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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Send an encrypted question and return answer without decryption

Oke bear with me for a minute. Once upon a time someone mentioned a hypothetical way where you would send an encrypted question to Google and Google would return an answer without decrypting it. As ...
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Acceptably secure solution for users to log in with a short unique code only (no username) [migrated]

I am creating a website whereby users are given an account by invitation only, and are sent a unique code by post. Users can then log in (at least the first time) by entering the code only. The goal ...
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Hashes and Ciphers [closed]

So I'm brand new to cryptography, I'm confused on a few fundamental issues, and my normal avenues of research aren't bearing any fruit. I'm hoping someone can describe the relationship between ...
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decrypt numbers multiplied by a certain floating point number

A friend has about 10K numbers in a an excel sheet. He wanted to encrypt these numbers in order to share the file with a 3rd party that will help him reorganize the tables. What he did, to hide the ...
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How to choose an algorithm

I have some understanding of Cryptography and I would like to know if there is a tool or website to help me choose an algorithm based on my own needs (I'm being vague in purpose). I'm looking for a ...
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Substitution-permutation network

Can anyone in 6th grade English explain the steps in the Substitution-permutation network algorithm or just point a link that does so? (which is included in many of the top modern algorithms) ...
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Figure out the encryption being used [closed]

There is a web API (for a game) that sends and receives data encrypted in hex format. I'm interested in accessing the api outside of the game client (mobile app). When sending a request with an ...
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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 does double-encryption work with a client server model

With mobile applications like Accompli (now the base for the Android Outlook application), credentials are stored. Reading from the Accompli website: Each user’s credentials are double-encrypted ...
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Crypto hash function vs encryption algorithms

Why is a cryptographic hash function generally faster to execute in software than conventional encryption algorithms such as DES?
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Encryption - How to find $\sigma$?

Alice communicates with Bill using an encryption system of type Feistel. Specifically, each block has a length of 128 bits, the algorithm has 4 rounds and the common secret key of Alice and Bill is ...
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What is the period of a cipher?

For the following explanation of RC4: It is a variable key-size stream cipher with byte-oriented operations. The algorithm is based on the use of a random permutation. Analysis shows that the ...
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How to show that a function is not a PRP?

So I have to answer these questions, but I honestly have no idea what I am doing or where to begin. Can I get some advice on how to tackle these? Consider a PRP candidate function $f$ on $K = X = ...
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Given infinite unencrypted and encrypted texts, can I find the algorithm?

Given an infinite amount of both unencrypted and the corresponding encrypted text, would I be able to calculate the algorithm? I am relative new to cryptography and don't know if I would be able to ...
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Is it necessary to encrypt nonce in cryptographic communication?

Server and client have a pre-shared key K. Assuming that that pre-shared key is safe, so nobody other than server/client can encrypt/decrypt. Client sends a nonce N to server, server then sends back ...
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How does the attacker include input before compression and encryption in CRIME?

I have read this article about the CRIME attack against TLS and SPDY. The article says that: What is not yet clear is how the attacker is including their input in the source material before it ...
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Text in random image encoder: is it flawed?

I have created a small cryptographic programme: You input your text A random image is generated Random coordinate pairs in number equal to the chars of the message are generated. The red component ...
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General questions about cryptography for password security

I'm pretty new to this and find it quite interesting, but my brain won't process how it works so I have to ask some questions :) Why is cryptography used? Is it for extra security once the password ...
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How to construct the blind factors in practice?

I'm Implementing a protocol that uses masking techniques (or blinding factors), so we can mask a value $y_0$ as $m_0=y_0 \cdot r_0$ where $y_0 \in \mathbb{Z}_p$ and $r_0 \stackrel {R}\leftarrow ...
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Does key derivation with known parameters add any security?

First up: this is a question about a concept that I try to wrap my head around; it is not about the specific implementation. Anyway… I have the following scenario (simplified to show the problem I ...
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Simple multiplication as an encryption method

There was a time when I wondered about multiplication as an encryption operation. That was when I was thinking in terms of modular multiplication. But how about based around simple multiplication. ...
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Additional Data in AEAD (Chacha20-poly1305 libsodium)

I have recently been playing with Chacha20-Poly1305 with libsodium, and all of the examples state the additional data portion of the tag is stored in plaintext when encrypted. But from what I can tell ...
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Misunderstanding Broadcast Encryption

I have a secret message which I want to encrypt such that any of several different keys can open it independently. The keys can't know about each other and it has to be able to work completely ...
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compression with codebook and Cryptography

a question about the difference between code book based compression method and key based cryptography. As I know Crypto != Compression. The Shannon said Crypto is try to reduce the information of ...
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Client-Server application how can data be encrypted so only clients can read it

Requirements We are building a system that connects multiple clients through a restful API. It allows the creation of groups of trusted clients. We need a way to store group shared data encrypted ...
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Counter Mode with a sequence of zeros bits plaintext, is it secure?

I had a quiz last week in computer security course. There was a confusing question that I am still looking for a good and clear answer. First, I know that counter mode with a good block cipher is ...
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Automatic generation of secure passwords with the least inconvenience for a user

I'm working on a web site for a private company that should allow them to upload files, which will be later retrieved by their affiliates. The site will be available from a public Internet using ...
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CPA security of a stateless and deterministic encryption system

Why can no stateless and deterministic encryption system be IND-CPA secure? Is there a formal proof for it?
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RSA generation of private key using public key

In RSA private key generation e*d ≡ 1 mod φ e is public, also n is public. How to prove mathematically, generation of ...
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Multiple encryption of part of block

Is there any security risk in encrypting parts of blocks twice? I'd like to get around block sizes and make encrypted messages just as long as the unencrypted ones: Block 1: Byte 0 - 7 Block 2: Byte ...
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Existence of encryption schemes where $F_{k}^{-1} \big( F_{k}(A) + R \big) = A + O(R)$

Is there a encryption scheme in literature, where I can do something like $$F_{k_1}^{-1} \big( F_{k_2}(A) + R \big) = A + O(R)$$ where, $A$ is a $m \times n$ real matrix, $R$ is a $m \times n$ real ...
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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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Is signing a message just encrypting it with private key? [duplicate]

I have a simple question, When I sign a message (in RSA) does the program encrypt the text with my private key? Because I can decrypt it with my public key. Yes or no. Is signing a message just ...
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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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RSA: how does it work and how is it more secure than symmetric systems

Before starting the question, I know that RSA is naturally a key exchange cryptosystem rather than an antilogarithm fully implemented for encrypting and decrypting data since the length of the secret ...
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Decrypt files with original file CTB-Locker

I have problem called CTB-Locker. It encrypted all of my files on computer and since I have lot of documents that are very important I am in problems! As I read online CTB-Locker uses "elliptical ...
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Will current encryption always remain secure? Is there mathematical proof?

Current encryption algorithms, such as AES, RSA, elliptic curve, etc. work based on known mathematical problems. I am specifically interested in the RSA. Will such security always remain secure? One ...
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Is it possible: Derived key based on variable number of private keys?

I have a MySQL database that I want to encrypt with AES_ENCRYPT() and have to provide access to a variable and possibly changing number of users. Is it possible to derive an encryption key based on a ...
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Data anonymization and search with wild-cards

Broadcast encryption technique proposed by Water et al. http://www.slideserve.com/nairi/revocation-systems-with-very-small-private-keys takes a leap from earlier schemes as it provides smaller user ...
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RSA signing security

I'm curious about the security of RSA signing with the same public private key pair when the same message is sent multiple times. It's my understanding that once you generate the hash of the message ...
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Exploration of Blum Micali Security By Seed Size

I'm new to cryptography and am most intrigued by mathematically based pseudo random number generators. With reference to the Blum Micali algorithm: $X_{i+1} = G^{X_i} \bmod P$ can security be ...
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I have a keyword and cipher text but cannot decode it please help! [closed]

coded text: ij gj hnev xudmyx hn igim umif obaxidyw kxzq si the key is JULIET, but i cannot figure out how it is used. Any help would be awesome!
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How does bitmessage encryption work?

I have been reading around protocol specification and there is either too much technical detail or too bad articles on various sites. I need you to explain in simple words how encryption in ...
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How does multi platform encrypted cloud storage work?

I'm really interested in end-to-end encrypted cloud storage and couldn't find out how following scenario could work: A user of a cloud provider which provides zero-knowledge-authentication (like for ...
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RSA public key exponent generation confusion

Quote from Wiki: $e$ having a short bit-length and small Hamming weight results in more efficient encryption — most commonly $2^{16} + 1 = 65537$. However, much smaller values of $e$ (such as $3$) ...
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Public key encryption and big files with NaCL

I am trying to encrypt big files using NaCL (actually PyNaCL) - see http://nacl.cr.yp.to/box.html After reading some docs, I came up with this prototype : Bob wants to send a big file to Sarah. They ...
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Unbreakable code and mathematical impossibility

Is an unbreakable code mathematically possible , considering a code with finite number of characters but has infinite combinations , using brute force is it not compulsory that the correct code be ...
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What cryptanalysis is possible against two independent keystreams XORed against plaintext?

If a wise person was unsure about which commercial cryptography standards are truly secure from the fascist powers that be, it would seem the obvious option for companies and individuals is to now use ...
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The perfect way of using IV in CTR mode

I understand that it is necessary to use the same IV for both encryption and decryption in the CTR mode. I'm thinking about the case when I concatenate the secret ...
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Using hash of plaintext as nonce in NaCl secretbox- bad idea?

I need a nonce to encrypt my stuff using NaCl secretbox. I will be transmitting the nonce along with the ciphertext, which I have been told is OK to do. It occurs to me that one could simply use the ...