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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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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Can I use a key-derivation-function as the hash function H in SRP?

In the Secure Remote Password Protocol, the verifier must be stored on the server. In the case of a server compromise, an attacker could obtain these verifiers. If nobody reused passwords, this ...
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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} ...
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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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About end to end algorithm SMS from Jo Mehmet Sollihagen Øztarman [closed]

This is a signcryption scheme from End-to-End Data Protection of SMS Messages by Jo Mehmet Sollihagen Øztarman (pdf, section 4.3.1): Public parameters C: an elliptic curve over GF(ph) with p ≥ ...
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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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Hashing passwords

The common way to store passwords in web applications is this form: $$hash(password||salt)$$ Does it make sense to store them in the following form instead:? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is tiger192,4 in PHP?

PHP supports hashing of the following Tiger algorithms: tiger128,3 tiger160,3 tiger192,3 tiger128,4 tiger160,4 tiger192,4 Wikipedia's entry on Tiger says there's Tiger and Tiger2 and provides ...
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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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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, ...
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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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How is wpa2 authentication structured

I would like to understand the cryptography behind Wpa2. As far as I know, there are 4 messages on the 4-way handshake and three of them are values concatenated with hashes. First, I am trying to ...
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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, ...
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Toy hash algorithm that can be broken

I'm looking for a toy hash function, where the idea is to have high school students break (i.e. find a collision) a hash function by hand, in order to teach them how one way functions and hashing ...
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Why have round constants in hashes?

This may seem like basic crypto knowledge, but why do hash functions like SHA-2 and Whirlpool have round constants that are absorbed into their respective states? I can understand that in a cipher ...
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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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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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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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Why does AES-GCM need a hash/MAC in TLS?

"TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256" is just one example for a cipher suite, as far as I'm concerned it means this: It uses the TLS protocol, exchanges keys with Elliptic Curve Diffie Hellman ...
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SHA256: Padding a 512 bits length message

I am currently implementing the SHA256 hash-algorithm for a "custom-built" embeded-device. Obviously I have a problem with message padding. The routine I wrote does not work with message whose size ...
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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 ...
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Does the position of the salt improve its effectiveness when hashing?

Seems most documentation I have read suggests the salt should prefix the value to be hashed. Is this just for consistency, or is the salt more effective when prefixed?
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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 ...
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The benefit of PBKDF2 for big keyfile?

The man page of cryptsetup says: Whenever a passphrase is added to a LUKS header (luksAddKey, luksFormat), the user may specify how much the time the passphrase processing should consume. The ...
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Is it theoretically possible to construct a string that contains its own hash value?

After saw the xkcd comic Self-Description, I wonder if it is theoretically possible to construct a self-descriptive string that contains its own hash value? Let's say the string's MD5 value is ...
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For any hash value, is there an infinite number of inputs that hash to it?

Bruce Schneier writes (back in 2005) in a post on cryptanalysis of SHA-1: SHA-1 produces a 160-bit hash. That is, every message hashes down to a 160-bit number. Given that there are an ...
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MD5 Collision Attack Explained

In one of my assignments, I came across this line Due to MD5’s length-extension behavior, we can append any suffix to both messages and know that the longer messages will also collide. This lets ...
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SHA-1 collisions - what about practical attacks?

I understand the theoretical problem with hash collision but when it comes to practice, I get very confused. Suppose a attacker would like to forge a certificate (or any kind of structured piece of ...
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Are there full cycle cryptographic/one-way hash primitives?

I'm looking for behavior similiar to that of LCGs, (i.e. input and output sizes are same). Full cycle of $2^{32}$ different inputs generates full cycle of $2^{32}$ different outputs, distribution of ...
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Encrypt hash using hash of hash?

I wonder what is wrong with this scheme for authentication. Server sends random challenge, C Client returns (C, B(P)) encrypted in H(B(P)) where B(P) is high work factor salted hash of the user ...
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Why does SHA-1 have 80 rounds?

Why does SHA-1 algorithm have exactly 80 rounds? Is it to reduce collisions? If yes, then why do SHA-2 and SHA-3 have a lower number of rounds?
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How does perfect hash function works?

According to wikipedia, a perfect hash function is a hash function that uses algorithms that has a certain random aspect to their logic. It is suppose to be collision-free. However due to the pigeon ...
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Hash functions vs. keyed hash functions in the context of private key generation

I'm designing a key distribution mechanism and have thought of using a securely generated/acquired private key as a seed for a sequence of private keys to be distributed to a number of users using a ...
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For the scrypt HMAC storage format, why run the input of the hash and the hash itself into the HMAC

Generally if the body is hashed, why provide the body and the hash as input into the HMAC. Instead wouldn't the same security be achieved by hashing the body and providing only the hash as input into ...
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Computing the padding of MD5

So I'm reading this question to learn more about length extension attack, and I want to make sure I understand the basics of padding. It says in the post that given the hash and the length of the ...
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How have MD5 constants been determined?

For instance, the per round shift amounts, ...
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MD5 SSL Collision Attack

I want to create fake certificate for test purposes. I have read about the http://marc-stevens.nl/p/hashclash/index.php project but I am unable to understand the two files that I have to put as input ...
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Are there MD5 collisions for inputs of different length?

There are many examples of MD5 collisions (some of them can be found here Are there two known strings which have the same MD5 hash value?). But as far as I know two inputs should have the same length ...
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SHA-256 “almost unique”?

I have seen numerous references on the internet of people describing SHA-256 as generating an "almost unique" hash. Exhibit A. there are more. Is there some mathematical basis to the almost ...