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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### “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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Implementing hmac+bcrypt in bash script

I was recently reading Mozilla's Secure Coding guidelines and found their password storage method interesting. They combine an hmac hash of the password with bcrypt which allows for added security ...
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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 ...
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### Difficulty to find any preimages $a$ and $b$ for given $V$ so that $H(a) \oplus H(b) = V$?

Suppose I have the values $a$, $b$, and $V = H(a) \oplus H(b)$ with inputs $a \neq b$ and $H$ being SHA-224. None of these values are a secret. How secure is it to assume that no other possible values ...
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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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### Are checksums essentially non-secure versions of cryptographic hashes?

Are checksums basically toned-down versions of cryptographic hashes? As in: they are supposed to detect errors that occur naturally/randomly as opposed to being designed to prevent a knowledgeable ...
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### Misuse-resistant authenticated encryption based on SHA-3/Blake2b and AES-CTR/ChaCha20

I am wondering if the following is a useful misuse-resistant authenticated encryption scheme: Parameters (shared by many users): Choose a hash function $H$, such as Blake2 or Keccak. SHA2 could ...
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### Negative lookup table concept

Interested in password cracking, I thought of a concept for lookup tables that can tell if a hash can be created using a dictionary in about O(log n) time. A simple overview of the idea is a follows: ...
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### Create a potential input for sha-256 hash given a substring of input?

Let's say I'm given a specific SHA-256 hash. Further assume that the SHA-256 input, that yielded this hash contained a known sub-string. Is there a way to find the input (containing the specific ...
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### PHP AES 256 CBC faster than AES 128 CBC? Or am I doing something wrong?

for last couple of days I'm learning a bit about encrypting data in PHP, as I need a good encryption/decryption function for storing user's passwords in DB. I use ...
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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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### Can anyone tell whether this RHO step of SHA3 is correct?

In rho step of SHA3, I have done right circular rotation whether its correct ?? I am doing in Verilog so I am using concatenation operator for rotation. For x=0 and y=1 that is A[0][1] rotation will ...
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### Can anyone breifly explain the 'theta step' of compression box in SHA3?

Can you tell me the 'theta' step of compression box. D[X] = C[X-1] ^ ROT(C[X+1, 1]) In this step all the indices should be taken modulo 5. ...
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### Secure way to hash a lookup value

I want to securely store a database table that consists of an account ID and a few columns of sensitive data. The data only has value if it can be associated with the account ID. My thinking is to ...
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### Does absence of second pre-image resistance infer absence of pre-image resistance?

Talking about hash functions, I know the hierarchy is as follows: Pre-image resistance Second pre-image resistance Collision resistance Where each property implies the one before it so 2nd ...
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### Can “Approximate Hashing” work in a Proof-of-Work context?

Here is a draft of an article claimed to soon appear in a peer-reviewed conference: Matthew Vilim, Uenry Duwe, Rakesh Kumar, Approximate Bitcoin Mining. It is proposed to simplifying a SHA-256 engine ...
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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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### mapping function

I have read a scientific paper which covers some security schemes in mobile ad hoc networks. I don't understand this notation: $$H_0\;\;\;\text{ Mapping }\{0,1\}^*\to \mathbb Z_p^*$$ where $p$ is a ...
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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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### How does hash speed vary based on string length?

Surprisingly I have not been able to find an answer to this question on Google. If I have a function that is based on any of the popular hashing algorithms used for password generation, by what ...
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### How to construct Hash function of type $H:\{0,1\}^x \times G \mapsto Z_p^*$?

In many cryptographic protocols design, I have seen the statement 'Choose a Hash function $H:\{0,1\}^x \times G \mapsto Z_p^*$ i.e a hash function which takes as input a binary string of finite ...
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### Are these hash function compositions collision resistant?

If a hash function $H$ is collision resistant, are the following two hash functions collision resistant or not? ($||$ is concatenation) $H'(m) = H(H(m)) || H(m)$ $H''(m) = H(m) || H(m)$ My first ...
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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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### 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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### Vulnerabilities in specifying the hash algorithm used for signature verification on a per-message basis

Let's say that I have a 4096-bit RSA key and when I sign data, I typically use SHA-512. As far as I understand it, the hash algorithm used to sign/verify a message is specified in the message. If a ...
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### Fast MAC for 64-bit inputs

I am looking for a fast MAC (~few machine instructions) to be used for hash tables with 64-bit public inputs. I can't use SipHash as the hash function will be inlined in too many places and so the ...
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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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### Why does a fixed key not make MACs like CBC-MAC or GMAC into secure hash functions? [duplicate]

Why does setting the secret key to a fixed, public value not make MACs like CBC-MAC or EMAC into secure unkeyed cryptographic hash functions? In other words, why is the resulting hash function not ...
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### What is wrong with simple concatenation in salted password hashes?

I once heard that if implementing a password hashing scheme, simply concatenating the password and salt together before hashing could lead to some subtle vulnerabilities, and I'm trying to figure out ...
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### Can OTP be made practical by using stretched hash algorithms? [duplicate]

One of the main reasons for not using OTP in everydays life is that it is highly impractical - for encrypting 4GB of files we need a 4GB key that needs to be exchanged secure. I've had an idea on how ...
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### What is the difference between SHA-3(Keccak) and previous generation SHA algorithms?

SHA-1 and SHA-2 share the same structure and mathematical operation as their predecessors - SHA-0 and MD5. Both SHA-0 and MD5 have been broken. This is one of the main reasons why SHA-1 is considered ...
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### Secure randomized data matching?

This might be a dumb question but I will go for it. Let's say we have a data set $D$ consisting of sensitive data, and we want to be able to match if a new piece of data $S$ already exists in $D$ ...
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### What is the complexity to break second preimage resistance?

In the context an of hash functions we have three required properties. Preimage resistance Second preimage resistance Collision resistance. The bounds for Pre image collision is $O(2^{n-1})$, the ...
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### Is there a standard for hashing a list of strings?

I'm working in Python, and my goal is to hash a list of strings with a cryptographic hash function such as sha256. It would need the property that a change in any string, or the order of the strings, ...