Unique data used by block cipher modes of operation to randomize the output in order to achieve semantic security. Also for other similar constructs in other iterative algorithms.

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In which cases should the IV be kept secret?

When must an IV be kept secret? There is an ambiguity in the way that the lack of need for secrecy of the IV is described in multiple places. Does this ambiguity suggest that there are, in fact, ...
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Nonce for AES GCM to prevent replay attacks

I am wanting to encrypt a message with a pre shared key that uses AES GCM from the OpenSSL library to do so. I generate my key for the AES crypto via hashing my pre shared key with a salt using the <...
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CBC mode with same plaintext

I'm working on a file encryption system where multiple versions of the same file might exist. The filenames are encrypted using AES in CBC mode with a random IV and stored in metadata. Since versions ...
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Should I add randomness at the end before AES?

Seen AES, changing a character drastically affects the encrypted text. I want to make it harder to decrypt AES I send. So, it seems this can be done by adding some special code and some random bytes <...
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AES 128 bits with 12 bytes IV vector composed of a 4 bytes counter : safe?

I have a 128 bits AES cypher (GCM, Galois/Counter Mode) using a 12-byte initialization vector (IV) composed of: 8 constant bytes: 6 bytes (device ID) 2 bytes (zero) 4 bytes (incrementing frame ...
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Generating an IV for AES-CBC

I am faced with the task of generating a secure 256-bit IV for AES-CBC. I possess the following resources: A 32-bit microprocessor A 32-bit PRNG (can read/reseed) A 64-bit clock counter (can read) ...
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Fixed initialization vector in aes cbc [duplicate]

What are the pros and cons of using fixed iv in aes-cbc encryption? I've read somewhere that it said using fixed iv doesn't really matter?
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Probability of IV/key reuse

I generate randomly both an initialization vector (IV) and a symmetric key (key) to feed an authenticated encryption scheme. How much IV/key combinations can I generate until the same combination ...
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How are the IVs of SHA512/256 and SHA512/224 calculated?

This seems odd to me, because there are a lot of resources out there saying that the initializer values of SHA512 and SHA384 are the first 64 bits of the fractional parts of the square roots of prime ...
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Two or more initialization vectors with the same key

I'm studying about WEP and I'm in doubt. It seems that because it uses a initialization vector of 24 bits, which is relatively short, is easy to determine which key was used to encrypt the data. But ...
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Is it safe to use the same IV for multiple encryptions in AES CBC mode when you are always encrypting random bytes?

I am generating random bytes (16 or 32 bytes at a time), and I want to encrypt them using a 128 bit AES key in CBC mode. Am I really weakening this horribly if I am reusing the same IV and key each ...
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Is it acceptable to write the nonce to the encrypted file during AES-256 GCM? [duplicate]

I've used AES-128 in CTR mode in the past and using the same key but different IVs for each file, I wrote the IV to the first 16 bytes. Is it safe to do so with the nonces used in AES-256 GCM? I'm ...
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Fixed-prefix IV in CBC mode

I know the Initialization Vector needs to be unpredictable. Does it apply to the IV as a whole, or to every bit in the IV? I have multiple devices with poor entropy sharing the same key and I want to ...
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OpenSSL & TLS1.2 with aes-cbc and initialization vector

I'm trying to manually decrypt DTLS traffic using OpenSSL and TLS 1.2. The cipher suite im using is AES256-SHA256 as listed here. Im able to decrypt the packets with the key that the server and the ...
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Can one passively load-balance HTTPS traffic based on TLS SNI?

Is it theoretically possible to passively snoop into the HTTPS traffic, reliably detect whether or not TLS SNI is attempted to be used by the client, and, if it is, redirect the stream of the ...
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If you use an AES key just once, do you need to use IV, and/or pad the message? [duplicate]

I am developing an application that is going to use AES encryption. Since it is going to use a different key for every message encrypted... Would it be secure to use a constant IV? (i.e null bytes) ...
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SHA256 for large files

I have a hardware engine for SHA256 which can process 64K of data, but the input data size I am getting is around 1MB. What should I do to process 1MB size. What should be my input after 1st 64KB ...
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Need for salt with IV

I have mainly referred to this question. Definitely in case of using a salt, IV has a use of adding randomisation to each and every key. But isn't it redundant in case of using an IV to use a salt? (...
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Is it secure to use hexadecimal data for IV instead of raw binary?

Is it safe and secure to use a function like bin2hex (which converts binary data to hexadecimal) on the binary output of functions like ...
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Why IV does not have to be secret yet has to be random [duplicate]

The IV used in schemes such as CBC has to be random and unpredictable. But at the same time it does not have to be kept secret. If the IV does not have to be secret, why does it have to be random ...
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Making both the IV and salt public for PBE with AES-CFB

Is it okay to make both the IV for AES-CFB and the salt for PBKDF2 public? Does this action of mine compromise security in any way? I have an implementation of this cipher and had previously asked a ...
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Key equal to IV [duplicate]

If I will use for AES encryption in CBC mode key that is equal to IV, how this change security (IV will be secret)?
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AES key equal to IV (CBC mode)

Application uses AES in CBC mode with 128 bit key. In this implementation key is always same and is equal to IV. Can attacker get the key or decrypt data? If he knows: First and second blocks of ...
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Guessing the IV for CBC

If I have the key, the ciphertext under AES-CBC and the plaintext, then how can I guess the initialisation vector?
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Can I store the initialisation vector (IV) in the filename?

I'm encrypting a file and I'm using an initialisation vector. Given that the IV doesn't need to be a secret, is it secure if I add it to the encrypted file's name?
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Is it okay to use an HMAC of the plaintext and a (possibly distinct) key as the IV for symmetric cryptography?

I was thinking of how to create an IV for a block cipher that doesn't require stored state, and I came up with the idea of using an HMAC of the (padded) plaintext and a (possibly distinct) key as the ...
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Symmetric encryption algorithms with large IVs and authentication?

Most modern symmetric ciphers require a nonce/IV. If the nonce is reused, security is lost. If the nonce is large enough, it can be generated securely by using a CSPRNG. This avoids needing to keep ...
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Is it safe to use AES-CBC like this?

Is it safe to generate the IV for AES-CBC as the following? It's like the real IV is all zeros. The first block of data will be a low-entropy but unique data. Once the first block is encrypted, the ...
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For AES CBC, can I encrypt the IV with AES ECB and the same key and include it with the message?

Is it safe to use this process: Generate Key, IV Encrypt Message with Key, IV and AES CBC into EMessage Encrypt IV with ECB into EIV Send over EIV + EMessage Then the recipient Decrypt EIV with ...
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IV larger than block size of cipher?

Is there any advantage to using an IV larger than a cipher's block size? Say I'm using AES-256 in Galois Counter Mode (GCM). My file format looks like this: ...
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IV re-use for Salsa20 [duplicate]

Are their any specific requirements for the IV when using Salsa20? Is it for example allowed to re-use the same IV when encrypting with the same session key? Should the IV be random? etc I tried to ...
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Alter plaintext in block cipher AES in CBC mode

How can I alter the plaintext before decryption by changing the IV? I know what the value of the plaintext should be. I also know the value of the IV (initial vector). The IV and the AES block are ...
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Best practises to generate IV for AES-CTR in this scenario

I'm building a cloud storage application that will store files on my servers. I want these files to be encrypted with AES in CTR mode and the key will be always the same. I'm wondering what would be ...
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KFB mode - key feedback

Please, could someone explain to me how the Key feedback mode (KFB) mode works and what the IV in output block stands for? And what properties does the "constant input" has to provide? Should it be ...
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Precisely how does CBC mode use the initialization vector? [duplicate]

As I understand it, AES in CBC mode does an XOR of the 128-bit initialization vector and the first 128 bits of plain text. Is this correct? I am using the PHP 5.3 openssl extension in aes-256-cbc ...
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Is it bad practice to use the message digest of the plaintext as the initialization vector? [duplicate]

Data is being encrypted in a database. A message digest is being created for deduplication purposes. Is it ok to use the message digest that will be the key of the table that houses the encrypted ...
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Why is ECIES complex?

Wouldn't encrypting a message with AES, then encrypting the (randomly generated) AES key and IV with the EC public key suffice? What attack vectors does ECIES protect against, that an AES-then-EC-...
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Is it safe to reuse a symmetric key when using asymmetric encryption?

I've written a C# Library that I hope will be used for security purposes in a commercial application. The application will communicate through the internet and not on an internal network. I am using ...
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Whats the point of an IV if public? [duplicate]

What is the point of the initialization vector in cryptographic modes like AES-CBC when it is sent in the public? Cant any attacker just listen and reverse the IV? and as such defeating its purpose? ...
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Use of the IV for the CBC Block Cipher in TLS1.2

I'm struggling to understand at what point a message is encrypted when looking at RFC 5246. The spec gives the generic block cipher in section 6.2.3.2 as: ...
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Can we use the authentication tag as Nonce / IV for the next message?

Let's assume we're in some scenario requiring transfer of large amounts of data. This means we can only use AES-GCM chunk-for-chunk as its maximal size is restricted to a few GiBs. This means we have ...
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Using scrypt to generate key + IV/nonce together

Is there any security issue in using scrypt for Key + IV/nonce generation? In other words, can I safely use only a salt for scrypt and derive the nonce along with the key? For example: I have data I ...
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Secure method of encrypting data within a database

I'm designing a program which makes queries to a database stored locally which could potentially contain a lot of sensitive information. As such the information must be kept secure as possible from ...
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MDC-2 recommended IV values?

I'm currently reading Menezes' "Handbook of Applied Cryptography", and in it, when describing the MDC-2 cryptographic hash function, has the following line: Choose the 64-bit non-secret constants $...
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AES-CBC pre-determined IV vs. null IV

Is there any security advantage to using a pre-determined IV in CBC mode over a null IV? I'm implementing a license key system similar to this article on CodeProject, but I'm confused by the authors ...
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How bad it is using the same IV twice with AES/GCM?

I understand that initialization vectors should not be used twice when using AES/GCM. I am using a counter as initialization vector. Every time I send out a new packet (I am developing an UDP based ...
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Ciphertext and tag size and IV transmission with AES in GCM mode

I am completely new to using AES in GCM mode of operation, and I have not a very large background in cryptography as well. I have been playing with OpenSSL trying to encrypt and decrypt some messages. ...
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Derive cipher IV and cipher Key using PBKDF2 with random salt?

It is said that cipher IV does not have to be secret and the only secret component of the encryption scheme should be a cipher key. Question: is it safe to generate IV using PBKDF2 function, which ...
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Attacking CBC with predictable but encrypted IV

Let P be a secure block cipher, eg AES-128. Let's say a server has a CBC encryption oracle which uses an attacker-selected yet unique nonce to generate the IV for each message = P(key, nonce). The ...