## Comment Re:I'll be first to say WTF (Score 4, Informative) 700 700

Actually, it's unknown whether integer factorization (into primes) is an NP problem. Although a P-time solution to an NP-complete problem class (e.g. 3-SAT) would result in a P-time solution to integer factorization, the converse (polynomial time factorization implying P=NP) isn't known to hold. (And seems unlikely to be the case given the number of complexity classes that would collapse together. (ibid.))

For a long time, it was believed that even just testing an integer for primality might require super-polynomial (equiv. sub-exponential) time, which would have made the problem of just testing a candidate factor for primality not lie in P-time. But Agrawal et al. produced a P-time primality test algorithm in 2002. This result made it less clear that integer factorization into primes was necessarily not P-time. (If it were provable that testing for primality was impossible in P-time then integer factoring is not in P-time, because otherwise an integer could be tested for primality by trying to factor it and this would either return "is prime" (i.e. the trivial factorization n = 1*n) or would return "is composite" (i.e. the nontrivial factorization n = p*q) in polynomial time.) So a P-time primality test made it less clear which time complexity class integer factorization (into primes) lived in.

In spite of this nit-picking, your basic idea is right.