By Friedrich L. Bauer
In modern largely stressed out global, cryptology is essential for guarding verbal exchange channels, databases, and software program from intruders. elevated processing and communications pace, swiftly broadening entry and multiplying garage capability are inclined to make structures much less safe through the years, and protection turns into a race opposed to the relentless creativity of the unscrupulous. The revised and prolonged 3rd variation of this vintage reference paintings on cryptology deals a wealth of latest technical and biographical info. The ebook presupposes simply hassle-free mathematical wisdom. Spiced with fascinating, fun, and occasionally own debts from the heritage of cryptology, it's going to curiosity common a extensive readership.
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7 Classiﬁcation of Cryptographic Methods 25 sition. These are the two basic elements of cryptography proper. We shall introduce them in the next chapter. Steganography also reveals an important maxim: natural language—spoken, written, or in gestures—has its own particular rules, and it is even harder to imitate them (as in steganography) than to suppress them (as in cryptography). Linguistic steganography is therefore treated with caution by pure cryptographers; it is a censor’s job to combat it.
The terminological boundary between ‘cipher’, ‘encipher’, ‘decipher’ and ‘code’, ‘encode’, ‘decode’ is fuzzy and essentially determined by historical usage (see also Sect. 4). The terms ‘cipher’ and ‘code’, and more generally ‘crypt’, are also used for the elements of W (mi ) . 1 An encryption X = [χi1 , χi2 , χi3 , . . ] , ﬁnitely generated by M , is called monoalphabetic if it comprises or uses a single encryption step (‘alphabet’). Otherwise it is called polyalphabetic. If M is a singleton (θ = 1) , then every encryption generated by means of M is monoalphabetic.
Speaking of homophones and variants (also optional substitutes, multiple substitutes) and of nulls (also dummies, French nonvaleurs, German Blender, Blindsignale, Trugchiﬀren), usually those of the encryption step are meant. If the cryptotext character set of the encryption step contains words of diﬀerent length, the encryption step is called “straddling” (German gespreizt). A generated encryption is not necessarily injective, even if the generating encryption steps are: 6 Every x ∈ V ∗ is taken to be suitably ﬁlled up by meaningless symbols.