# Tagged Questions

Design of cryptographic primitives (algorithms), like block ciphers, stream ciphers, random-number generators, hash functions, MACs, key exchanges, public-key encryption or signature schemes. Also tag with the relevant type of primitive. If you ask about a known existing algorithm, also tag with its ...

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### Is it possible to securely combine multiple hashes without hashing them?

Let's say we have 1000 files and 1000 already computed cryptographic hashes for those files. Now we want to derive a single hash that authenticates all of them. Is there a more efficient way to do ...
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### Are there any advantages in using proprietary encryption?

Proprietary software generally relies on the fact that in keeping the encryption algorithm private, it gets an extra layer of security implying "Security through Obscurity." Obviously this phrase has ...
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### Default algorithm for scalar multiplication of elliptic curve points by the MIRACL Library

What is the default algorithm used by the MIRACL-Library [1] for elliptic curve cryptography systems to perform scalar-point multiplication with curves of Weierstrass form satisfying the equation : ...
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### Security Strength of Double Substitution Ciphers

I am wondering why people are using RSA keys when some types of double substitution ciphers seem to be just as secure if not better off. By some types of double substitution ciphers I mean one Which ...
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### Perfectly secure shift cipher

Prove that if only one character is encrypted using a shift cipher, then the shift cipher is perfectly secure. I want to show that $P(P=p | C=c)=P(P=p)$. But I don't know how to relate. Can anyone ...
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### Can you decrypt with 1 round key?

If one has the last round key in an SP or Feistel network (the 16th round key in DES for example), would that someone be able to decrypt the rest of the encryption?
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Good evening, I'm about to write my own quadratic sieve implementation in C using GMP library for large numbers. I'm facing an issue while attempting to do the last factorization step for the number: ...
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### Collisions in the cyclotomic knapsack function

I've been working my way through the paper “Efficient Collision-Resistant Hashing from Worst-Case Assumptions on Cyclic Lattices” by Peikert and Rosen, and I've come across something that doesn't seem ...
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### How to multiply a matrix of bits with another?

For example, assume I have two 4x4 matrices of bits: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 I want to apply ...
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### How do Galios fields work in AES? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn how AES functions but I keep hanging at the subject of Galios fields. I am reading a lot about them but I just can not find an understandable explaination in how they work. Could ...
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### Expire signature

I am looking for a way to have a 'did it expired' key. There's a similar question here, but I have to prevent reusing of the 'did it expired' signature . A possible solution would be a two one-way ...
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### Why should $a,b < N$ for Montgomery Reduction?

In Montgomery reduction, when calculating $a \times b \mod N$, it is required that $a \lt N$ and $b \lt N$. I think $0 \le T \lt N \times R$ is enough for the Montgomery Reduction. Rationale: Let ...
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### Difference between stream cipher and block cipher

A typical stream cipher encrypts plaintext one byte at a time, although a stream cipher may be designed to operate on one bit at a time or on units larger than a byte at a time. A block cipher ...
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### Sum of digits flaw name request

Let's say I am making an encryption algorithm, and in the algorithm in have the following step: "multiply the integer from the previous step by 9 and take the sum of the digits of the resulting ...
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### Why is the permutation in AES (and other ciphers) not random or key-dependent?

If the permutation in AES (or other ciphers) were randomly generated or dependent on the key, would it not be stronger against differential attacks? If this is so, then might we need fewer rounds for ...
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### Secret construction

Given set of random strings $w =\{s_1, s_2, s_3 ... s_n\}$ are there any algorithms to construct single master secret $S$ from them? Subsequently we should be able to deconstruct the $S$ back to ...
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### Security of randomized data dependant key schedules?

An example to demonstrate the point with two Feistel networks: Cipher A: \begin{align} roundkey = hash(key || counter)\\ roundkey = hash(key || roundkey)\\ left = left\oplus hash(roundkey || ...
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### Verilog simulation & synthesis of Diffie-Hellman key exchange

Is there any freely available verilog implementaion of Diffie-Hellman key exchange? I couldn't find anything using google. So, assuming its not there I started implementing on my own. The code is ...
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### Calculation of the avalanche effect coefficient

Given a strict avalanche criterion matrix/dependence matrix for a hash function,how do I calculate the avalanche coefficient for it. I want to calculate a single parameter(value) which represents the ...
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### Validating subset of a password

Is anyone aware of an algorithm/method that allows me to validate just a few letters (or other characters) from a password. For example, the application asks for the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 9th letters from ...
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### Is it safe to encrypt data using XOR along with CSPRNG seeded with a truly random number? [closed]

I was wondering a couple of days ago whether I could reverse the normal encryption order to produce a good AES based cipher variant. The method is as follows: Two users, Alice and Bob, each have a ...
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### How are boolean functions used in cryptography?

I recently started becoming interested in Boolean functions. Because they are defined as $f: \{0, 1\}^n \rightarrow \{0, 1\}$, or in other words only over $\{0, 1\}$, I guessed they can somehow be ...
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### Why should I make my cipher public?

As I understand it, the less people know about the internals of my protocol or cipher, the more secure the protocol is. However Kerckhoffs's principle states that A cryptosystem should be secure ...
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### What is the difference between SHA-3(Keccak) and previous generation SHA algorithms?

SHA-1 and SHA-2 share the same structure and mathematical operation as their predecessors - SHA-0 and MD5. Both SHA-0 and MD5 have been broken. This is one of the main reasons why SHA-1 is considered ...
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### How is a per round key generated in DES algorithm?

I am reading over a slide that I found online regarding the DES algorithm for encryption and I am a little confused about the per round key generation. From the slide below, I understand that each per ...
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### Why does DES implement so much Cross Wiring?

I've been going through DES, and I find that most of the blocks simply Reshuffle the input, which may be termed as "Cross Wiring". This include IP, IP-1, PC-1, PC-2 and even Expansion (although this ...
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### help with cryptanalysis of a sponge permutation

I have been studying and researching hash functions. So far my research has led me to the sponge construction. It appears that the permutation used in the sponge to stir the state is more or less ...
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### Modular Multiplicative Inverse and RSA?

In trying to understand this specific part of the RSA algorithm, I found this online: $$e \cdot d = 1 \pmod{(p-1)\cdot(q-1)}$$ Therefore: e \cdot d \cdot d^{-1}= d^{-1} \cdot 1 ...
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### Given a public-key encryption and signature scheme, define a new primitive

I'm new to cryptography and am currently working on the following question: Say you are given a public-key encryption scheme $\Pi_e=(\mathcal{K}_e,\mathcal{E},\mathcal{D})$ and a signature scheme ...
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### Do any cryptography algorithms work on numbers besides primes?

I know prime numbers are important for several algorithms and protocols. Are there any algorithms and protocols that don't require primes?
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### Inverting RSA using an oracle

Say you are given an efficient deterministic algorithm 'I' that can invert the RSA function on 1% of the points in $Z^*_{N}$. That is to say that if y $\in$ $Z^*_{N}$ is a "good" point for 'I', ...
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### One cipher to rule them all?

I learned from Dan Boneh's course that many cryptographic primitives (prngs, stream ciphers, hashes, hmac, key derivation functions) can be built from just one a block cipher or PRF. For example, the ...
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### How to encrypt an image with logistic chaotic map?

I need to encrypt color images, using logistic chaotic map. Could you please recommend an algorithm for this? All the articles that I've found on the Internet are completely unclear.
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### Homomorphic Encryption with Addition and Exponentiation

Is there any homomorphic encryption scheme which supports addition and power over cipher text ? Paillier is close but it supports addition and multiplication with a constant. I am getting an output ...
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### Why is CRC said to be linear?

It is commonly understood that CRC satisfies the linear identity with respect to the $\oplus$ (XOR) operation: $\operatorname{CRC}(a) \oplus \operatorname{CRC}(b) = \operatorname{CRC}(a \oplus b)$ ...
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### Big block cipher as memory-hard function

I'm wondering, if something like block cipher with big block size is a good memory-hard function? All memory-hard key derivation functions I've seen look more complex than that, which made me ...
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### Can an analog of ChaCha with 64-bit words be defined, and would it be secure?

Blake2b has a lightning fast compression function with more-than-overkill security even against quantum attacks. It seems to be based on ChaCha, but with 64-bit words and different rotation ...
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### Could a strong round function be immune to slide attacks

An excerpt from the wikipedia article on slide attacks states: ...The only requirements for a slide attack to work on a cipher is that it can be broken down into multiple rounds of an identical F ...
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### Factoring large $N$ given oracle to find square roots modulo $N$

When $p$ and $q$ are distinct odd primes and $N = pq$, the points in $\mathbb Z_N^\ast$ have either zero or four square roots. A quarter of the points have four square roots; the rest have no ...
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### Finding sum of two encrypted numbers

Let's consider such process: Two emitents emit two (integer) secret numbers independently They encrypt (encode) these number in such a way that no-one (except emitent) can decode these numbers. ...
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### Should I use a self-designed Block Cipher Mode of Operation?

We all know we should NOT roll our self-designed encryption algorithm, how about block cipher mode with a certificated cipher method like AES? Will a self-designed block cipher mode cause any flaws or ...
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### Image sharing without data overhead

The idea is to share $n$ images among $n$ persons so that all images can be reconstructed by someone in possession of all shares. However, there must not be any data overhead (which means the shares ...
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### security of Even-Mansour scheme with keyed shuffle

I was researching the Even-Mansour scheme and had a question that wasn't addressed in the paper that I saw, and google was minimally helpful. What if a permutation that uses secret data like the ...
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### Publishing only items your subscriber previously subscribed to, without you knowing which those items are

Let's say you were given a dump from a security breach. You want to share the email addresses affected by the breach with a separate company who pays you for this service so that they can protect ...
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### Why is Pearson hash not used as a cryptographic hash?

The original algorithm produces 1 byte long hash and is (of course) not suitable for cryptography use. But according to wikipedia, it is possible and easy to produce Pearson hash of any length, ...
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### Implications of pattern in finial digit of prime numbers [duplicate]

http://qz.com/639452/mathematicians-are-geeking-out-about-a-bizarre-discovery-in-prime-numbers/ What are the implications of this (very) new research on crytopgraphy? I would have thought this would ...
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### Why inversion and multiplication operations are costly in elliptic curves?

There are several algorithms for efficient scalar multiplication of an arbitrary point P(x,y) by some positive integer k in elliptic curves defined over $F_{p}$ or $F_{2^{m}}$. The scalar ...
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### Encryption & decryption of integers using modular multiplicative inverse and extended euclidean algorithm

I'm looking for a neat algorithm, which is capable of encrypting an integer to another integer and decrypting it again AND is secure. When I was in university, my professor showed me an awesome way ...
If the prime is $p=2^a\cdot3^b+1$ , is there any fast reduction technique modulo this prime?