While there are several good books on cryptography by now (see below),
none of them covers the material precisely in the manner/order that I
will present it. The closest are the following excellent books:
- Introduction to
Cryptography, by Jonathan Katz and Yehuda Lindell. This book is
more introductory, and I recommend that you purchase this book.
Course in Applied Cryptography, by Dan Boneh and Victor Shoup (book
There is the latest
file at the bottom of the page. It requires secure access. The user
name is crypto. I will tell the password in class. This book
is more advanced.
Additionally, your other main reference should be the up-to-date
While the above notes will only include the up-to-date material, they
are modified versions of the
So feel free to consult these older noted to see what we will likely
cover next. Here are some other resources you might find
useful. Please consult me for further recommendation.
- Mihir Bellare and Shafi Golwasser, Lecture Notes on
very good set of notes. The quality is not uniform, though. Some
important topics are covered in too much detail, the others are almost
ignored. Still, I recommend this to supplement the notes above.
- O. Goldreich,
of Cryptography. This is a wonderful site intended for a more serious
reader. It contains a lof of useful information treated in a rigorous
and formal manner. In particular, it points to a three-volume book on
of Cryptography''. The first two volumes are already out, and I
recommend on buying them (from Cambridge University Press) if you are
seriously interested in cryptography. However, this book is a bit
dense for the level of this class.
- A. Menezes, P. Van Oorschot and S. Vanstone,
Handbook of applied
Cryptography (Free Electronically!). This book is quite
complete, and focuses more on applications. Again, very useful if you
are seriously into cryptography, but might overwhelm you.
- Serge Vaudenay, A
Classical Introduction to Cryptography. Preety good modern book. More
geared towards practical applications, lacking some theory.
- Wenbo Mao,
Cryptography: Theory and Practice. More geared towards public-key
cryptography, very little symmetric-key cryptography. Relatively
modern treatment, but informal at times.
- H. Delfs and H. Knebl,
to Cryptography. Not bad, but also non-uniform, and the order of
topics is not ideal.
- D. Stinson,
Theory and Practice (third edition). Some good stuff of early
cryptography and information-theoretic authentication, but other
treatment is not very modern.
- B. Schneier,
(second edition). Very useful referece for practical
cryptography. Great summary of (by then) current algorithms and
standards. Not a good first textbook though.
- W. Stallings,
and Network Security
(third edition). Good mix of theory and
practice, not ideal for this course though.
Sometimes I might point you to various on-line lecture notes, or
possibly hand out alternative lecture notes in class (e.g., when we
study Number Theory). These will be listed in the
section on the class web site.
Last modified: September 2, 2008