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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Could a key derivation function be used to encrypt data with a weaker key?

To allow the key to be more easily remembered. Example: To encrypt a hard drive without having a remember a key with 128 bits of entropy. From what I find they seem mostly used to hash passwords so ...
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Hash + Salt v. Hash + Encryption

I was wondering if using a salt with a hash is more effective than hashing and encrypting your hash.
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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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k(k-1)/2: Combinations and the Birthday bound

Disclaimer: I'm new to cryptography. Background: I'm reading Cryptography Engineering by Ferguson, Schneier, and Kohno, where, in Chapter 2, the authors write this: Question: What is $k(k-1)/2$ ...
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What does the comma mean in m, c := E(K, m)

Disclaimer: I'm a beginner to cryptography. Background: I'm reading Cryptography Engineering by Ferguson, Schneier, and Kohno, where the authors use this image: Question: What do the commas mean ...
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C implementation of GEA/3 [closed]

Can somebody please point me to an implementation of GEA/3 (an encryption algorithm) in a high-level language (preferably C/C++)? I looked for a while but could only find block diagrams and ...
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How would the opponent defraud this secure communication?

I am new in the cryptography and the information security problems, I try to understand things as much as I can and I know it's really complicated in the beginning. Considering the communication ...
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Historical algorithm which is frequency analysis resilient

Long ago, I've read an article on wikipedia which describe a cipher algorithm, used by kgb (if I remember well) with the property that all ciphered letters has the same (or nearly) probability to ...
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What do associated data and message numbers mean?

I'm reading an article about authenticated encryption and don't understand some inputs to an encryption function. They are associated data, public and secret message numbers. Can you explain me their ...
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How is a per round key generated in DES algorithm?

I am reading over a slide that I found online regarding the DES algorithm for encryption and I am a little confused about the per round key generation. From the slide below, I understand that each per ...
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Is all of encryption based on xor?

For a long time I've been under the impression that all of encryption uses xor at its basic level. Is this true? What other method could be used to encrypt plaintext with a key? Asymmetrically, as ...
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How to make a “zero knowledge” cache/key-value store

I'd like to use a possibly insecure cache for storing expensive-to-calculate sensitive information. My requirements are: If the cache ever gets compromised it should reveal nothing about its ids or ...
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AES implementation to encrypt files

I'm making a small python program to encrypt an arbitrary text file. Currently I have a file to store passwords (hashed values), so nothing stored in plaintext. The user enters the command line ...
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How to create and validate potential grids when attacking a Playfair cipher?

First up: I am not asking you to decypher anything. This question is about attacking a Playfair cipher; more specifically – how to create potential grids when doing so. I'm currently working on a ...
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Why does a hacker need to crack the key to an encrypted file, instead of just brute forcing the password? [closed]

Most encryption softwares don't seem to have a trial limit. So why would a hacker need to crack the key, or even need to know the salt value, if he can just brute force the 6-8 digit password?
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Doubling the block length of a given block cipher

IMHO the main essence of a Feistel cipher of block length $n$ is the working of a non-linear function $F$ that is applied to the two halves of the block of length $n/2$. Now suppose a certain block ...
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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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Is it ok to store the plaintext hash of encrypted data

Is it ok to create and store the hash (unkeyed hash function) of a plaintext before encryption or does it lead to vulnerabilities? If it is ok are there requirements for the used hash function and ...
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One Step Decryption For Multiple Chained Encryptions

If we have a encrypting function f(x, y) (x for input, y for key) and let's say we composite this function n times inside itself with the same y (like f(f(f(x, y), y), y)) and set the output to be z. ...
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Is it possible to encrypt a message with two different keys (or maybe a public key) such that ciphertext will be decrypted with either of the keys? [duplicate]

I have an app that I store sensitive user data which requires user to set a password to login the app and I use this password as key to encrypt the data. Now, I want to add an option to login the app ...
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What's the issue with Apple's backdoor?

I was reading Apple's public letter here regarding the "backdoor" that they have been asked to create. I'm very unclear exactly what the issue is. There was no backdoor in the encryption algorithm ...
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Is there an additive homomorphic encryption that supports exponentation

For example say we have two numbers a and b. Now is there any partial homomorphic encryption scheme that allows to compute (a-b)^2 over the ciphertexts of a and b without round trips.
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Layman's explanation of encryption backdoors

Some times I read about "backdoors" in encryption algorithms in the media. I'd like to understand what such a backdoor actually consist of. Is it: a) a hidden weakness in the math formulas that ...
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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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Unclear about the importance of Initialization Vectors

I was reading about Ruby ciphers and found this: Although the key is generally a random value, too, it is a bad choice as an IV. There are elaborate ways how an attacker can take advantage of ...
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Would using a symmetric list of subkeys in a Feistel cipher make our messages vulnerable to oracle attacks?

Suppose I have a Feistel cipher structure that has $16$ rounds. I come up with $8$ subkeys $k_1,k_2,...,k_8$ to be used for the first $8$ rounds and then assign the rest of the keys so that ...
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How to go about encrypting a digital exam?

I'm building a Digital Examination system and I'm having problems understanding some concepts in cryptography. I want use to Asymetric Cryptography and my questions are Do I encrypt the entire ...
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How to disguise ciphertext

If I want to have a secret conversation, then I can encrypt it (with OTR etc). However, since big brother watches all communication, sending encrypted data will likely raise flags. Does anyone know of ...
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Ciphertext notation where the ciphertext consists of two parts

I've see in several places (here or there) the notation $c = (U, V)$ or $c =\langle U, V \rangle$, where $c$ is a ciphertext (to be transmitted). But as both $U$ and $V$ are "key-like". I can't find ...
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Is there a way to create an encrypted email with no third party application

I would like to send and receive emails between group of people. Is there a way to create it with no need to use some other 3rd party application. Is there a way just to transfer files between 2 ...
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Encryption with two meanings without computer or programming

Can one create a cipher with two meanings? Not two layers, two phrases in the same cipher in the way that it would have a meaning X, for example, if deciphered using Transposition cipher and meaning Y ...
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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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How to calculate key size of a security algorithm?

There are lots of security algorithms. One of the way to measure security of a cryptography algorithm is to find out its key size. There are many key size of a single algorithm. ECC (Elliptic ...
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Questions about a SHA3 cipher stream encryption scheme

I have written an encryption implementation using a hash as a cipherstream for demonstration purposes. I know it is slower than more sensible options such as AES but I am interested in several things, ...
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Convert ciphertexts of one encryption scheme to another without decryption

I want to convert ciphertexts of one encryption scheme to another without decrypting them under the first scheme and then encrypting with the second scheme. For example convert OPE encryption to ...
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How is a message digest decrypted?

Trying to get my head around digital signatures and hit a slight block. The book I am using gives the following information Device A hashes a message to create a message digest Device A encrypts ...
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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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Cardholder to Merchant SET Protocol

I have some doubts regarding the SET protocol. Let say the Alice payment information runs through a sha-1 hash function which is a one-way algorithm, irreversible to create a message digest. How do ...
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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 encrypt incomplete block with RSA as a block cipher?

I have a question about an RSA academic example. If we are using block-RSA with a block-size of 3 and we have this message: "android". It is broken into 'and', 'roi', 'd'. How to encrypt the last ...
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How do substution-permutation networks work?

I understand what's going on in higher level. But i don't understand what's really going on in page 3 and 4 of this slide. Specifically, How S0 and S1 is used? What goes in what goes out? How ...
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How to break Universal Re-Encryption algorithm?

Let p be a prime, and g be an element of $ℤ^*p$ of prime order q. Let x ∈ ℤq be the private key, and $h = g^x$ (mod p) be the public key. To encrypt a message m ∈ $ℤ^*p$, pick two random ...
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Performing simple arithmetic operations on compressed, and both compressed and encrypted data

We all know it is possible to perform addition and multiplication operations on encrypted data by means of homomorphic encryption methods. My questions are: Is there any cryptosystem that is able to ...
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Why was the Navajo code not broken by the Japanese in WWII?

In reading about this topic recently, to my understanding, the encryption schemes used on top of the Navajo language were very simple and definitely could have been broken (my research shows they ...
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Algorithms for Cyrillic encryption

I am working on a cryptography application which is to be used in my country. I tried looking up to see if there are any algorithms that support the Cyrillic alphabet, but I found none. Do you know of ...
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Multiparty encryption and decryption

Is it possible to send a single encrypted data message to multiple users so that the users receiving the message can only decrypt certain parts of the message, depending on their rights. For example, ...
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RSA algorithm private key extraction

Decrypting messages can be done by using the following formula: $$M = C^d \mod n$$ Where $M$ is the decrypted message, $C$ is the encrypted message and $d$ is the private key Theoretically ...