LCS Publication Details
Publication Title: A METHOD FOR OBTAINING DIGITAL SIGNATURES AND PUBLIC-KEY CRYPTOSYSTEMS
Publication Author: Rivest, Ronald
Additional Authors: Shamir, Adi and Adelman, Len M.
LCS Document Number: MIT-LCS-TM-082
Publication Date: 4-1-1977
LCS Group: No Group Specified
Additional URL: No URL Given
Abstract:
We present an encryption method with the novel property that publicly revealing an encryption key does not thereby reveal the corresponding decryption key. This has two important consequences: (1) Couriers can or other secure means are not needed to transmit keys, since a message can be enciphered using an encryption key publicly revealed by the intended recipient. Only he can decipher the message, since only he knows the corresponding decryption key.
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