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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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Would the encryption of bigrams and trigrams weaken the code?

Supposing a rotor machine of the 1940s or 50s, with 36 characters instead of 26. Would the encryption of the ten additional characters as the most frequent bigrams or trigrams weaken the code? What ...
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Mathematically / statistically “safe” way to differentiate between crypto and random blob?

I assume the United Kingdom will impose (as opposed to just talk about it) restrictions on crypto software that may be used within it's borders. Me, quite the border clown (yes, I always bring a up ...
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What are the current known weaknesses/attacks on quantum key distribution?

I am writing a paper on the implementation of QKD in the future. I want to know if there are any viable attacks on the BB84 protocol or QKD in general? I know of the Photon Number Splitting attack or ...
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How can I calculate the probability of collisions of a hashing algorithm?

I'm pulling a “Dave” and I'm designing my own hashing algorithm. Not that I intend to use it, I'm not certifiable or anything, I just want the challenge of creating something. I'm not going to get ...
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Understanding a faulty Needam-Schroeder protocol

Give this mutual-authentication protocol (along with the attack) in which Alice wants to communicate with Bob, I can't understand how the attack works. A chooses $N$ (nonce) and sends to C (trusted ...
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Mathematical formula for switching the key for OTP?

Instead of generating the random key for the one time pad cipher over and over again, is there a mathematical formula that allows you to switch the key to a new key? The new key must be as random and ...
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UKS attack on KEA protocol

I'm trying to understand the UKS attack on KEA protocol. This is described in this paper: Security Analysis of KEA Authenticated Key Exchange Protocol So to summarize: KEA protocol: UKS ...
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Simulation Based Proof: How the Corrupted Party's Input is Given To Simulator

Imagine we have a 3-party protocol, including client $A$,client $B$ and a server. In this protocol client $B$ encrypts its input under its public key and sends it to the server. The server performs ...
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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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What are the practical implications of ciphertext distinguishability?

Commonly there are four ways to "break" a secrecy-focused cryptosystem: Recover the secret key Recover the message Distinguish an encryption from random noise Distinguish the encryption of two ...
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Cryptanalysis on two time pad ciphers? [duplicate]

One time pad ciphers are unbreakable if the message is encrypted correctly and if only used once. However if used more than once, it becomes decipherable. How come? Also, would it be smart to use one ...
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Playfair Cipher + Vigenere Cipher?

I'm researching cryptography for a school project, came across the above two ciphers, and something occurred to me. Would combining these two schemes give a considerably stronger encryption than ...
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Permuting Small Sized Set in Practice

Imagine we have a set $S$ of $m$ elements and we wants to permutes the set elements. Thus the original position of each element should be unknown after permuting. If we define a permutation function ...
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search of patterns in key schedules

I am developing a new key schedule, and there is this article (Enhanced Key Expansion for AES-256 by Using Even-Odd Method) where the authors also propose a new algorithm and one of the objectives is ...
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Finding keys of modified DES encryption

This is a question I had in my exam today, and I'll be glad if someone can help me to find the answer. A student built an encryption algorithm (something between DES and 3DES), in which the ...
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Collision probability of MD5 over different attacks

I am researching the collision probability of MD5 and various attacks against it. Can someone help me how to learn the least probability that there will be a collision in a specific attack on MD5? ...
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Is it a good practice to use plain text for derivation of Keys?

I have a question regarding the derivation of keys in crypto. Is it a good practice to use the plain text (in form of hashes) for derivation of keys ? these keys will be used for encryption of the ...
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What if the p and q used in keys generation of Pailler cryptosystem are composite?

I've seen a few implementations of Paillier cryptosystem that uses probable primes to choose $p$ and $q$. Assuming that a keypair is generated with $p$ and $q$ that are coprime and that $pq$ is ...
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I've stumbled upon a project that suggests a way of having to remember one password, from which a “per-service password” could be generated by salting the service name using scrypt. What could be a ...
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Using password-based encryption as a hashing scheme

Classic scheme: Given password and hashing algorithm Generate salt Calculate ...
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Why should the input value on a DPA attack be non-constant?

I actually was wondering if anyone could help me out with the following problem: Let's assume we are attacking the first SubBytes() operation on AES with the help ...
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Logjam-style attack on Factoring?

We're all aware of the Logjam attack, which is known as "FREAK on discrete logarithms". The attack works by doing a large pre-computation step, which needs only to be done once per field and then ...
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How can a lattice attack be applied to ECDSA signatures?

The aim is to check if it is possible to break the ECDSA cryptosystem under the following criteria. Suppose that each ECDSA signature is generated by using the GLV method for point multiplication (...
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If you have a file and XOR every bit with a random bit, can you extract any information?

Say you have a file that is not random, and you XOR every bit with a random bit (not pseudo, but really random). Can someone who sees only the result extract any information from it? Obviously, it won'...
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How broken is a xor of two multiply with carry generators?

How broken is a xor of two LCGs? How Brittle Are LCG-Cracking Techniques? Based on the above two questions, I have simply one additional question: how broken is a XOR of two 64-bit multiply with ...
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Cryptanalysis and Copying encrypted volumes

I just recently concerned myself with cryptography due to Snowden's revelations and there are a few things I cannot really wrap my head around but maybe you can help me with that. I am not a ...
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