A cryptographic hash algorithm is a function which takes a variable size input and produces a fixed size output. The algorithm makes it difficult to predict the output for a given input, find two inputs with the same output, or reconstruct the input from the output.

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Do I need to use null bytes and \x80 in hash length extension attack?

Say I want to perform a hash length extension attack. All the tools I have used use \x00 and \x80 to pad hashes (hlextend and hashpump). But is it necessary to use these bytes? Based on my ...
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Inserting a backdoor into a cryptographic hash function

I'm curious as to how a backdoor can be built into a hash function. What might it take the form of? What's probability of getting one that can be backdoored in a way that can actually undermine its ...
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Composing hash functions

Suppose there is a cryptographic hash function $H : \{0,1\}^* \to \mathbb G$. Now, we want to define a hash function $H' : \{0,1\}^* \to \mathbb G \times \mathbb G $. My first idea is to define $H'$ ...
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Rainbow Table - Number of Chains and Chain Length

Is there a difference between having 10,000 of chains (with 1,000 chain length) and 10,000 chain length (with 1,000 of chains)? How does it affect the success rate of the rainbow table? I understand ...
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Is it safer to use timestamp in REST authentication?

I am working on a personal project to build a REST authentication system which authenticate clients via three parameters: ...
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can anyone explain inversion per byte?

I am designing the truncating block of SHA3 algorithm , there its given that first we need to do the inversion per byte of the 1600 bit output and then truncating it to give 512 bits output. Can any ...
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Filling in MD5 input variables

I have a majority of an input string(as well as the total length) and the output for an MD5 hash. Is there a way to calculate the remaining input bytes that I am missing?
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Is $H'(M) = 5M + 9H(M) \pmod{2^n}$ a secure hash function?

theorem: For arbitrary $i≥0$ there exists $m,n≥0$ such that $35+i=5m+9n$. We can use this theorem for constructing simple hash function. Let $M$ be message and $H(M)$ be its hashed value with ...
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How can I figure out a hash algorithm?

This may be trivial, and may be impossible... this is outside my field but willing to learn. I have a hardware device that accepts a network MAC address (6 bytes of data) like this: 38-60-77-EC-1D-33 ...
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Calculation of the avalanche effect coefficient

Given a strict avalanche criterion matrix/dependence matrix for a hash function,how do I calculate the avalanche coefficient for it. I want to calculate a single parameter(value) which represents the ...
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What are fixed points and length extension attack in hash functions?

I was recently reading about hash functions, and I came across fixed points (one or more fixed points, interested in both) and length extensions, but I didn't exactly understand how these work. If ...
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Provable security of cryptographic hash functions

I am working on the following exercise question: Consider the following construction of a “keyed” hash function from Katz & Lindell (ex. 7.22 (1st ed.)/ 8.21(2nd ed.)). Gen : On input ...
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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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Are hash functions chaotic?

I'm looking into "bitcoin like" mining processes. Say a security process uses a hash of data as proof that the data was known at some point in time. From what I understand, hash functions are ...
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About MAC and HMAC

I'm studying mechanisms of integrity and authentication in symmetric encryption scenarios. I want to propose some examples to see whether I got the point here: Let $m$ be the message, $c$ the ...
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Partial-Message Collisions on Iterated Hash Functions

In Cryptography Engineering by Ferguson et al it says the following is a problem with iterated hash functions: Because hashing $m$ and $m'$ leads to the same value, $h(m||X) = h(m'||X)$... for all ...
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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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Associative standard cryptographic hash function

I am looking for a standard hash function which satisfies the following property: A hash function $H(a,b) = F(h(a),h(b))$ with $h$ (within $F$) any standard cryptographic hash function and $F$ an ...
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What are the applications of sha3 algorithm? [closed]

I know it is used for digitally signing any data or message. It can be used for sending any message securely, but where is it applied in industries? Can anyone tell the practical applications of ...
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How to invert a linear hash function?

My friend is trying to convince me that his linear hash function (with a few bit operations) is secure. Is there a way to disprove this? (Or prove this, but I've read from multiple sources that this ...
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Proof of Knowledge/Data Integrity using Hash Function

Objective: A verifier wants to ensure that a block of data M is also known to a prover. The protocol should exchange little information and should not leak information about the value of M. Proposed ...
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Can the SHA256 hashes of consecutive integers be attacked?

Suppose that the attacker knows the SHA256 values of integers $n, n+1, n+2 ... n+k$. $n$ is sufficiently big, so we do not expect to be able to brute force $n$ just by $\operatorname{SHA256}(n)$ ...
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Given the first half of a SHA-1 hash, can you predict the second half?

I know this applies to secure ciphers, but does this also apply to hashes?
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Parallel hashing function that always gives the same hash despite a variable number of cpus

The title pretty much sums it up :) I'm looking for a hashing algorithm that does not need to be cryptographically secure beyond reducing the number of accidental collisions. There is no need to ...
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Reversing a hash of known hashing algorithm

I am sure this is a very easy thing to do but I am not sure how to go about solving a problem like this, So there is this hash function which operates on a message which is in the form of a byte array ...
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How is the message digest related to Signatures and Encryption?

I was studying about 'Data Security' and I found out this one thing confusing. What is an message digest? I got it is the hash of the message. Is the message here referring to the plaintext or ...
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Padding password before SHA-512 hashing to avoid info leak via timing

I've noticed that SHA-512 password hashing leaks some information about the password length. There's a weak correlation between password length and time to hash. It's roughly linear, but in steps of ...
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Why is Pearson hash not used as a cryptographic hash?

The original algorithm produces 1 byte long hash and is (of course) not suitable for cryptography use. But according to wikipedia, it is possible and easy to produce Pearson hash of any length, ...
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How is a message digest decrypted?

Trying to get my head around digital signatures and hit a slight block. The book I am using gives the following information Device A hashes a message to create a message digest Device A encrypts ...
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Difference between MAC and Authenticated Encryption?

I am currently studying authenticated encryption and I was wondering if there was a difference between using a MAC and authenticated encryption. It seemed like authenticated encryption schemes use ...
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Testing hash functions for collision resistance

I was hoping to implement a software that allows testing a user-defined hash function for cryptographic properties (Meant to pique interest in cryptographic hash function for a school showcase), as ...
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What is perfect collision-resistence in probability terms?

update: removed lots of stupidity... sorry. I didn't know I can be this stupid but I achieved it. 1. Goal Let $\mathcal{D}$ be the universal space of our plain data. Our goal is to find a function ...
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Weak and Strong Collision Resistance, again

Weak collision resistance (CR), or second-preimage resistance, is the property that given $x$ and $h(x)$ ($h$ a hash function) it's difficult to find $x' \neq x$ such that $h(x') = h(x)$. Strong CR, ...
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how to verify subset of hashes from hash list

I need to verify a couple hashed (SHA256) integers from a list of approximately 50 hashed integers in a message. The list can be divided into groups. The (plain) integer data is not in the message, ...
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Is the concept of provably secure hash the same as entropy smoothing hash functions?

Is the concept of provably secure hash the same as entropy smoothing hash functions? In the tutorial Sequences of Games: A Tool for Taming Complexity in Security Proofs V. Shoup shows us a proof of ...
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“Security” of SHA functions (Wikipedia), what does it mean?

Wikepedia's table Comparison of SHA functions mentions "Security(bits)" for some SHA functions. From the ratio (Output size (bits): Security(bits)), I feel it is something like "collision resistance". ...
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Distribution of hash values

I was wondering if the uniform distribution of hash values is a generally required criteria for cryptographic hash functions. The english wikipedia article only mentions four main properties. But it ...
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Generate hash value using public key along with message

I was trying to understand one way signature chaining on message by Saxena and Soh. As the message is passed from one user to other, every user can combine their signature to create one single ...
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Does encrypting with MGF1/SHA-512/1024-bit seed equal to a 1024-bit key block cipher?

Suppose: Alice uses SHA-512 with MGF1(as in PKCS#1 V2) and a 1024-bit random seed to generate a mask, XORs the mask with a message(M), gets a cipher text (CT), and sends the CT to her old friend ...
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Why is the compression function in Miyaguchi-Preneel scheme secure?

I was reading about the Miyaguchi-Preneel scheme and had difficulty in understanding why the compression function, $h(H,m)=E(H, H \oplus M) \oplus M \oplus H$ can be called secure. The only resource I ...
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Is there an algorithm that allows verification that 2 encrypted or hashed bits of data are the same, given that I may only know half of the key/ salt?

We have an interesting problem. Currently, we store a salted hash of some secret key known only to the clients of our clients to allow us (and our clients) to find other records that were generated ...
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Is truncating a SHA512 hash to the first 160 bits as secure as using SHA1?

I am from a web development background (I don't know an awful lot about cryptography or how the algorithms themselves work), so I am asking this question in simple terms. Consider a hash of the word ...
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Decrypting SHA-256 with SHA-256 as input?

Is there a way to somewhat decrypt a SHA-256 hash, provided that the initial string was also a SHA-256 hash? If not, could anyone link me to a rainbow table containing some of the $16^{64}$ possible ...
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What is the threat to a PKI when the root CA certificate is generated using SHA1?

We have thousands of servers that have been issued certificates signed by our CA using SHA256 but the our root CAs own certificate was generated using SHA1. Assuming SHA1 is no longer secure for our ...
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Store hashed password using Digest authentication

Digest Authentication is something like this: Server sends client a nonce. Client hashes username and password with nonce. Client sends hashed value back to server. Server validates hash. However, ...
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Can a list of hashes with property $X_{n+1} = \operatorname{SHA-256}(X_n)$ loop?

This is the situation: I have a list of hashes where each hash is always the SHA-256 of the one above it. If I keep going down the list it must at some point loop since there can only be $16^{64}$ ...
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3 digit code at the end of a changing magstripe (maybe hash?) [closed]

Myself and some fellow students are doing some "Independent Security Research" on campus and trying to crack the campus paid parking system to better understand how it might work. The system works ...
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Hash + Salt v. Hash + Encryption

I was wondering if using a salt with a hash is more effective than hashing and encrypting your hash.
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Is it secure to send the hash along the message without encryption?

Lets suppose Alice send to Bob a message $M$ along with its hash value say $H$ which is calculated using SHA3 algorithm. It is sent on the network where it got read by Eve and she does not make any ...
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Differential Cryptanalysis for Hash functions

How is differential cryptanalysis used to attack hash functions? I've been struggling through a couple academic papers and thesis's on the subject but they all sound like greek to me. Does anyone know ...