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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What information should I send along with an AES ciphertext and is there any standard to do that?

While using some crypto implementations I got to see that many times a comment is added to the ciphertext. For example: ...
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Double randomised HMAC verification to prevent timing attack

A way to prevent timing attacks for hash string comparison is to perform additional HMAC signing in order to randomize the verification process (see Double HMAC Verification). In addition to the ...
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Re-sending captured encrypted data

Let’s assume Bob is some algorithmic stock trading machine. Bob takes commands from Alice, who sends messages to Bob. For example: Alice could be sending a message to Bob to stop trading. But if ...
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Encrypt a message with hash function, shared symmetric key, but no cipher

I am very new to Crypto and need some clarification or input. The question is: Suppose that Alice wants to encrypt a message for Bob, where the message consists of three plaintext blocks, $P_0$, ...
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Determine AES key given encrypted and unencrypted files

Given an encrypted file, the original unencrypted (cleartext) file, and knowledge of which AES encryption algorithm was used, is it possible to determine the key that was used to encrypt the data in a ...
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Coding of unsigned int to prevent guessing next ID

Suppose we are assigning records an unsigned integer ID from a N-bit space (say 32-bit) in a sequential manner. Is there a way we can code this ID before showing it to the public such that someone ...
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Why can't you just clone encrypted data and use it?

Let's take a contactless card for example (one for public transport lets say (i.e. MiCard)), the data is encrypted on the card and encrypted on the reader as far as I know. So how come somebody who ...
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Encryption for a short packet size

I have an 8051 microcontroller with a radio that can send packets with up to 32 bytes and I want to have the messages encrypted. It is a sensor network so I really only want to send one packet per ...
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How many of primitive point on the elliptic curve?

In elliptic curves for cryptography, I know $nG=O$, where $G$ is a base point represented by $G=(x_g,y_g)\ on\ E(F_P)$, where $n$ is Order of point $G$. For example, $P(0,6)$ is a primitive point on ...
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Ballot box with multiple parties. All can read it, or none can read it

I am trying to create a decentralized moderation system for the game Diplomacy, a game for seven players. In each round of a face-to-face game, each player writes their moves on paper then puts it in ...
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Can I decrypt the message having it encrypted with different keys?

I have some encrypted binary data I want to decrypt. I know nothing about it, but I can get it encrypted with as many different (random, unknown) symmetric keys as I want. The keys are long enough to ...
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When is it safe to not use authenticated encryption?

I have read the post Why should I use Authenticated Encryption instead of just encryption? When is it safe to not use authenticated encryption? I assumed hard drive volume encryption or per file ...
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Encrypting a short phrase into two keys. both with length of 32letters

It doesn't need to be crazy secure. I wanted to figure out if there's a popular practice when encrypting a short phrase (less than 32 letter long) into two keys (two strings 32 length). Doesn't need ...
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Diffie-Hellman for Encryption

In learning how DH works for cryptography applications, I'm coming across some confusing language. For starters, most of the time DH is discussed in the context of "generating" their shared secret. ...
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AES block cipher modes of operation

have a project in which I have to implement an en/de-cryption structure using a standard AES block of 128-bits in VHDL and I think I'm a bit confused. So I'd like to ask some questions about AES and ...
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How would I make a secret notation alphabet more secure?

Disclaimer: I was looking for a place to ask this question on SE and this site seems to be the most fitting. If this question doesn't belong here, feel free to redirect me. Just out of boredom and ...
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Can I construct a feasible stream cipher out of HMAC and a secure hash algorithm?

I have constructed a stream cipher from a secure hash algorithm and a HMAC. Here is a brief description of the algorithm: Let: (Actually Objective-C styled pseudo code) ...
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What is U2FsdGVkX1?

Using CryptoJS 3.1 I noticed that using 3Des, the encrypted message always start with U2FsdGVkX1 Why is the first part of the encryption always the same? What information does this hold and ...
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How to compute the dot product on encrypted values?

Is there a practical homomorphic encryption scheme that can give reasonable execution time results in computing a dot product: $$a_1*b_1 + a_2*b_2 +a_3*b_3 +\ldots+ a_n*b_n$$ I imagine the scheme will ...
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Symmetric encryption mode where ciphertext size is plain text size

I've had many questions on Stackoverflow on how to minimize the output of a cipher - during encryption of course - to the same size as the input. Obviously this is possible for a single block of ...
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How much extra information is in an RSA public key?

I'm trying to calculate the size of an RSA public key in Ruby. I've retrieved the key in PEM format, and once I've decoded the base64 part from the PEM format, I get the size in bytes. What I find is ...
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Key derivation from a random seed

The main problem is to use a block cipher to generate a random key. I would like to generate 256-bits key which can be as random as possible. I generate it in the following way: Pick a plaintext ...
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Can I save space for short messages by using encryption with private key instead of a signature?

Let's say I have a message, a Private Key and a Public Key. Normally if you want to see if the message is unaltered and is from the sender you would have the message part + signature part, which you ...
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Is it possible to match encrypted documents using user-defined search terms?

Suppose I am storing a number of encrypted documents in a database. I would like to make it possible to identify the subset of documents whose contents match user-specified search terms without a) ...
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Algorithm Design for only Mutual Information Sharing

Bob and Alice each have a bit string they want to keep private. They each want to know what the bitwise AND of their two strings would be without telling the other or anyone else listening to their ...
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Combining secure hashes with insecure hashes?

Assuming I'm a bank which seeks for secure hash functions to use in the process of signing on digital contents. I'd like to explain / prove why using each one of the following hash functions might ...
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El Gamal special construction

The algorithm: I have to determine if the following algorithm is secure: $p,q \in \mathbb{P}$ and $N = p \cdot q$ $e \in [2, N - 1]$ such that $\gcd(e, N) = 1$ $r_1, r_2$ are random numbers ...
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Single public key for NaCL signing and encryption?

Bob wants to use NaCL (specifically the Python NaCL library) to both a) sign some publically available plaintext for anybody to authenticate as being written by Bob and b) encrypt some other secret ...
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Combining public key signature schemes and private key encryption

I'm working on my bachelor thesis and I have some questions. I want to combine a CPA-secure private key encryption scheme and some unforgeable public key signature scheme (in my case some sanitizable ...
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Is an android encrypted SDcard readable/decryptable easily by a desktop machine?

If I encrypt my SDCard on my android phone using the built-in encryption software, and my phone dies for whatever reason, would I be able to easily by just using the pin/password to access that data ...
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Does a “commutative” asymmetric system exist?

Completely crypto noob here. I'm looking for a cryptosystem made of a func f + key1 + key2 such that they satisfy: g(f(msg, key1),key2)=msg g(f(msg, key2),key1)=msg key1 != key2 Does such a ...
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Encrypt-then-authenticate variant used in IPsec

I am trying to understand the variant of Encrypt-then-Authenticate (EtA) that is used in IPsec. For this I have looked at this chapter. What I got so far is that the integrity and confidentiality ...
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Why multiple homomorphic operations on a ciphertext leaks no information about the plaintext?

Scenario: Assume I encrypt message $m$ using Paillier encryption, so I would get $c=E(m)$. I give the identical $c$ to two different parties, parties $D$ and $E$. Party $D$ computes: $c_{D}= ...
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Why does GPG ciphertext length differ with fixed plaintext length?

Thank you for your reply. Based on your inputs. I was investigated further, find details below Step 1) Input string for encryption is UUID format Input data = c0c6f311-a793-4d65-9374-1c0e45f5382c ...
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Are all encryption tools made equal?

I'd like to encrypt work-related data backups stored on an external drive. The backups contain proprietary company information and trade secrets. My current backup program, Comodo Backup, allows me ...
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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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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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Why don't use random padding in RSA?

Consider the following scenario: Sender S sends a message to receiver R. He uses a hybrid encryption scheme with RSA as key-encapsulation algorithm and AES-256-CTR (4byte-counter) and SHA256-HMAC. ...
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Device intercommunication with commands

I want to create a smart house project, and in that I bought some simple RF modules. Those modules don't support crypto out of the box but I want to connect them to a device that I would program to ...
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Modes of encryption for hard drives?

What are the currently recommended modes of encryption for large disks? Basic requirements would seem to be that you can update an encrypted sector independently of others, which rules out most ...
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Is appending the hash of the plaintext to the end of an encrypted message sufficient to ensure integrity?

Is appending the hash of the plaintext to the end of an encrypted message sufficient to ensure integrity? My reasoning is that the attacker doesn't know all the plaintext, so by having a hash, the ...
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Feistel cipher vs Substitution-permutation network - number of rounds

So I have been doing for the last couple of days comparison between Feistel cipher and Substitution-permutation network. Now I can say I know a lot about them and their similarities and differences ...
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Is it a good idea to use Lagrange/Newtonian interpolation for encryption?

I see that Lagrange interpolation is commonly used for secret sharing, but could it be used for encryption? The goal is to reduce database I/O and compute new values on the fly. Suppose the use case ...
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What are good combinations of public key algorithms or primitives for long term security?

There has been talk in literature about doing multiple encryption with different block ciphers or stream ciphers several times before, and the benefits and risks of such efforts. There may be hidden ...
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does re-encrypting the same value with multiple keys reduce security

I found myself wondering today, how much security is lost if you take a plaintext - assume that its content, including any metadata is unknown to an attacker, for example it may be random data - and ...
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Compression step of PGP

We do compression in PGP. Does this step increase/decrease or either have any effect regarding the authentication of a message?
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Derive both MAC and AES keys from same PBKDF2?

When doing password-based encryption, is it OK to create one instance of PBKDF2 from the password, and then use it to create both the AES key and the MAC key? (Or should a new instance of PBKDF2 be ...
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Determine the Key given ciphertexts and plaintexts?

Given two sets of plaintexts and their corresponding ciphertexts, how does one determine the key $K$? The ciphertexts are: $$C_1= (P_1 \oplus K_0) + K_1$$ and $$C_2= (P_2 \oplus K_0) + K_1$$ $K = ...
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Why is $-1$ an illegal message in the Goldwasser-Micali Encryption Scheme

I'm not sure why in the Goldwasser-Micali encryption scheme with a Blum integer $N$, the message $-1$ is always a illegal message. Can you give me some direction for starting? What is illegal ...