Comparative Analysis of Public-Key Encryption Schemes

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Author(s) Alese, B. K.| Philemon E. D. | Falaki, S. O.
Pages 1552-1568
Volume 2
Issue 9
Date September, 2012
Keywords Security, Elliptic, Curve, RSA, Crptosystem


The introduction of public-key cryptography by Diffie and Hellman in 1976 was an important watershed in the history of cryptography. The work sparked off interest in the cryptographic research community and soon several public-key schemes were proposed and implemented. The Rivest, Shamir and Adleman (RSA), being the first realisation of this abstract model, is the most widely used public-key scheme today. However, increased processing power and availability of cheaper processing technology occasioned by the exponential growth in digital technology has generated some security concerns, necessitating the review of security parameters for enhanced security. Enhanced processing power requirement does not favour the present class of ubiquitous mobile devices that are characterised by low power consumption, limited memory and bandwidth as they may not be able to run this cryptographic algorithm due to computational burden associated with long key lengths. And since future increase in key lengths looks likely given the current technological developments, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) has been proposed as an alternative cryptosystem because it satisfies both security requirements and efficiency with shorter key lengths. This research work focuses on the comparative analysis of RSA Encryption algorithm, ElGamal Elliptic Curve Encryption algorithm and Menezes-Vanstone Elliptic Curve Encryption algorithm. These elliptic curve analogues of ElGamal Encryption scheme were implemented in Java, using classes from the Flexiprovider library of ECC. The RSA algorithm used in the comparison is the Flexiprovider implementation. Performance evaluation on the three algorithms based on the time lapse for their Key generation, encryption and decryption algorithms, and encrypted data size was carried out and compared. The results show that our elliptic curve-based implementations are more superior to the RSA algorithm on all comparative parameters.

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