CSE 207B, Fall 2023
Homework 8: Stereotyped RSA padding

The Pretty Bad Privacy encryption tool can be used to insecurely encrypt files to a 2048-bit RSA public key using 256-bit AES.

The pdf file for your next homework assignment has been encrypted using PBP with the following RSA public key

The encrypted file is available here. Your task is to break the RSA-encrypted AES session key and use it to decrypt the homework file. Fortunately for you, PBP uses PKCS#1v1.5 signature padding for encryption.

You will want to use Coppersmith's method to recover the key. You can find concrete examples in the lecture slides from class and a bit more detail in this survey.

Write your solution using Sage (in Python). The Sage 9.x code used to encrypt the homework is here. Sage's documentation for LLL lattice basis reduction is here and documentation on polynomial construction and root-finding is here.

You may discuss this assignment in small groups with classmates, but please code and write up your solutions yourself. Please credit any collaborators you discussed with and any references you used.

Submission requirements and autograder

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Additional resources

For reference, we give some excerpts from the OpenPBP RFC, inspired by the OpenPGP RFC and the relevant section of the PKCS#1 RFC.

5.1.  Public-Key Encrypted Messages

The body of the message consists of a string of octets that is the
encrypted session key, followed by the symmetrically encrypted data.

     - multiprecision integer (MPI) of RSA encrypted value m**e mod n.

     - Encrypted data, the output of the AES symmetric-key cipher
       operating in CBC mode, with PKCS 7 padding.

   The session key is encoded as described in PKCS#1 block encoding
   EME-PKCS1-v1_5 in Section 8.1 to form the "m" value
   used in the formulas above.

8.1 Encryption-block formatting

   A block type BT, a padding string PS, and the data D shall be
   formatted into an octet string EB, the encryption block.

              EB = 00 || BT || PS || 00 || D .           (1)

   The block type BT shall be a single octet indicating the structure of
   the encryption block. For this version of the document it shall have
   value 00, 01, or 02. For a private- key operation, the block type
   shall be 00 or 01. For a public-key operation, it shall be 02.

   The padding string PS shall consist of k-3-||D|| octets. For block
   type 00, the octets shall have value 00; for block type 01, they
   shall have value FF; and for block type 02, they shall be
   pseudorandomly generated and nonzero. This makes the length of the
   encryption block EB equal to k.