

Description
This course is an introduction to the basic theory and
practice of cryptographic techniques used in computer
security. We will cover topics such as encryption
(secretkey and publickey), digital signatures, secure
authentication, electronic commerce (anonymous cash,
micropayments), key management, cryptographic hashing, Internet voting
systems, and a bit of zeroknowledge protocols.
Prerequisites
The course requires a basic understanding of
probability theory. Some knowledge of modular arithmetic
will be helpful but not required. The course is intended
for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.
Textbook Information
We will be using two books:
 Cryptography Theory and Practice by D.
Stinson.
 Cryptography and Network Security, Second edition, by
William Stallings.
 Optional: Applied cryptography by B. Schneier.
 Optional: Handbook of Applied Cryptography by A. Menezes,
P. Van Oorscho, S. Vanstone. Free!
and research papers handed out in class.
Sections
 There will be four sections given by the TA's during the
quarter.
 Sections will be held at Gates B01 from 4:15  5:30 (live on channel
E3)
on the following dates:
 January 25th,
 February 8th,
 February 22nd, (5:45pm7:00pm, Gates B03)
 March 8th.
 Attendance at the sections is optional.
Homework Assignments
 There will be three written
homework assignments and two programming project.
 You may collaborate when solving the written
assignments, however when writing up the
solutions you must do so on your own.
 Both programming projects can be done in pairs.
 You must hand in all three homework assignments
and the two programming projects.
 Some of the assignments will contain extra credit
questions. You must solve extra credit questions
on your own.
 Homework assignments will be graded on a scale of
0 to 10.
 Assignments should be handed in on the due date.
Exams
There will be a final exam. No midterm exam.
Grading
Final placement in the class will be determined by the following formula:
0.4 H + 0.3 P + 0.3 F
 H is your average score on the three
written homework assignments.
 P is your average grade on the two programming
projects.
 F is your final exam score.
