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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chaining multiple key derivation functions together

I was looking at PBKDF2, bcrypt and scrypt as options for key derivation; and would like to try using them all together in order to get the cryptographic strength of the strongest one (which seems to ...
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Purpose of expanding then shrinking in SHA-1

What is the purpose of expanding then shrinking in SHA-1? Does it serves any security purposes?
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Concatenation of two strong hashes may have striking weakness

For any hash functions $H_0$ and $H_1$, it is easily proved that their concatenation $H_0\|H_1$, defined by $(H_0\|H_1)(X)=H_0(X)\|H_1(X)$, is at least as resistant as the strongest of $H_0$ and $H_1$ ...
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What practical uses can random hash collisions be put to?

Using magic, I've built a machine that instantly generates hash collisions. To try it out, I set the dial to SHA256 and typed in "e7cf3ef4f17c3999a94f2c6f612e8a888e5b1026878e4e19398b23bd38ec221a". I ...
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Can we reverse a hash when we know part of the input?

While I read that hashes are not meant to be reversible, but assuming we have part/half of the message/input of a hash? Is there any method that we can use to recover the remaining message via this ...
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Key exchange using hash function

Consider two types of attackers on a key exchange (KE) protocol and subsequent communication between the parties which used this KE instance to establish a secure communication key. Attacker Eve ...
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Self verifying hash algorithm

For quite some time I've been thinking about the idea to construct a hashing algorithm that contains its own checksum value, and thereby can verify itself. With hashing algorithms like SHA1 and MD5 ...
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Problem with testing MD5 collisions

I am trying to test MD5 collisions presented in “Collisions for Hash Functions MD4, MD5, HAVA” (PDF) by Xiaoyun Wang, Dengguo Feng, Xuejia Lai, Hongbo Yu; 2004. I wrote a PHP script to test it, but ...
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Is there a format preserving cryptographically secure hash?

I want a way to 'scramble' strings (like words, names) in a predictable way but I don't ever want to (myself or anyone else) be able to 'unscramble' the strings. I found that perhaps what I am ...
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Will SHA1 or Other Hash Functions Ever Contain Quotes [closed]

I feel foolish asking this, but will the hash generated by SHA-1 or other encryption methods ever have the possibility of containing a quote? Or any other characters that may be escaped such as ", ', ...
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How to compare between two cryptographic algorithms in terms of security? [closed]

How to compare between two cryptographic algorithms (e.g. SHA-1 and SipHash) in terms of security? That is, how could one prove that algorithm X is more secure than algorithm Y?
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Signing Files vs. Signing File Hashes

What are the security pitfalls that may occur by signing a list of file hashes, versus signing individual files? In short, the security trade-offs between: ...
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Hashes and Ciphers [closed]

So I'm brand new to cryptography, I'm confused on a few fundamental issues, and my normal avenues of research aren't bearing any fruit. I'm hoping someone can describe the relationship between ...
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Why are the outputs of the md5sum tool and Crypto++'s MD5 different?

Could you please tell me what is the difference of coreutils' md5sum and sha*sum tools (...
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Why is C_digest defined in PKCS#11?

Digesting doesn't require any key and can be performed on the client side. Why does the PKCS#11 token interface standard have a C_digest method? For example, why should I send my data to a PKCS11 HSM ...
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How to choose an algorithm

I have some understanding of Cryptography and I would like to know if there is a tool or website to help me choose an algorithm based on my own needs (I'm being vague in purpose). I'm looking for a ...
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Using hash for one time pad key

Recently I've been delving into security algorithms, I already knew some of the (easy) math behind AES and RSA and how to and not to implement it. But well, i got a bit bored so i thought I'd just do ...
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Reducing size of hash function

If I have some data I hash with SHA256 as hash=SHA256(data) and then copy only the first 8 bytes of the hash instead of the whole 32 bytes. How easy is it to find a ...
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Hash “Preimage by product” resistance

Let H() be a hash function that achieves collision resistance as well as first and second preimage resistance. Let's equip the output set of H of a multiplicative group structure, more precisely a ...
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Crypto hash function vs encryption algorithms

Why is a cryptographic hash function generally faster to execute in software than conventional encryption algorithms such as DES?
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How many attempts does it take to crack a 32-bit password hash with this scenario?

How many attempts does it take to crack (match) a 32-bit password hash from a database of 4 million password hashes? Correct me if I'm wrong, but to crack a 32-bit password hash would take roughly 2^...
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Anonymous Gravatar Problem

Gravatar is a service that serves avatars for users based on md5(email_address). The hash is embedded on websites, so it's public. One of the problems with this ...
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Hashing - Digital Signing and Trivial Stretching

Two very basic questions: 1. Digital Signing Why is it not possible to just simply replace the hash value from the request? Examples: ...
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Can a tree hash with leaf-size of 1 byte support verification of content with elided ranges, at a cost of at most 2 supplied internal-node hashes?

Perhaps someone can confirm my intuition: A tree hash with leaves of size 1 (for example Blake2 in a tree-hash mode) would of course not be very efficient. But it seems that it might be a suitable ...
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Save the last cycle in GCM GHASH calculation

I need to implement GCM GHASH in hardware, using FPGA. The data bus is 640 bits, so I will use 5 adder/multiplier blocks in parallel. The message size is fixed and AAD is 0. A little example: ...
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Hash function as secure as one-time pad?

We know that the one-time pad is provably secure as a cipher to encrypt some data. Is there an algorithm which does the same just as a hash function? Can we get a provably secure hash function? Maybe ...
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SHA1 Partial Collision

I'm working on a little python script that reads in two fairly similar English sentences (they're in text files - reading them in) and I'm trying to force a SHA1 partial collision (e.g. first 32 bits ...
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How hard is it to find plaintexts whose hashes satisfy $h(a)\oplus h(b)=h(c)$?

Given a cryptographic hash function $h$, for example SHA256, how hard is it to find plaintexts $a,b,c$ such that $$h(a)\oplus h(b)=h(c) \text?$$
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How does BLAKE2 ensure that hash(A) != hash(B) when B = A||0 and both A & B have the same number of blocks?

Suppose I have two arrays : A = a single byte, being zero. B = two bytes, both being zero. B = A||0 (i.e. B starts with A, and differs only by appending a zero byte) BLAKE2(A) != BLAKE2(B) Yet, ...
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How much work is required to detect multiple collisions for a hash function?

Assume an ideal hash function of output size n bits, detecting one collision requires approximately 2^(n/2) evaluations of the ...
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How does RSA padding work exactly?

I've read everywhere online and people say plain text RSA is very unsafe. To make it safe you pad it but no examples are shown anywhere on how to do it. It's explained that random data is added to the ...
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HMAC-Ripemd-160 in TrueCrypt

I'm wondering if it is still secure. I know TrueCrypt closed its doors but I continue using it because the cryptoaudit didn't find any huge bugs or security issues in TrueCrypt. But I have a bad ...
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Help converting sha256 to 32-bit stream

I need some help with hash value calculation. I am a bit confused by this statement that I found on w3 website on calculation of a DigestValue for xmldsig ( http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/REC-xmlenc-core-...
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What kind of attack does the current brokenness of SHA-1 allow?

I understand that the following is becoming feasible, or already is: Find any 2 data (d1 and d2), for which SHA1(d1) = SHA1(d2) However, it is not entirely clear ...
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Hash which can be used to verify one of multiple inputs?

Is there a hash function H1 which, when given inputs a, b, etc., produces output ...
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How to implement the Salsa20 hash function?

I am currently implementing Salsa20 from the specification as an exercise in learning and self-flagellation. I have Sections 1-7 passing the test examples provided. I am now stuck on Section 8, The ...
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Are there any known inverse hash lookups for the zero string?

Just wondering, are there any known inverse hashes / hash lookups in common hashes (md5, sha1, sha2, etc.) for the zero string hash value? (i.e. bytes 0x00 00 00 00 00 ...) Or more specifically, for ...
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Why are cryptographically secure hashes required for digital signing (RSA or DSA)?

I know that a cryptographically secure hashing algorithm is required for proper message signing (SHA-1, or I think SHA-2 is the current suggested algorithm). However, why does the hashing algorithm ...
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Share encrypted files without giving master key

Imagine I have four files I want to encrypt. I have master key, and from that master key I derive four keys, one for each file: ...
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RSA - Why should we sign hash rather than raw content? [duplicate]

Apart from obvious performance considerations, is there any mathematical or crypto reasons that imply that we sign a hash rather than a raw content ? I read that it was because the hash must fit in ...
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Are there cryptographic hash functions which do not have any collisions?

I've been studying digital signatures and hash functions recently, and I was wondering: Do hash functions exist which will never produce collisions?
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How to use HMAC for authenticating multiple messages

The standard HMAC function, $H(K, m)$, authenticates a single message $m$. Instead, I'd like to authenticate 2 messages, like this: $$H'(K, m_1, m_2)$$ The simplest solution, $H(K, m_1||m_2)$, ...
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Formal proof of theorem concerning the Random Oracle Model

Reading a book on cryptography by Douglas R. Stinson I've met the following theorem, which is stated without proof (see here). Thereby, $\mathcal{F^{X,Y}}$ denotes the set of all functions from $\...
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What are the security implications of multiple hashing?

There are plenty of questions on this site about hashing passwords. However, none of them quite cover this topic. One of those links covers using multiple different hash algorithms; one covers general ...
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Security concern about reducing hash value using modulo operation

As stated in the title, what I am looking for is information about a "technique" that I would like to use in some of my algorithms. Sometimes I need to map a hash function's result into a range of ...
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Second pre-image resistance vs Collision resistance

From Wikipedia: Second pre-image resistance Given an input $m_1$ it should be difficult to find another input $m_2$ such that $m_1$ ≠ $m_2$ and $\operatorname{hash}(m_1) = \operatorname{...
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Calculate number of chips to solve bit commitment using hash function

I have a problem that I don't know how to solve Assume that H is a cryptographic hash function with output size 80 bits. Assume that ABC123 is a specifically designed line of hardware chips for ...
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Associative but NOT Commutative Reducing Function Construction with Existing Hash Function(s)

Is it possible to construct a binary reducing function based on any existing cryptographic hash function satisfying the associative property but not the commutative property? So formally: Using an ...
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How were shift amount constants in MD5 found?

The md5 specification gives a series of 4 rounds to execute over a 16-word block. Each round has a repeating sequence of 4 shift amounts (s in ...
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Best hash-algorithm [closed]

What is the most secure hash-algorithm. Can you also give the second best and the third best like this: 1. Test 2. test 3. TEST I dont care about the performance