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Applied Cryptography : Protocols,…

Applied Cryptography : Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C

by Bruce Schneier

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I wonder how many people remember the first release of Applied Cryptography, and all the hoops you had to jump through (to prove US Citizenship and residency) just to get the floppy disk with the source code. It was so amazing to watch the efforts to scan the pages to retrieve the source code, and share it, outside the US. In some cases, copies of the floppy disk may have found their way to others unable to see either the digital scans, or to acquire their own floppy.

Bruce graduated to the rarefied company occupied by others such as Phil Zimmerman, risking professional ruin, and imprisonment, by publishing this. I have the second edition as well, but this copy is one of my most prized possessions.

I should also point out that (assuming some basic math background, without which you aren't going to understand crypto anyway) this is an excellent resource on most of the popular algorithms of the day, and still useful to understand how it all works. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Jan 15, 2018 |
Really excellent. On par with any classic manual of computer science. ( )
  wweisser | Jul 6, 2013 |
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  Farella | Jan 15, 2013 |
I read this book back in 1998, and it was the first serious cryptography book I'd read.

It's the classic reference book, and it covers a lot of ground.

It's over 15 years old now, so it's missing some of the recent algorithms and techniques. Notable omissions include 128-bit blocksize block ciphers like AES, Twofish and Serpent; and elliptic curve cryptography that's often used on mobile devices. ( )
  Pondlife | Apr 16, 2012 |
The go-to book on cryptography for programmers. ( )
  mcandre | Jul 6, 2010 |
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Cryptographic techniques have applications far beyond the obvious uses of encoding and decoding information. For Internet developers who need to know about capabilities, such as digital signatures, that depend on cryptographic techniques, there's no better overview than Applied Cryptography, the definitive book on the subject. Bruce Schneier covers general classes of cryptographic protocols and then specific techniques, detailing the inner workings of real-world cryptographic algorithms including the Data Encryption Standard and RSA public-key cryptosystems. The book includes source-code listings and extensive advice on the practical aspects of cryptography implementation, such as the importance of generating truly random numbers and of keeping keys secure.

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". . .the best introduction to cryptography I've ever seen. . . .The book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published. . . ." -Wired Magazine ". . .monumental . . . fascinating . . . comprehensive . . . the definitive work on cryptography for computer programmers . . ." -Dr. Dobb's Journal ". . .easily ranks as one of the most authoritative in its field." -PC Magazine ". . .the bible of code hackers." -The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog This new edition of the cryptography classic provides you with a comprehensive survey of modern cryptography. The book details how programmers and electronic communications professionals can use cryptography-the technique of enciphering and deciphering messages-to maintain the privacy of computer data. It describes dozens of cryptography algorithms, gives practical advice on how to implement them into cryptographic software, and shows how they can be used to solve security problems. Covering the latest developments in practical cryptographic techniques, this new edition shows programmers who design computer applications, networks, and storage systems how they can build security into their software and systems. What's new in the Second Edition? * New information on the Clipper Chip, including ways to defeat the key escrow mechanism * New encryption algorithms, including algorithms from the former Soviet Union and South Africa, and the RC4 stream cipher * The latest protocols for digital signatures, authentication, secure elections, digital cash, and more * More detailed information on key management and cryptographic implementations… (more)

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