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CRYPTOGRAPHY – HACKERS AND
VIRUSES
OUTLINE
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Cryptography
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Public key systems
RSA algorithm
Why RSA algorithm is effective
RSA algorithm example
Hackers and Viruses
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Virus detection
Exploiting the difference between the worst case and
the average case
INTRODUCTION
Cryptography is the science of writing in secret
code and is an ancient art.
 Modern
techniques for encoding sensitive
financial information have enabled the explosion
of electronic commerce.
 Before computers, any useful cryptographic
scheme was necessarily computationally trivial.
 It had to be because both senders and receivers
implemented their algorithms by hand.
 With the advent of computers, things changed.
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INTRODUCTION
In all the simplest cryptographic systems, the
algorithms that will be used for both encryption
and decryption are fixed and known to everyone.
 But those algorithms take two inputs, the text to
be encoded or decoded and a key.
 In a symmetric key system, sender and receiver
use the same key.
 No message can be sent unless there has been
some prior agreement on a key.
 Even if there has been such an agreement, if the
same key is used over an extended period of time,
an eavesdropper may be able to infer the key and
break the code.
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PUBLIC KEY SYSTEMS
In order to change keys, there must be some way
to transmit new keys between senders and
receivers.
 Public key systems was first introduced in 1970s.
 The most widely used public key system is the
RSA algorithm.
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RSA ALGORITHM
RSA algorithm[ Rivest , Shamir and Adleman] in
1978.
 We assume that Bob and Alice wish to exchange
secure messages and that Eve is attempting to
eavesdrop.
 We’ll call the original(unencrypted text) as
plaintext and the encrypted text as ciphertext.
 The most general way to describe RSA is as
follows
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RSA ALGORITHM
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Assume that Alice wants to send a message to
Bob. Then
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2.
3.
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Bob chooses a key, private, known only to him. Bob
exploits a function f to compute his public key,
public = f(private).
Bob publishes public
Alice exploits Bob’s public key to compute
ciphertext= encrypt(plaintext, public) and she sends
ciphertext to Bob.
Bob exploits his private key to compute
plaintext= decrypt(ciphertext, private). In order for
this last step to work, encrypt and decrypt must be
designed so that one is the inverse of the other.
RSA ALGORITHM
If there exist efficient algorithm for performing
all four of the steps, then Bob and Alice will be
able to exchange messages.
 We assume that Eve knows the algorithm encrypt
and decrypt . So she could easily eavesdrop if she
could infer Bob’s private key from his public one
or if she could compute decrypt without knowing
Bob’s private key.
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RSA ALGORITHM
Alice uses the RSA algorithm to send a message to
Bob as follows.
1. Bob constructs his public and private keys.
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Bob chooses two large prime numbers p and q.
From them, he computes n=p.q
Bob, finds a value e such that 1 < e < p.q and
gcd(e.(p-1)(q-1))=1. (in other words, he finds an e
such that e and (p-1).(q-1) are relatively prime)
Bob computes a value d such that d.e(mod(p-1).(q1))= 1. In RSA terminology, this value d, rather
than the original numbers p and q, is referred to as
Bob’s private key.
Bob publishes (n,e) as his public key
RSA ALGORITHM
3.
4.
Alice breaks her message plaintext into
segments such that no segment corresponds to a
binary number that is larger than n. Then, for
each plaintext segment, Alice computes
ciphertext = plaintexte(mod n). Then she sends
ciphertext to Bob.
Bob recreates Alice’s original message by
computing plaintext = ciphertextd(mod n).
RSA ALGORITHM
RSA ALGORITHM EXAMPLE
We can illustrate the RSA algorithm with a simple
message from Alice to Bob.
1. Bob is expecting to receive messages. So he
constructs his keys as follows:
1.
2.
3.
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He chooses two prime numbers, p=19 and q=31. He
computes n=p*q=589
He finds an e that has no common divisors with
18*30=540. The e he selects is 49
He finds a value d =1069. Notice that 1069*49
=52381. Bob needs to assure that the remainder,
when 52381 is divided by 540, is 1. And it is
:52381=540*97+1. Bob’s private key is now 1069.
Bob publishes (589,49) as his public key
RSA ALGORITHM EXAMPLE
Alice wishes to send the simple message “A”.
The ASCII code for A is 65. So Alice computes
6549(mod589). She does without actually
computing 6549. Instead, she exploits the
following two facts:
ni+j=ni*nj
(n*m)(mod k) =(n(mod k)*m(mod k))(mod k)
Combining these, we have:
ni+j(mod k) = (ni(mod k)*nj(mod k))(mod k)
3.
RSA ALGORITHM EXAMPLE
So, to compute 6549,first observe that 49 can be
expressed in binary as 110001. So 49 = 1+16+32
Thus 6549 = 651+16+32. The following table lists the
required powers 65:
651(mod589)=65
652(mod589)=4225(mod589)=102
654(mod589)=1022(mod589)=10404(mod589)=391
658(mod589)=3912(mod589)=152881(mod589)=330
6516(mod589)=3302(mod589)=108900(mod589)=524
6532(mod589)=5242(mod589)=274576(mod589)=102
RSA ALGORITHM EXAMPLE
So we have:6549(mod589)
= 651+16+32(mod589).
=(651*6516*6532)(mod589)
=((651(mod589))*(6516(mod589))*(6532(mod589)))(mod58
9)
=(65*524*102)(mod589)
=((34060(mod589))*102)(mod589)
=(487*102)(mod589)
=198
Alice sends Bob the message 198.
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Bob uses his private key(1069) to recreate Alice’s
message by computing 1981069(mod589). Using the
same process Alice used, he does this efficiently and
retrieves the message 65.
RSA IS EFFECTIVE
The function encrypt and decrypt are inverse of
each other and it is proved using euler’s
generalization of Fermat’s Little theorem.
 Bob can choose primes efficiently using the
following algorithm.
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Randomly choose two large numbers as candidates
 Check the candidates to see if they are prime. This
can be done efficiently using a randomized algorithm.
 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until two primes have been
chosen.
 So, for example suppose Bob wants to choose a 1000
bit number. The probability of a randomly chosen
number near 21000 being prime is about 1/693.
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RSA IS EFFECTIVE
Bob can check gcd efficiently using euler’s
theorem, so he can compute e.
 Bob can compute d efficiently, using an extension
of euclid’s algorithm that exploits the quotients
that it produces at each step.
 Alice can implement encrypt efficiently. It is not
necessary to compute plaintext and then take its
remainder mod n.
 Similarly Bob can implement decrypt efficiently.
 Eve can’t recreate plaintext because
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She can’t simply invert encrypt and she can’t try
every candidate plaintext and see is she gets one that
produces ciphertext.
HACKERS AND VIRUSES
In this, we discuss the other network security
issues ie., virus detection . We’ll see that the
undecidability proves that the definite virus
detector cannot exist.
 The second involves the difference between the
average case and the worst case time complexity
of some important algorithms. This difference
may allow hackers to launch denial of service
attacks and to observe “secret” behavior of
remote hosts.
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VIRUS DETECTION
Given a known computer virus V, consider the
problem of detecting an infection by V.
 The most straightforward approach to solving
this problem is just to scan incoming messages by
<V>.
 But virus can easily evade this technique by
altering their text in ways that have no effect on
computation that V performs.
 For example, source code could be modified to
add blanks in meaningless places or to add
leading 0’s to numbers.
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VIRUS DETECTION
Executable code could be modified by adding
jump instructions to the next instruction.
 So the practical virus detection problem can be
stated as “Given a known virus V and an input
message M”, does M contain the text of a
program that computes the same thing V
computes?
 We know the equivalence question is undecidable
for turing machines, using that the equivalence
question for arbitrary programs is also
undecidable.
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VIRUS DETECTION
So, we can’t solve the virus problem by making a
list of known viruses and comparing new code to
them.
 Suppose that, instead of making a list of
forbidden operations, we allowed users to define
a “white list” of the operations that are to be
allowed to be run on their machines.
 Then the job of a virus filter is to compare
incoming code to the operations on the white list.
 Any code that is equivalent to some allowed
operation can be declared safe. But now we have
EXACTLY THE SAME PROBLEM. No test for
equivalence exists.
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EXPLOITING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE WORST CASE AND THE AVERAGE CASE
Some widely used algorithms have the property
that their worst case time complexity is
significantly different than their average case
time complexity. For example:
 Looking up an entry in a hash table may take, on
average, constant time. But if all the entries
collide and hash to the same table location, the
time required becomes O(n) where n is the
number of entries in the table.
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EXPLOITING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE WORST CASE AND THE AVERAGE CASE
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Looking up an entry in a binary search tree may
take, on average O(logn) time. But the tree may
become unbalanced. In the worst case, it becomes
a list and lookup time again becomes O(n).
EXPLOITING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE WORST CASE AND THE AVERAGE CASE
HACKERS
Hackers can exploit these facts
 One way to launch a denial of service attack against a
target site S is tend to S a series of messages/requests
that has been crafted so that S will exhibit its worst
case performance. If S was designed so that it could
adequately respond to its traffic in the average case,
it will no longer be able to do so.
 One way to get a peek inside a site S and observe
properties that were not intended to be observable is
to time it. For example, it is sometimes possible to
observe the time required by S to perform decryption
or password checking and so to infer its private key or
a stored password
REFERENCES
Automata, Computability, and Complexity|
Theory and Applications [book] by Elaine Rich.
 http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~ear/cs341/automatabo
ok/appcsecurity_link.html?http://www.cs.rice.edu/
~scrosby/hash
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