Cryptography: Theory and Practice, Second Edition
||Author: Douglas Stinson|
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Publisher: Chapman & Hall (27 February, 2002)
Sales Rank: 124,203
Average Customer Rating: 3.56 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Very good book! I have really enjoyed it!
The philosophy underlying the previous edition stays the same. The presentation of concepts is rigorous but neither difficult nor trivial, suitable for readers with basic notions of linear algebra. Moreover, new material has been added.
Chapter 3, which deals with block ciphers and linear and differential cryptoanalysis, is very well-written. This is the best presentation of such a subject in few pages I have seen until now.
Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7 have been significantly updated and expanded with concepts and techniques that are fundamental in order to understand current researches and state of knowledge in Cryptography (e.g., random oracle model, semantic security, new attacks against public key cryptosystems, an in-depth introduction to elliptic curve ...).
Compared to the previous edition, more emphasys has been given in some parts to security proofs (e.g, chapter 4), and several new exercises have been proposed at the end of each chapter.
Other readers have pointed out that there are some typos (the author has made available an errata list on his home page) but I think that the value of the book is not reduced in any way.
In my opinion it is a great book for people who want to be introduced to problems, ideas, and techniques used in Cryptography.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Second edition is disappointing.
There is almost no difference between the first and second
edition, regarding important security protocols. Mostly, key
agreement protocol chapter is deleted (We have to wait
for a second volume for this. But we don't know when the
second volume will come out to the market-maybe 10 years from
now...). Too many errors in the book. Too disappointed...
Rating: 2 out of 5
some really good sections but...
** Covers all the essential areas (except random numbers).
** This edition has alot of errors (typos mostly).
** For a compsci guys the math is probably very detailed but for me (as a mathematician) I think he takes too much for granted.
** Better than Schnier on cryptanalysis and attack mentality.
** The section on linear cryptanalysis took along time to understand though, and the break came when I downloaded additional tutorials from the internet.
** Very good section on AES.
** The algorithm descriptions (in pseudocode) are terrible to read, they are next to unreadable actually. He uses unnecessary indices, and the code is often thrown right in your face without explaination.
** The book is way too expensive, so at the end of the day I suggest students should be downloading the free e-book "Handbook of Applied Cryptography" instead... but if you work for a company with alot of money... this book is still pretty good.
· Handbook of Applied Cryptography
· Cryptography and Network Security: Principles and Practice (3rd Edition)
· Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World
· Computer Security: Art and Science
· Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition