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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Adding a Random component to CBC MAC in order to enlarge the tag space

CBC MAC that is using AES as the underlying block cipher, has tag space of 2^128. If we add a random single block, concatenating it with the tag, and encrypt it again in AES CBC mode, with additional ...
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Encryption of plain text using stream cipher algorithm

We know that in stream cipher algorithms plain text and generated key are Xored byte by byte. Generated key depends on how much plain text there is and on that basis key will generate and plain text ...
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Is a padding oracle attack possible if data is only encrypted internally on a server (e.g. for storage)?

I read something about the padding oracle attack when analysing the use of an AES-encryption of data in a database and was "scared" it could be a serious issue. But after investigating a bit further, ...
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How does ROTL work?

what does ROTL stand for? I know it does left shifting but what about the acronym? When we do a left shift, do we take the leftmost bit and add it at the end, by making the second bit the first, and ...
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Key iteration count while using random keyfile larger than master key

If I were to have a 4096-bit file of random data (/dev/random) used as a keyfile for LUKS, would there be any benefit to having a key iteration count higher than 1? My reasoning is that the attacker ...
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Which one these alternatives using authentication and encryption will solve this multiple-user database problem?

Which one these alternatives using authentication and encryption will solve this multiple-user database problem ? I'm trying to understand the field of cryptography, so I've started reading a ...
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What is the signifcance of inside threat in “How to Construct Multicast Cryptosystems … Secure Against CCA2”

In How to Construct Multicast Cryptosystems Provably Secure Against Adaptive Chosen Ciphertext Attack, the paper states under preliminaries: We consider the scenario where a single party, called ...
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How is XOR used for encryption?

I am a programmer, so when I hear XOR, I think about the bitwise operator (e.g. 0110 ^ 1110 = 1000). The mention of "XOR" comes ...
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Why isn't CTR mode (counter mode) used more often?

For the CTR mode, the design is good for parallelization, yes, it seems the benchmark of the program downloaded from crypto++ proves that on an Intel I7 CPU. My question is that as most of CPU on ...
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Super-simple encryption of short strings

I want to anonymise the initials of experiment participants by giving each a pseudonymic set of initials, by encrypting their true initials. Their initials are only two or three letters in length. ...
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Are there drawbacks to encrypting data locally before being encrypted in cloud backup (multiple encryption)?

I am planning on backing up my hard drive using a cloud backup service but have become skeptical of the industry based on incidents like these: ...
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Rabin cryptosystem with 1 mod 4

We have p and q which are distinct primes congruent to 1 mod 4. Then we have n = p*q. Do you know any algorith for calculating square roots for the decryption in this case? I'm asking for some ...
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Why does applying 56-bit DES twice only give 57 bits of security? [duplicate]

Given two 56-bit keys, $k_1$ and $k_2$, why does $E_{k_1}(E_{k_2}(M))$ only give 57 bits of security? So basically I'm unsure why it only gives 57 bits of security; I understand that one key will ...
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Is there a need to encrypt data when send over https? [closed]

I was monitoring web traffic from my Android mobile using Man in the middle proxy. I installed certificate signed from my server in my mobile and I could see all applications sending sensitive ...
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Is chaotic encryption secure? [closed]

I know this sounds too broad. But I noticed that there was a chapter on chaotic crypto in the recent Handbook of Information and Communication Security Editors: Stavroulakis, Peter, Stamp, Mark (Eds.) ...
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Is authentication length always a subset of encryption length?

Do in all the use cases, if I have to encrypt and authenticate, encrypt-then-authenticate or authenticate-then-encrypt, like in IPSEC, SSL or SSH or others, if I were to do these operations to a ...
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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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Benefit of using random key in Shamir's Secret Sharing

I am implementing Shamir's Secret Sharing, and I find that in (t,n)-threshold scheme, the shares are just using 1,2,3...,n as the key to form the shares ...
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Would a pictographic, phoneme-based, hand cipher be difficult to crack with computer crypt-analysis?

What I'm talking about is a hand cipher which uses phonemes instead of individual characters and pictograms instead of the usual shuffling/substitution methods (e.g Caesar, Solitare, Vignere). The ...
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How to encrypt a vector $e\in Z^{m}$ using LWE

I have a vector $e \in Z^{m}$, now I want to encrypt it by using LWE (Learning With Errors). Because in LWE, we have to encrypt of a bit $\{0,1\}$. How can I encrypt a vector $e \in Z^{m}$? Thank you ...
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Prove that if we redefine the key space, we can assume Gen chooses a key uniformly

I am working on problem 2.1 in Introduction to Modern Cryptography 2nd edition by Katz and Lindell. 2.1) Prove that by redefining the key space, we may assume that the key generation algorithm ...
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Is the logic for how the enigma machine worked documented somewhere?

I know that there is a formula to calculate the result of any input but is the logic of how the machine actually worked documented? I have seen schematics for the circuitry and even a how to make ...
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Encrypt entire payload or only confidential parts of payload?

In cases where a large complex data structure contains elements that are a mix of confidential and not-so-confidential data, what would be the pros & cons of: encrypting the entire structure ...
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Creating a random password based off of a prime number

So I am making an application that basically creates strings that must be encrypted before they are stored on a user's device. If the user blindly starts running the application without creating a ...
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Why would an Initialization Vector be supplied externally?

My software uses a 3rd party encryption appliance. One of the capabilities they allow is for the client software to supply an IV while doing CBC encryption. Why would they not generate a random ...
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How to decrypt a '.enc' file that has been encrypted with RSA using a public key? [closed]

While solving a CTF challenge online, I came across a situation where I needed to decrypt a '.enc' file that has been encrypted using someone's public key. The ...
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Decrypted RSA 64 bit encryption using modulus and private exponent. Got gobbledygook [Verify] [closed]

As part of an experiment, I was given a .enc RSA (encrypted) file that was most likely generated using openssl. I had the public key, I factored it, obtained the private exponent, and decrypted the ...
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Is the keystream transmitted with the ciphertext when a stream cipher is used?

When a stream cipher is used and a keystream is generated to be XOR'ed with the plaintext, is the keystream sent with the ciphertext so that the receiver knows how to decrypt it? Or does the ...
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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 it safe to encrypt random data using ECB mode?

If I have 48 random bytes, is it safe to encrypt them using ECB mode? Or is there still a good reason to use another mode like CTR, CBC, etc.? Context is this: I am creating something like a TLS ...
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Encrypted database: how to deal with general queries?

My question is quite related to the concept of homomorphic encryption, which is not practical at all nowadays. In short, I would like to know how to query encrypted databases. Simple queries which ...
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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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In what countries am I now allowed to talk about technical details of cryptography? [closed]

I hope this is the correct place to post this, otherwise I'm sorry. The OpenSSL Legality section states: OR EVEN JUST COMMUNICATING TECHNICAL DETAILS ABOUT CRYPTOGRAPHY SOFTWARE IS ILLEGAL IN ...
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What are the vulnerabilities of this homemade encryption algorithm? [closed]

I decided to program a relatively trivial encryption algorithm in my downtime. This algorithm takes a seed from a user (supports floating point seeds), and then adds 1 to the seed for every iteration ...
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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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Cryptography system by combining a block cipher and a stream cipher

I have to come up with a design for a cryptography system by combining a block cipher and a stream cipher. I can't seem to come up with anything on my own. Can someone point me in the right direction ...
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Stacked LFSR - why not used?

New to cryptographic, weak in math. I have designed a PRG which consist of 33 LFSR's, each 32 bits wide. I use one of the LFSR's as "selector", using the 5 LSB from this register to select one of ...
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Practical brute-force attack on 128 bit encryption

In brute-force attack calculations cryptographers say we should assume an attacker will find the key after $2^{(n/2)}$ tries. If n=128, then n/2=64. We know that this is practical (A 64 bit key is ...
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Difference between the TLS cipher suites?

TLS_DHE_DSS_AES256_CBC_MAC / TLS_DHE_RSA_AES256_CBC_MAC Hi, I have been studying to learn about various cipher suites and their performances. I gathered that DSS is efficient when compared with RSA. ...
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Key sizes supported by 3DES

I read about 3DES encryption but I don't understand exactly what the specific meaning of key size is. For example I found that 3DES supports 64, 128, 192, and 256 bits key size. What are all the ...
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common ways / methods to try to break a SP network

I have a very little cryptography background (but a relatively solid maths background) so my below question is very general. Basically I have been given a SP network with an output to reverse. I ...
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NTRU Encryption

It's using Euclidian inverse. Can you show it step by step? $$N=7, q=11, a = 3+2X^2 -3X^4 +X^6$$ the inverse of $a \pmod {11}$ is $$A=-2+4X+2X^2 +4X^3 -4X^4 +2X^5 -2X^6$$ How do we compute $A$?
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Are modes of operation algorithms practical?

I took a cryptography class back in college, and now that I am working my 1st career one of the things currently on my plate is coming up with an algorithm to encrypt data before it's placed on the ...
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Is it safe to encrypt data by simply randomizing chunks based on a permutation?

Say I want to encrypt the following text: "Today is March the 22nd, 2015". And say want to encrypt 8-byte blocks of data using the following permutation [6,3,0,1,5,7,2,4] to swap characters at those ...
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Why would using a random seed with other variables be bad for ecrypting if you can't guess the key?

I asked this on stack exchange with it being code based, but someone suggested to ask here. Basically, I've done a script in python and wanted an option to encrypt the input, but I couldn't get any ...
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How are RSA and ElGamal compatible in PGP?

I'm starting to play with PGP and I don't understand how if your key pair is RSA you can encrypt a message for someone whose key is for example ElGamal. How does the asymmetric key exchange work if ...
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How do you implement a cipher as one lookup table?

I am reading up on whitebox cryptography and have trouble understanding how are ciphers implemented as one lookup table? assuming my plaintext is just 4 bits so the size of my lookup table should be ...
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Is it safe to prefix the a key with a known value?

Almost every encryption algorithm is based on a secret key. I wonder when the algorithm is considered safe, does that also imply that I can prefix (or suffix) the key with a known value, as long as ...
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Creating a new cipher! [closed]

http://flashbackcipher.blogspot.ae/2015/03/introducing-flashback.html Hey guys the above is the blog for a new cipher, if you guys can take a look and suggest problems.. it would be of great help!! ...
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What is the most light-weight symmetric cipher thats still usefull?

I need a very light encryption scheme which costs almost no performance during encryption (while decryption may be slow). I found 5 algorithms: RC4, DES, LED, PRESENT, and Piccolo. But how do I ...