# Tagged Questions

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

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### A proof exercise in the <<Intrduction To Modern Cryptography>>

I'm learning the book by myself. I have thought this exercise for few days.But I still don't get the way to proof it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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### How Brittle Are LCG-Cracking Techniques?

One thing that perplexes me somewhat about the cryptographic community is how people seem to hate LCGs and write them off without much effort to repair their flaws, and yet also like LFSRs and have ...
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### Merkle–Damgård transform: necessity of the Length block [duplicate]

The Merkle–Damgård transform append the message length (in blocks) to the message itself and then computing the 'chained hash' algorithm. Does the last block (which contains the length of the ...
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### RSA OAEP: prevention of partial decryption of ciphertexts

I'm trying to understand RSA encryption (as a beginner in cryptography). go on this wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimal_asymmetric_encryption_padding scroll down to the 2 numbered points: ...
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### Decrypt with only the cipher file and the key? [on hold]

I got an encrypted file, and I got the key. The only thing I don't know is "how it has been encrypted". The cipher file is "data" type (not readable by a text editor), but the key is a "text". Do ...
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### For calculating the index of coincidence for each sequence

I was learning about the finding the key length reading the following web site... http://practicalcryptography.com/cryptanalysis/stochastic-searching/cryptanalysis-vigenere-cipher/ and I really don't ...
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### Problem description “SAFE” [closed]

So this is the problem, sorry for the bad img quality. The answer which i don't know is 10 chars long. And there are thease 3 safe knobs with numbers inside them. I have been trying to solve it,yet ...
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### What informal indicators exist for estimating the computational infeasibility of cryptographic problems?

When assuming a block cipher primitive is secure, or a number theoretic problem is hard, this assumption is usually based on how far we are from breaking the primitive or solving the problem using ...
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### To prove $r \cdot f_1 +f_2 \cdot (s+1)$ is secure

We define the polynomials $r, f_1,f_2,s \in R[x]$. Where $r$ is a random degree 1 polynomial and $s$ is a random polynomial such that: $degree(s)=degree(f_1)=degree(f_2)$, let $R$ be $\mathbb{Z}_p$ ...
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### Should I study advanced abstract algebra and more than elementary number theory to pursue a career in cryptography? [on hold]

Do I need to study advanced abstract algebra and more than elementary number theory in order to pursue a career in cryptography ? I've already taken a course in abstract algebra, but I'm wondering ...
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### Decrypting A Cipher Text without knowing the key or plaintext

i'm new to cryptography and i am doing a research based on cryptanalysis of vigenere cipher. If i have a ciphertext which is encrypted using vigenere cipher, is it possible for me to decrypt the ...
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### Attacks of the MAC construction $\mathcal{H}(m||k)$ for common hashes $\mathcal{H}$?

Consider a common practically-collision-resistant hash function $\mathcal{H}$ (e.g. SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-512, RIPEMD-160), perhaps based on the Merkle–Damgård construction as are the first three. We ...
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### How can I calculate the size of an encryption key?

I have encryption algorithm that has two variables are used as encryption key. How can I calculate the size of the encryption key. I will show an example of what the variables can be: ...
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### The number of surviving key after “Meet in the middle stage” in 3-subset MITM attack

In 3-subset Meet in the middle attack, how can we calculate the number of surviving key after meet in the middle stage? and how can we calculate the complexity of Key testing stage? I have read about ...
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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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### Key management for military GPS receivers

I wonder what encryption scheme is used in high-precision encrypted GPS streams (the so-called “P(Y) code”). If there's a master key needed, then it has to be in every device. Yet the master key ...
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### impersonating attack against a protocol

recently I'm reading Efficient eCK-secure Authenticated Key Exchange Protocols in the Standard Model, and I sense that the scheme in the following(the reader can refer to the paper for details) is ...
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### What is “msg = group.random(GT)” in Charm encryption schemes?

In many encryption schemes in Charm the random group message is used instead of a text-message: msg = group.random(GT) For example, in CP-ABE scheme, random ...
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### Where can I begin to study the math behind modern cryptography?

Why do I start the word buffers in MD5 with those values specifically? What in the world motivated the decision to use the numbers 1, 1, 2, 3 for the mix columns stagein AES? And what kind of ...
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### DES Encryption Algorithm all 64 bits for key instead of 56 bits

Would a DES algorithm that uses all 64 bits for the key instead of just the 56 bits be more secure? I have been thinking about it but those 8 bits used for parity are very useful and but including ...
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### Recommended skills for a job in cryptology [closed]

First let me apologize if this is an ill posed question. Let me also note that I do not in any way seek a comprehensive answer, simply your thoughts on what makes for a valuable asset to a company ...
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### Regarding Key Strength with DES and Blowfish

I had a small discussion with my friend on combining two encryption algorithms based on 64-bit keys. Say I have a plain text of 64 bits which I want to encrypt. My Key size is 128 bits. I will use ...
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### Chi-Squared Step of Vigenere Cipher Decryption

So, I have been assigned an assignment where I had to solve a Vigenere cipher. Following along with this webpage I managed to get all the way to the chi-squared step. But, that is the problem. Upon ...
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### breaking fully homomorphic encryption schemes

Fully homomorphic encryption schemes allow one to evaluate any arbitrary computation over encrypted data. Intuitively this seems to be too weak, irrespective of how we achieve this. An adversary who ...
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### Are there valid attacks on full SHA-1?

Google today announced they are sunsetting SHA-1. Its fine by me. But that made me realize I am not keeping up with the research on SHA-1. The Wikipedia page only says Stevens' attack is the most ...
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### Breaking Double Encryption

I am trying to understand how an attacker knows when he has successfully decrypted a ciphertext for an assignment. As such, some pointers/hints for the following questions would be greatly ...
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### What's causing the poor randomness in this program: the LCG, or the program logic itself?

(Crypto Gods, I should begin by stressing that I haven't lost my mind: I'm not doing this in real life, I'm just trying to understand the theory behind what's happening. With your help, hopefully I ...
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### Cracking an appliance's network protocol

I'm trying to crack my thermostat's network protocol. I've captured several rounds of network traffic and here is what I've got to work with. Communicating via HTTP POST The POST data is JSON ...
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### Hill Cipher question

Recently, I was given three ciphers to crack for my cryptography class. At this point, I have guessed that one of them is likely a Hill cipher (probably 3x3, as that is the most complex we have done ...