Counter Mode (CTR) is an encryption mode, that builds a random-access stream-cipher from a block-cipher.

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mode of operation in cryptography

We need to choose a mode of operation for a Telnet like application where the average message size is between 7 and 1024 bytes. What is the best mode of operation in this case? a. CBC b. CFB c. ...
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How is decryption done in AES CTR mode?

Since AES CTR mode uses a unique IV and counter to produce the key to XOR with the plain text to get the ciphertext, the question is so as to how decryption is done. Since AES CTR produces a ...
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Is regular CTR mode vulnerable to any attacks?

Regular plain CTR mode, is it vulnerable to any attack? I plan to write a program to encrypt a drive with ctr mode. Would this be wise? Would AES be better? When I look at this diagram, it looks ...
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I homebrewed an algorithm. Is it secure?

This is a bit of a cross-posted question which I first asked at StackOverflow, however I was not satisfied with stackoverflow, so I came here for an in depth answer. I, as they say, "rolled my own ...
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Security of a simple AEAD construction

Introduction I want securely communicate with a small 8-bit device which has a very limited program program memory (Arduino Uno - 32K). My goal is to minimize code size and RAM usage. There are ...
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Streaming mode of operation that is more resistant against nonce reuse

Is it possible to create a streaming mode of operation where the reuse of a nonce does not destroy confidentiality? In this question it would be allowed for the streaming mode to leak if ciphertexts ...
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Dangers of using CTR mode for encryption

I know that it is never suggested to use the same key or key/IV pair twice for a stream cipher or for a block cipher operating in CTR mode. Filesystem-level encryption reuses the same key for a file ...
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AES CTR with similar IVs and same key

Let's say there is a piece of software that uses AES CTR to encrypt different messages using the same key but with slightly different IVs. So for example, a 16 byte IV, the 2nd 8 bytes are always ...
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Does extra encryption improve the security of CBC and CTR?

I am learning about cryptography and during my research and reading I had a question. When looking at information leakage and CBC mode, I asked if there is a way to improve this with by using the ...
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Why do we use XTS over CTR for disk encryption?

I'm taking Prof. Boneh's crypto class from Coursera, and am unsure on the requirement for XTS mode for disk encryption. It seems that CTR mode would do exactly what XTS can do, but is simpler to ...
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Multi-target attacks on AES-CTR with a random nonce

128-bit block ciphers are vulnerable to multi-target attacks where the attacker seeks to attack a collection of keys instead of a single key. A simple example: Generate keys $k_1, k_2, ...
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How does CTR-ESSIV work?

I'm using Wikipedia and Handbook of Applied Cryptography as references. I know that ESSIV generates an initialization vector (IV) by combining a hashed key with the sector number. However, I only see ...
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AES CBC mode or AES CTR mode recommended?

What are the benefits and disadvantages of CBC vs. CTR mode? Which one is more secure?
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Using HMAC as a nonce with AES-CTR encrypt-and-MAC

Suppose I use the following encrypt-and-MAC construction: $E(k_1, k_2, n, m) = E_\text{AES256-CTR}(k_1, n, m) \| \text{HMAC-SHA256}(k_2, m)$, where: $k_1$ and $k_2$ are 256-bit keys $n$ ...
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CTR DRBG dependent on request size?

I am trying to understand the CTR DRBG specification in NIST SP 800-90A. It seems slightly different to a pure stream cipher in that the key and counter are reset after each generate call using the ...
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If PRF is non invertible, why does Ctr-mode work?

I am currently taking Dan Boneh's Cryptography I course online. I have just finished the segment discussing the Cipher Block Chaining and Counter-Mode. I am having difficulty understanding why ...
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Best practises to generate IV for AES-CTR in this scenario

I'm building a cloud storage application that will store files on my servers. I want these files to be encrypted with AES in CTR mode and the key will be always the same. I'm wondering what would be ...
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Pseudorandom Functions with different input and output lengths

I am working on a problem found in my Cryptography textbook that goes as follows: Let F be a pseudorandom function such that for $k \in \{0,1\}^n$, function $F_k$ maps $l_{in}(n)$-inputs to ...
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Do I need an IV to use AES-CTR as a CSPRNG?

I'm using AES128-CTR for generating pseudo-random values, which is considered secure for up to 1MB (at least from what I've read). I simply encrypt a 128-bit little-endian counter, starting from 0. ...
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Picking a nonce in the context of CCM (CTR with CBC-MAC) mode

After having read the RFC 3610: Counter with CBC-MAC (CCM) and the Wikipedia article on CTR mode, I'm not sure how a nonce should be picked. The RFC says: A nonce N of 15-L octets. Within the ...
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Implementing 5 modes of operation with a hash function

Is it possible to implement any of the 5 modes of operation (ECB, CBC, OFB, CFB, CTR) with a hash function?
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(Re-)Using deterministic IV in CTR mode / How to: deterministic AES

I am aware of the requirement of an IV to be unique in CTR mode (Why must IV/key-pairs not be reused in CTR mode?). However I wonder if I can use an IV depending on the plaintext deterministically. ...
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Explain same encryption time for two files of different sizes

I am encrypting files in a two layered fashion as follows: Inner layer is 128 bit AES-CTR encryption Outer/Second layer is a simple one time padding with a particular key. While testing the ...
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AES-CTR with ephemeral keys vs IV

Let's say that we have a key exchange of some sort, which leaves A and B sharing the long-term secret $S$. Then, A and B want to use AES-CTR for the communication, which leaves us with several ...
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Are all stream-ciphers IND-CPA?

A stream cipher usually generates a stream of pseudo-random bits which get XORed with the plaintext to form the ciphertext. The stream is generated using a given IV / nonce and a secret key. CTR-mode ...
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How many bits of entropy can I expect from /dev/urandom in iOS?

Apple's latest security documentation indicates that it now uses CTR_DRBG for generating pseudo-random numbers (previously Yarrow instead of CTR_DRBG), using "timing variations during boot" and ...
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AES decryption vs encryption speed

Let's consider the CTR mode. For a faster encryption/decryption, is it preferable to use the decryption operation of AES, or its encryption ?
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Does CTR mode yield a PRF?

Can the keystream generated by CTR mode be considered a pseudo-random function? I give more information. Assume $f$ is a PRF. We define a function which takes 2 inputs, the desired length, and an ...
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File encryption with AES CTR mode

I understand that encrypting files in CTR mode is not perfectly safe, because it potentially leaves the files open for cryptanalysis, if the attacker has access to previous versions of the same files. ...
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Why is it good to split a CTR-mode counter into nonce and counter?

When discussing the CTR mode of block ciphers, Wikipedia says the following: Simply adding or XORing the nonce and counter into a single value would completely break the security under a ...
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Reusing keys with AES-CBC

I heard that key/IV pairs must not be reused in AES-CTR, or when using any stream cipher for that matter. Yet the attacks described do not seem to apply to AES-CBC. Is reusing the same key several ...
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Is this commutative encryption protocol secure?

My assumptions are: encryption must be commutative man-in-the-middle is not an issue I would like to implement the following scheme between 2 parties ($A$ and $B$) to exchange a key: Lets $C = P ...
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Turning a 64 bit block cipher into a 128 bit block cipher

There are quite a few block cipher modes of operation that require 128 bits. There are also modes of operation where a higher block size than 128, e.g. a block size of 256 bit would even be practical. ...
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Secure Channel - Encryption and Decryption Keys For A Message

I'm currently reading Cryptography Engineering and in Chapter 7, the topic of secure channel is discussed. The channel described is using CTR for encryption. Below I include images with pseudo-code ...
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What does a stream cipher provide that cannot be obtained with AES CTR mode operation?

I can precompute the key stream for the CTR mode operation and the encryption at that point is similar to a stream cipher. So why are there stream ciphers still used and proposed after RC4? Recently ...
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Why isn't CTR mode (counter mode) used more often?

For the CTR mode, the design is good for parallelization, yes, it seems the benchmark of the program downloaded from crypto++ proves that on an Intel I7 CPU. My question is that as most of CPU on ...
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CTR_DRBG versus OFB_DRBG

As far as I know, in the development of ANSI X9.82, there was consideration of OFB_DRBG, a pseudorandom number generator based on block ciphers like CTR_DRBG, but it appears to have been rejected of ...
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Is it possible to combine true streaming with AEAD?

It seems there is a difference between "streaming" in cryptographic sense (as in CTR) and "streaming" in general programming sense (as in "accept a file larger than RAM from socket and save it on ...
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CTR HMAC SHA256 implementation

After trying to invent my own AES mode, I decided to just implement something that's known to work, namely CTR with HMAC SHA256. From what I understand, I can use the IV as a counter, and the IV ...
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credit card number encryption using aes-ctr mode

I want to encrypt credit card numbers. I want to apply AES-CTR mode. Is it suitable for that? How can I store nonce and counter values for an individual credit card number? How can I send the ...
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How do we compute IV+1 in CTR mode?

This may be a very simple question, but I have not found info about this in any place. My question is about CTR mode: When it says $IV+1$… How do we make this operation? For example, if I have the IV ...
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How to show that a function is not a PRP?

So I have to answer these questions, but I honestly have no idea what I am doing or where to begin. Can I get some advice on how to tackle these? Consider a PRP candidate function $f$ on $K = X = ...
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IV's for different AES encryption modes

I wanted to know if my understanding is correct! I have been reading up on aes encryption and modes(specifically CTR and CBC) and it took me sometime to understand the concept of IV. If the IV is ...
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Counter Mode (CTR) and mult-CPA

I am not sure if Counter Mode (CTR) encryption is mult-CPA (chosen-plaintext attack) secure or not.
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Is the key deducible with AES CTR when we know about the plaintext, IV and the ciphertext? [duplicate]

Simply as stated, with AES running in CTR mode, can somebody work out the key (without brute-forcing) given we know about the plaintext, IV and also the ciphertext. Assuming we also know about the ...
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The perfect way of using IV in CTR mode

I understand that it is necessary to use the same IV for both encryption and decryption in the CTR mode. I'm thinking about the case when I concatenate the secret ...
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Can AES in CCM or GCM counter mode interoperate with AES in “plain” counter mode (CTR)?

I am exploring the use of Windows CNG to replace some OpenSSL-based code that takes advantage of AES in counter mode. From the outside, everything should look the same after the switch. The section ...
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secure embedded/microcontroller crypto using AES-ctr with hmac-sha2

The embedded device is a low-power 8-bit microcontroller (memory usage is constrained to about 10kb code, 1kb ram). As the device is battery-powered and manual service should be minimal, more powerful ...
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Does AES CTR mode store header information in encrypted files?

According to the movable-type.co.uk website, In the ‘counter mode’ used in this implementation, a counter which changes with each block is first encrypted, and the result is bitwise xor’d with the ...
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salsa20 is invertible, useless in CTR mode?

I'm reading the salsa20 spec (sorry for the newbie question, i'm really a newbie here). Every paragraph ends with : "this operation is invertible", I suppose the whole salsa20 algorithm is. If I use ...