Cryptography: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition

4th Edition

Douglas Robert Stinson, Maura Paterson

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published September 11, 2018
Textbook - 580 Pages - 1 Color & 45 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138197015 - CAT# K31232
Series: Textbooks in Mathematics

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    • New chapter on the exciting, emerging new area of post-quantum cryptography (Chapter 9).
    • New high-level, nontechnical overview of the goals and tools of cryptography (Chapter 1).
    • New mathematical appendix that summarizes definitions and main results on number theory and algebra (Appendix A).
    • An expanded treatment of stream ciphers, including common design techniques along with coverage of Trivium.
    • Interesting attacks on cryptosystems, including:
      • padding oracle attack
      • correlation attacks and algebraic attacks on stream ciphers
      • attack on the DUAL-EC random bit generator that makes use of a trapdoor.

    • A treatment of the sponge construction for hash functions and its use in the new SHA-3 hash standard.
    • Methods of key distribution in sensor networks.
    • The basics of visual cryptography, allowing a secure method to split a secret visual message into pieces (shares) that can later be combined to reconstruct the secret.
    • The fundamental techniques cryptocurrencies, as used in Bitcoin and blockchain.
    • The basics of the new methods employed in messaging protocols such as Signal, including deniability and Diffie-Hellman key ratcheting.



Through three editions, Cryptography: Theory and Practice, has been embraced by instructors and students alike. It offers a comprehensive primer for the subject’s fundamentals while presenting the most current advances in cryptography.

The authors offer comprehensive, in-depth treatment of the methods and protocols that are vital to safeguarding the seemingly infinite and increasing amount of information circulating around the world.


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