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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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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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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Decoding Base64 encoded password with internal hashing [on hold]

I was given a username and encoded password list to decode. The list came from an export function of Cyberoam firewall (physical device), and was a .csv Username,Password,Email list. I expected the ...
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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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How does SafeNet MobilePASS generate passwords? (TOTP Variant)

This question is similar to How does SafeNet MobilePASS generate passwords? The question and answer there is related to the HMAC Variant of SafeNet Mobilepass. I'm looking for details on the TOTP ...
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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 is legend of h(r) in this protocol?

can you help me what is legend of h(r) in below protocol? ‎‎$A‎\leftarrow‎{B}\quad:{h(r)‎‎}{,B}{,P{_A(r,B)}}‎\\A‎\rightarrow‎{B}\quad:r$
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Inserting a backdoor into a cryptographic hash function

I'm curious as to how a backdoor can be built into a hash function. What might it take the form of? What's probability of getting one that can be backdoored in a way that can actually undermine its ...
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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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Generate hash value using public key along with message

I was trying to understand one way signature chaining on message by saxena and soh. As the message is passed from one user to other, every user can combine their signature to create one single ...
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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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How can I map arbitrary group elements to unique integers without using Hash functions?

Let's say, I have a group $G$ of large prime order $p$. A set $S$ consists of $n$ random elements chosen from $G$. Without using a collision resistant hash function $H$, how can I map elements of $G$ ...
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A fast non-cryptographic hash function that is “strong enough”?

I'm designing a simple one-time-password mechanism for authentication against a possibly-insecure server - i.e. I don't want to use symmetric shared secrets. The first idea that came into mind was ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Collision attacks on digital signatures

After reading this document about MD5 collision attacks, I still don't understand how collisions can make digital signatures insecure. In the paper, the researchers created two files with the same ...
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Probability of SHA256 Collisions for Certain Amount of Hashed Values

I wonder if you can help me figure out that question: Is there a known probability function f: N -> [0,1], that computes the probability of a sha256 collision for a certain amount of values to be ...
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How can mega store my login details and still be secure?

I understand how Mega's encryption works. For a quick summary of all those in the future looking for an answer on this... here is how it works: Upon first signing up for an account you make a ...
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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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PGP String to Key specifiers

I've been reading through the PGP Standard and here I'm a little confused. This section is discussing converting string data to a session key. I'm confused about the paragraph in bold. First off, what ...
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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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What is the best hash for HMAC?

Long question but I am starting to lose sight of all the HASH algo's there are. I know SHAKE128 and 256 are part of the SHA-3 standard but is the SHA3 standard officially released yet? i can only ...
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Is there a simple hash function that one can compute without a computer?

I am looking for a hash function that is computable by hand (in reasonable time). The function should be at least a little bit secure: There should be no trivial way to find a collision (by hand). For ...
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SHA-1:Is there any mathematical result that gives us the minimum number of 1's in a 160-bit SHA-1 hash output?

Is there any mathematical result that gives us the minimum number of 1's in a 160-bit SHA-1 hash output? What is the probability that a 160-bit SHA-1 hash output contains at least 128 1's?
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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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Estimating random number entropy for input into 256 bit hash

Assuming a random number generation process outputs lots of numbers between 0-9. First I gathered up a bunch of the numbers, converted them to binary and created a bitmap. Not so random as you can ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Weaknesses of truncated hash value [duplicate]

I want to apply one of SHA-2 functions to a plain text and then truncate the hash value into parts and store them into different areas so are there any security implications for truncating the hash ...
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Weakness in double hashing? [duplicate]

I remember reading an account of how double hashing (i.e. sha256(sha256(x))) can make some form of communication protocol between Alice and Bob trivially insecure, ...