# 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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### Which hash function is usually used in RSA?

I know there are several available, however I can't seem to find whether there is one standard one or not. I think I understand the process of digital signatures, just wondering which has function is ...
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### Cryptographic hash with ability to ignore specific bits based on a hidden pattern?

I'm looking to use password-style hashing to validate an environment, where some parts may be irrelevant. For example: ...
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### Backdoorable hash function in password database

I want to use a (preferably established) hash function that is backdoorable in a password database. I want to do so because I need password escrow (being able to get the cleartext back. I want to ...
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### Reversible hash function

I met the following 'reversible hash' function applied on a data $d$ consisting of $d_1, \ldots, d_n$ words: $h_0(d) = 0, h_i(d) = c ∗ (d_i + h_{i−1}(d))$, for $0 < i \leq n$. $c$ is a small, odd ...
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### Memory hardness of key derivation function through XOR-ring multiple matrix values

For theoretical purposes in order to enhance my own understanding, and NOT in order to create my own cryptography, I am asking a question about the memory-hardness of a key derivation function ...
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Suppose I want to keep a client's password database secure (not in plaintext), while still having access to the plaintext password. Now I generates a public/private keypair. Then I send the public ...
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### Taking half of a X bits hash key as secure as using a X/2 bit hash function?

This question comes from a (nitpicking) comment by me in this SO question. I said that using the half of the output from a 256 bit hash function is worse than using a 128 bit hash function. My ...
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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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### Decoding base64 encoded message with a key

I am pentesting a database that where I found data which was base64 encoded. I tried the usual method of decoding base64, which didn't work. Later, I found in ...
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### Memory hard key derivation (password hash) using AES encryption

I am restricted on a certain environment involving PHP and am currently unable to implement new memory hard hashes such as scrypt (and I am not trying to compete with the likes of scrypt). My ...
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### Keyless integrity checking with SHA-256

Currently a program is loading some files from an untrustworthy source (e.g. a CDN) which could have been tampered with. It has a known SHA-256 hash of the file stored locally, then it downloads the ...
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### Is there a scheme where two cipher texts can be proven to have the same (unencrypted) content?

Is there a scheme where two ciphertexts (encrypted with different keys) can be proven to have the same (plaintext) content without disclosing the plaintext or any private keys? I assume that the ...
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### Proving collision resistance of a hash function?

Let $f$, $g$, and $h$ be hash functions that each map binary strings of length $2n$ to binary strings of length $n$. Suppose that $h(x) = f(g(x)||g(x))$. Prove that if $f$ and $g$ are collision ...
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### How is a group element converted into a key?

I've only just started research on cryptography so I apologize if this is a basic question or I'm getting terms confused. I'm researching braid group cryptography and currently looking at the Anshel-...
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### Is a hash “reset sequence” possible?

Is there such thing as "hash reset sequence" that brings hash to the same known state? A hash function has a state. In MD5 and others vulnerable to the length extension attack, the attack works by ...
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### How does a Hashing algorithm always result in a digest in a fixed size?

This question revolves around the Hashing Algorithm attribute that the resulting digest is always the same size (also known as Fixed Width). For example, whether you hash the word "hello", or 10gb ...
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### What is the use case for XOF functions (i.e. SHAKE128/256)?

FIPS 202 defines 2 functions: SHAKE128 SHAKE256 As extendable-output functions (XOFs) that can have variable output length. But in Appendix A.2 marks: it is possible to use an XOF as a hash ...
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### Is there any relation between two strings with the same MD5 hash?

Is there any relation between two strings with the same MD5 hash? For example these two strings: ...
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### Does complicating a flawed algorithm make it secure?

It's a basic question I guess, but I don't know the answer and I don't think that anyone asked it. Suppose I built a system, it relies on MD5 for security, suddenly I read am article on how easy are ...
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### How many Hashes to find a digest of 2^{n−k}?

Given an n-bit cryptographic hash function $H$, how many messages should we expect to hash before finding a message $x$ such that $H(x) < 2^{n−k}$ for some integer k? My take: Shouldn't it simply ...
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### Is it possible to have self-authenticated message?

Consider a text with $n$ words which $m$ words of it can be replaced with an equivalent word. Therefore we have $2^m$ different texts with the same meaning. For example "You are {so/very} {keen/eager}...
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### Easy hash function collision

I'm designing a cryptography-breaking assignment for a college-level introductory security course, and I'm looking for a hash function which is reasonably easy (but not too easy) to generate ...
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### Encrypted vs unencrypted digital signatures [duplicate]

Is there a difference in terms of security between An encrypted stream of bits obtained by encrypting a plaintext concatenated with it's signature $C = E_k(plaintext||\sigma)$ where $E$ is a ...
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### Hash email address with a non-random salt for moderate security?

Crypto noob here. I have an application that has only moderate security requirements (internal use, limited audience). I want to send a unique url with a token in it to each user. If anyone has the ...
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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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### Is there a standardized tree hash?

SHA-1, SHA-2, and the standardized version of SHA-3 are all sequential. This is impractical for hashing very large files distributed across machines. Any sequential hash can be straightforwardly ...
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### Cracking a hash which descends to a single value after repeated hashes

Assume I have a hash function (such as the one below) and a cipher, and I know that if I repeatedly hash any string over and over again, it will eventually descend to one unique value. Is there any ...
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### Why do cryptographic hashes need to be fixed length?

Why do cryptographic hashes need to have a fixed length output? I know that the shallow answer is that an output that varies by key size or file size can leak information somehow, leading to ...
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### Is it safe to generate ECDSA keys from the hash of the previous, over and over again?

I have memorized a very long and secure passphrase, that when hashed with sha256, I can use the result as an ECDSA private key, and use it as a brain-address for Bitcoin. Now I need more bitcoin ...
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### SHA-256 Hash over multiple SHA-256 Hashes

I am trying to implement a checksum over multiple files. We can assume, that i have a package containing N files. I want to identify such a package uniquely by following calculation: SHA256-Hash ...
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### Can the salting function complexity improve the hash robustness?

I'm quite novice in security, and all examples I saw seem to salt the password by concatenating it, or by applying a simple binary OR or XOR. So the hash is based on "salt + password", "salt | ...
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### MD5 hash different between sources - different hash for the same string [closed]

I've implemented the md5 source from a crypt lib from http://sourceforge.net/projects/libcrypt/ The string I'm passing to md5 is ...
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### Signing integers and UUIDs and restoring them from a third party server without tampering

I'm educating myself about cryptography. I know this is a long one, but please, bear with me. :) Now I have a scenario in my mind and I'd like to ask if what I've thought is sound (enough), what more ...
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### Discrete logarithms: large prime modulus vs. large semi prime modulus

I have a cryptography homework question, in the question it says a cryptographic hash function in the form of $f(x) = g^x \bmod n$ , where $n$ is a very large prime (1024bits and more), $g$ is a ...
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### Proving that a node is the only child

Say I have a graph of messages like this: A | B / \ C D By including the parent hash in the message to be hashed I can show that B is a child of A, ...
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### Double randomised HMAC verification to prevent timing attack

A way to prevent timing attacks for hash string comparison is to perform additional HMAC signing in order to randomize the verification process (see Double HMAC Verification). In addition to the ...
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### Is md5(x)&md5(y&x) secure?

I was wondering if the following hash function f(x) := md5(x) & md5('abc'&x) (with & as concatenation operator) is secure. This schema can be even ...
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### How bad is it to use the identity function as hash for ECDSA?

I was recently asked whether a certain library supports the ECDSAwithNone Signature algorithm. Clearly this would mean ECDSA with the identity function as the hash function. I know this is a really ...
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### Triple DES as cryptographic hash function

I need to generate a hash for a small piece of data (~50 bytes). I'd normally use MD5 or SHA but that's not available in the platform I'm programming for. Luckily, it provides Triple DES and I ...
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### Small Quantum Signatures - Reality check needed

I've been thinking a bit lately about how to get quantum resistant signatures fast and (relatively) small. One idea I've been keen on exploring is finding a crypto PRNG that allows fast-forwarding, e....
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### Can the round function $F$ in a Feistel Network be practically any non-invertible function?

This question might seem silly, but how true is the fact that the round function $F$ does not have to be invertible? I am curious to know this, because non-invertible functions can be very lossy, i.e....
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### Encrypt large data with RSA through blocks in java

I'm working on a communication protocol where a client sends encrypted data to a server. What happens is that in some point, the client creates a symmetric key used to create data digests through the ...
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### What level of security is provided when a Feistel Cipher is used as a round function of another Feistel Cipher?

Recently, I was reading: Are there any specific requirements for the function F in a Feistel cipher?, and the answer posted mentions a Feistel Cipher named Turtle, which uses a four-round Feistal ...
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### Detecting Software Changes - Verifying untampered code

This question assumes an environment devoid of any internet connections, the software in questions operates in a non-connected environment on a single machine. I have a piece of software that may be ...
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### Fast forwarding hash functions

We know that a good hash function is a one way/trapdoor function. Easy to calculate one way, harder to work out a previous state. I was wondering if anyone knew a good hashing system that allowed you ...
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### How to detect changes in data while preserving confidentiality (under constraints)?

Suppose party $A$ has two pieces of data, $X$ and $Y$, either of which may change separately, or they may change together. Given the following constraints: $A$ knows its current $X$ and $Y$ but has ...
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### Number of qubits and breaking hashes [duplicate]

Noting D-Wave's press release on a 1000 qubits quantum computer had me wondering... Does the number of qubits nonlinearly change the speed/rate at breaking a SHA256 hash? If someone makes a say 10,...
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### Why does TLS 1.2 use GCM with additional SHA hash? [duplicate]

I am studying the cipher suites provided by TLS 1.2 and found an interesting question. TLS 1.2 adopts GCM for encryption and SHA256 or SHA384 for hash (e.g. TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256). But, GCM ...