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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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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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