The Diffie–Hellman key agreement is an anonymous, non-authenticated key-agreement protocol.

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CDH problem and Square-DH problem

CDH problem roughly says that choose $U=g^u, V=g^v$ uniformly at random from cyclic group $G$, it's hard to compute $CDH(U,V)=g^{uv}$. Square-DH problem roughly says choose $U=g^u$ uniformly at ...
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Understanding Twist Security with respect to short Weierstrass curves

I'm trying to understand the "Invalid-curve attacks against ladders" section of SafeCurves Twist Security page and I have difficulties to apply it to short Weierstrass curves. That section claims ...
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Difference between “ECDH with cofactor key” and “ECDH without cofactor key”?

I need to use “ECDH with a cofactor key” for generating symmetric key. I have a fair idea on how ECDH works, but I don’t understand the cofactor part. What is the difference between ”ECDH with a ...
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Vulnerabilities if encrypting the same data with 2 different keys

Let's say that Alice and Bob complete a key exchange and then Alice uses that key k1 to encrypt a 256-bit key kaes1 and sends it ...
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Why use variable p, q, g for Diffie-Hellman?

In the book Cryptographic Engineering, it is said that fixing p, q, g for a key negotiation protocol based on DH is a bad idea (page 228 1st ed). But allowing for flexible p, q and g requires a lot ...
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What is the relation between Discrete Log, Computational Diffie-Hellman and Decisional Diffie-Hellman?

How are the three problems Discrete Logarithm, Computational Diffie-Hellman and Decisional Diffie-Hellman related? From my understanding, since the Discrete Log (DL) Problem is considered hard, then ...
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How large should a Diffie-Hellman p be?

In a Diffie-Hellman exchange, the parties need to agree on a prime p and a base g in order to continue. Assuming some ...
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Is the $\ell$-Diffie Hellman Inversion easy when g is known?

From here they define the $\ell$-Diffie Hellman inversion problem as: Given $g^{a},g^{a^2}\ldots,g^{a^{\ell}} \in G$, compute $g^{a^{-1}}$ Would this problem become easy if the generator $g$ is ...
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AES encryption using a Diffie-Hellman key exchange

I have two systems which need to encrypt their communication by AES-128. The key for the AES encryption should be exchanged with the Diffie-Hellman (DH) algorithm. Now, I've read about DH and got a ...
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Diffie-Hellman and man-in-the-middle attacks

See here for the man-in-the-middle attack on Diffie-Hellman that I'm concerned about: What is Diffie-Hellman? How do we combat this? I have two questions: Is one solution for both Alice and Bob ...
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Where did Martin Hellman acknowledge Ralph Merkle's contribution to public-key cryptography?

I am trying to find the article to reference when discussing the Diffie-Hellman key exchange. According to Wikipedia Hellman said that The system...has since become known as Diffie–Hellman key ...
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Do low-entropy fingerprints actually make any sense?

I'm thinking of ZRTP and OTR in particular here. From my understanding, after a Diffie-Hellman session is initiated, the shared secret is then hashed into a 4-digit number, which the two parties can ...
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Why elgamal is still discussed

As I understand, if two users have a shared key, it is possible to encrypt a message using symmetric key encryption. So when a secret key is shared through Diffie-Hellman asymmetric key exchange, it ...
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Why are the random exponents so much bigger in the Socialist Millionaire protocol versus Diffie-Hellman key exchange?

Section 8, Security considerations, of RFC3526, which defines groups used for Diffie-Hellman has a table recommending some random exponent sizes. In particular, it says: The strength of a key ...
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Why does a non-prime DH modulus creates a “NOBUS” backdoor

can't we do a nobus backdoor with DH modulus prime? Some have argued that with a prime modulus you can just get the order by doing p-1 and then factor it, thus it is easy to reverse. I argue that this ...
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Side-channel attacks against ECDH for Weierstrass normal form curves

I hear a lot about why Montgomery curves are used in ECC, and one reason is that the same algorithm can be used to do both point addition and doubling (this is not true for the Weierstrass normal ...
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Explanation of the Decision Diffie Hellman (DDH) problem.

I'm extremely new to crypto, and very much inexperienced. Lately I've been reading about the Diffie-Hellman key-exchange methods, and specifically about the computational diffie-hellman assumption vs. ...
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Discovering private exponent from public key

I'm going to assume this isn't possible, but I have to ask because I'm trying to fundamentally understand what I've thus far been trying to implement by following an RFC. SRP-6a starts off with ...
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Condensed ElGamal + AES

In normal ElGamal encryption, the encrypted message is a pair (gb, gabM) - that is, the actual "encryption" is simply multiplication by the shared secret ...
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How to exctract ECDH parameters from an OpenSSL-generated $G$?

I'm using ECDH for generating ECDH public parameters (p,a,b,G,n), I try to get this values using openssl ecparam -in cert.pem -text -noout For ...
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Trouble with diffie-hellman groups

Is anyone able to point me towards a known-to-be-good diffie-hellman group? I currently use group 24 (RFC5114, 2048-bit MODP Group with 256-bit Prime Order Subgroup). It came to me that this group is ...
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Is there a group of prime order which could fit the CT-Computational Diffie-Hellman assumption?

I'm trying to choose a group that is hard under the Chosen-Target Computational Diffie-Hellman assumption, according to the definition in this paper, in order to implement the oblivious transfer ...
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Small subgroup confinement attack on Diffie-Hellman

I am trying to understand the small subgroup confinement attack on the Diffie-Hellman algorithm. I will present the attack and try to explain why it works. Small subgroup confinement attack on the ...
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Should I bother implementing DH + AES, or leave it to a library like Crypto++

I'm making a C++ back end for an application that'll heavily rely on AES-256 and DH. Should I trust third party libraries, or spend (lots of) time to learn about cryptographic implementation and write ...
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Why must curve25519 shared secret be hashed?

When using the curve25519 DH function, D.J. Bernstein recommends hashing the shared secret before using it as a session key for a symmetric block cipher. Why is that? Hashing won't increase the ...
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Given $g^a, g^b, g^c, g^{1/b}$, is it hard to distinguish $e(g, g)^{abc}$ from a random value?

where $g$ is a group element in bilinear group $\mathbb{G}$. I understand it is very similar to the conventional DBDH problem, but $g^{1/b}$ is also known, possibly making it easier? Does anyone know ...
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Does SRP reduce to DH key exchange when shared password is not secret?

I can find JavaScript implementations of SRP (Secure Remote Password protocol), but nothing that inspires confidence for Diffie-Hellmen key exchange. I also have a separate need for SRP later. I ...
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Is it feasible to break Diffie-Hellman key exchange when the implementation uses a poor-quality PRNG?

I've come across an implementation of DH in Java that uses the Random class to generate the secret integer value $a$, as shown in in Wikipedia's description of the ...
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Is it secure to use Diffie-Hellman key agreement to generate a nonce?

I have a system, using AES, in one of the modes that uses a nonce and authentication. We have a pre-shared key, and to agree about initial nonce we could use Diffie-Hellman, using the resulting ...
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EC ElGamal versus static+ephemeral ECDH

A client application needs to encrypt a UDP datagram for a server with known EC public key $P$. Performing a full ECDH key exchange would defeat the benefit of using UDP as a connectionless protocol. ...
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How can we determine if two discrete logarithms are equal?

Let $p$ be a prime number, and let $g_{1},g_{2},...,g_{n}$ be $n$ generator of $Z^{*}_{p}$. We have a list $y_{1},y_{2},\dotsc,y_{n}$ of elements in $Z^{*}_{p}$ such that for every $i\in ...
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Is this Diffie-Hellman key exchange variant vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks?

As we all know, the Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol without authentication is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. And if we use STS(Station-to-Station protocol) instead, it would be secure. ...
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Why use Needham-Schroeder if we have Diffie-Hellman?

If we want to establish secret symmetric key between two entities, why use Needham-Schroeder if we have Diffie-Hellman? With DH we don't need to have any trusted party, so what's the point of NS?
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some of my confusions about DDH assumption

The wiki defines the decisional Diffie–Hellman assumption as follows: Decisional Diffie–Hellman assumption Consider a (multiplicative) cyclic group $G$ of order $q$, and with generator $g$. The DDH ...
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Why does the modulus of Diffie–Hellman need to be a prime?

I read a lot about Diffie-Hellman, but there is one thing I dont understand: why does the modulus p need to be a prime? What if it would not be a prime?
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Does Identity-Based Encryption actually solve any problem?

Identity based encryption schemes [*] seem to have great potential in high-latency Delay-Tolerant and mobile, ad-hoc networks since they apparently seem to avoid the need for key negotiation and ...
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If we should not reuse primes in DH, shouldn't we not reuse ECDH elliptic curve properties?

An article How is NSA breaking so much crypto? describes NSA's methods for breaking encryption. If a client and server are speaking Diffie-Hellman, they first need to agree on a large prime number ...
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State level “Weak Diffie-Hellman” working for SRP too?

I've read about the "Weak Diffie-Hellman" attack (paper, website), where a resourceful entity like a state can pre-compute values for known primes to aid solving the discrete logarithm problem for ...
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ECDH and ECDSA in PGP with known public key

How are used ECDH and ECDSA in combination with public key ? Usually these methods are used for establish a secret themselves, ...
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Hashing a Diffie-Hellman result

In many implementations, the result of the Diffie-Hellman algorithm is hashed. I read that: Hashing the shared secret point prevents an attacker from gaining more information about the EC private ...
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Diffie-Hellman key agreement with both Server Authentication and Perfect Forward Secrecy

I am trying to find the protocol with the least overhead, which still meets the following requirements: Server Authentication of server identity to client. The client has an authentic copy of the ...
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Safety of a pre-keyed DH-Key Exchange

Asuming this scenario: Bob and Alice each have the public key of the other party for a D-H function and want to exchange data. Now, if they each generate their shared secret, is it safe to assume ...
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Diffie-Hellman: *assumed* largest prime factor of order of $g$?

I've read in several places: some of my confusions about DDH assumption - comment by Thomas Pornin on his own post Is there a key length definition for DH or DHE? - the answer by Tom Leek that ...
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Hardness of CDH in different groups

What is the difference of the CDH problem in different groups? In particular, given a group $\mathbb{G}_1$ of order $q$ that is a subgroup of $\mathbb{Z}_q^*$, $q$ prime, and another group ...
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Verilog simulation & synthesis of Diffie-Hellman key exchange

Is there any freely available verilog implementaion of Diffie-Hellman key exchange? I couldn't find anything using google. So, assuming its not there I started implementing on my own. The code is ...
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Small subgroup attack on Diffie-Hellman key exchange

Alice and Bob are using DHKE in the group $\mathbb{Z}_p^ * $, where $p = 1031 = 2 \cdot 5 \cdot 103 + 1$. Their generator $g = 2$, which generates a multiplicative group of order $515$ in ...
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Understanding Hellman's TMTO

I am trying to understand the basic TMTO by Diffie Hellman as described here. I am having trouble understanding this passage here: Hellman had the idea of storing the dictionary in the form of ...
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possible MITM attack against servers that used to support weak DH?

from reading the TLS 1.1 RFC, it looks like it would be possible to break a previously recorded TLS <1.2, 512-bit DHE ServerKeyExchange and then send it (unmodified, with the original, valid ...
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Why is “multiplying” $g^x$ and $g^y$ not possible?

The computational Diffie-Hellman problem states that for a cyclic group $G$ of order $p$ and a generator $g$, it is hard to find the value $g^{xy}$ given only $g^x$ and $g^y$ (but easy if either $x$ ...
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Is it possible to apply hill-climbing algorithm to Diffie–Hellman?

If Eve intercepts all the values communicated between Alice and Bob in a Diffie–Hellman key exchange, and applies the hill-climbing algorithm to reverse the modulo function, how will the algorithm ...