A block cipher is an encryption algorithm which encrypts fixed-size blocks of plaintext to same-sized blocks of ciphertext. For good ciphers every bit of the ciphertext block depends on every bit of the plaintext block and every bit of the key.

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Block Cipher Without Key Schedule?

I'm designing a cryptography assignment for a college security course, and one of the problems is to perform a simple meet-in-the-middle attack on a 2-round, 2-key cipher. Since we want this to be a ...
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Pseudorandom Functions with different input and output lengths

I am working on a problem found in my Cryptography textbook that goes as follows: Let F be a pseudorandom function such that for $k \in \{0,1\}^n$, function $F_k$ maps $l_{in}(n)$-inputs to ...
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XTS-AES key management

XTS-AES uses two keys $(k_1, k_2)$, which are obtained from a concatenated key $k$. Does this key $k$ remain same for the whole disk or changes per sector?
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I read ECB is bad because the same plaintext outputs the same ciphertext. Isn't that a requirement of a cipher?

In the Wikipedia article on Block Ciphers, it says about the Electronic Code Block mode: The disadvantage of this method is that identical plaintext blocks are encrypted into identical ...
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Symmetric-like cyphers with several steps

Are there any good symmetric-ish cyphers that involve three or more steps with independent key material for each step? Formally, there should be a function $K(s)$ that returns a tuple $(k_1,..,k_n)$ ...
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Why is it OK for secretbox to leak the message length?

Most block cipher implementations expect users to pad so that the message matches the cipher block size. I understand the purpose of the padding is to make the input match the cipher block size. It ...
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Deciphering “easy” ciphers without hints

I've been keen on IT Security for a long time now and I've learned a lot about networking & security. However trying a "decryption challenge" I'm lacking what I think is basic ...
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Statistical saturation attack on block ciphers

I was wondering if anyone around here could give me some explanation on this type of attacks. Pretty much the only thing that I could find is A Statistical Saturation Attack against the Block Cipher ...
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What are the benefits of the two permutation tables in DES?

Why do we use a permutation table in the first step of DES algorithm and one at the end of the algorithm?
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Is there a standard prefix random padding scheme?

Is there a standardized padding scheme which is prefix instead of postfix and that uses random bytes except for the first byte which would be the length of the padding?
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Are there any secure commutative ciphers?

This answer lists two commutative cipher algorithms - Pohlig-Hellman and SRA. However, they don't appear to be too secure. My question is, here there any commutative ciphers out there that are secure ...
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Encrypting a 160-bit plaintext into a 160 bit ciphertext with a 128-bit Block Cipher [closed]

So I have a kind of interesting issue. I have a field in my data store which must take exactly 160 bits of information. Some users will choose to make this data encrypted, some won't, so some of those ...
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Do we have to consider the cryptographic properties of the decryption, if we're only using the encryption?

Treyfer for example has slower diffusion in decryption. It has full diffusion between words in 2 rounds for encryption and 7 rounds for decryption. Do we have to consider the (bad) cryptographic ...
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Quantitatively measure the private information revealed by a matrix?

Suppose I have a private matrix $A$ that I want to conceal. I do the matrix multiplication $A^\prime =AK$ and $A^\prime$ is public. How can I quantitatively measure "how well" the matrix $A$ is ...
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Combining a keystream generator with a block cipher

I understand that: A stream cipher's security is diluted if the same key is used more than once. This is fixed by using an additional initialization vector in the keystream's computation. A block ...
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XTEA: patterns in plain text

I'm using XTEA to encrypt passwords that I store in a database. (I need to be able to decrypt these passwords later to log in on another system.) But now I have noticed something: if I decrypt a ...
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Encrypt with one cipher and decrypt with a different cipher?

I recently installed an android app called Secret Space Encryptor and think I found a serious flaw in it. Let me explain: This app provides a variety of different ciphers to use and I used Threefish ...
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How to propagate error in variable-sized message?

I want to design a scheme to encrypt a variable-length message with a secret key, to provide confidentiality. The message is a short human-readable text string with byte granularity, let's say under ...
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Is simple XOR with secret key using DHE secure?

Client and server have given generator 3 and modulus which is 256 bit prime same all the time for all clients and server (simply hardcoded). They both generate a private exponent and send result to ...
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Block cipher to encrypt 8 bytes/64 bits - Use 64 or 128 bit cipher?

Here's the problem: I have a transport stream that I have been requested to encrypt between the transmitter and receiver. The data size is at most 8 bytes so it seems I can only use ECB as I only have ...
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A block cipher with independent keys for each round

I want to modify a standard block cipher in the following way. I replace each round key by a key picked at random. Is this block cipher as secure as the original one ? Thank you. EDIT Some missing ...
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Calculation of time needed to crack DES with my CPU

I have a laptop that has the CPU and the RAMs shown below in the images. My question is that, using this CPU and the RAMs, how much time would it take for me to crack an old school DES algorithm ...
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Fixed-points in block ciphers; why don't they indicate a vulnerability?

I've seen a few questions here on fixed-points in ciphers, most asking about the possibility and existence. Most of the answers however pointed out that fixed points are not exactly a security threat. ...
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Use of the IV for the CBC Block Cipher in TLS1.2

I'm struggling to understand at what point a message is encrypted when looking at RFC 5246. The spec gives the generic block cipher in section 6.2.3.2 as: ...
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Is a strong block cipher usable as a strong sponge function?

From the literature, it looks like the security proofs of sponge functions depend on how well they approximate a random permutation, Since a block cipher also ideally behaves like a random permutation ...
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Block cipher fixed points (plaintext equal to ciphertext)

A block cipher is a bijective map from the set of possible plaintexts to the set of ciphertexts, which are the same size and might as well be considered the same thing: $\theta: S\to S$. In this there ...
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Can a block cipher encrypt the message to itself (plaintext equal to ciphertext) [duplicate]

The result of the cipher should be indistinguishable from random, but can it happen that cipher produces the ciphertext that is equal to the plaintext as it also lies in the corresponding space? I ...
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CBC - a canonical mode, even though there are streaming modes

Why is CBC considered the canonical mode when there are streaming modes available such as CFB and OFB? One thing that I can think of is that in CBC you can easliy do range-based decryption. All you ...
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How to encrypt/decrypt data in an SPI BIOS FLASH

I need some info/suggestions about the cryptographic algorithm that make me sure that the executed bios by the CPU is an authenticated bios. The check has to be performed by a FPGA. I have SPI Flash ...
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Recovering key length from transposition block cipher ciphertext

First of all I would like to say hello to all StackExchange users. So far I've been stalking the forum for some time, now it's time to leave the shadows. In my master thesis I'm writing about ...
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Why is it good to split a CTR-mode counter into nonce and counter?

When discussing the CTR mode of block ciphers, Wikipedia says the following: Simply adding or XORing the nonce and counter into a single value would completely break the security under a ...
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Block-cipher based vs Hash based MAC

When it comes to MAC algorithms one can have many choices. CBC-MAC, CMAC, PMAC etc are some MAC algorithms that rely on block ciphers (ex AES) to generate a MAC. On the other hand HMAC is very popular ...
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Is the GOST block cipher broken?

Is the GOST cipher broken or known to be weak and insecure? Please try to simplify your answer since I am a programmer and not a cryptographer and please consider this web page and tell me if the ...
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How AES treat string input to encrypt data and what will happen if the cipher key is less than that expected?

The official docs of AES have several example of how hexadecimal or byte input can be encrypted. I have some problem about the input text and cipher key. My question is: How can encrypt string input ...
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Encrypt-Mix-Encrypt: Full Diffusion?

I've read "A Parallelizable Enciphering Mode" by Halevi and Rogaway about the encrypt-mix-encrypt mode for ciphers and was asking myself if this mode provides "full" diffusion. So if an attacker ...
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Can CFB mode of block cipher be used as a commutative encryption?

Can CFB mode of block cipher be used as a commutative encryption? Is it possible to use CFB mode of AES block cipher to create commutative encryption? With CTR it is possible but not secure.
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Understanding Meet-in-the-Middle attack on block ciphers

I understand how to implement a Meet-in-the-Middle attack on 2DES/3DES, by computing for one half all possible keys and storing the outcome and then subsequently do the same for the other half but ...
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Is this commutative encryption protocol secure?

My assumptions are: encryption must be commutative man-in-the-middle is not an issue I would like to implement the following scheme between 2 parties ($A$ and $B$) to exchange a key: Lets $C = P ...
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How to prove Security of Onion Layers of encryption?

CryptDB has Onion layers of Encryption to provide wider functionality from weaker forms of encryption. How do we prove such things are indeed secure ? Intuitively It seems ok. Are there any parallels ...
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Why is a Feistel network bijective?

EDIT: Fixed for clarity of intention I was reading "The FFX Mode of Operation for Format-Preserving Encryption" when I came across Figure 1 (see below). It's obvious why it's reversible (top-down ...
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Reasons for components of AES

I started reading "Cryptography: theory and practice" by Stinson, and I am trying to understand the reason behind the choices for the different components of AES since they seem quite arbitrary. In ...
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Does XTS provide random write access?

I'm trying to find a sufficient encryption mode that supports random read and write access. It seems like XTS is a perfect fit, since in my use case authentication and integrity insurance are handled ...
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Double the key in block cipher - which approach is better?

Assume than you have a block cipher $E(k,m)$ for which the only attack exists has complexity of $2^{64}$. You consider to double the key size by either: $E'_1(k_1,k_2) := k_1 \oplus E(k_2,m)$ ...
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Block Ciphers - Standardize plain text

I need to use AES-128 to encrypt a plain text about 720 bits. Is it correct to say that – in this case – the plain text will be divided in 5 blocks of 128, the result will be equal 640 bits, and the ...
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Why must the sender and receiver be synchronised in synchronous stream ciphers?

I would like to know why the sender and receiver must be synchronized in synchronous stream ciphers as said in synchronous stream cipher. Why is there no synchronization between the sender and ...
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Block Cipher Modes

I have a question here asking the following: Why do block ciphers need the use of blocking modes? To encrypt messages larger than the size of the block. To avoid having the same block ...
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Calculate the security of a cascade cipher

I’m reading “The Security of Multiple Encryption in the Ideal Cipher Model” and I’m having a hard time understanding something. How do I calculate the bounds of cascade cipher from the following ...
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Are keys generated by the user or block cipher algorithms themselves? [closed]

We know block cipher algorithms. In the block cipher algorithms, Key Scheduling is the one crucial part. I see that in some simulation programs of the AES,DES,TripleDES encryption algorithms. In ...
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How are subkeys, in Feistel block ciphers, derived for each round?

I'm bit confused about the subkeys that are used in Feistel ciphers. I know that all the subkeys ki are derived from the main key K, but how? Say I have a simplified Feistel block cipher of i rounds, ...
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Is CBC theoretically harder to brute force when compared with ECB?

Theoretically – is CBC mode harder to bruteforce when compared with ECB when assuming: we ignore computational cost for the XOR operations, and the IV is made public?