Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Modern Cryptography (INFR11131)
Course Outline
School  School of Informatics 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  Cryptography is the formal study of the notion of security in information systems. The course will offer an introduction to modern cryptography focusing on models and proofs of security for various basic cryptographic primitives and protocols. Cryptographic proofs are conditional on assumptions that fall in two categories: "system assumptions" such as the faithful execution of code, or the availability of private randomness and "computational assumptions". The latter are related to the computational complexity of various problems (including factoring large numbers and others). Students will learn to model security problems and prove them secure under precisely formulated system and computational assumptions. 
Course description 
The course is divided in two parts: Private Key and Public Key.
Topics covered in the Private Key part are: classical ciphers (Caesar, Vigenere), onetime pad and perfect secrecy, computational secrecy, pseudorandom functions and permutations, CPA security, CCA security and proofs by reduction. The following topics are also briefly discussed: block ciphers, modes of operation, message integrity, hash functions and MACs.
In the Public Key part we cover: hard computational problems such as factoring and discrete log, the DiffieHellman key exchange protocol, ElGamal and digital signatures. Other topics that may also be discussed (depending on time) are: zeroknowledge proofs, Schnorr Identification, commitment schemes and oblivious transfer protocols. A tentative outline of the material is given below.
Part 1: Private Key
 Classical ciphers: Shift cipher, Vigenere
 Perfect secrecy
 Onetime pad (OTP)
 Computational secrecy
 Pseudorandom generators (PRG)
 PseudoOTP
 Security against chosenplaintext attacks (CPA)
 Pseudorandom functions / permutations (PRF / PRP)
 CPAsecure encryption using PRF/PRP: block ciphers
 Modes of operation: block ciphers, stream ciphers
 Malleability
 Security against chosenciphertext attacks (CCA)
 Paddingoracle attacks: nonCCA secure schemes
 Secrecy vs. integrity: message authentication codes (MAC)
 Hash functions
Part 2: Public Key
 Digital Signatures
 Trapdoor OneWay functions
 Random oracles
 Cyclic groups
 The discrete logarithm/DiffieHellman assumptions
 Key exchange and the DiffieHellman protocol
 Public Key Encryption
 Security against chosenplaintext attacks
 ElGamal Encryption
 ZeroKnowledge proofs
 The Schnorr identification scheme

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Computer Security (INFR10067) AND
Algorithms and Data Structures (INFR10052)

Corequisites  
Prohibited Combinations  Students MUST NOT also be taking
Introduction to Modern Cryptography (UG) (INFR11221)

Other requirements  MSc students must register for this course, while Undergraduate students must register for INFR11221 instead.
This course has the following prerequisites:
1 Computer security: familiarity with basic concepts such as public and privatekey encryption, onetime pad, PRG, AES, RSA
2 Probability: random variables, independence, Bayes' theorem, statistical distance, union bound
3 Algorithms: asymptotics and bigO notation
4 Mathematical maturity and being comfortable with reading and constructing mathematical proofs 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  As above. 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 18,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
76 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
70 %,
Coursework
30 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
70% Exam
30% Coursework 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)  Introduction to Modern Cryptography (INFR11131)  2:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 apply basic number theory, group theory and discrete probability to analyse cryptographic algorithms
 understand the notions of pseudorandom functions/generators and their connection with encryption schemes
 develop the ability to model security problems and to write security proofs
 understand fundamental cryptographic primitives including Key Exchange, Digital Signatures, Oblivious Transfer, PublicKey Encryption, Commitment, and critique or prove the security of candidate cryptographic schemes that are supposed to realize the above primitives
 understand basic computational problems that are important for cryptography such as the factoring problem, the RSA problem, the discretelogarithm problem, and develop the ability to reduce the security of cryptographic schemes to computational problems

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Keywords  Cryptography,Security 
Contacts
Course organiser  Mr Michele Ciampi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5661
Email: michele.ciampi@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Yesica Marco Azorin
Tel: (0131 6)505113
Email: ymarcoa@ed.ac.uk 

