A distinguisher describes an adversary's advantage. In cryptography, an adversary's advantage is a measure of how successfully it can attack a cryptographic algorithm, by distinguishing it from an idealized version of that type of algorithm.

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Distinguishing between two probabilities and the uniform probability

Say I have a polynomial adversary $A$ that can distinguish with a non-negligible adventage between $x$ generated from a probability $X$ and $y$ generated from a probability $Y$. Obviously, this ...
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Computational indistinguishability with Example

Based on computational indistinguishability definition no PPT algorithm can distinguish $X$ from $Y$, where $X=\{X_n\}_{n \in N}$ and $Y=\{Y_n\}_{n \in N}$ are ensembles of probability ...
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Computation indistinguishability questions

The definition I have is: Two probability ensembles $X = \{X_n\}_{n \in \mathbf{N}}$ and $X = \{Y_n\}_{n \in \mathbf{N}}$ are computationally indistinguishable if for every probabilistic ...
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Problem understanding the construction of block cipher distinguishers

I know a block cipher distinguisher is an algorithm which can predict with high probability whether a system is a random permutation or a block cipher by asking a few queries to the system. My ...
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How to construct a next bit predictor from a distinguisher

I read the claim, without proof, that it is possible to construct a next bit predictor for any PRNG given an oracle distinguisher for that PRNG and vice versa. How do I prove that? A distinguisher ...
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Why is DDH not hard over $\mathbb{Z}^*_p$?

Why is Diffie-Hellman key exchange not hard over $\mathbb{Z}^{*}_p$?
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What is the impact of the Goppa code distinguisher on the CFS and McEliece?

What is the impact of the distinguisher for the high-rate Goppa codes (as published in "A Distinguisher for High Rate McEliece Cryptosystems") on the CFS signature scheme and the McEliece/Niederreiter ...
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How can I construct a distinguisher given an inverter?

Let $ PRG: \{ 0, 1\}^n \rightarrow \{ 0, 1\}^{n+s}$ be a pseudo random generator and let $A$ be an inverter that runs in polynomial time, specifically: $\large \mathbb P_{d \leftarrow PRG(U_n)}[ A(d) ...
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Distinguishing joint probability distributions

Assume that we have a probability distribution $P(X,Y)$ for the joint probability of random variables $X$ and $Y$. Let $P(Y, Z)$ be analogous distribution for $Z$ and $Y$. Based on these we can define ...
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What is it meant by a “hybrid argument”?

Can anyone explain (or point to a reference for) what a hybrid argument is in a security proof, and when it's convenient or preferable to use it? Among some of the places where I've seen it ...
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What is the effect of the different AES key lengths?

How does a changing key length affects the ciphertext, not only in case of AES, but in general? I know that the key spaces become much larger and the number of rounds in case of AES changes, but is ...
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Can a proof be constructed to show there is no distinguisher?

Let's assume a simple algorithm like the Skein hash function. Is it possible, given the algorithm, to construct a proof that it does not have a particular distinguisher, something like: $P(xyz)$ is ...