one-way function

<cryptography, mathematics> A function which is easy to compute but whose inverse is very difficult to compute. Such functions have important applications in cryptography, specifically in public-key cryptography.

See also: trapdoor function.

Last updated: 2001-05-10

Try this search on Wikipedia, OneLook, Google

Nearby terms:

ones complement « One-Time Password « One Time Programmable Read-Only Memory « one-way function » one-way hash function » on-line » On-Line Analytical Processing