Designs, Codes and Cryptography

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 147–171

The Diffie–Hellman Protocol

  • Ueli M. Maurer
  • Stefan Wolf

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008302122286

Cite this article as:
Maurer, U.M. & Wolf, S. Designs, Codes and Cryptography (2000) 19: 147. doi:10.1023/A:1008302122286


The 1976 seminal paper of Diffie and Hellman is a landmark in the history of cryptography. They introduced the fundamental concepts of a trapdoor one-way function, a public-key cryptosystem, and a digital signature scheme. Moreover, they presented a protocol, the so-called Diffie–Hellman protocol, allowing two parties who share no secret information initially, to generate a mutual secret key. This paper summarizes the present knowledge on the security of this protocol.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ueli M. Maurer
    • 1
  • Stefan Wolf
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich)ZürichSwitzerland

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