analysing cryptographic algorithms, potentially uncovering weaknesses in them (e.g. "breaking" them or casting doubts on their actual security)

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When is a cipher considered broken?

We've all read how some people claim AES is broken because there was supposedly a way to get the plain text from a cipher text faster than brute-force. But is this the definition? Is a cipher broken ...
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Is this encryption scheme perfectly secure?

Let $m = 6$, and let $\mathbb{Z}_m$ denote the set $\{0,…,m-1\}$. Let $X \mod m$ denote the remainder obtained when dividing $X$ by $m$. (a) Consider the symmetric encryption scheme in ...
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Analyzing security flaws of cipher

I know using homebrew encryption can be very dangerous as it is very likely to have many flaws in its design. The following concept is just for learning purpose in case anybody is getting red flags ...
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What makes this mixer function resistant to differential cryptanalysis?

I recently learned how differential cryptanalysis works, and decided to have a play around with testing various designs for resistance against attack. My testing algorithm is essentially to loop ...
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Text in random image encoder: is it flawed?

I have created a small cryptographic programme: You input your text A random image is generated Random coordinate pairs in number equal to the chars of the message are generated. The red component ...
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Cryptographic Symmetric Stream Cipher

Let me know a cryptographic symmetric stream cipher system with only two functions say S() and P() and it should satisfy the ...
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detecting ROT13/base64 encryption

Is there anyway to detect that a cipher is encrypted with ROT13 Or Base64 without decrypting it using the algorithm and check that the result means (works)? I mean does an algorithm exists that test ...
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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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Permuted vectors

Consider we have two vectors $v_1, v_2$ of size $n$, and each vector contains $n$ elements. We permute the vectors as: $\pi (k_1,v_1), \pi (k_2,v_2)$. Where $\pi (k_i,v)$ denotes a permutation of a ...
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Finding Vigenère cipher key(s) [closed]

How can we find the key used with a Vigenère cipher in small number of steps? If we have text like: Peit Wokm! Mhfa fepatgb ets bvvrvxmea ebte bae twkd qiqi ...
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How do you implement a cipher as one lookup table?

I am reading up on whitebox cryptography and have trouble understanding how are ciphers implemented as one lookup table? assuming my plaintext is just 4 bits so the size of my lookup table should be ...
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Counter Mode with a sequence of zeros bits plaintext, is it secure?

I had a quiz last week in computer security course. There was a confusing question that I am still looking for a good and clear answer. First, I know that counter mode with a good block cipher is ...
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Is a Combined Linear Congruential Generator secure for cryptography? [closed]

I learnt that a Combined Linear Congruential Generator (cLCG) has better properties than a Linear Congruential Generator (LCG). For those who don't know what a cLCG is, here are three links that might ...
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“Kernel attack” on MinRank — why do we guess $\left\lceil \frac k n \right\rceil$ vectors?

The kernel attack on MinRank is described here (page 5). My question refers to this line: Note that if $m = \left\lceil \frac k n \right\rceil$, the system essentially has only one solution ...
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rotational cryptanalysis on modulo multiplication?

I saw the paper 'Rotational Cryptanalysis of ARX', it is effective against design primitives using XOR, addition, and rotation. http://www.iacr.org/archive/fse2010/61470339/61470339.pdf However ...
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how to calculate non linearity of AES S-box?

S-box has to satisfy different design criteria. How to calculate non-linearity , propagation criteria for an AES S-box?
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How does Blowfish avoid successful cryptanalysis? [closed]

I have researched the Blowfish algorithm and am curious as to why there exists no effective cryptanalysis for this algorithm as of yet. What basic principles or features allow Blowfish to achieve ...
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A variant of Shamir secret sharing

Suppose implement the Shamir secret sharing as following: we select a degree $d$ polynomial $P$ with a zero coefficient of 0, and all other coefficents selected randomly from $Z_p$; and to this ...
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Prime factors of non-random keys

I have been working on a challenge i found on the internet. It is as follows: You've stumbled onto a significant vulnerability in a commonly used cryptographic library. It turns out that the ...
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Partially-known-plaintext attack of a stream cipher based on modular arithmetic

I have a function called $F$, using modular arithmetic as does RSA, defined as $$x\mapsto F(x) = g^x\bmod p$$ where $p$ is a 1024-bit prime and $g$ is a generator of $\mathbb Z_p^*$. A secret key $r$ ...
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Bicliques for permutations

So I'm trying to understand the complexity of the biclique attack on Grostl and I have some questions: 1) The paper introduces sliced bicliques where on Grostl one constructs a biclique of dimension ...
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modfied man in the middle attack diffie hellman

I have been given a problem in preparation for my cryptography final that I'm not sure how to solve. It asks me to suppose a scenario where instead of where an attacker would intercept some message ...
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WIN LM Password Hashes (using John the ripper) [closed]

In a problem set, we've been asked to use John The Ripper to crack a list of Win LANMAN passwords. They are of the following form: 953A55E36AB85C0B9DA92C18555E42E1:0169295E0A6A6B35B2DD9932D10C1978 ...
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What is the complexity of the Square attack against the reduced 4-rounds 128-bit Rijndael variant?

I'm looking at a square attack against a reduced version of AES-128 with only 4 rounds (with block and key size of each 128 bit). I have a set of 256 plaintext-ciphertext block pairs. What is the ...
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Cryptanalysis of Marvin32

So I am curious about the security analysis of Marvin32, the randomized hash algorithm used in .NET (to prevent hash-table DoS). I found the source code here: ...
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What is the difference between H(M) and H3(M, s, IDA)? [closed]

What is the difference between H(M) and H3(M, s, IDA)? I am aware of Hash function with a Message and a Key, but there are three parameters in: H3(M, s, IDA). Here M is the message, s is the key, ...
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Why cant Public Key Encryption be perfectly secure? [duplicate]

I would be very grateful for any help. I cant figure out why (probabilistic) public key encryption schemes can never provide perfect secrecy? Any Ideas? Excerpt: In contrast to the private-key ...
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How much of Probability do I need to know to study Cryptography?

I have just started MSc in Computer Security. I didn't study probability before. Now, I have some short time to complete my MSc semester. What are the minimum topics from 'Probability' do I need to ...
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Using Permutation polynomial to compute a MAC

Is the following MAC secure? For a block $y_i$ in a file, we defined a MAC as follows: $Mac_i:PRF(k,i) \cdot g^{y_i \cdot r_i} \bmod p$. Where $p$ is a prime number, $g \in \mathbb{G}$,$PRF(k,i)$ is ...
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Will current encryption always remain secure? Is there mathematical proof?

Current encryption algorithms, such as AES, RSA, elliptic curve, etc. work based on known mathematical problems. I am specifically interested in the RSA. Will such security always remain secure? One ...
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Modular Reduction of polynomials in GF(2^m)

Hello I am having trouble understanding the algorithm implementation in hardware of the reduction process over galois fields of F(2^163) In the following process it ...
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Generating child keys for a hill climb algorithm

As a little pet project I'm writing some code to do a little cryptanalysis. Starting with something simple I have created a hill climbing algorithm for solving a simple substitution cipher. So I ...
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Roots of polynomial in Shamir secret sharing

I need to know whether one can obtain any roots of the polynomial in Shamir secret sharing if he possesses less than threshold shares. For instance in (t,n) if he has t-1 shares can he obtain any ...
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RSA decrypting of a huge file by parts [closed]

I need to decrypt a huge file that I own previously encoded by myself with a RSA public key (it's possible for this step using a symmetric algorithm key). Problem is that I can't load it in my ...
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find $x$, given $\{c_ix = k_i + y_i\}_{i=[1,n]} $

Given $$c_1x = k_1 + y_1 $$ $$c_2x = k_2 + y_2 $$ $$\vdots $$ $$c_nx = k_n + y_n $$ where the values of $\{c_1 \ldots c_n \}$ and $\{ k_1 \ldots k_n \}$ are known, and $x, \{y_1 \ldots y_n \}$ are ...
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Security of SecRandomCopyBytes on OSX and iOS

How secure is SecRandomCopyBytes() (Apple's RNG)? Has anyone ever reviewed it?
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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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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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How to find an impossible differential?

Given an arbitrary SPN-based cipher with X rounds. How to find an impossible differential for this cipher? What are strategies to find one?
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Finding Patterns in Encrypted Data

I am looking for an application (Windows) or code example that might help me find patterns in an encrypted file. I have a ciphertext for which I want to see when a key is repeated. I am not trying ...
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Security of a custom non linear hill cipher

Initially let me state that this is an atypical type of cryptographic encoding. First I break up my key into three parts $k = {W,\overrightarrow{b},\alpha}$. the $W$ is simply a $n \times n$ matrix, ...
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Determine encryption method with input and output

A website stores username and password in a session cookie. In the cookie the password is "encrypted" or modified in some way. Given that the "encrypted" version is always the same, I do not believe ...
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Vigenère + columnar transposition

I'm trying to decode a text which is encoded by Vigenère followed by a columnar transposition. The method I want to use is trying random columnar transpositions and then rating how much the text that ...
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Recover keys using statistical saturation attack

I am having trouble here performing this attack on a block cipher. This is my block cipher, it is a toy with really bad diffusion just for the sake of performing a successful attack ...
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Practical strength of non-2^n RSA key lengths [duplicate]

It has for many years been popular to use RSA keys that have lengths that are powers of two. E.g. 1024-bit, 2048-bit and 4096-bit key lengths are all popular for use with OpenPGP implementations such ...
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How to check if a sequence is generated by a linear congruential generator? [duplicate]

Assume a linear congruential generator is defined by $x_i=(x_{i-1}\cdot a+c)\bmod m$ and I am given the values $a$, $c$, $m$ and a sequence of numbers starting at the $n$th bit. Can I tell whether ...
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Self changeable key [closed]

If key changes itself when it send/receive message what would be could breaking method? So: $E: m×k$ in which $k$ is last generated key $D: c×k$ in which $k$ is last generated key $k{_n} = ...
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Decrypt a message which is encrypted using XOR? [duplicate]

This is a puzzle asked in a contest. Given that encryption , decryption happens as per following rule/code: ...
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Is ASCON cipher broken?

http://eprint.iacr.org/2015/030 present several attacks of ASCON but does not have a conclusion section. I'm having troubles estimating what are the consequences on the use of ASCON. What's your ...