Diffie Hellman Key exchange using Elliptic Curve Cryptography

by Abhijit Sinha

Diffie–Hellman key exchange (DH) is a method of securely exchanging cryptographic keys over a public channel and was one of the first public-key protocols as originally conceptualized by Ralph Merkle and named after Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman. DH is one of the earliest practical examples of public key exchange implemented within the field of cryptography.

In this post we would first explain how a Diffie Hellman key exchange works. Then we would dive deeper into the details of elliptic curves and its properties. Finally we would show how Elliptic Curves can be used for efficient key exchange.