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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A mathematical explanation of the DES encryption system

I need a mathematical explanation of what does the DES encryption system really do. This means I need more explanation than the one that offers FIPS, which is more an explanation for computer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do Brute-Force Attacks and Cryptanalysis refute Kerckhoffs's principle? [closed]

According to Kerckhoffs's principle "A cryptosystem should be secure even if everything about the system, except the key, is public knowledge." Now I want to throw in a provoking formula of mine which ...
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Can Winternitz be easily converted to a many-time encryption scheme?

The Winternitz scheme is typically cited as being an OTS scheme. Can it also be used as a one-time encryption scheme? If it can be used as a one-time encryption scheme, then is it possible to easily ...
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How to correctly encrypt data with proper authentication using AES-256-CBC in php?

I have been using the openssl function for encrypting data with AES-256-CBC in php. I have been able to encrypt it using an unique IV (by generating with openssl_random_pseudo_bytes)for each new ...
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How can I make my cipher show the avalanche effect?

I am a beginner in cryptography. I designed an password based encryption-decryption algorithm, which uses a random salt and a password to encrypt a message. I'm using SHA-512 for hashing, matrix ...
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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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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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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 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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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 $k_9=k_8,...
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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 file?...
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What is the difference between PKCS#5 padding and PKCS#7 padding

One runtime platform provides an API that supplies PKCS#5 padding for block cipher modes such as ECB and CBC. These modes have been defined for the triple DES, AES and Blowfish block ciphers. The ...
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Why gcd(r,(p-1)/r) needs to be 1 in benaloh cryptosystem

I recently discovered the benaloh cryptosystem. I am working with the system as it is discribed in the following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benaloh_cryptosystem However I need some help in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it OK to use a data-encryption key for key wrapping, too?

Our industry (area of cheap networked devices) has a standard that defines the usage of keys for both authentication and encryption using EAX mode of AES. This standard does not define key management, ...
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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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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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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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Time Capsule cryptography?

Does there exist any cryptographic algorithm which encrypts data in such a way that it can only be decrypted after a certain period of time? The only idea that I can think of, is something like this: ...
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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 $H(a)=j$...
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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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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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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 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 values ...
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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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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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Can you explain “weak keys” for DES?

A weak key for DES is a key $K$ such that $DES_{k_1}(DES_{k_2}(x))=x$ for all $x$. I don't get why are the 4 keys $k_1||k_2$: $1^{112}$, $0^{112}$, $0^{56}||1^{56}$, $1^{56}||0^{56}$ considered as ...
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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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Advanced Access Content System (AACS) and Subset Difference techniques for Broadcast Encryption

I'm trying to get a grasp on AACS and Subset Difference (archived version with images) for a project I'm working on and am having a hard time coming up with a technically valid layman explanation, let ...
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Algebraic relationship between Original Key and Sub Key of DES

Does there exist any sorts of algebraic relationship between Original and Sub Key of DES? I understand that by solving K-Maps of 64-bit Input/48-bit Output, I can get 16 algebraic relationships ...
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How to clock a linear feedback shift register?

I have some trouble understanding what happens when a LFSR is clocked. I have tried many examples but I do not get the correct result. Can anyone point out my errors? I have the following polynomial: ...
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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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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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Example of FHEI scheme?

I am reading this paper Toward Secure Multikeyword Top-k Retrieval over Encrypted Cloud Data. I am trying to work out an example of the FHEI (Fully homomorphic Encryption over Integers) scheme ...
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Is this a good communication scheme?

I'm writing a wrapper for a chat program to allow for end-to-end encryption. I'm using Python and PyCrypto to accomplish this. I'd like to use a well known library to do this, but to my knowledge, ...