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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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I need to store passwords for a web application, and was looking at Bcrypt for a possible solution. After some research, it appears only the first 72 bytes influence the final hash output. While it is ...
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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, ...
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### Is there such a thing as a hash function with a fixed size input?

That seems like it would be a useful primitive. Using it in place of a block cipher in the Merkle–Damgård construction would give a variable-length hash, maybe without the tricky business with related ...
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### Proof that a hash matches an encrypted file

Assume that Alice has a file $F$ which she is going to send, in encrypted form to Bob. Alice possesses $F$ and an encryption key $K$. She sends to Bob the encryption of $F$ using $K$, $E(F,K)$ as ...
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### Permutation of keys that guarantees different hashes

Suppose I have two values to be hashed, $x$ and $y$. Is there a hash function $H$ with the following properties? $H(x) = H(y), \; H(m(x)) \neq H(m(y))$ Where $m$ is a permutation function that may ...
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### Doubts about Authenticated Data Structures logic

I am studying the theory of authenticated data structure, like Merkle Tree and I have a doubt: why use them? I explain better: why to be sure, for example, that a cloud provider didn't modify my files ...
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### How do you construct a practical full-domain hash function?

I am looking for practical constructions for Full Domain Hash. I have read Random Oracles are Practical by M. Bellare and P. Rogaway, the construction suggested on page 8, under "Uniformity: a ...
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### Keys and key-stretching when authenticating requests?

I'm making a REST application and still a bit confused about this issue. basically, to authenticate incoming requests, I give out userId, issued timestamp, expiry timestamp (normally 3 months after ...
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### Which bitwise operations are used in SHA-256?

From the wikipedia entry on SHA-256 I'm a bit confused about which operations actually go into the algorithm. From the pseudo code it appears the operations are $\texttt{xor}$, $\texttt{and}$, rotate, ...
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### Why do we need Merkle–Damgård strengthening [duplicate]

Reading through some manuals, wikis and other documentation I'm learning about Merkle–Damgård construction. I understand why padding beginning with '1', followed by '0's is needed, but I can't ...
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### Why can't I reverse a hash to a possible input?

I'm going to provide “proof” why a hash function can be reversed, and I hope you can tell my why I'm wrong So, a hash function can be implemented as a series of logic gates. All logic gates can be ...
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### OpenPGP Signature Packet hashed data

RFC 4880 describes the version 4 signature packet, tag 2, as ...
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### What is the shortest fingerprint of a Curve25519 public key that is secure [duplicate]

My clients have to exchange public keys. To ensure security they are exchanging fingerprints and typing them into the computer by hands. I want the fingerprints to be as short as possible. I am ...
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### How is SHA1 different from MD5?

On the surface, SHA1 and MD5 look pretty similar. Their diagrams include chunks of bits, bit rotation, xor and special functions. Their implementations are roughly the same length (at least the ones I'...
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### Hash functions vs Stream Ciphers in terms of Speed

We know that it's possible to create a hash using a stream cipher (for instance, RC4 or AES in Counter Mode). As stated here: "A Pseudo Random Generator (PRG) and a hash function are both Pseudo ...
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### Difference between actual attacks and theoretical attacks on SHA cryptographic series

Could anyone tell me what the difference is between a theoretical attack (Like the one done on SHA-1) and an actual, practical attack (Like the one done on SHA-0)? Is a theoretical attack a proposed ...