Paper 2023/715

Research Philosophy of Modern Cryptography

Fuchun Guo
Willy Susilo
Xiaofeng Chen
Peng Jiang
Jianchang Lai
Zhen Zhao

Proposing novel cryptography schemes (e.g., encryption, signatures, and protocols) is one of the main research goals in modern cryptography. In this paper, based on more than 800 research papers since 1976 that we have surveyed, we introduce the research philosophy of cryptography behind these papers. We use ``benefits" and ``novelty" as the keywords to introduce the research philosophy of proposing new schemes, assuming that there is already one scheme proposed for a cryptography notion. Next, we introduce how benefits were explored in the literature and we have categorized the methodology into 3 ways for benefits, 6 types of benefits, and 17 benefit areas. As examples, we introduce 40 research strategies within these benefit areas that were invented in the literature. The introduced research strategies have covered most cryptography schemes published in top-tier cryptography conferences.

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Public-key cryptography
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Modern CryptographyResearch PhilosophyResearch Strategy
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fuchun @ uow edu au
wsusilo @ uow edu au
xfchen @ xidian edu cn
pengjiang @ bit edu cn
jclai @ seu edu cn
zzhen @ xidian edu cn
2023-05-22: approved
2023-05-18: received
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      author = {Fuchun Guo and Willy Susilo and Xiaofeng Chen and Peng Jiang and Jianchang Lai and Zhen Zhao},
      title = {Research Philosophy of Modern Cryptography},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2023/715},
      year = {2023},
      note = {\url{}},
      url = {}
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