Comparative Study of Cryptographic Algorithms

Authors: Mohanad Abdulhamid, Nyagathu Gichuki
Affiliation: AL-Hikma University, Iraq; University of Nairobi, Kenya


Keywords: Cryptographic algorithms; RSA; DES
ABSTRACT. This paper presents a comparative study of two cryptosystems, Data Encryption Standard (DES) and the Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) schemes. DES is a symmetric (or private) key cipher. This means that the same key is used for encryption and decryption. RSA, on the other hand, is an asymmetric (or public) key cipher, meaning that two keys are used, one for encryption and the other for decryption. The objective of this paper is to implement these two schemes in software. The program is written in the Java™ language. It generates a key from a passphrase given by the user, encrypts and decrypts a message using the same key, for the case of DES. In RSA, decryption is done by computing the decryption key from the encryption key. Finally, the program returns the time taken to encrypt and decrypt a message.


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