# Tagged Questions

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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### Change initial hash value of SHA512/t

Fips 180-4 defines under 5.3.6 how to calculate initial hash values for SHA512/t for a given value t. Can someone explain me how the t actually affects the outcome of the procedure (which, as far as I ...
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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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### Appropriate scrypt parameters when generating an scrypt hash

What values for CPU, memory and parallel difficulty should be used when generating an scrypt hash? i.e. ...
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### Is it possible to brute-force a hash algorithm of 32 bits

I have a 30000 user passwords and usernames stored in a table on a database in which the passwords are stored as hash where ,I need to guess the passwords for all users and I have the hash function ...
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### Accelerating SHA-1

I have a program where computing SHA-1 is the bottleneck. This is using OpenSSL 1.0.0e on a 2.6Ghz 16-core Opteron where I get about 325MiB/s throughput. (SHA1 here is via Andy Polyakov's x86-64 ...
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### Password hashing security of argon2 versus bcrypt/PBKDF2?

I wonder if it can be approximated how much of a security margin the new argon2 hash, winner of the password hashing competition, can give over bcrypt or PBKDF2, for an attacker using large GPU ...
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Next to the traditional MD5 and SHA-1, other hashing algorithms exist based on symmetric encryption algorithms. An example is the Matyas–Meyer–Oseas construction. What are the advantages/...
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### comparison of security for identity based signature and Hashing (SHA-1) the identities

I would like to know which method can provide better security: using identity based signature or hashing the identities and message (using SHA-1) for authentication?
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### How hard is it to generate a simultaneous MD5 and SHA1 collision?

I was recently reading that MD5 is "broken" because it's pretty easy to generate collisions (like 2^(L/2)). And the SHA1 (theoretically) fares no better. The ...
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### Hash system to generate same (specified) hash from multiple datasets?

I have a hashed value $X$ and need to ensure that any of the data sets $D_1...D_n$ can be concatenated with a correctional value $C_1...C_n$ and passed into a hashing algorithm to result in the value ...
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### Is the “Hash Tree” described in this paper the same as a Merkle Hash Tree?

I'm implementing an algorithm from a paper, and part of it calls for using a "hash tree". Since I'd never heard of that data structure I looked it up on Wikipedia. It turns out that the name hash tree ...
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### Is HMAC needed for a SHA-3 based MAC?

HMAC does nested hashing in order to prevent Length Extension Attacks. Given that you use the SHA-3 hash (which is resistant against length extension attacks), would you still need to go through that ...
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### How many hashes one needs in order to reverse engineer hash function?

If I know the pattern of a hash string, particularly dllldlll or llldllld (d=digit, l=low case letter), is it possible to reverse engineer the hash function? If so, how many hashes ones needs to do so,...
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### Can you use a hash as a password?

There are several methods of making a strong password, making it longer is one of them. now we also have hashing algorithms which have outputs of 512, so i wonder, would it be safe to basiclly use a ...
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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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### How to hash a set of elements

Imagine the following senario. We have $n$ participants. Participant $i$ has a set of elements $S_i$ with the elements being in a random order, possibly different for each participant. The ...
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### Why Rabin fingerprints assumes data is prefixed with a “1” bit?

(I know that a Rabin fingerprint is not a cryptographic hash, sorry in advance if my question is considered out of topic) In the paper Some applications of Rabin's fingerprinting method, it is ...
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### How secure is HMAC SHA256

I have a message (UUID) in this form 406a5830-2a6a-11e6-bdf4-0800200c9a66. I also use a secret key for example ...
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### Does a partial preimage attack imply a preimage attack?

Let's assume we have an $n$-bit hash function and a $b$-bit partial preimage attack that is faster than brute force. Does this imply a faster than brute force preimage attack on the whole hash? It ...
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### Probability of hash collision in exhaustive mapping from input to output

Suppose I had a hash function which produced a 256-bits output for any given input (such as SHA-3-256). Now suppose i did an exhaustive mapping from every possible 512-bits input to a given 256-bits ...
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### Why are the bit lengths of keys and digests equal in Lamport signatures?

In Lamport's one time signature scheme: One way function to convert a pseudo random number private key to a public key takes $\{0,1\}^n$ and returns $\{0,1\}^n$. Cryptographic hash function to ...
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### Is it possible to securely combine multiple hashes without hashing them?

Let's say we have 1000 files and 1000 already computed cryptographic hashes for those files. Now we want to derive a single hash that authenticates all of them. Is there a more efficient way to do ...
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### Efficient proof of knowledge using Wegman-Carter hash

A verifier wants to ensure, with only little exchange of data with other systems, that a large block of data $M$ that the verifier holds is also available to some other system(s). It is not an ...
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### If I don't use XOR in Davies–Meyer, does it remain collision resistant?

If I don't use XOR in Davies–Meyer construction like in picture 2, does the function remain collision resistant?
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### First preimage resistance check

So I have $H: \{0,1\}^* \rightarrow\{0,1\}^n$ a hash function resistant to the second preimage and to collisions. Let there be a function $H' : \{0,1\}^* \rightarrow \{0,1\}^{n+1}$ with the following ...
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### How feasible is a preimage attack or speedups to brute force a substring of MD5?

Beyond the birthday problem analysis how feasible is a preimage attack or speed up brute force on a substring of MD5. For instance let's say from the 128 bits I decide to strip 24 bits, the first four ...
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### Combining secure hashes with insecure hashes?

Assuming I'm a bank which seeks for secure hash functions to use in the process of signing on digital contents. I'd like to explain / prove why using each one of the following hash functions might ...
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### Why is plain-hash-then-encrypt not a secure MAC?

It seems that even in MAC-then-encrypt systems like SSL, something like HMAC is used rather than a plain hash. Why? Suppose we use some stream cipher; then why can't we use $Encrypt(m | H(m))$ as ...
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### hash function for elliptic curve co-ordinates

Is there any hash function which takes the co-ordinates of an elliptic curve $E_p(a,b)$ as input and gives an integer value i.e. $h(.) : \{(x,y) \in E_p(a,b)\} \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$
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### Calculating probability of finding collisions in an invertible hash function

Assuming we have an invertible hash function H that takes inputs of size 2n and outputs hashes of size n, I use the following algorithm to find collisions: Choose a random M as input. Compute its ...
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### What are the pros and cons of deterministic site-specific password generation from a master pass?

I've been reading up a bit on deterministic password generators. All the ones I can find basically do something like this: Pick a master username and a master passphrase. The username could be your ...
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### Guarding against cryptanalytic breakthroughs: combining multiple hash functions

Assume I want to design a protocol (or data format or similar) including some cryptographic hash, and want it to be as future-proof as possible, i.e. I want to avoid that breakthroughs in cryptography ...
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### Is SHA-256 safe and difficult to crack? [duplicate]

I am trying to crack a SHA-256 hash but I am not sure how to approach this in an efficient way. The following is known of the original non-hashed content: 64 characters long only consists 0-9 and a-...
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### Is the number of creatable torrents limited?

Currently, a magnet link containing a 40-digits long SHA-hash value, is assigned to every torrent which is created. Therefore, this hash should be unique to identify a torrent and send the right bytes ...
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### Is calculating a hash code for a large file in parallel less secure than doing it sequentially?

I would like to improve the performance of hashing large files, say for example in the tens of gigabytes in size. Normally, you sequentially hash the bytes of the files using a hash function (say, ...
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### Change in probability of collision when removing digits from MD5 hexadecimal hash values

I am aware that MD5 has a known collision vulnerability and should not be relied upon when uniqueness is required, but in the environment I am working on I only have access to MD5 hash function. ...
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### Can one efficiently iterate valid bcrypt hash output values?

bcrypt is an intentionally slow hash algorithm. In my last protocol idea, I wanted to use it to expand a password and then only transfer the bcrypt-hashed password. An efficient attack on this would ...
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### Using bcrypt for MAC - is it correct and secure?

Suppose there is a hashing function: $$ph = bcrypt(sha256(m + k), salt)$$ Here $ph$ is a password hash obtaining by applying $bcrypt$ on $sha256$ result of concatenating a message $m$ with a secret ...
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### Cryptanalysis to reverse engineer a hash?

I understand this may not be the best place to ask a question like this, but I believe that this community may be the best/only place I can ask such a question. I have inputs and outputs from an in-...
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### What is a hard-core predicate?

I read this article on Wikipedia: Hard-core predicate. Still I don't understand what exactly is a hard-core predicate. Is it possible to put this in simple English terminology, and perhaps with a ...
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### Why do we append the length of the message in SHA-1 pre-processing?

As we know, SHA-1 is irreversible, so why do we append the length of the message to the preimage?
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### Can a compressed checksum be considered unique

I'm kind of guessing that the answer may be no. Since the compression is trying to reduce the output size using various optimization methods, this may cancel the properties of a hash algorithm. But ...
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### What is a “freestart collision”?

In their work on SHA-1 collisions (cf. the EUROCRYPT-2016 paper “Freestart collision on full SHA-1” by Stevens, Karpman, and Peyrin) Stevens et al show that they are able to generate "freestart ...
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### Randomness of a Key in a One Time Pad

The keys used in an One Time Pad are required to be randomly generated from a keyspace $\mathcal{K}$, we require 256 bit random keys, i.e. $\mathcal{K}=\{0,1\}^{256}.$ Suppose we randomly select an ...
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### Comparing Files: Is it better to use multiple hash algorithms or just one?

I'm looking to compare (for byte-for-byte equality) two binary files. I already have the process down: Check for existence etc. Compare file lengths Use a hash or CRC of a sort (right now I use MD5)...
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### Is this Commitment Scheme binding?

Commitment scheme is given as follows: Alice chooses a random r the same size as x and calculates $y = h(x||r)$ where $||$ represents concatenation. Open: Alice sends x to Bob, and Bob calculates \$y ...