Encryption is the process of transforming plaintext using a cipher into ciphertext to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing the key. Decryption is the process of transforming that ciphertext back into plaintext, using the key.

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Is ChaCha20 alone sufficient for securing data-at-rest?

I wonder if ChaCha20 alone is sufficient for securing files stored on a disk or should Poly1305 should be used along with it? AFAIK, Poly1305 is used to secure the authentication channel, but for ...
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Switching between AES and a highly performant algorithm

I want to de/encrypt several binary files rather frequently on a normally battery-powered device. My goal is to use AES-256 when the device is AC-powered and a highly performant algorithm when it's ...
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Attacks on WinRAR volumes reusing same password?

I have quite a few WinRAR volumes that are all encrypted with the same password. The password is long and unbruteforceable, but I recently read that WinRAR uses PBDKF2 as its key-derivation function ...
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Encryption on the cloud with versioning

Can file-versioning, which is available for instance in Dropdox, weaken the security of encrypted files if someone is able to see two or more snapshots of the ciphertext at different times? To be ...
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Double Encryption Using same key

I am new to crypto and wondered what would happen when we encrypt twice using any algorithm and the same key. Consider two block ciphers A and B. We generate the ciphertext as c = A(B(m)) for any ...
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FIPS 140-2 Compliance Testing

Is there any tool which can be used to test that implementations follow FIPS 140-2 Compliance ?
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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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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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ciphertext packing for bandwidth optimization

Lets say $Alice$ needs to send ciphertext $c_b = enc(m_b,k_b)$ to $Bob$ and ciphertext $c_c = enc(m_c,k_c)$ to $Carol$, for both the ciphertexts notice that underlying plaintexts are different (i.e. $...
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How to prove that the Permutation cipher is not CPA secure?

Encryption scheme is called a permutation cipher if every plaintext string with letters $a_1,\ldots, a_n$ is encrypted as $a_{\pi(1)}, \ldots, a_{\pi(n)}$ for some (not necessarily uniform) ...
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Determining if a ciphertext can be decrypted

I want to know what the state of the art in the following cryptographic problem is. Assume a public channel on which encrypted messages are exchanged, using symmetric key encryption. I hold a couple ...
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Is EncFS good for online storage services?

Conclusion from an EncFS audit: EncFS is probably safe as long as the adversary only gets one copy of the ciphertext and nothing more. EncFS is not safe if the adversary has the ...
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Precisely how does CBC mode use the initialization vector? [duplicate]

As I understand it, AES in CBC mode does an XOR of the 128-bit initialization vector and the first 128 bits of plain text. Is this correct? I am using the PHP 5.3 openssl extension in aes-256-cbc ...
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Is there an upper bound to the private exponent in RSA?

In the RSA algorithm, we choose $p$ and $q$ as prime numbers and we select a value $e$ which is coprime to $\varphi(pq)=(p-1)(q-1)$. Then we calculate $d:=e^{-1}\bmod\varphi(pq)$. My question is: ...
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How to propagate error in variable-sized message?

I want to design a scheme to encrypt a variable-length message with a secret key, to provide confidentiality. The message is a short human-readable text string with byte granularity, let's say under ...
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Basic Encryption and Decryption related question

I recently started studying cryptography and got interested in the subject. But I got this doubt when I was studying the encryption scheme. Even though we encrypt our message and change it into ...
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Is it bad practice to use the message digest of the plaintext as the initialization vector? [duplicate]

Data is being encrypted in a database. A message digest is being created for deduplication purposes. Is it ok to use the message digest that will be the key of the table that houses the encrypted ...
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2 round GOST_28147-89 cipher distinguisher

So, here is the scheme of how this will look graphically: The deal is to present distinguisher for this cipher. First of all here is my drafts: Way 1 Assume that distinguisher displays in ...
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Implement AES with 16 bit block size?

Can we implement AES with 16 bit block size ?if so what are its advantages and disadvantages?Is there any rule AES has to be implemented with 128,192,256 ?Can we use AES for odd number of bits(17,33,...
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Is there an encryption format that preserves length and only outputs alphanumerics?

I'm trying to design a promo code system for a server app I'm designing. Basically, I generate a promo code for a certain item and give the code out to someone, who then types it into the server. ...
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How to deliver an encrypted message to multiple recipients without revealing keys

Let's say I have generated a private and a public key. I create a message and encrypt it with the public key. I deliver this encrypted message and a private key to multiple recipients. Why would I do ...
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Is simple XOR with secret key using DHE secure?

Client and server have given generator 3 and modulus which is 256 bit prime same all the time for all clients and server (simply hardcoded). They both generate a private exponent and send result to ...
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Decrypt using OpenSSL produces packing errors

I am receiving an encrypted file and it's key from a partner. The Key has itself been encrypted using our Digital Certificate Public Key, though I don't know exactly how. The partner has instructed me ...
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Which data encryption mechanism to use for data transfer?

I have high performance nodes communicating with each other sending logs and data over network. The communication is heavy and over public network. I would like to know how to know which is the best ...
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Reason for replacing mifare classic

As you know there occured some successful attacks again mifare classic tags (manufactured by NXP) and therefore NXP recommends to replace these tags with some newer products like mifare pro desfire ...
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RSA: Is it secure to use the private key to encrypt and the public key to decrypt?

This may sound weird: What if I don't let others know my public key, then use my private key to encrypt, and the public key to decrypt? Is this secure? Let me explain a little bit: Common usuage: ...
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Variable length variable output encryption with out any padding?

I would like to know if there is any encryption algorithm with variable input variable output with out any padding? For example if I give 16(17,18,67,117,..any size) bit plaintext, my ciphertext is ...
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Whats the point of an IV if public? [duplicate]

What is the point of the initialization vector in cryptographic modes like AES-CBC when it is sent in the public? Cant any attacker just listen and reverse the IV? and as such defeating its purpose? ...
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What are the strenghts and weaknesses of Whirlpool Hashing Algorithm

I want to find out if the Whirlpool hashing algorithm have any weaknesses. There are quite a bit of articles explaining the strengths of this algorithm, but for some reason I cannot find any on its ...
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Is it possible to have E=D and Ke <> Kd?

Let us consider $E$ an encryption algorithm that encrypts a message $m$ into a ciphertext $c$ using a key $K_e$. i.e $c = E(K_e, m)$. Similarly, decryption is achieved by $m = D(K_d, c)$. Is there ...
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Possibility of the encrypted text being the same as the supplied plain text! [duplicate]

I was learning DES when it occurred to me that there could be a possible case where a (key, plainText) pair could result in an ...
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have a question in the book “introduction to modern cryptography”

"introduction to modern cryptography. 2ed" in page 254 "By obtaining sufficiently many estimates and letting $x_{i}$ be the majority value, $A{'}$can ensure that $x_{i}$ is equal to $gl(x, e^{i})$ ...
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Most Secure Exchange of Keys [closed]

Given both Alice and Bob must exchange IP addresses to perform such an operation, what is the most secure way Alice and Bob can exchange public keys between two mobile devices without having to rely ...
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Do $v_1=\alpha\cdot r_1$ and $v_2=\alpha\cdot r_2$ leak information about $\alpha$

Please consider we have finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$ for large prime number $p$. We have a fixed field element $\alpha$. By $r_i\leftarrow \mathbb{F}_p$ we mean we pick $r_i$ uniformly random from the ...
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How much processing power should you assume an attacker has?

The answer to this question says that you should assume an attacker can do one billion operations per second: Key Size for Symmetric Homomorphic Encryption Over the Integers Is that a single attacker ...
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Attribute Based Encryption [duplicate]

Could someone explain the main differences between Key Policy Attribute Based Encryption (KP-ABE) and Ciphertext Policy Attribute Based Encryption using an example? I know that KP-ABE depends on the ...
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How to break this PRNG encryption scheme? [closed]

Suppose we have the following symmetric algorithm: key = random bits G = PRNG(seed: key) input = [0,1,1,0,1,0,0,0, 0,1,1,0,1,0,0,1] // "hi" in ascii The key can ...
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Proving an encrypted message contains (but does not 100% consist of) a plain-text message?

I have keypair (u,r), and two pieces of data, X and Y. I reveal X publicly but keep Y secret. Y has high entropy. I then concatenate X and Y, into Z. I encrypt Z, into "encrypt(Z,u) = Q". r is ...
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Proving an encrypted message contains (but does not 100% consist of) a plain-text message? [duplicate]

I have keypair (u,r), and two pieces of data, X and Y. I reveal X publicly but keep Y secret. Y has high entropy. I then combine X and Y, into c(X,Y) = Z. I encrypt Z, into "encrypt(Z,u) = Q". r ...
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Are there ANY text strings that will generate the same SHA-512 Hash output? [duplicate]

Are there ANY text strings that will generate the same SHA-512 Hash output? Please provide an example, and how you came to that conclusion. I've tried thousands of variations, including ".." vs. "." ...
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RSA - PKCS#1 padding - overall correction of algorithm

From PKCS#1, page 24: After we create the EM byte string and convert it to an integer, we then encrypt that integer with RSAEP (page 10) to get the ciphertext (as an integer). My question arrives ...
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Randomness in Public Key Encryption

For a scheme to be at least CPA secure, one has to randomize the scheme. In case of a secret key encryption scheme, the used randomness will typically become part of the cipher text as in the case of ...
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What is stopping someone from saving encrypted info, and decoding it later?

When I send encrypted data to a website, using public key encryption, what is stopping someone who is listening from storing my encrypted data, and decryption it in a few years after they have ...
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Email: Degrees of Security [closed]

It has been explained to me by IT that there is no such thing as totally secure email - but rather a spectrum. If systems are secured via https and SSL what degree of encryption/security are we ...
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Additive homomorphic encryption scheme without change in operator

I'm looking for an additive homomorphic encryption that the addition operator (+) in its plaintext space be the same as addition operator in its ciphertext space. (Schemes like Paillier do addition in ...
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Envelope Encryption with asymmetric keys vs KMS

In Envelope encryption a symmetric secret key is used to sign the data and then another key is used to encrypt the secret to produce an encrypted secret key. The encrypted messages is packaged with ...
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Having plaintext and ciphertext, how can I learn more about key/encryption?

I have an OLD work database that seems to have a simple encryption on the PW. I have one users whose pw is 7777 the cipher text is ...
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Knowing pre-encryption data, can we find the private key CryptoWall used?

I'm just repurposing a question already asked about Cryptolocker for CryptoWall: "If we know exact contents of some of the files prior to them being encrypted, would it be feasible to use those ...
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How can I handle the situation if key size is less than 64 bits in DES?

If the data is not a multiple of 64 bits, then I can use padding. I know that it is not secure. But if the key is less than or more than 64 bits, should I ask the user to enter the key again, or ...