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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Using a single Ed25519 key for encryption and signature

The libsodium documentation contains a function crypto_sign_ed25519_pk_to_curve25519 that converts an Ed25519 key into a Curve25519 one, so it can be used for both ...
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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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How to break a columnar transposition cipher?

I'm currently studying for a cryptography exam. I've been given ciphertext that has been encrypted by a columnar transposition cipher. I've been given no shift key length or key word, the only thing I ...
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Homogenous and heterogeneous Unbalanced Feistel Networks

Unbalanced Feistel networks can be homogenous (F-function identical in each round), or they can be heterogeneous (F-function not always identical in each round). The advantage of heterogeneous UFNs ...
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Security proof in (Ciphertext-Policy) Attribute-Based Encryption

I am having hard time understanding the security proof in Attribute-Based Encryption, especially in Ciphertext-Policy Attribute-Based Encryption. To do reduction in CP-ABE scheme, how do I check that ...
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Does changing the order of the steps within a round affect the security of AES?

I was trying to understand the internal structure of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) Standard order of steps within a round: Substitute Bytes Shift Rows Mix Columns Add Round Key Substitute ...
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Numeric base conversion in cryptosystems?

I have been wondering if numeric base conversion has ever found an application in cryptography. By base conversion, an example that is probably familiar is Base64 encoding. This is an example of ...
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Security of Fernet Construction (wrt non self delimiting tokens and HMAC short key size)

Fernet is a described as a "high level symmetric encryption recipe" (source) that seems to be the default high level encryption scheme in the cryptography python ...
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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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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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What is the correct definition of the blowfish F-function?

The Blowfish cipher uses a so called F-function which uses S-Boxes (S[i], i=0,1,2,3) to ...
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Which precautions to protect against side-channel attacks on ARX ciphers?

In recent crypto there has been a trend to design ciphers using only the ARX set of instructions - i.e. additions (modulo $2^{32}$ or $2^{64}$), rotations (by a fixed constant) and XORs, examples ...
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Additive homomorphic encryption scheme without change in operator

I'm looking for an additive homomorphic encryption that the addition operator (+) in its plaintext space be the same as addition operator in its ciphertext space. (Schemes like Paillier do addition in ...
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Explanation of part of a visual cryptography algorithm

I have been working on a project involving visual cryptography and I am stuck with the following problem. My question is related to this paper, AN IMPROVED VISUAL CRYPTOGRAPHY SCHEME FOR SECRET ...
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Increasing the diffusion of the AES-CBC encryption algorithm in pycrypto for python

When encryption is done using the AES-CBC algorithm, the encryption can be thought of as chaining the cipher texts with the previous ones and an IV. However, if its on CBC mode, we give our cipher ...
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Cryptography behind the Turing Imitation Key (TIK)

When browsing the internet I found out about this amazing phone. Well, it would be amazing if it was actually obtainable. It's called the Turing Phone, and it is supposed to come with as good as ...
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What are the practical impacts of Wassenar Arrangement to crypto development?

Wassenar Arrangement limits transport of high-grade crypto hardware/software since decades, if I don't err. What are its practical impacts in that direction? In particular, does it hinder in any sense ...
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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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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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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 does darkmail (DIME) work to hide email metadata?

While Email encryption can protect the content of an email, the metadata are still readable and can be used to gather important information about the sender and the receiver. There were several news ...
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Unknown authenticated encryption mode

I'm running through a protocol specification (LoRaWAN, pdf), and I'm puzzled by the crypto. The data is encrypted and authenticated in the following way: a unique 128-bit key is used; the plaintext ...
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How to overcome issues with big ciphers? E.g. with small vs. big Vigenére Ciphers

I understand that bigger ciphers show more recurring patterns and therefore should be easier (or at least faster) to decrypt as you'll have a better statistical analysis, being However if we use a ...
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How can I design a cryptographically secure, key-dependent s-box?

I would like to design a cryptographically secure, key-dependent s-box, but I am not sure how. Mainly, because I am unsure about the difference in design compared to a random s-box. What is the ...
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Avoiding known plaintext attacks with an additional XOR-Layer

Can a cipher that is vulnerable to an known plaintext attack be made secure by adding an additional XOR-encryption? That is: suppose I have an (w.l.o.g. symmetric) encryption algorithm E were the ...
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Pseudo-Hadamard transform, most significant bit

For clarification: The Pseudo-Hadamard transformation is a reversible transformation of a bit string that provides cryptographic diffusion. Splitting a bit string (with bit length of $2n$) into two ...
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Paper about this secure P2P idea?

Two or three years ago, I was reading something interesting, but then I lost the paper. The paper described building secure and fast P2P networks (not like tor or I2P). Unfortunately, I only remember ...
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File Encryption (EFS method)

I'm implementing (for learning purposes) a file encryptor, which uses the following method (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encrypting_File_System). I have 3 kind of keys: RSA public/private, AES ...
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Why is a LCG not suitable for use in a cryptographic primitive?

Two's complement addition (and multiplication) are non-linear with respect to XOR and AND. This means that for bit vectors over $\mathbb{Z}_2$, the operation $a + x$ cannot be expressed as the matrix ...
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The knife paradox?

In one of the hot forums of today on how to convince friends cryptography is good one of the arguments stated is the knife paradox, I was unable to find the answer on Google and my question is what is ...
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Can I serve data for user without the ability to access them? Which functions for the user remain?

My Problem I want to serve sesible data for users as a webservice that is accessed by the user via the browser. Restrictions: I may not be able to technically acces the data of the user Data is ...
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Is this PRG secure?

$G$ is a safe PRG in range $\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow\{0,1\}^{n+1}$. Let us define $G'(S)=G(S\oplus G(S)_{1,...,n})$, s.t. $G(S)_{1,...,n}$ is the first n bits of $G(S)$. Is $G'(S)$ a secure PRG? ...
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Is there any symmetric key cipher (block or stream cipher) providing partial decryption?

symmetric key cipher (block or stream cipher) providing partial decryption of data at some points. Although the entire data has not been decrypted, the data decrypted to that specific point should be ...
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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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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 constraints on using GCM with a tag size of 96 and 128 bits

Say we want to use AES (or any other secure 128 bit block cipher) with GCM and a tag size of 96 or 128 bits. I'm assuming an AES key size of 128 bits and an IV size of 96 bits (the default). NIST ...
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search of patterns in key schedules

I am developing a new key schedule, and there is this article (Enhanced Key Expansion for AES-256 by Using Even-Odd Method) where the authors also propose a new algorithm and one of the objectives is ...
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Is there a mental poker algorithm that does not rely on commutative encryption?

The algorithm for mental poker that I saw on Wikipedia and everywhere else relies on an encryption algorithm such that $E_k(E_j(P)) = E_j(E_k(P))$, but I can't find a modern and secure algorithm for ...
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Proposed unidirectional authentication scheme

I've been looking around for a way to authenticate a client to the server and deliver a message, but in a unidirectional fashion - that is, the client sends messages to the server, but the server ...
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Energy necessary for brute-forcing or decryption

I am trying to understand how the physical limits of computation apply to crytography, and came up with the scenario below as a sort of gedanken. I would be grateful to see how others answer it. ...
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Multi-round Transposition/Playfair as a secure hand cipher in the computer age

Given that computers can be easily compromised, there is a need for a hand cipher that can withstand computer attack. Clearly the traditional hand ciphers fail. One time pads work. They also have ...
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How good is middle cube method with jumbled digits?

I had to make my own prng for a stream cipher for an inter school science project (I am mentioning that a lot). So I thought of cubing the seed instead of squaring it (like in the middle square method)...
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Encrypted database: how to deal with general queries?

My question is quite related to the concept of homomorphic encryption, which is not practical at all nowadays. In short, I would like to know how to query encrypted databases. Simple queries which ...
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RSA encryption and signature padding flaw

This is Oxford's computer security exam question: Suppose that Bob has published an RSA encryption key $ke$ (retaining in secret the corresponding decryption key $kd$), and Alice has published a ...
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Index of coincidence for completely random text over k alphabets

I'm confused about /Friedman's method 2 (using a table with column of k size of key, and n/k rows, n is the total size for cipher text) \begin{equation} m = \Bigl(\varphi(l)-\varphi(o)\Bigr)/\Bigl(\...
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Ideal system for an encryption scheme

What is the ideal system for an encryption scheme? For a pseudorandom permutation the ideal one is a random permutation, for a pseudorandom function the ideal one is a random function. For an ...
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How well analyzed are giant block length ciphers?

I have heard about ciphers that have a block length of 256 megabytes... That is huge. How well are they understood by the encryption community? I'm referring to PMC Ciphers. Has anyone used such a ...
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How can I prove that this encryption scheme from a random oracle is secure?

I am reading this example: A random oracle is an ideal object. What makes a random oracle convenient for proofs is the part about knowing nothing on the output for a given input if you do not ...
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How to calculate how many trials I need to guess the plain text if a simple P-Box is used to make the cipher text

If I have 64 bit as input for a straight box that use a transposition process to encipher the plain text and the given 64 bits contains 60 bits as (1s), then how many trial I should do?
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Why the light contrast of a set $\mathcal{E}$ of VCRG produced by an encryption scheme for a binary image B is defined as follows

In the paper “Image encryption by multiple random grids”, Shyong Jian Shyu, 42(7):1582-1596,· July 2009, the light contrast of a set $\mathcal{E}$ of VCRG produced by an encryption scheme for a binary ...