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A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public Key Cryptosystems
Ronald L. Rivest, Adi Shamir, & Len Adleman — Published September 1977
In New Directions in Cryptography, Diffie & Hellman proposed a theoretical construction of public-key cryptography (PKC).
In A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public Key Cryptosystems, Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman provided the first practical implementation of PKC — and introduced us to Alice and Bob.
Diffie would later call the RSA system the single most spectacular contribution to public-key cryptography.
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