# Tagged Questions

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) is a symmetrical block-cipher algorithm with a 128-bit block size, and key sizes of 128, 192 or 256 bits.

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### Apple encrypted DMG volumes strength?

Apple OS X can create encrypted AES 128/256 DMG volumes. Here is written about a men who was able to hack it. And also that DMGs use PBKDF2-HMAC-SHA-1. I couldn't find more information about encrypted ...
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### Active s-box of 8x8 MDS for AES

one way to enhance the security of AES by increasing the number of active s-boxes .larger MDS matrices are used to increase the number of active s-boxes. using 4x4 MDS matrix generate 25 active s-box ...
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### How to perform AES MixColumns as matrix multiplication in GF(2) (boolean values)?

AES MixColumns is done by multiplying a $4 \times 4$ matrix and a column of the AES state (a vector). Addition and multiplication are done in $\operatorname{GF}(2^8)$. In the paper White-box AES, the ...
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### AES CTR with similar IVs and same key

Let's say there is a piece of software that uses AES CTR to encrypt different messages using the same key but with slightly different IVs. So for example, a 16 byte IV, the 2nd 8 bytes are always ...
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### Applicability of birthday attack to AES brute force

Is the following snippet from a recently published cryptography book correct? EDIT: Expand the snippet from the book to make the context (symmetric key search) more clear. You can apply this to ...
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### ChaCha20 immune to timing attacks

What are the reasons because of which ChaCha20 is immune to timing attacks ? Also why is not AES immune to timing attacks?
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### Does encrypting twice using the same block cipher produce a security weakness?

If I use the output of a cipher, for example a block cipher such as AES and encrypt it again with the same algorithm, I read that this introduces weaknesses into the overall security of the system. ...
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### Is it possible to decrypt cryptowall-encrypted files? [duplicate]

I am writing regarding a certain ransomware program called cryptowall (prop 4.0). I have lost many documents to this, and as it so happens, I have a few file duplicates before and after they were ...
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### PHP AES 256 CBC faster than AES 128 CBC? Or am I doing something wrong?

for last couple of days I'm learning a bit about encrypting data in PHP, as I need a good encryption/decryption function for storing user's passwords in DB. I use ...
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### How to correctly encrypt data with proper authentication using AES-256-CBC in php?

I have been using the openssl function for encrypting data with AES-256-CBC in php. I have been able to encrypt it using an unique IV (by generating with openssl_random_pseudo_bytes)for each new ...
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### Effect of the birthday bound on AES-GCM

What is the effect of the birthday bound on the security of AES-GCM, when a very large number of messages are encrypted? I am looking for attacks that are useful in obtaining information about the ...
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### Plain text size limits for AES-GCM mode just 64GB?

Based on NIST SP 800-38D section 5.2.1.1, it seems that the maximum length of plaintext is 2^39-256 bits ~ 64 GB. We've got 100+GB files in genomics that need to be GCM encrypted so are concerned ...
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### Why was AES limited by NIST to a 128-bit block size, although Rijndael could support more? [duplicate]

Rijndael could support block sizes up to 256 bits; this seems to be useful in AEAD. Wht did NIST restrict AES to a 128-bit block size?
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### Importance of timing attack resistance with AES

I've implemented AES in my library with several variations: a straight C version, a version using x86 SSSE3, and a version using x86 AES-NI. The SSSE3 and AES-NI implementations are constant-time, ...
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### Are there any test vectors for the CMS content type AuthEnvelopedData (for AES-GCM)?

I am looking for CMS AuthEnvelopedData test vectors for AES-GCM mode. I haven’t seen any ready-to-use test vectors for it. There are test vectors for AES-GCM mode but not for its CMS support. I even ...
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### What is the difference between PKCS#5 padding and PKCS#7 padding

One runtime platform provides an API that supplies PKCS#5 padding for block cipher modes such as ECB and CBC. These modes have been defined for the triple DES, AES and Blowfish block ciphers. The ...
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### 128 Bit AES Issue

I'm trying to use the 128bit TI_aes implementation on my 16bit microcontroller and I'm having the weirdest issue. Every input where two bytes within a word are identical two nibbles within a byte ...
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### AES128 Decryption in Objective-C just slightly off

I have been asked to integrate a home-grown CRM system with a 3rd-party data service provider (DSP). The DSP has encrypted the information they are providing. I only have their decryption ...
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### Why is AES-128 considered secure while RSA needs a 1024-bit size to be considered secure [duplicate]

I got asked this question today and I didn't know the answer, AES-128 is considered secure, the key size is 2^128, so you would need in average 2^127 tries to break the key. Why does RSA need at least ...
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### AES Twofish Serpent [duplicate]

AES-Twofish-Serpent how to create this combo encryption? I am using Linux Mint and i want to encrypt few big folders in one folder, but to be hiden.
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### Side channel security of HMAC in software

Assume we have a processor with a symmetric co-processor that supports AES. This processor does however not provide co-processor support for hash algorithms such as SHA-1 or SHA-256. I've got the ...
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### Help with AES decryption with AES-NI Instructions

I am in process of implementing a AES 128 encryption in AVX2 assembly (using AES NI), and am having some problems with decryption logic. I have implemented the encryption sequence without any trouble. ...
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### total effective key length of the AESX-192

If I have a AESX-192 be a block cipher which is similar to DESX but has the DES being replaced by AES and the AES key size is 192 bits. How should I compute the total effective key length of the ...
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### Difference between AES CMAC and AES HMAC?

Can someone elaborate on how 'signing' is done using AES- CMAC and AES-HMAC? HMAC Signing as I understand: Compute the HMAC( Hash the key and the input concatenated in a special way) Verification: ...
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### What information should I send along with an AES ciphertext and is there any standard to do that?

While using some crypto implementations I got to see that many times a comment is added to the ciphertext. For example: ...
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### Are collisions in AES-128 theoretically possible when the plaintext is the same? [duplicate]

Is it theoretically possible to find $P$, $K$, and $K^\prime$ such that $E_K(P) = E_{K^\prime}(P)$ where $E$ is AES-128 and $K \ne K^\prime$? I'd imagine this would be infeasible, but is it actually ...
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### Compressing AES [duplicate]

I have this program which encrypts multiple files using AES then compress it using LZO into one single file. The problem is that the final file is almost equal in size than all the files which means ...
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### How to encrypt a number using AES?

How to do padding to input giving to encrypt using AES algorithm if the input is less than 128 bits? I need to encrypt a decimal number such as 10.
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### AES CBC mode or AES CTR mode recommended?

What are the benefits and disadvantages of CBC vs. CTR mode? Which one is more secure?
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### If you use an AES key just once, do you need to use IV, and/or pad the message? [duplicate]

I am developing an application that is going to use AES encryption. Since it is going to use a different key for every message encrypted... Would it be secure to use a constant IV? (i.e null bytes) ...
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### Should AES.decrypt(ct, wrong_key) return blank or wrong result?

I am trying to use AES as cipher for an application I am building. I am using a JavaScript library (https://code.google.com/p/crypto-js/) to perform encryption and decryption with AES. When I ...
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### Evaluating Algebraic Complexity of a S-box

While studying the design and the desirable properties of an AES S-box , I came to know that Algebraic Complexity is also an important property of an S-box which is usually considered while evaluating ...
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### Which ciphers produce random ciphertext?

I already know AES produces a "random" output. 5e4e6440826d6afc4535fbf078455f791159701a9df624ddd4e4dda84523b6a7 Its ciphertext doesn't follow a pattern and is ...
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### Practical attack on an impractical implementation of Rijndael (AES?)

My understanding of the cryptanalysis of AES, is based on what I've read on Wikipedia and my intuition, I have nothing but self-taught education on the subject. So I want you to imagine: I have only ...
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### Containers for secret key

What 'container' is used normally to store/transport secret keys (for symmetric algorithms)? I have come across PKCS12 format where a public key certificate as well as a private key can be bundled ...
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### Twofish vs. Serpent vs. AES (or a combo)

I've seen some posts and info online, but they are from 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012, which is 3-6 years ago, which is a very long time. So I'm looking for an up-to-date answer about which of these is the ...
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### Found a way to crack AES-128, what now?

Let us assume the following scenario: I have just found a way to crack AES-128 in a reasonable time (1-2 days). How do I publish and prove this? I remember reading about lots of people who cracked ...
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### AES GCM vs other encryption modes in embedded environment for network traffic

I'm doing a lot of research since I'm doing an internship for a company where I need to upgrade their security level. Their own protocol needs a cryptographic upgrade and I'm leaning towards AES since ...
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### Generating a key to use with AES

I'm going paperless, and I want to encrypt the documents that I scan. I'd like to use CommonCrypto to perform AES-XTS encryption on each file. I'm a software engineer, and I like the idea of being ...
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### Efficient AES - Use of T-tables

I'm really in trouble! I'm trying to understand how the T-tables in AES encryption work. But I don't know if I get the point. What I understood is that they are used to reduce the whole computation of ...
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### Why is Rijndael key length restricted?

Why is Rijndael restricted to key length in $\lbrace 128, 160, 192, 224, 256\rbrace$ bits (and not larger)? The algorithm looks to me like it would support an arbitrary-sized key (multiple of $32$). ...
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### Is the length limit of AES-GCM per key or per (key, nonce) pair?

AES-GCM has a limit on the length of the plaintext it encrypts: $2^{39} - 256$ bits. But is this limit per key or per (key, nonce)? That is, if I encrypt a message with the maximum length, and encrypt ...
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### Why is AES-SIV not used, but AESKW, AKW1?

I'm trying to investigate different key wrapping algorithms for my implementation. I've noticed that AES-SIV is very rarely implemented by most of open source libraries. Most of them implements key ...
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### Why IV does not have to be secret yet has to be random [duplicate]

The IV used in schemes such as CBC has to be random and unpredictable. But at the same time it does not have to be kept secret. If the IV does not have to be secret, why does it have to be random ...
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### Should I be concerned about padding oracle attacks if the lifespan of my key is ~1 minute?

I'm using 4096-bit RSA to encrypt a 256-bit AES key generated client-side. The RSA ciphertext is then sent to the server, and the server decrypts the RSA ciphertext to acquire the AES key. ...
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### Where can I get information on how to implement AES?

I want to write AES from scratch without using the built in libraries of java. I know there are hundreds of AES programs (and websites) out there but I can't seem to find a site that gives me the ...
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### Known plaintext, ciphertext, encryption method (AES CBC) and IV (static) [duplicate]

I know the plaintext, the ciphertext, the encryption method (AES CBC) and the IV -- which is static. While not able to perform a chosen plaintext attack per se, I can obtain many known ...
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### NIST tests for AES [closed]

How to do the benchmarking of a self implementation of AES algorithm using NIST test suites? I am unable to find enough material on the internet regarding this.