The final results of the exam can be downloaded here.

The preliminary results of the 2nd exam can be downloaded here. The review will take place next Tuesday (August 15) at 11am in our seminar room (36-438).


On Tuesdays at 10:00 - 11:30 in 13-222


See below


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schmitt
M.Sc. Carolina Nogueira
M.Sc. Matthias Schäfer
M.Sc. Paul Nikolaus
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Course Overview

This course gives an introduction to secure communication in computer networks. Topics covered in this lecture include:

  • history of secure communication
  • symmetric cryptography: DES, 3DES, AES
  • asymmetric cryptography: RSA, Diffie-Hellman, El Gamal
  • hash functions: SHA1, MD5
  • cryptographic protocols: Secret Sharing, Needham-Schroeder, Kerberos, X.509
  • other security relevant topics: random number generation, birthday problem


The slides are accessible only from within the university network (131.246.*). Please use SSH or VPN for remote access.

Chapter Title Slides
0 Organization PDF
1 Introduction PDF
2 Symmetric Cryptography PDFa      PDFb
3 Asymmetric Cryptography PDFa      PDFb
4 Modification Detection Codes PDF
5 Cryptographic Protocols PDFa      PDFb      PDFc     PDFd


  • The nice and comprehensive Handbook of Applied Cryptography by Menezes, van Oorschot and Vanstone is available online for free and can be found here.
  • An extra course about cryptography can be found here.
  • A illustrative video about the discrete logarithm problem.
  • ECC Visualization (java)



Mode: Every two weeks
Start: 16.-18. November
Place: 36-438
Registration:          is closed

The exercise sheets are accessible only from within the university network (131.246.*). Please use SSH or VPN for remote access.

Published Covered Topics Download
11.11.2016 Introduction, Symmetric Cryptography PDF
25.11.2016 DES, Differential Cryptanalysis, Modes of Operation PDF Supplement
12.12.2016 Chinese Remainder Theorem, RSA, Diffie-Helman PDF
09.01.2017 ElGamal, Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Cryptographic Hash Functions PDF
27.01.2017 Criptographic Protocols for Entity Authentication, Secret Sharing, Bit Commitment, Fair Coin Tossing PDF




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