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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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### CryptDB data re-encryption and onion layers

From the CryptDB paper , I understoond that the onion layers once decrypted are not re-encrypted. Only columns which are queried infrequently will be re-encrypted to higher onion layers. But if we ...
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### Is it safe to use PBEWithMD5AndDES?

I'm encrypting some of my (not so much important) files with PBEWithMD5AndDES. Is it a strong method or it can be de-crypt easily without knowing my selected ...
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### Unpredictable value rotation

I have very vey basic skills in cryptography, it's hard for me to explain clearly my problem so I will start with an example. Estimote beacons have a security function called secure UUID, once ...
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### What are the possible security issues when exporting a plaintext database to a file like this?

Say I have plaintext database with key-value pairs of usernames and passwords. Then I iterate through the database, encrypt the passwords, and write the username and encrypted password pairs to file ...
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### Is there something wrong with my decryption using key=9, mod 26?

I am new to cryptography and have started looking at some basic encryption. I have the following question to answer: Decrypt the the following encrypted quotation using ...
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### How to make the range of modulo $p$ to $[-\frac{p}{2};\frac{p}{2}]$?

I am using NTL (A Library for doing Number Theory) to implement a FHE (Fully Homomorphic Encryption) scheme. In general, the range of modulo p is $[-\frac{p}{2};\frac{p}{2}]$ in FHE scheme. However, ...
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### How to reverse engineer a cryptography algorithm if some input-output pair is known.

I am trying to reverse engineer an unknown encryption algorithm. By this, I mean I dont know what kind of algorithm is used to encrypt the words. But I know some input-output pairs. From this point ...
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### A block cipher whose key changes after each block

I have been reading about various block cipher modes of operation, and all of them seem to treat the block cipher (including it's key and key schedule) as a sort of immutable black box. I would like ...
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### How SAM modules secure transactions?

As you know SAM Modules are used mainly in the electronic payment industry. Due to the low security of key storing in general storage devices or MCUs, Manufacturers used SAM modules for secure storing ...
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### How to prove a symmetric encryption scheme provides perfect secrecy?

I learned in class that in order to achieve perfect secrecy, the source of the plaintext $\mathcal{P}$ needs to be independent from the source of the encryption key $\mathcal{K}$. We also learned that ...
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### How to encrypt and decrypt a transposition cipher?

I encrypted the text hello there with a 3x4 table with the key 2 1 3. I fill in the text into the table row by row and got the ...
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### Performance of Fully homomorphic encryption VS Paillier encryption in Practice

Consider two schemes both have computation complexity linear to the input size (i.e. number of inputs). One scheme is based on Paillier encryption and the other one is based on fully homomorphic ...
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### Are there any crypography schemes which rely on Graph Isomorphism not being in P?

Are there any cryptography schemes having correctness relying on Graph Isomorphism not being in P? If I should ask this question in the CS Theory area, I will migrate it. Thanks.
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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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### Big-O Notation: Encryption Algorithms

I am currently completing a dissertation concerning the encryption of data through a variety of cryptographic algorithms. I have spent much time reading journals and papers but as yet have been ...
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### CCA on PKCS#5 using error feedback

My question is about attacking PKCS#5 with CCA using the error feedback. What we learnt in class about PKCS#5: CBC requires padding to whole block boundary PKCS#5: standard padding If ...
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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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### Can error correcting codes be used to guess this plaintext?

I pick a finite set of messages, perhaps the set of integers $M = \lbrace n \in \mathbf{Z} \, : \, 0 \leq n\lt10 \rbrace$, which you are then allowed to encode in any way you want (some form of error ...
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### What's the safest TrueCrypt algorithm and hash?

I have an encrypted file container inside my NTFS pendrive. The root folder Write permission is blocked for everyone. A folder inside it has all permissions unblocked. The dummy file of TrueCrypt is ...
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### Storing RSA private key

Currently I'm developing an application where users generate their own pair RSA keys in order to achieve a secure communication with my server. Also clients are able to communicate directly, sending ...
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### Why is it a bad idea to use a UTF-8 derived symmetric key?

Given a cryptographically secure series of octets, it is often useful to display this information or store it in a database in a textual format such as hexadecimal. Why would it be incorrect to take ...
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### Asymmetric password encryption - Viable? Which algorithm?

We have an application that requires cleartext passwords for user authentication because of the authentication mechanism in use (RADIUS/CHAP), which unfortunately we cannot change. Since we don't want ...
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### How is this for security? [closed]

I have a function in a C++ program that uses a incrementing integral pattern within a algebraic formula. Each time there' a new character inserted, it uses this ...
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### Why does the recommended key size between symmetric and asymmetric encryption differ greatly?

In various articles it is mentioned that for secure communications, the recommended key sizes are 128-bit key size for symmetric encryption (which makes it $2^{128}$ possible keys?) and 2048-bit key ...
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### In case M is small is it possible to recover the message

In the plain RSA encryption, suppose $N$ is 1024 bits and the public key $e = 17$. Is it secure to use this setting to encrypt very small message, say $3 \leq m \leq 9$? In other words, is it possible ...
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### ECDSA vs ECIES vs ECDH

Recently I started studying Elliptic Curve Cryptography and I just loved it. I want to transfer some big data (like 3KB), What is the best method, ECDSA, ECIES, or ECDH (and why)? I am confused, how ...
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### How to identify the difference between two cryptographic schemes in terms of security?

I am currently working on a project, that requires using encryption libraries namely (LibScarab and FHEW). I want to know how can I compare the two schemes in terms of security (I already compared ...
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### How should I implement a secure recovery of encryption?

I want to create a system to host as securely as possible encrypted data in a way that not even the system can know the content of the data, but that it could be recovered. I would like to know how ...
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### Use Smart Card to decrypt files

So I'm trying to figure out the feasibility of using a Smart Card to decrypt files in an offline scenario. I wish to sync encrypted files to a mobile phone with a Smart Card reader case. The files ...
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### Breaking One Time Pad with CCA

I was taught that: although OTP is CPA secure, it is not the case with CCA. I'm trying to figure how to break OTP with CCA by showing how it fails the IND test. ...
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### Does keeping a public key private or using multiple encryption help?

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine about cryptography. As we are both no experts, I thought that I could better resolve are dispute here. My friend said that when he used public key ...
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### Shannon theorem of perfect secrecy

From the class: Shannon Theorem: For a perfect encryption scheme, the number of keys is at least the size of the message space (number of messages that have a non-zero probability). Proof: ...
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### Detecting Encryption in Real-Time

Is there anyway to detect encryption in real-time through a common signature or pattern recognition. Say, a file is being encrypted using an AES-256 cipher, if I have access to the file stream - can ...
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### Authenticated encryption with Enc-Sign-Mac

I've given a CPA secure private key encryption scheme, an unforgeable private key MAC scheme and an unforgeable public key signature scheme. I want to combine them to protect confidentiality, ...
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### Key length requirement in a simple XOR implementation

I don't have much previous experience at all with cryptography, this is pretty much the first time I've tried anything similar. I'm trying to implement an extremely simple XOR encryption system in ...
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### Can I open a file in plaintext (already decrypt) but the cipher doesn't change?

I want to create an app that encrypts a file and saves it to the Dropbox. Thus, I open and edit this file, I want the file is already decrypted, but the encrypted file that stored in Dropbox still in ...
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### Authenticated encryption with Signatures

I've given a CPA secure private key encryption scheme (wich gets to a CCA secure scheme or better to an authenticated encryption scheme, when i combine it with a given MAC) and a unforgeable public ...
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### How were the DES S-box values determined?

It seems like the S-boxes in DES have essentially random values. How were these chosen?
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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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### Can double-encrypting be easier to break then either algorithm on its own?

As was pointed out in Martin Bonner's comment I cannot prove this, but it seems intuitively impossible. An encryption function is supposed to obscure the plaintext to the point where no information ...
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### Homomorphic system that allows Hamming distance computation?

How can I work out Hamming distance between two binary vectors securely? I would like to know how I can apply homomorphic techniques here.
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### SHA encyption (help me) [closed]

OK, so I am a real noob at cryptography stuff and I have a set of files. One is a string that I am trying to decrypt, and the other has this SHA: 4534e95cb5f001719a6119a092459dc826965d60 Can I use ...
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### The internals of bcrypt

I'm attempting to get a better understanding of cryptography and have run into some questions about bcrypt. Bcrypt relies on the blowfish cipher, which is a reversible method of encryption. But ...
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### Is RSA encryption without padding secure with NIST Key Establishment schemes?

NIST SP800-56B standard (addressing IFC-based Key Establishment schemes) defines some key establishment (KE) schemes using the RSASVE primitive in which the common secret $Z$ is encrypted with RSA-EP ...
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### What is the main difference between a key, an IV and a nonce?

What are the main differences between a nonce, a key and an IV? Without any doubt the key should be kept secret. But what about the nonce and the IV? What's the main difference between them and their ...
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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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### Image sharing without data overhead

The idea is to share $n$ images among $n$ persons so that all images can be reconstructed by someone in possession of all shares. However, there must not be any data overhead (which means the shares ...
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### Changing encryption key without revealing the original key

Say that Alice encrypts a $\text{plaintext}$ with $\text{key}_{m}$ and gives the $\text{ciphertext}_m$ to Bob. Alice wants to send several gigabytes of $\text{plaintext}$ to Eve but she is on a mobile ...
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 ...