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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Are there any free to use video and audio chat programs that offer end-to-end encryption that do not let the service know of the content? [migrated]

Skype is compromised, FaceTime is compromised, and I believe Ovoo is compromised. Does anyone know of any genuinely free (not free-to-try or in-app purchase-type applications) that offer end-to-end ...
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Deciphering and encrypting using Vigenére square for kids?

Is Vigenére cipher the most basic form of enrypting or is there another simpler way? I'd like to expose my niece to it.
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MAC is constructed by hashing and then encrypting

Suppose the MAC is constructed by hashing and then encrypting, that is $MAC(m, k2)=E_{k2}(H(m))$ where H is a public hash function. There can be several alternatives in how the transmitted message is ...
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Using Openssl Libarary to convert .key encoded to .pem [migrated]

So i created a c program that takes in an encrypted (encrypted.key) file and a public key to decrypt the private encrypted encrypted.key. However, my program only works when taking in two files that ...
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What is transaction capacity of a POS using 3DES DUKPT?

I am looking for the transaction capacity of a Point-Of-Sale device using 3DES DUKPT. Once all keys derived from the future key set are exhausted (1M or 500K?), how will the POS be reloaded with a new ...
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ACM 2004 World Finals, problem D: how can I solve this using a brute force method? [migrated]

https://icpcarchive.ecs.baylor.edu/external/29/2996.pdf How can I solve this using a brute force method in Python? I want to use a nested for-loop for the parameters I'm just not sure where to go ...
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Key Hierarchy and key Encryption

If i have two 56-bit DES keys, and I use these two key to encrypt a 256-bit AES key. Like this $K_{AT}$ encrypts $K_{BT}$ and $K_{BT}$ encrypts $K$ What is the effective security of key $K$? Is it ...
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Large Volumes of Asymmetric Encryption

First of all, I apologize in advance if I use any incorrect terminology. I am just getting my feet wet when it comes to cryptography and there is a lot to learn. For the past 12 months we have been ...
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How AES/GCM deals with data smaller than block size? [migrated]

I am using bouncy castle library for encryption and decryption in c# and I was wondering how to deal with plain text smaller than block size? here is what I have done so far: ...
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Concatenated Key Question - Poly-alphabetic Substitution and Columnar Transposition

I am working on a degree module, and have been tasked with designing an Encryption/Decryption algorithm. I hope to receive some help with a couple of questions, if possible. Apologies if terminology ...
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RC6 Key Size Understanding

I need help to understand how RC6 works. Many sites show that the maximum key size of RC6 is 2040 bits (255 Bytes). I can also have 0..255 rounds and 4 times 32bits words in the 128bit block variant ...
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Is pseudo-random letter insertion secure?

Is pseudo-random letter insertion a secure mechanism? I mean by expanding the key or taking two parameters in the encryption function, you select positions in the text at which to insert random ...
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Filling in MD5 input variables

I have a majority of an input string(as well as the total length) and the output for an MD5 hash. Is there a way to calculate the remaining input bytes that I am missing?
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If you receive a message with a digital signature, how do you know what verification key to use and the verification algorithm?

Really, I'm asking how do you know who sent it? My confusion has arisen from the following scenario... Problems with Signing-then-encrypting. If Alice digitally signed some data and then encrypted ...
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Recryption of ciphertext with a different key

Let's have $P$ some sensitive piece of data and $K_1$a secret value, both known to Alice, but not to Bob. $K_1(P)$ means $P$ encrypted using $K_1$. Alice sends $K_1(P)$ to Bob. Bob keeps the value of ...
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MISTY1 encryption/ extension tricks

I'm trying to understand MISTY1 encryption algorithm but i faced some problems in key scheduling part : Key scheduling part consists of the following operations. for i = 0, ..., 7 do EK[i] = ...
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Breaking Homophonic Cipher [project]

This is basically my project. I would be much appreciated if anyone could help me figure out how to do this in an efficient way. This cryptanalysis project consists of a software implementation of ...
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Is it possible to create a detection oracle for all block cipher modes? — ciphertext-only cryptanalysis

I have made an ECB/CBC detection oracle, and am now trying to make a detection oracle that can differentiate between CBC/CFB/OFB/CTR/etc. I can already tell ECB apart from the others due to this ...
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Is there any difference between a one-time pad and a Vigenère cipher with a long key? [duplicate]

I've been browsing Wikipedia and stumbled on the article for the Vigenère cipher. I realized after seeing the example that it's quite similar to the one time pad, except with a short key repeated as ...
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Confidentiality then Integrity with different keys [duplicate]

Can anyone describe how we can do what is said in the below sentence which is in Mark Stamp crypto slides (PPTX) on slide number 101 : Can do a little better - about 1.5 “encryptions” The whole ...
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Calculating inverse of transposition key cipher [duplicate]

I need some help on transposition cryptography. If I'm given the encoding key to a transposition cipher, how do I get the decoding key for it? I tried googling but couldn't find any steps on the ...
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Does encrypting with MGF1/SHA-512/1024-bit seed equal to a 1024-bit key block cipher?

Suppose: Alice uses SHA-512 with MGF1(as in PKCS#1 V2) and a 1024-bit random seed to generate a mask, XORs the mask with a message(M), gets a cipher text (CT), and sends the CT to her old friend ...
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How easily could this method of cryptography be cracked? [closed]

Background A couple of years back, in my naivety, I dreamt up a method to encrypt information. The result can be seen on my website, I evidentially thought it was pretty neat and I decided to mix it ...
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Usage of 3DES for single block

I have a device, HASP, which has functionality to encrypt 8 byte data using 3DES in ECB mode, with three different keys, I am interested how secure is this? I know it might not be most secure, but how ...
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RSA : Double-Encryption and order of Encryption

I'm studying cryptography and we're looking at RSA. We're required to do a double encryption from Alice to Bob and then Bob back to Alice. We've been told the order of encryption is important and it ...
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Encrypt/Decrypt cloud passwords with master password

I know it's generally bad to store password in the clouds, and that I should be using salted-hashed password only. I'm making an application that will authenticate a user (with salted-hash), and then ...
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Ways to identify mystery ciphers with no information but the code itself? [duplicate]

I recently offered to solve a cipher that was sent to my friend because he couldn't. I'm really having issues with the identification, I've tried a simple Caesar shift, and it came back with nothing. ...
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What are the pre-requisites I need to be able to code Salsa20 in C#?

I've taken a basic course in Cryptography and we've learnt various algorithms and their usage. I've implemented RC4 and Triple DES in C# with ASP.NET. For a project that I am a part of, I need to ...
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Permuted Hash Table

Suppose we have a hash table, $HT$, consisting of $100$ bins.The hash table uses a hash function $H$ that is public. We all know that given value $a$ we can compute the address in the hash by ...
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SET Protocol (SET)

I would like to know if the current SET protocol uses 3DES or AES other than DES and RSA? I have look into many articles but some of them were outdated.
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How to calculate plaintext from modpower cipher

Let $a$ be the plaintext message, $e$ be a small prime exponent (such as 11, 13, 17 etc.), $b$ be cipher text and $n$ be a large modulo (non-prime). Suppose that: $b \equiv a^e \space mod ...
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When we use permutation and random long sting to hide a message

This question is modified version of this: Can we use merely permutation to hide a message? I have an English name $m=m_1 || m_2 ||..||m_{30}$. I pick a random string $d=d_1 ||..||d_{70}$ I mix ...
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history of non secret cryptograph

Prior to the discovery of any specific public-key schemes, such as RSA, an existence proof was developed whose purpose was to demonstrate that public-key encryption is possible in theory. Consider ...
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Lightweight Asymmetric encryption algorithm [duplicate]

I'm an embedded systems researcher, and new in crypto field. Actually, I need to know if there are any lightweight asymmetric encryption algorithm especially from time needed for key generation. I ...
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Unbreakable encryption [duplicate]

I am a newbie, I know that I must be wrong, but I need a good explanation. How is it possible to break a cryptographic algorithm created by me, when only I know the algorithm and the key for ...
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How does ABE decryption works? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand how Attribute Base Encryption (ABE) works. So, after downloading libfenc library from here, I built the source code on Ubuntu 12.04 without any error. Afterward, I tried to ...
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How do we measure number of possible encryptions in One Time Pad [duplicate]

trying to brute force a specific length of ciphered pad, how do we measure the total number of possible encryptions in One Time Pad
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Encrypted vs unencrypted digital signatures [duplicate]

Is there a difference in terms of security between An encrypted stream of bits obtained by encrypting a plaintext concatenated with it's signature $ C = E_k(plaintext||\sigma)$ where $E$ is a ...
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How to decrypt RSA cipher text? [closed]

How can I decrypt an RSA cipher text in which I am only provided with a public key and the cipher text. The person who encrypted it made a mistake in taking the exponent.
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Symmetric encryption with compression for MySQL DB data

I would like to compress data before encrypting and storing it in a MySQL DB to reduce especially bandwith requirements (compression reduces bandwith by 70-80%). At present, all is handled by a ...
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Having doubt in Rijndael Algorithm- coding for decryption

I am doing a project on the Rijndael Algorithm. I have already written the encryption code which produces the correct output. Now I want to implement decryption as well. I'm doing using VHDL, ...
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Need help implementing key management scheme

Scheme has following requirements Client application should perform encryption/decryption using component 1, component 2 and ZPK (zone PIN key. Client should get this key from host in encrypted ...
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Detecting Software Changes - Verifying untampered code

This question assumes an environment devoid of any internet connections, the software in questions operates in a non-connected environment on a single machine. I have a piece of software that may be ...
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public/private key: is it possible to have master public/private key

This may be a very primitive question which might not be possible but I have this question to understand. Assume Yahoo provides a messenger where yahoo users can chat in secure way (end-end ...
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How can I turn this cipher into a perfect cipher by altering only its encryption algorithm?

Given a toy cipher that picks a key, k, from the key space of {00,01,10} and a message,m, from the same set {00,01,10} and encrypts using E = m ⊕ k. How can I change the encryption function E in ...
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What does CA certs contains? public key of site or CA?

I believe it contains public key but whose? the site like a bank or the certificate authority who has signed?
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Batch ElGamal Scheme

I know about ElGamal scheme and its key generation, encryption, and decryption methods. I'm not sure about what is meant by batch ElGamal. Can someone please clarify it. How it differs from ElGamal ...
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Blowfish and DES small block size and maximum message size

Would the following affect the maximum message size limititaion of Blowfish and DES due their small 64 bit block size? Let's take Blowfish for example. You take a 256 bit Blowfish key, quickly ...
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why game based security definiton is used for ID CCA? [duplicate]

I have read many cryptographic encryption. In almost all schemes, security is defined with game based and simulation based definition. Can anybody give me the exact concept behind this game based ...
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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 ...