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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Key sizes supported by 3DES

I read about 3DES encryption but I don't understand exactly what the specific meaning of key size is. For example I found that 3DES supports 64, 128, 192, and 256 bits key size. What are all the ...
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Encode-decode with different block sizes? [on hold]

I am implementing AES-ctr encryption. While encrypting I call dofinal on every 16 bytes of data. When I try to decrypt this data in different chunk size say 32 bytes I get different output (original ...
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common ways / methods to try to break a SP network

I have a very little cryptography background (but a relatively solid maths background) so my below question is very general. Basically I have been given a SP network with an output to reverse. I ...
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Using the Vigenere Cipher to find key

Given a ciphertext message that was generated using the XOR cipher and a bit string found in the plaintext, how can you find the key that can be used to map the plaintext to the ciphertext?
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NTRU Encryption

It's using Euclidian inverse. Can you show it step by step? $$N=7, q=11, a = 3+2X^2 -3X^4 +X^6$$ the inverse of $a \pmod {11}$ is $$A=-2+4X+2X^2 +4X^3 -4X^4 +2X^5 -2X^6$$ How do we compute $A$?
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Are modes of operation algorithms practical?

I took a cryptography class back in college, and now that I am working my 1st career one of the things currently on my plate is coming up with an algorithm to encrypt data before it's placed on the ...
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Twofish encryption in Python [on hold]

I have a test tool which uses Twofish as the encryption algorithm to encrypt data before sending it to the server. The code is written in C++ and uses Bruce Schneier's optimized C implementation ...
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feistel structure? why decryption is so easy with reverse order of subkey

I am doing an assignment on writing own encryption and decryption algorithm..so i come across feistel structure...can someone explain to me why we only use reverse order of key in decrpytion and we ...
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Is it possible to make time-locked encrytion algorithm?

I'm not sure if what I'm asking is even a valid question but here goes. Would it be possible to add a mechanism to an encryption algorithm that would mean it had to be a certain time of the day or a ...
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Is Encryption without knowing the input directly possible at all?

I know the question is rather unusual, but let me clarify what I'm searching for: There is one person, lets call her $Alice$. $Alice$ has $n$ plaintexts $t_1..t_n$ and $n$ public keys $pk_1..pk_n$ of ...
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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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Is it safe to encrypt data by simply randomizing chunks based on a permutation?

Say I want to encrypt the following text: "Today is March the 22nd, 2015". And say want to encrypt 8-byte blocks of data using the following permutation [6,3,0,1,5,7,2,4] to swap characters at those ...
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Why would using a random seed with other variables be bad for ecrypting if you can't guess the key?

I asked this on stack exchange with it being code based, but someone suggested to ask here. Basically, I've done a script in python and wanted an option to encrypt the input, but I couldn't get any ...
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How are RSA and ElGamal compatible in PGP?

I'm starting to play with PGP and I don't understand how if your key pair is RSA you can encrypt a message for someone whose key is for example ElGamal. How does the asymmetric key exchange work if ...
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Choosing a cipher in SSH

When and how do the client/server agree on what cipher and MAC will be used during an SSH connection?
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Coding of unsigned int to prevent guessing next ID

Suppose we are assigning records an unsigned integer ID from a N-bit space (say 32-bit) in a sequential manner. Is there a way we can code this ID before showing it to the public such that someone ...
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Is it safe to prefix the a key with a known value?

Almost every encryption algorithm is based on a secret key. I wonder when the algorithm is considered safe, does that also imply that I can prefix (or suffix) the key with a known value, as long as ...
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What is the most light-weight symmetric cipher thats still usefull?

I need a very light encryption scheme which costs almost no performance during encryption (while decryption may be slow). I found 5 algorithms: RC4, DES, LED, PRESENT, and Piccolo. But how do I ...
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MAC in SSH packet encryption, benefits to not including it?

What are the benefits to not including MAC in a SSH packet encryption? I understand what the MAC is there for, but if it was not included would there be an advantage? Is the MAC somewhat redundant ...
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can you help us find a method to read the secret code in this image [closed]

I've been attempting to solve this ARG named SAN for the past 2 days or so, and I've been stuck on this image for about a day. Are there any algorithms or methods to figure By the way, the language ...
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ECDSA for encryption

ECDSA keys are much shorter than RSA keys, but typically only used for signing, not encryption. Is there an accepted way of doing this? (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=196378.0 ...
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Can you help me understand what a cryptographic “salt” is?

I'm a beginner to cryptography and looking to understand in very simple terms what a cryptographic "salt" is, when I might need to use it, and why I should or should not use it. Can anyone offer me a ...
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Composition of non-perfect encryption keys

Definition 1: A key $k$ is called perfect if it is uniformly distributed from the adversary's point of view; a key $k$ is called $ε$-perfect, if its distribution has an $ε$ trace (statistical) ...
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How would one crack a weak but unknown encryption protocol?

I asked a question on security.stackexchange, but was told it would be a better fit here: http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/32779/how-would-one-crack-a-weak-but-unknown-encryption-protocol ...
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Why not send the identity in the encrypted message?

I've recently started reading the book "Applied Cryptography" written by Bruce Schneier. Quite a few times I stumbled across protocols who send the identity outside of the encrypted message (see step ...
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why do files downloaded with http and https have the same size?

while working with Encryption mostly cipher text is always larger the plain text, why isn't that the case when downloading a file using https ? even that compression isn't much used anymore because if ...
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Requested to encrypt data with AES256, digital certification, timestamped

at my job we have been tasked by gov to encrypt some data we send to them. The "law" says we have to do the title above, but they only need us to do the AES256 thing because the data is not really ...
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RSA Decryption from samples

I am working on a project for a client which involves decryption of data which was encrypted using RSA. The system in question retains three independent copies of each data-set, but each copy is ...
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Why does consecutive permutations or consecutive substitutions not enhance security?

My professor stated that permutations which are done repeatedly does not further enhance security than just one permutation. He also stated that fact this applies to consecutive substitutions as well. ...
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General questions about cryptography for password security

I'm pretty new to this and find it quite interesting, but my brain won't process how it works so I have to ask some questions :) Why is cryptography used? Is it for extra security once the password ...
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Unable to open old encrypted PKZIP 2.0 files despite having the password [closed]

My company has many many thousands of old compressed files that are maintained by a small C++ program written many years ago. The program successfully decrypts and uncompresses individual files using ...
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How do you break encryption on a message? [closed]

This may seem like a simple question, but I have just started studying cryptography and I can't seem to find any information on this at all. I am trying to write a "simple" encrypted messenger using ...
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AES encryption takes more time to decrypt than encrypt

I am trying to find how much time an AES encryption and decryption takes for a given amount of data and key. In all the cases encryption takes way lesser processing time than decryption. I tried to ...
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Avalanche effect in DES

I couldn't understand the avalanche effect in DES. Could someone explain how avalanche effect happens in DES
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If the text was compressed before using traditional cryptography, how much difficulty increases for frequency analysis attack?

Traditional encryption is weak and no longer be used. They can be easily broken by using frequency analysis is a well-known fact. But, the frequency analysis often depends on the number of captured ...
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Block cipher mode with diffusion on ciphertext

As I understand, diffusion property in AES-CBC ensures that one-bit change in plaintext will yield changes in all following blocks in ciphertext upon encryption. I'm looking for algorithm that will ...
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Repair AES-128 decrypted file

I decrypted a file which was encrypted with OpenSSL and AES-128 with the wrong password. Before I noticed it was the wrong password I removed the original file. Is there a possibility to reproduce the ...
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Encrypt-then-MAC: Do I need to authenticate the IV?

In the setting of Encrypt-then-MAC, do I need to include the IV in what I'm HMACing, or is authenticating just the AES-encrypted data sufficient?
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Remove padding (CBC) from decrypted text [closed]

I have a bit problem with padding. Everything goes fine when I encrypt the text BUT when I decrypt I see some extra characters. Sometime's one character sometimes more and I dont know how to remove ...
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What is the probability of finding 4 equal bytes? [closed]

Is it $2^{-32}$ or $2^{-24}$ as one byte is assumed to take a given value and the remaining 3 bytes should have the same value?
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Encryption scheme that allows compare ciphertexts based on the clear text [duplicate]

I would like to compare ciphertext based on the order assumed on the message space. So, do you know if there exists some encryption scheme with the follow property: Let $c_0 = E(m_0)$ and $c_1 = ...
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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 IGE mode be parallelized?

As far as I know, in IGE mode (infinite garble extension) each block depends on the previous one. In that case, can the encryption be parallelized? Is there some way to do it?
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Transport SA bundled inside a tunnel with encryption applied before authentication?

For IPsec I am considering different formats of ESP encryption and authentication. I am not sure what happens with "Transport SA bundled inside a tunnel with encryption applied before ...
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Encryption of numeric value using playfair

I am studying in CSE and in my recent exam paper, A question was asked as: Construct a playfair cipher for Plaintext: semester5 and key:technology. Generally as we are taught yet, there is no ...
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FEAL-4 Fk Function 4 Rounds

As I understood in FEAL-4 it needs 4 pair of round keys. Which means that we need to launch Fk function 4 times. My problem occurs starting the 2nd round. At the first round we have the original 64 ...
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Looking for an adjustable compute bound decryption function

I'm looking for a way to decrypt data, but make it require varying amounts of CPU power to do so. Maybe this could be illustrated as e(m) = m' and ...
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How difficult is it to get a key using simple XOR

Recently someone gave me an algorithm as follows: XOR = Key XOR Random1 XOR Random2. They think that in order for someone to extract "Key" from XOR they would need Random1 and Random2.. but looking ...
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Difference between Kerberos and GDOI? [migrated]

What is the difference between Kerberos and GDOI, I know first is more toward authentication and latter is more toward multicast key management, can I use Kerberose protocol in GDOI for server and ...
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Multiple encryption of part of block

Is there any security risk in encrypting parts of blocks twice? I'd like to get around block sizes and make encrypted messages just as long as the unencrypted ones: Block 1: Byte 0 - 7 Block 2: Byte ...