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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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### 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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### Large Volumes of Asymmetric Encryption

First of all, I apologize in advance if I use any incorrect terminology. I am just getting my feet wet when it comes to cryptography and there is a lot to learn. For the past 12 months we have been ...
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### What may be causing conflicts in Whirlpool implementation versions?

I see by layman articles (e.g. at Wikipedia) that the Whirlpool hash function has seemingly three current versions. That is to say, they are referenced as ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### How to choose the reduction function in rainbow tables?

I have a question regarding Reduction Functions in Rainbow Tables. If the hashing function is MD5 or SHA-1 etc then should the reduction functions also be MD5 or SHA-1? That is, should the Reduction ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...