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The discrete logarithm problem is the basic ingredient of many\r\n public-key cryptosystems. It can be stated as follows: Given a\r\n cyclic group (G,?) of order n, a\r\n generator g of G, and another\r\n element h?G, find the unique\r\n integer a?[0,n) such that\r\n h=gˆa. The integer a is called\r\n the discrete logarithm of\r\n h to the base g.\r\n \r\n
There are key agreement protocols, public-key encryption schemes,\r\n and digital signatures employing the discrete logarithm problem.\r\n One example is the Diffie-Hellman key agreement protocol. It allows\r\n two parties, A and B, to agree on a secret key over an insecure\r\n channel. In order to achieve this goal they fix a finite cyclic\r\n group G and a generator g of G. Then A and B\r\n pick random integers a,b respectively and exchange\r\n hA=gˆa\r\n and hB=gˆb. Finally they\r\n compute hBˆa=gˆba\r\n and hAˆb=gˆab, and\r\n since gˆab=gˆba this element\r\n can be used as their secret key.\r\n\r\n
It is clear that solving the underlying discrete logarithm problem\r\n is sufficient for breaking the Diffie-Hellman protocol. For this\r\n reason one has been searching for groups in which the discrete\r\n logarithm problem is considered to be a computationally hard\r\n problem. Among the groups that have been proposed as candidates are\r\n the multiplicative group of a finite field and the group over an\r\n elliptic curve. It should however be pointed out that the\r\n infeasibility of the discrete logarithm problem has not been proved\r\n in any concrete group.
Discrete logarithm based cryptosystems can be generalized in the\r\n framework of semigroup actions (see e.[...]
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The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, invites applications for full-time Lecturer positions starting in 2012. Up to nine positions are available in the Science and Engineering Faculty.
The Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT has an active research group in cryptography, network security, and digital forensics, with a leading national profile and strong international links.
Applicants should have completed (or be under examination for) a PhD and be early career researchers (less than three years in an academic role). Appointee(s) will develop and maintain an active research program, teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise research students, and participate in QUT\\\'s Early Career Academic Development program.