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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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### Security of a self-decrypting block-cipher?

If I have a block-cipher like for example AES, a plaintext $x$, we use different function to encrypt and decrypt : $\text{encrypt}(x) = y$ , $\text{decrypt}(y)=x$. Now, if we build a function with a ...
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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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### Chance of finding the right key by exhaustively searching on half of the key space

An exhaustive search of half the key space requires $2^{n-1}$ work and provides the right answer 75% of the time. If the attacker finds the key, he knows the answer. If he doesn't find the key, he ...
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### Why use an Initialization Vector (IV)?

Why use an Initialization Vector (IV)? How are IV's used? What are the advantages/disadvantages of using an IV? Why use an IV instead of a longer key in which some section of the key is pubic? What ...
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### Can I use a differential that can be traced through the whole cipher with 100% probability?

I'm trying to attack a very simple cipher using differential cryptanalysis as a way of becoming familiar with this method. The cipher is so simple that I've found a differential which I can trace ...
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### How to deal with a cipher with addition and XORs combined together?

I am trying to cryptanalyze a cipher where bitwise XOR and addition mod $2^n$ are combined together. I've been working on it for a long time but with no result - the main difficulty, which I am unable ...
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### How simple can the PRP used in the Even-Mansour scheme be?

For example, in the question “Is there any reason not to use Single-Key EM with AES and a constant key?” it is proposed to use AES with a fixed key as the permutation in a xor-permute-xor construction....
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### Does the Blowfish cipher work with OFB mode?

I'm trying to implement the Blowfish cipher in Output Feedback mode. OFB mode has two operations, XOR and the block cipher. XOR inputs two blocks of the same length and outputs one block of the ...
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### Proof for collision resistance on a block-based hash

I am designing an unkeyed hash based on the SIMON cipher. This is a follow up to “this” question. A quick summary: I have an ECC engine and the SIMON cipher in hardware, and it’s in an extremely ...
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### any post-shannon symmetric ciphers?

As far as I understand block ciphers use only simple operations to ensure good enough confusion and diffusion levels. meaning there is no math in it. "breaking a good cipher should require as much ...
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### Doubling the block length of a given block cipher

IMHO the main essence of a Feistel cipher of block length $n$ is the working of a non-linear function $F$ that is applied to the two halves of the block of length $n/2$. Now suppose a certain block ...
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### Countering Cryptographic Attacks

By reading Camellia Design and Analysis document following is my understanding about few cryptographic attacks from designer point of view. Differential and Linear Crypt-analysis. Number of Active ...
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### Is it practical to use a stream cipher in a block cipher mode?

My idea is to use a stream cipher encrypting 16 bytes at a time as a primative block cipher in a mode of operation such as CBC mode. Is this practical or useful in any way?
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### Can you create a strong blockcipher with small blocksize, given a strong blockcipher of conventional blocksize?

Suppose I want a strong 20-bit blockcipher. In other words, I want a function that takes a key (suppose the key is 128 bits), and implements a permutation from 20 bits to 20 bits. The set of ...