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A known-plaintext attack on an LFSR-based stream cipher

I am reading a book about Cryptography, and I am stuck in a question. I am really trying to solve it for weeks. But I think the problem is I couldn't understand the whole picture. The question was ...
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Why do some block cipher modes of operation only use encryption while others use both encryption and decryption?

In Chapter 6, Question 6.8, of his book “Cryptography and Network Security Principles and Practices”, William Stalling asks: Why do some block cipher modes of operation only use encryption while ...
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El Gamal encryption scheme and symmetric encryption scheme

Consider the El Gamal encryption scheme, a symmetric encryption scheme (KG,E,D), and the following hybrid encryption scheme having an encryption algorithm that, on input a public key (G,q,g,h), where ...
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New modulus or new key pair?

I have this assignment question that I'm not sure how to answer. Any insight would be helpful. In the RSA public-key encryption scheme, each user has a public key, e, and a private key, d. Suppose ...
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How do I express each element in a field F as a power of a primitive element?

I have a field $\mathbb F_{2^4}$, and it is represented as a residue ring of the polynomials over $\mathbb F_2$ modulo the polynomial $\beta^4 + \beta^3 + \beta^2 + \beta + 1$. I want to express ...
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XOR with constant key in CBC mode

I have a hypothetical encryption scheme where somebody uses the one-time pad in CBC mode. That is, the block cipher is $E(k, m) :=k⊕m$, and that block cipher is used in CBC mode. Now, I am assuming ...
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Definition of a Statistical Test

In Professor Boneh's online Cryptography course at Coursera, I am a little puzzled by his definition of a statistical test where he writes: A(x) = iff |#0(x) - #1(x)| <= 10.√n Now, if – as ...
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How is the curve equation used in ECC?

I have a hard time learning exactly how the elliptic curve equation is used in the ECC. $$y^2 = x^3+ax+b$$ If someone knows and could explain to me in simple steps how this is done or a link to it ...
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Do we need symmetric cryptosystems?

One question I had to answer in my crypto exam today was: Do we need symmetric cryptosystems? As it stands, that's probably a debatable question, so I'd like to reformulate this as: Are ...
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m ∈ Zn \Z*n, RSA works but not secure

If you happen happen to have a message m ∈ Zn \ Z*n, RSA works but not secure. How likely is it going to happen? |n|=1024 bits |p| = 512 bits |q| = 512 bits. Thanks!
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Encryption of numeric value using playfair

I am studying in CSE and in my recent exam paper, A question was asked as: Construct a playfair cipher for Plaintext: semester5 and key:technology. Generally as we are taught yet, there is no ...
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derangements and permutations in cryptography

Given a partial key for a mono-alphabetic substitution cipher (missing 11 letters), calculate the number $N$ of possible keys, given that no plaintext letter can be mapped to itself. ...
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Looking for a detailed example of proof by reduction

I'm looking for a very detailed example of proof by reduction. Say we have two or three protocols (that have been proven secure) and we construct a new protocol. We want to provide a proof of security ...
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how to use salt to sign a message and how is it effective?

I've had an assignment to sign a file using hash and salt, so I read about salt and I got why it's important when it comes to password, but not to sign messages. 1- how to sign using salt ? the only ...
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Question on RSA trapdoor permutation

You plan to use a public-key cryptosystem based on the RSA trapdoor permutation in three different real-life applications, in which the attacker has, respectively, only one of the following resources: ...
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Can a monoalphabetic substitution cipher attain perfect secrecy?

Can a monoalphabetic substitution cipher attain perfect secrecy? Definition of perfect secrecy: $${\rm Pr}[\,{\rm Enc}_k(m_1) = c\,] = {\rm Pr}[\,{\rm Enc}_k(m_2) = c\,]$$
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Breaking Double Encryption

I am trying to understand how an attacker knows when he has successfully decrypted a ciphertext for an assignment. As such, some pointers/hints for the following questions would be greatly ...
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Is $H(x) = x^2 \bmod p$ pre-image resistant, second pre-image resistant and/or collision resistant

I have the function $H(x) = x^2\bmod p$ , where $p$ is a prime of length n bits and this function maps to the message $x$ to a n-bit hash value $H(x)$. I need to find out if it is pre-image ...
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Given p and q of DSA how do you show they are prime?

I am given p = 4916335901 q = 88903 and am asked to show these are prime as well as q|(p-1) in DSA. I am unsure on how to ...
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Question on mono-alphabetic substitution cipher and poly-alphabetic substitution cipher

You know that a meaningful plaintext in a language with a 26-letter alphabet, like English, is encrypted using either the mono-alphabetic substitution cipher or the poly-alphabetic substitution cipher ...
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What RC4 key value will completely invert $S$ after initial permutation?

What RC4 key value will completely invert $S$ after the initial permutation, so that $S[0] = 255, S[1] = 254, …, S[254] = 1, S[255] = 0$?
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Digital signatures under plain RSA

Show that digital signatures under plain RSA are insecure (Plain RSA means that signing is done by calculating $m^d\bmod n$, with $0\le m<n$, and no padding or hashing of $m$). Write an algorithm ...
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Partially-known-plaintext attack of a stream cipher based on modular arithmetic

I have a function called $F$, using modular arithmetic as does RSA, defined as $$x\mapsto F(x) = g^x\bmod p$$ where $p$ is a 1024-bit prime and $g$ is a generator of $\mathbb Z_p^*$. A secret key $r$ ...
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Prime factorization of RSA modulus

Consider RSA public-key encryption with public modulus $N=3953$. Suppose we know that the public keys $e_1=337$ and $e_2=23$ correspond with the decryption information $d_1=3385$ and $d_2=2663$. ...
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RSA assumption and cryptography

The RSA assumption states that it is hard to find $m$, given $c = m^e \bmod{n}$, $e$, and $n$ (for appropriate choice of $n,e$). Suppose that there exists an algorithm, $D(c,e,n)$, that finds $m$ in ...
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Help in understanding exactly how lattices used as one way functions for hashing

I am doing a cryptography course via long distance and we have been given an assignment which is based on lattice-based cryptography. I have spent the majority of the past week sifting through papers ...
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Hill cipher is not perfectly secure

I am on cryptography course and there is a homework question to show that Hill cipher doesn't have perfect security. So assume we have an cryptosystem $(P,C,K)$, where $P = C = \mathbb Z_{26}^N$ and ...
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ASCII: weakness

Suppose I have an encryption function $e$ of a symmetric cipher with plaintext space $$\mathcal{M}=\{1,2,\ldots,2^{24} \}.$$ Now, consider a list $L$ of integers: $$67, 114, 121, 112, 116, ...
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Is differential calculus related to RSA?

I'm writing a high school math paper on RSA and I'm wondering if it's possible to relate calculus to RSA. Is calculus used for any part of RSA? It can be for proving equations/theorems, for generating ...
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Zero knowledge proof protocol example?

Alice is color blind. She never knows if her gloves are matched. Her brother Bob always teases her saying her gloves are mismatched and she should go change them. Alice wants to know if ...
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Calculation of time to crack SHA-256 hash

A problem is given: 1 million users are authenticated with 9-digit PIN codes (e.g. 343534643). The PIN values are stored as hash values in a database. The hash is SHA-256, and is computed as: ...
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Rabin/RSA four possible messages?

Given this encryption method: $$f_{N,e} : Z^{*}_{N} \to QR(N)^{*};\quad f_{N,e}(x) = x ^{2e} \bmod N$$ I need to show that, for any $x_{0} \in Z^{*}_{N}$, there are four elements $x \in Z^{*}_{N}$ ...
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What is a Message Transmission Scheme?

I've been given as an exercise to show an encryption scheme that is CCA-secure but is not a secure message transmission scheme. What is a message transmission scheme, and how does it differ from a ...
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Why doesn't this dummy mutual authentication protocol provide mutual authentication?

I am a student taking a cryptography course so forgive me if this comes off as a silly question. This is an assignment question: ...
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Can AES decrypt with a wrong key?

The title is asking the question in layman terms, but what I really mean to ask is this: Let $x \in \lbrace 0,1 \rbrace^{128}$ (an arbitrary input block) and let $K \in \lbrace 0, 1 \rbrace^{128}$ ...
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Weak Stream Cipher cryptanalysis

Hi I have a stream cipher which uses a keystream of: F(r) || F(r+1) || F(r+2) || ... Suppose F(r) is the RSA encryption algorithm: ...
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Is this encryption scheme perfectly secure?

Let $m = 6$, and let $\mathbb{Z}_m$ denote the set $\{0,…,m-1\}$. Let $X \mod m$ denote the remainder obtained when dividing $X$ by $m$. (a) Consider the symmetric encryption scheme in ...
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How to prove this LFSR equation?

I am having difficulty solving part (ii) of Excercise 5.17 from Becker's Cipher Systems. Exercise 5.17 $\quad$If $f(x),g(x)$ are any two polynomials over $GF(2)$ with $f(0)=g(0)=1$ show that ...
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How is digital signature different from a message authentication code (MAC)?

I know the definitions of both but can't specifically tell how they are different and if one is better than the other. Please help.
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How to decode an OTP message?

First off, I'm extremely sorry if this comes off as a "homework dump", but to clarify, it isn't. I don't want the answer, I want to know how to get to the answer. My cryptography professor gave us an ...
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Probability for collisions of a one-way compression function

Given a one-way compression function $h:\{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}^m$ and an attacker that picks $x_1 \ldots x_t \in \{0,1\}^n$ (uniformly distributed), I have to show that the probability to find ...
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Which areas in CS will be (or have been) most affected by fully homomorphic cryptography?

I'm in the middle of planning a 5000ish word essay on fully homomorphic cryptography, the current practical implementations and their limitations. Which areas of CS as a subject have been (or will ...
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Is OAEP reversible?

Given nothing more than some integer $m =$ OAEP($M$), is it possible to recover the original plaintext $M$? In other words, without being given the hash functions or the random string used for ...
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Prove that textbook RSA is susceptible to a chosen ciphertext attack

Given a ciphertext $y$, describe how to choose a ciphertext $\hat{y} \neq y$, such that knowledge of the plaintext $\hat{x}=d_K(\hat{y})$ allows $x=d_k(y)$ to be computed. So I use the fact that the ...
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Break double encryption

Let $E_k$ : {0,1}$^l$ be a block cipher encryption function with block-size $l$ and key-length $n$. In class, we saw that a double encryption with two independent keys $E{}'_{k_1k_2}(x)$ = ...
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New PRG from old

Is the following statement true: If $G: \{0,1\}^k \to \{0,1\}^n$ is a PRG, then so is $G':\{0,1\}^{k+l} \to \{0,1\}^{n+l}$ defined by $$G'(x||x')=G(x)||x'$$ where $x \in \{0,1\}^k$ and $x' \in ...