# 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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### SHA-256 hash of null input?

What is the SHA-256 hash if the input is null, i.e. an empty bitstring? (Not the hash of 0 or "0".)
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### What makes SHA-2 and SHA-3 have security levels half their output hash length?

The tag wiki for sha-256 says, in part: SHA-256 ... processes the input in 512-bit block and has a 256-bit output, for a 128-bit security level. I'm not a cryptographer, just an interested ...
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### Anyone familiar with domain of hash functions in bilinear pairing based system?

I need a clarification regarding domain of hash functions. I have defined a bilinear pairing based system as follows: Let G1 and G2 be cyclic multiplicative groups of prime order p generated by g1 ...
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### modular exponentiation as a one-way-hash

As far as I can tell most one-way hashes apply some iterated encryption algorithm to the input data. What would be the issues with a one-way hash based on some fixed large prime p and a generator g ...
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### Differences between HMAC and HKDF in a specific case

I want to use a key derivation function to derive a key to another one. I think HKDF is the easiest solution in my case. The following picture gives a clear definition of it : ...
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### What is the difference between H(M) and H3(M, s, IDA)? [closed]

What is the difference between H(M) and H3(M, s, IDA)? I am aware of Hash function with a Message and a Key, but there are three parameters in: H3(M, s, IDA). Here M is the message, s is the key, ...
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### Why hash the message before signing it with RSA?

The diagram below illustrates the process of digitally signing a message with RSA: As diagram shows, the message is first hashed, and the signature is then computed on the hash, rather than on the ...
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### Hash function such that fx(hash(s1),hash(s2)) = hash(concat(s1,s2))

First, I'm not a mathematician, so I may express this question awkwardly. Feel free to chuckle. I'm wondering if there exists a hash function h such that for given strings s1 and s2, and string ...
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### Can you make a hash out of a stream cipher?

A comment on another question made me wonder about something: Assume you're on a rather constrained platform — say, a low-end embedded device — with no built-in crypto capabilities, ...
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### Can you find the search space? [duplicate]

Let A is a random number and has 512 bits.we make B from A and B has 1024 bits.Process of B is following: C=f(A) that f is hash and C has 160 bits.Then C pass in a parallel manner 7 different hash ...
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### Huffman encoding of hashes

I have a huge list of MD5 hashes, which takes up quite some space. I was wondering if I would acheive (some) compression, by encoding the characters (which are A-F 0-9), with huffman coding. I made a ...
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### Hash length extension attack - SHA256 to 512 - impossible, correct?

Just want to be sure about something before I sign off on a method we're about to put into place. We have a secret, to which a user-defined key is appended. The user can see the SHA256 hash of the ...
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### The difference in size between ECDSA output and hash size

So if I use secp256k1 for example, I've got my key size of 256 bit, and say I sign a SHA256 hash of a message, with size 256 bit, I get an output of size 512bit. Why is there a difference between the ...
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### one-way deterministic hash for low entropy input?

My problem is the following: we have a low entropy data called ID. (personal id number of 10 decimal digits plus a sum, and it contains a date) We want to create a data (H) which is the same for the ...
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### Has a collision ever been found for SHA-1/2/3 when truncated to 128 bits?

I'm aware that MD5 is broken, and collisions have been found for it. I'm interested in other hashes (SHA-1, SHA-2, SHA-3) when truncated to the same digest size, i.e. 128 bits. The time complexity of ...
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### Is the hash function defined in this exercise collision-resistant?

I have this problem: "Let ${\rm Enc}_k(m)$ a safe block encryption system. We define a hash function $H(m)$ as follows: $m$ will be concatenated with $0$ until $|m|$ is a multiple of ...
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### Is it safe to use a secret salted hash of a public id for client to prove ownership of id to a server that knows salt but does not store ids?

I am writing a peering server - the server assigns randomly generated public IDs to users, and I want users to be able to reclaim their ids in the future, but only to be able to claim ids that they ...
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### What are some hashes that do not exhibit the avalanche effect?

I do not know much about cryptography. But, I'm in a situation where I need a hashing method that does not exhibit the avalanche effect. I tried Googling but couldn't find anything.
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### SHA3 Keccak, absorbing data to the state

I'm working on implementation of keccak algorithm and have one problem. Tell me please, takeing an example "test": will state (before block permutations, but after padding - pad10*1) look like this: ...
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### Brute-force attack given small search-space and hash prefix

Suppose we have a value $secret which is a random 56-bit (7-byte) string. Suppose an adversary wishes to discover$secret. The ...
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### How is HMAC(message,key) more secure than Hash(key1+message+key2)

I understand how for hash functions which are vulnerable to length extension attacks (such as SHA1 and SHA2) it is safer to use a HMAC construction. What I don't understand is, how or why is ...
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### How to map a handful of numbers in a large range to a much smaller range deterministically without collissions

I want to map a set of long integers (say around 100 different values) that can span the entire 64 bit integer range to a much smaller range such as from 0 to 25000 deterministically with almost zero ...
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### If you hashed a hash an infinite number of times would you end up with a unique hash?

If you took a hashing algorithm for example MD5 and repeatedly passed the output hash back into the algorithm an arbitrarily large number of times would you eventually end up with one unique hash? My ...
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### What are words in a HASH algorithms

From wikipedia: "They differ in the word size; SHA-256 uses 32-bit words where SHA-512 uses 64-bit words." In this context what do they mean with words? is it the same as a 32 bit (or 64 bit) block ...
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### What can cause similar MD5 hashes

I have a set of MD5 hashes with huge similarities in the second half of the hash, (made up) examples: ...
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### Why Might XOR's Lead to Hash Functions Lacking 2nd Pre-image Resistance?

My hash function is as follows: Cut the string in half (assume even length of 2m) XOR's the two halves together Take the result of the XOR and pass it to a function (a one-to-one and "onto" ...
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### Password length versus hash length?

If a system hashes passwords with a 256-bit long hash, are passwords (which are not necessarily alphanumeric, can be any value per byte (0-255)) longer than 32 bytes useless under the context in which ...
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### SHACAL-2 vs. AES as underlying block cipher for Secure Hash (aka SHA-256)

The hashing scheme SHA-256 (for instance) is based on Merkle-Damgard construction with the underlying compression function based on the block cipher SHACAL-2 configured in Davies Meyer mode. SHACAL-2 ...
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### SHACAL in SHA-256

I was reading about hash functions, namely SHA, and I read that it is made of the Merkle-Damgard construction. And then the text said that the compression function used is based on the Davis-Meyer ...
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### Can a cryptographic hash be used as a cryptographic RNG?

Say I roll a six sided die 200 times (6^200 = ~2^517) and string all the results together into a long string of numbers and hash then result with SHA-512. Can I use that result for cryptographic ...
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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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### Why does second pre-image resistance imply pre-image resistance

I am studying hash functions. I can understand why collision resistance implies second preimage resistance, but I don't get why second preimage resistance should imply first preimage resistance. ...
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### What is the “compression function” in Merkle-Damgård?

Is the "compression function" in Merkle-Damgård just a collision-resistant, one-way hash function but one that operates only on fixed size inputs? If so, is MD just a way to extend it to work on ...
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### Are there two known strings which have the same MD5 hash value?

Is there an example of two known strings which have the same MD5 hash value (representing a so-called "MD5 collision")?
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### Why rogued certificate from hash collision is harmful

I cannot understand why rogued certificate is thought harmful though It can be used to impersonate some website. The attacker can craft a rogued certificate with different identities and public key ...
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### Integrity compromised - HASH modified

As we are all aware that HASHing is user to verify integrity in cryptography. I have a query about hashing. Suppose a man in the middle attacker manipulates the data and creates new HASH (by running ...
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### Security of basic SHA256 MAC in an authenticate-then-encrypt scheme

I know the following construct is insecure if the MAC as defined below is appended to the encrypted message in an Encrypt then Authenticate (EtA) scheme. $k_1$: encryption key $k_2$: authentication ...
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### Compressing EC private keys

For reasonable security, EC private keys are typically 256-bits. Shorter EC private keys are not sufficiently secure. However, shorter symmetric keys (128-bits, for example) are comparably secure. I ...
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### Is this a good entropy collector and whitening technique?

I'm just reviewing a program someone wrote to provide high quality random data using an entropy collector and a hash based whitening technique. I'll try summarize the process: Collect entropy from ...
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### What do the magic numbers 0x5c and 0x36 in the opad/ipad calc in HMAC do?

Wikipedia lists the following pseudocode for HMAC: ...
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### The effect of truncated hash on entropy

Suppose i have a 128 bits random binary string (128 bits of entropy), then i hash it using SHA-256, then i take the first 128 bits of the output hash. Does the taken bit string still have (almost) 128 ...
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### Meaning of Signature hash algorithm field in certificate

I'd like to understand what is the meaning of this field, especially considering that when calling a crypto library to sign data the digest method is specified by the caller. For example, this simple ...
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### What is the proper way to generate a fixed length key from a variable length password?

The password is entered by the user and the key is processed locally. Neither the password nor the key will be stored, only used and forgotten (but hopefully not by the user). Is SHA256 by itself ...
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### Creating unique keys with md5

The project I'm working on requires me to find a way to create a unique key based on data stored in a table. The table in question consists of x columns and y rows. In order to create the key I want ...
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### Hash functions to the power of two and three notation

I have found in a Wireless Sensor Networks security paper, operations where cryptographic hash functions are elevated to the power of 2 and to the power of 3 (i.e. $h^2(x)$ and $h^3(x)$). This might ...
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### Will ANY prior knowledge assist in determining contents of a SHA1 hash?

I am working on a project testing a hash that protects some data, and I've already eliminated hash length extension attacks as a possible point of compromise, and I'm trying to educate myself on all ...
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### Solve a problem, thought it was hash length extension, hours later, am I wrong?

Here is my situation. I'm working with an application for which uses hashing to authenticate data. I have a string, which is hashed. It is, like in a hash length extension attack, H(key:known_value) ...
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### Will there always be 256 collisions for the output of the MD5 hashsum function for 17-byte inputs?

By my math, if you are inputting all possible 17 byte values, and the output is 16 bytes long, then there must always be 256 possible inputs that will result in each output hashsum. However, looking ...