/29/2024 Student Presentations ---
05/03/2024 Student Presentations ---
05/13/2024 Final Exam, 2:15PM--5:00PM, In class (JAVITS 101) Registrar schedule

Student Accessibility Support Center Statement

If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact the Student Accessibility Support Center, Stony Brook Union Suite 107, (631) 632-6748, or at sasc@stonybrook.edu. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

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