# 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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### “Royal Flags Wave Kings Above” [closed]

I'm a starter to cryptanalysis and in fact to cryptology. Last night I was decrypting a message from a book that I would quite odd. It doesn't make sense. The decrypted message is "Royal Flags Waves ...
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### How to determine if padding has been used while encrypting a message with RSA?

I am trying to decrypt a RSA encrypted text file. I have a 2048 bit public key. Analyzing the public key with openssl reveals the exponent used is 3. ...
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### Can you explain “weak keys” for DES?

A weak key for DES is a key $K$ such that $DES_{k_1}(DES_{k_2}(x))=x$ for all $x$. I don't get why are the 4 keys $k_1||k_2$: $1^{112}$, $0^{112}$, $0^{56}||1^{56}$, $1^{56}||0^{56}$ considered as ...
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### Secure blinding factor switching at malicious server-side (Switching in One Time pad)

Suppose all the values and operations are defined over a finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$ where $p$ is a large prime number. Assume all values are non-zero. Here $(z)^{-1}$ denotes multiplicative inverse ...
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### Advantages of making streamcipher stream depend on plaintext?

Most descriptions that explain how streamciphers work (like the one on Wikipedia), tend to describe a model that boils down to a simple “$ciphertext = plaintext \oplus stream$”, where the stream is ...
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### How to clock a linear feedback shift register?

I have some trouble understanding what happens when a LFSR is clocked. I have tried many examples but I do not get the correct result. Can anyone point out my errors? I have the following polynomial: ...
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### When we use one time pad TWICE in two different ways

Assumption and Notations: All the values defined over the field $\mathbb{F}_p$, where $p$ is a large prime number. We denote multiplicative inverse of value $v$ by $v^{-1}$. All values are non-zero ...
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### When all shares of a secret are given to adversary as a permuted matrix

Suppose we have a secret $\sigma$. The secret comes from a universe in which the elements are not necessarily distributed uniformly. We split $\sigma$ into $n$ shares $[\sigma_1,...,\sigma_n]$ (...
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### Shamir SS: To associate shares to the public values $x_i$, when the shares are permuted [duplicate]

Suppose we use $(t,n)$ Shamir secret sharing as follows: We share the secret $\beta$ as $S=[s_1,..., s_n]$, where $X=[x_1,...,x_n]$ are the public values. For the sake of simplicity, lets assume ...
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### How does one attack a two-time pad (i.e. one time pad with key reuse)?

My question might appear the same as the question Taking advantage of one-time pad key reuse?, but actually I did read all the answers and none of them helped me with the details I need. I am new to ...
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### RSA numerical questions

Let $n$ be the modular arithmetic, $p$ and $q$ the two large primes such that $n=p*q$ and $e$ the public exponent. Here they are two "simple" numerical questions: If $p = 13$ and $q = 17$, what is ...
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### When we use permutation and random long sting to hide a message

This question is modified version of this: Can we use merely permutation to hide a message? I have an English name $m=m_1 || m_2 ||..||m_{30}$. I pick a random string $d=d_1 ||..||d_{70}$ I mix ...
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### Can I use a one time pad key twice with random plaintext?

I understand the basics of OTP: $|\text{key space}| = |\text{plaintext space}|$ implies perfect security, key reuse destroys this. Cryptanalysis on the $N$-Time Pad for $N > 1$ involves finding ...
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### Is XOR adequate for encrypting truly random data? [duplicate]

It is well-known that the two-time pad is very insecure. However, it seems unexploitable in the case where the plaintext is indistinguishable from random (ex. symmetric keys). Is this property ...
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### Homogenous and heterogeneous Unbalanced Feistel Networks

Unbalanced Feistel networks can be homogenous (F-function identical in each round), or they can be heterogeneous (F-function not always identical in each round). The advantage of heterogeneous UFNs ...
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### Predicting values from a Linear Congruential Generator

I have learnt that Linear Congruential Random Number Generators are not cryptographically secure - my understanding is that given an LCG of the form: ...
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### How Brittle Are LCG-Cracking Techniques?

There are published techniques for cracking LCGs, but to my eye those techniques seem very brittle — very minor changes can add nonlinearity that renders techniques like the LLL algorithm unusable. ...
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### Understanding the cryptography used in a file [closed]

I use a software that stores a raw binary file with information, and exports it to a text file. I have access to the data in the original binary file. You can find a sample of the contents of the raw ...
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### How to calculate unicity distance of Fleissner grille?

I need to calculate unicity distance of Fleissners grille of $M \times M$ size. All I know is that plaint text redundancy equals $2$. The alphabet is not specified. Is it possible to calculate its ...
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### Name and security of these non-invertible functions?

I would like to learn more about a specific set of non invertible functions: The function should accept 2 inputs: one hidden and the other visible. The output and the function should also be visible....
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### Can somebody help me understand RC4 Spritz? (Three Questions)

So ever since I first took a stab at understanding stream Ciphers, not one stood out more than RC4, because it's so fantastically simple. As most people reading this will know, with its fantastic ...
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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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### Encryption technology for DARPA

I'm working on a short story taking place in the near future in which a hacker gains access to the DARPA mainframe and files related to a highly classified DARPA project. Being ignorant about state ...
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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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### Any practical uses of machine learning for cryptography?

I am about to go study for my masters in machine learning, data mining and high performance computing, but have recently become very interested in cryptography after taking Dan Boneh's Cryptography ...
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### Can machine learning analyze random number generator?

I'm studying for random number generators(RNG) and I saw about machine learning a few days ago. So I searched analysis of RNG using machine learning. But I couldn't find such fields. Are there such ...
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### Are there any long term RC4 bias based exploits?

The RC4 cipher possibly exhibits low level bias in it's long run PRNG keystream. I'm specifically excluding short term bias attacks which I'm defining as outputs < 1024 bytes. Are there any real ...
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### RSA: Proving that $p+q-1 < 3 \sqrt{N}$, where N = pq and p,q are prime?

I'm doing some research into attacks on the RSA cryptosystem and have stumbled across Wiener's attack. Within the proof there exists the statement "$p+q-1 < 3\sqrt{N}$". No proof is given for this,...
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### A simple block cipher based on the SHA-256 hash function [duplicate]

I've come up with this little routine for doing encryption using the SHA-2 (in this case SHA-256) hash function. As such it is a block cipher with a 256 bit (32 byte) block size and an arbitrary key ...
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### What are the main weaknesses of a Playfair cipher, if any?

What are the main weaknesses of a Playfair cipher, if any? I know that they depend on none of the letters missing, but that is an easy fix if a letter gets dropped. Besides that, are there any other ...
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### Do we have anyway of knowing if avoiding self-permutation in RC4 makes it any stronger?

OK, so lots of questions get asked about RC4 but I want to make mine specific and hopefully answerable. RC4 Design as I'm sure anyone reading this knows, uses self permutation in stage 1 of the KSA. ...
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### Construct IND-CPA secure encryption scheme by combining two given schemes

I have two encryption schemes $\Pi_0, \Pi_1$, at least one of them is IND-CPA secure but I don't know which one. The task is to construct a scheme $\Pi$ that is guaranteed to be CPA secure and to ...
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### Exchanging encrypted messages, and decrypting without a public key?

I know very little about encryption, but I was hoping someone could shed light on this cipher text exchange scheme I worked out in my head this morning: Bob wants to send Alice a message but doesn't ...
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### RSA Attack, known public key and ciphertext. Can decrypt the message m?

I'm stuck with this problem: Assume Alice and Bob are using RSA to communicate each other. Given Bob's public key $(217,7)$, Alice send the ciphertext $c=53$ to Bob through RSA encryption. Now, Eve ...
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### Why can't I reverse a hash to a possible input?

I'm going to provide “proof” why a hash function can be reversed, and I hope you can tell my why I'm wrong So, a hash function can be implemented as a series of logic gates. All logic gates can be ...
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### Memory-hard proof-of-work: are they ASIC-resistant?

Is a memory-hard proof-of-work scheme necessarily resistant to speedups from custom ASICS? Background: Bitcoin uses a proof-of-work scheme based on SHA256 hashing. The scheme is compute-bound. ...
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### What libraries do people use to implement and evaluate cryptography protocols?

I want to implement this credential system: “Anonymous Credentials Light” (PDF). The implementation would involve some zero-knowledge proof and some exponentiation. For some basic group computations ...
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### More rounds after AES related key attack?

In his blog Schneier discusses that there is a new related key attack on 10 rounds of AES-256 "Another attack can break a 10 round version of AES-256 in 245 time, but it uses a stronger type of ...
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### Feistel cipher vs Substitution-permutation network - number of rounds

So I have been doing for the last couple of days comparison between Feistel cipher and Substitution-permutation network. Now I can say I know a lot about them and their similarities and differences ...
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### Is this a correct way of use symmetric encryption?

If I want to encrypt some block of text in AES, but at the time of decryption I don't have a way to check if the symmetric key is the correct one. So I: Generate a randomKey, and use that to encrypt ...
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### Can the original message be retrieved from a public/private key signature?

When I sign a message (which has potentialy low entropy) using a private key and I send it without the original message, can the original message be retrieved from the signature(s)? I want to prove – ...
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### Data Encryption Standard (DES) S-Boxes

I read that the S-boxes introduce the much needed nonlinear behavior to DES. Can someone give me a lay mans explanation of why the effect of the S-boxes is said to be non-linear?
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### How to compare the efficiency of public key cryptosystems, i.e., RSA vs El Gamal?

As part of my Mathematics degree I'm taking a Discrete Mathematics module which partially covers Public Key Cryptography but does not at all enter it in depth. I'm currently working on a project that ...
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### Managing data access through asymmetric cryptography

I want to manage authorization, as 3rd-party permissions, through asymmetric cryptography. I'm concerned about how it is possible to share access of encrypted data with N entities, be able to revoke ...
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### Knowing pre-encryption data, can we find the private key CryptoWall used?

I'm just repurposing a question already asked about Cryptolocker for CryptoWall: "If we know exact contents of some of the files prior to them being encrypted, would it be feasible to use those ...
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### Why multiple homomorphic operations on a ciphertext leaks no information about the plaintext?

Scenario: Assume I encrypt message $m$ using Paillier encryption, so I would get $c=E(m)$. I give the identical $c$ to two different parties, parties $D$ and $E$. Party $D$ computes: \$c_{D}= E(m)^{...
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### Factorizing N to derive D [duplicate]

So I have the value of N. I have to use this value of N to find the value of D. N = 265291078722948385089717069136983657793 Now I read about RSA algos and found out that ...
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### Combining a block cipher with a (pseudo) OTP

One of the drawbacks of OTP is that it can require an inconveniently long key. Besides that, it doesn’t provide data authentication. Therefore, I have been working on an algorithm idea, which I hope ...