# Tagged Questions

Analysis of individual security aspects of a cipher or algorithm, not the security of a cipher or algorithm in general (which would lean towards “algorithm-design”).

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### Will the contents of a password protected Zip 2.0 file be safe for a week

I will need to distribute a file to people for a challenge and I need them to open the file at the same time. The file will be provided a couple of days before the challenge. For maximum compatibility ...
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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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### How does the split mask countermeasure work on AES?

I am trying to understand the split mask countermeasure which is a masking method to avoid side channel attacks. Let's first describe the principle and then try to apply it to AES. I found this paper ...
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### Trusted Third Party Cryptanalysis Labs?

There's no doubt that third party cryptanalysis is an essential part of the crypto ecosystem. It's how we know that there's some degree of practical "goodness" to a new algorithm or protocol. Unlike ...
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### What is the advantage of Pseudosquare?

Pseudosquares ,which are not square but Jacobi symbol are still 1, are used in some cryptographic algorithm. What is the advantage of them over the exact squares? If we used squares instead of ...
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### CCA on PKCS#5 using error feedback

My question is about attacking PKCS#5 with CCA using the error feedback. What we learnt in class about PKCS#5: CBC requires padding to whole block boundary PKCS#5: standard padding If ...
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### Can error correcting codes be used to guess this plaintext?

I pick a finite set of messages, perhaps the set of integers $M = \lbrace n \in \mathbf{Z} \, : \, 0 \leq n\lt10 \rbrace$, which you are then allowed to encode in any way you want (some form of error ...
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### Why is it a bad idea to use a UTF-8 derived symmetric key?

Given a cryptographically secure series of octets, it is often useful to display this information or store it in a database in a textual format such as hexadecimal. Why would it be incorrect to take ...
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### How to identify the difference between two cryptographic schemes in terms of security?

I am currently working on a project, that requires using encryption libraries namely (LibScarab and FHEW). I want to know how can I compare the two schemes in terms of security (I already compared ...
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### Detecting Encryption in Real-Time

Is there anyway to detect encryption in real-time through a common signature or pattern recognition. Say, a file is being encrypted using an AES-256 cipher, if I have access to the file stream - can ...
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### Exposed raw RSA private key operation

Assume that there is a smartcard or other hardware token that exposes the raw RSA private key operation (modular exponentiation, with or without CRT parameters). Is there any possibility that raw RSA ...
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### autocorrelation and entropy of historical ciphers

I'm learning cryptography and come across historical ciphers such as vigenere cipher,hill cipher,random substitution and etc.I'm using cryptool for learning purposes and I have a question in mind.I've ...
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### calculating n-gram lists and spaces in ciphertext

I'm doing an analysis on a block of ciphertext message with 27 characters(including spaces).Now do the spaces need to be taken into account when performing the digram and trigram analysis?because the ...
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### How to choose the reduction function in rainbow tables?

I have a question regarding Reduction Functions in Rainbow Tables. If the hashing function is MD5 or SHA-1 etc then should the reduction functions also be MD5 or SHA-1? That is, should the Reduction ...
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### How would multiple uses of a vigenère cipher be decrypted on paper (classic)?

As far as I can tell (from reading the Wikipedia article about it) decrypting a message encrypted with the vigenère cipher is possible on paper. But what would happen if the message is encrypted ...
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### Testing implementation of cryptography algorithms: Brainstorm

I wonder what kind of techniques can be used to validate implementation of cryptography algorithms? The obvious one is to run specific algorithms against publically known test vectors (i.e. from ...
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### Best differential characteristic for this PRF

Consider the following construction of a PRF $F: \{0,1\}^{128} \times \{0,1\}^{64} \to \{0,1\}^{64}$ on 64-bit messages and 128-bit keys. Define $f:\{0,1\}^3 \to \{0,1\}$ by f(c,x,y) = \begin{...
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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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### Distinguishing two sets of pseudorandom values when their keys differ by one

Suppose we use a pseudorandom function $PRF$ and a random key $k$ to generate a set of pseudorandom values: $\forall i, 1\leq i \leq n: w_i=PRF(k,i)$ Now, consider instead of picking a fresh key, ...
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### How to decode a (Vigenère?) substitution cipher? [closed]

I am trying to decode a message that I suspect has been encrypted with a Vigenère cipher: Utl zluuocp zsc rvzu hbcp ztvibfz vrabzz utl ilry. Utlal flal cb fbaiz, qszu zbsciz. Utvu cllihl vhzb dvil ...
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### Misuse-resistant authenticated encryption based on SHA-3/Blake2b and AES-CTR/ChaCha20

I am wondering if the following is a useful misuse-resistant authenticated encryption scheme: Parameters (shared by many users): Choose a hash function $H$, such as Blake2 or Keccak. SHA2 could ...
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### How to create and validate potential grids when attacking a Playfair cipher?

First up: I am not asking you to decypher anything. This question is about attacking a Playfair cipher; more specifically – how to create potential grids when doing so. I'm currently working on a ...
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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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### Why does the FBI ask Apple for help to decrypt an iPhone?

The current debate of the FBI trying to get Apple to assist in decrypting an iPhone made me wonder: Normally, upon turning on an iPhone, everything is decrypted using a 4-digit pin (or actually, a ...