# Tagged Questions

The Diffieâ€“Hellman key agreement is an anonymous, non-authenticated key-agreement protocol.

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Let $G$ be a cyclic multiplicative group of order $n$. Let $g$ be a (public) generator of $G$. The Diffie-Hellman (DH) problem asks: Given $g^x, g^y\in G$ for $x, y\in \mathbb{Z}^*_n$, to compute ...
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### Deriving 2 shared secrets from one private key and 2 different public keys

I have a key pair, say $(d, Q)$. I send my public key $Q$ to 2 different people. I also get their public keys $Q_1$ and $Q_2$. Now I can derive 2 shared secrets, $d*Q_1$ and $d*Q_2$. The 2 other ...
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### Is it safer to generate your own Diffie-Hellman primes or to use those defined in RFC 3526?

I was wondering if the prime numbers defined for use with Diffie-Hellman in RFC 3526 are more trustworthy than generating one's own, especially considering the recent Arjen Lenstra paper (Ron was ...
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### Solving discrete logarithm when p is not a safe prime

If you have the cyclic group of integers modulo $p$, where $p$ is not a safe prime, as well as a generator $g$ with which for all factors $q$ of $(p-1)$, $g^{(p-1)/q} \ne 1$, This answer says that ...
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### Property of Multiplicative group of integers mod n

While practising on paper I've realized of a property of multiplicative group of integers mod $n$. First, let's define $G$ being $p$ a prime and $g$ a primitive root mod n or a generator of a ...
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### About Primitive roots mod n in Diffie-Hellman [duplicate]

I'm on the study of Diffie-Hellman and its related math (multiplicative group of integers $\mod n$). In some crypto papers and documents I've read that $g$ needs to be a primitive root mod $n$ ($g$ ...
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### My attempt of combining socialist millionaire and Diffie-Hellman. Is it any good?

I've come up with an algorithm to solve the socialist millionaire problem, but I'm not sure if the algorithm is secure. I wasn't able to find any flaw in it, but it seems too simple to be secure, so ...
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### Can a TLS client perform any DH regeneration?

I have only the barest understanding of cryptography, but I've been following the Logjam issue; some posts and articles (elsewhere) imply that a client can regenerate DH keys. Is Logjam solely a ...
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### Logjam on Elliptic Curves?

I think we're all aware of the Logjam attack. From now on we know that re-using primes for DH is a bad idea. But we also say that elliptic curves are safe from the attack (relying on the NFS), ...
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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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### 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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### Logjam: “composite order subgroups” explained for TLS developers and system admins?

I have read the recent logjam paper Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice. On page 11 in the Recommendations section, they state: ...
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### what is recommended x length in Diffie Hellman algorithm

According to rfc documents http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2412#appendix-E.2 & http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3526#section-3, it has defined the prime and the ...
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### DH with AES - is that an acceptable security scheme over UPnP?

I'm trying to devise a good security scheme to protect comms over Wi-Fi. Right now, I have 2 devices that already communicate via UPnP but I need to secure this communication. I've come up with this: ...
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### Understanding Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange [closed]

Help me understand the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange From what I understand: Agreed upon numbers: Both parties agree on the value of a large prime number $p$ and a generator $g$. The users each ...
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### Why does Diffie-Hellman need be a cyclic group?

Why is Diffie-Hellman defined on a cyclic group? Doesn't it work for any commutative operation which the inverse is hard to find? Say Alice and Bob agree in a public prime $c$ and both choose a ...
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### Why does spiped use both nonces and ephemeral keys?

Colin Percival's spiped utility uses a pre-shared key and Diffie-Hellman with ephemeral keys to provide forward secrecy. The protocol is summarized in the ...
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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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### How does ECDH arrive on a shared secret?

I read a brilliant, three part article on Elliptic Curve cryptography (one, two, three). It was able to explain Elliptic Curves to me in a way that didn't require a math degree to understand. The ...
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### DHKE choice of private keys

In some literature it is written that the private key should be chosen random from {2,3, ..., p-1} and in some it says {2,3, ..., p-2} I guess p-1 is a weak private key, but why is that so? The ...
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### Rationale of “r” AES key use in OTR version 3 AKE protocol?

I just tried to review & understand AKE (Authenticated Key Exchange) protocol as defined in OTR secure messaging protocol version 3 here , and aiming to achieve Perfect Forward Secrecy I am a ...
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### Why is diffie-hellmangroup1-sha1 used instead of diffie-hellman?

For SSH why is diffie-hellmangroup1-sha1 used instead of just diffie-hellman? In other words, why is the hash function used?
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### How to encypt/decrypt messages after ECDH key agreement

I am using Diffie-Helman key exchange to generate the shared secret. But how will can a message be encrypted using this shared key?
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### Is only one shared secret generated by ECDH per key pair?

I'm confused about ECDH. Using their public keys and private keys, two entities can arrive on a shared secret. But from the equations I've seen, it looks like ONLY the numbers present in their key ...
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### How can I use SSL/TLS with Perfect Forward Secrecy?

I'm new to the field of cryptography, but I want to make the web a better web by setting up the sites that I host with Perfect Forward Secrecy. I have a list of questions regarding the setup of ...
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### Workaround to implementing Forward Secrecy

In the case where I am self-signing my digital certificates, if I just change my certificate (generate a new one) every week or month, will this have (sort of similar to) the same effect as ...
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### How does $g$ being a generator imply Diffie-Hellman's correctness?

In the Diffie-Hellman protocol for key exchange over an unsecured channel, we choose $p$ and $g$, where $g$ is a generator of $\mathbf{Z}_p^*$. However I want to know why this assumption makes the ...
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### How to find generator $g$ in a cyclic group?

As generator $g$ is use in DH how to find combination of prime $p$ and $g$? eg: if we choose $p=23$ its generator is $7$ (given in book) how to find it?
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### Requirement for the exponent generation during DH protocol [duplicate]

The setting is classic DH protocol. Alice computes $A = g^a \bmod p$. Alice then sends $A$ to Bob. Then Bob will send $B = g^b \bmod p$ to Alice. Are there any requirements for the values $a$ and ...
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### Malicious DH groups

Can an attacker construct a DH group, large enough to be considered secure (say, a modulus of 2048-bits), such that the group appears safe, but the attacker is able to solve the DLP in the group ...
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### Diffie-Hellman Application

Alice and Bob want to perform a Diffie-Hellman key exchange using the group $G$, a primitive root $g$, Aliceâ€™s secret key $k_A$ and Bobâ€™s secret key $k_B$. In each case below compute the element of ...
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### For Diffie-Hellman, must g be a generator?

Due to a number of recently asked questions about Diffie-Hellman, I was thinking this morning: must $g$ in Diffie-Hellman be a generator? Recall the mathematics of Diffie-Hellman: Given public ...
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### Is it possible to perform one-way Diffie-Hellman MITM?

Here's something that is bugging me recently: suppose that me and my friend establish an OTR session and - as a result of that - DH key exchange is performed. My friend verifies my key, but I cannot ...
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### curve25519 weak points for contributory behaviour

The Diffie-Hellman on curve25519 is usually calculated using the base point $(9,â€¦)$ which induces a cyclic subgroup of $G:=\{\infty\}\cup(E(F_{p^2})\cap(F_p\times F_p))$ with index 8, i.e. there is a ...
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### Relations between RSA and DLOG, factoring and DLOG

Definition: (The generalized Diffie-Hellman problem) Let $n=pq$ for two large primes $p,q$. Given $x, x^a, x^b,n$, find $x^{ab}\pmod{n}$. (1) Is there a known reduction from the GDH problem ...
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### Post-quantum hybrid encryption

Assume the following simplified protocol: seed = curve25519SharedKey(theirPublicKey, myPrivateKey) sharedKey = scrypt(seed, salt, sufficientlyHardWorkFactors...) cipherText = aes256(sharedKey, ...
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### Stream cipher with Diffie-Hellman and Cryptographic Hash Function? [duplicate]

I know: Never do your own crypto. But this question is just theoretical. Assume you do a Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange with a server to produce a shared secret $x$. Then use a cryptographic hash ...
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### Why is g is less than p in Diffie-Hellman?

In non-authenticated DH, p and g are made as public record. p needs to be a large prime number and g should be smaller than p. Why does g need to be smaller than p?
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### Building a pad for OTP on-the-fly with Diffie-Hellman

Through repeated DH attempts, could Alice and Bob build a large random key for use as a one-time pad? My intuition is that this protocol would be as hard as breaking DH (discrete logarithm).
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### DHE key exchange. Is it really secure?

Context I recently came across a video on the net showing the process of key exchange in Diffie Hellmann. Alice and Bob want to communicate. Eve is the (wo)man in the middle. This video is the ...