Using the same key for more than one purpose, e.g. to encrypt two messages or to encrypt and authenticate a message. Some cryptosystems may be vulnerable to attacks if keys are inappropriately reused.

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Taking advantage of one-time pad key reuse?

Suppose Alice wants to send encryptions (under a one-time pad) of $m_1$ and $m_2$ to Bob over a public channel. Alice and Bob have a shared key $k$; however, both messages are the same length as the ...
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How does one attack a two-time pad (i.e. one time pad with key reuse)?

My question might appear the same as the question Taking advantage of one-time pad key reuse?, but actually I did read all the answers and none of them helped me with the details I need. I am new to ...
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Can I use a one time pad key twice with random plaintext?

I understand the basics of OTP: $|\text{key space}| = |\text{plaintext space}|$ implies perfect security, key reuse destroys this. Cryptanalysis on the $N$-Time Pad for $N > 1$ involves finding ...
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Deriving Keys for Symmetric Encryption and Authentication

So here's the concept. Rather than storing 2 keys and using a random IV, which presents its own problems (key rotation, ensuring no key is used in more than 2^32 cycles, sharing the keys, etc), is it ...
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Many time pad attack [duplicate]

I've already sent my correct solution to a homework exercise from Dan Boneh's Introduction to Cryptography class on Coursera: "Let us see what goes wrong when a stream cipher key is used more than ...
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How many RSA keys before a collision?

I was wondering how many possible private/public keys exist? If a million people – for whatever reason – would try to generate 5 keys each in the same minute (on the same date and time) is there a ...
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Why must IV/key-pairs not be reused in CTR mode?

Many sources mention that IVs must not be reused with the same key in CTR mode, for encrypting 2 different pieces of data, because that totally destroys security - but I haven't found an explanation ...
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AES key reuse and guessing the key

Bit of a noob question and a fair bit of Googling didn't help. I understand that the current encryption standard is AES256. A few questions Is the point of this (and other encryption techniques) to ...
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Is it safe to reuse ECDH asymmetric keys for authentication?

Alice, Bob, and Carol each generate ECDH keypairs. Alice and Bob establish a communication channel and negotiate an AliceBob secret. The question is: Is it safe for Alice and/or Bob to reuse their ...
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Is there any reason not to use Single-Key EM with AES and a constant key?

I've read recently the paper "Minimalism in Cryptography: The Even-Mansour Scheme Revisited" by Dunkelman, Keller and Shamir where it is claimed that the following construction (Single-Key EM) is ...
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Reusing AES-CTR Keys and IVs for File Encryption

I’m implementing some file encryption module with random-access capability and AES-CTR seems the right way to go. I understand that reusing Keys and IVs can expose the file to ‘Stream Cipher Attacks’ ...
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Is reusing keys for CBC and CBC-MAC secure when using encrypt-then-MAC?

I know reusing keys is a bad idea, especially for CBC and CBC-MAC, but the example for why on Wikipedia seemed to use encrypt-and-MAC. It seems obvious that the last block of encryption will be equal ...
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Is RSA in a ECB-like-mode safe for bulk encryption?

Let's say I would like to communicate with my friend using asymmetric/public-key encryption, e.g. RSA. (Note: I do realize that in practice this is done through an intermediate symmetric key, but ...
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Re-using parts of a one time pad to encrypt a new one?

The main problem with OTP's is the fact that they can only be used once. Would it be possible to use a random number that's, say, 512 digits, then use 256 of those for the (non-random) message, the ...
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Determine the Key given ciphertexts and plaintexts?

Given two sets of plaintexts and their corresponding ciphertexts, how does one determine the key $K$? The ciphertexts are: $$C_1= (P_1 \oplus K_0) + K_1$$ and $$C_2= (P_2 \oplus K_0) + K_1$$ $K = ...
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Attacks on WinRAR volumes reusing same password?

I have quite a few WinRAR volumes that are all encrypted with the same password. The password is long and unbruteforceable, but I recently read that WinRAR uses PBDKF2 as its key-derivation function ...
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How to protect against ephemeral key reuse in some signature schemes?

Given that some signature schemes (for instance Elgamal) use an ephemeral key that cannot be reused ever. How do people usually protect against this? I'll elaborate more: if you reuse the ephemeral ...
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Reuse of TLS client key/certificate in challenge-response protocol

The situation: We have a custom PKI with clients communicating with the server over standard SSL/TLS encrypted channel. PKI uses ECC, server certificate supports ECDHE_ECDSA key exchange mechanism and ...
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Does key renewal increase complexity of MAC forgery?

Suppose I have encrypted messages sent to a device authenticated with a MAC keyed with a strong shared cryptographic key. This device can only process so many messages per unit of time. This ...
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Is it bad design to reuse an AES key?

The company I work for needs to develop a simple system where, for each client, we encrypt a token on our server, which is then transmitted to the client. The decryption is performed by the server ...
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In Pedersen Key Distribution, can the public key be persistent?

I am implementing a key distribution protocol described by Torben Pedersen in A Threshold Cryptosystem without a Trusted Party (EUROCRYPT'91). In the protocol, the $n$ parties distribute a public key ...
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Does length prepending fix the key reuse problems with CBC and CBC-MAC?

As I hope everybody is well-aware, re-using the key for CBC-MAC and CBC is a really bad idea. Now, there's also the paradigm to prepend the message length to the CBC-MAC (as "associated data") to ...
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DES_cblock and Key Recovery

I'm trying to get my hands on the key that OpenSSL uses for a DES encryption. The key is based off a random number generator with a seed taken as parameter. The code used is below, provided as part ...
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Key expiration policy for 3DES / TDES / Triple DES

I have a system that signs plain text messages using a message authentication code (MAC) encrypted with 3-key Triple DES. The short message is used on connection to establish a session key, so it ...
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When do I need to renew keys for Salsa20 or HMAC?

I currently have a system which uses two keys sourced from a single key subjected to HKDF. One key is used in the Salsa20 stream ...
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Problems with using AES Key as IV in CBC-Mode

I'm a pentester and currently analysing a web application which are using some strange encryption scheme. The point is: They encrypt using AES-128, generate a (not cryptographic secure) key and use ...
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How to renew keys for a statically-encrypted database

Preamble Before I ask this question, please accept that I fully understand that 'rolling your own' is never a good idea, and that I am a relative n00b. The only reason I am doing this the way I am is ...
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Is “reused one time pad” safe to encrypt a message like “random number + mod”?

I want to encrypt a message that contains a fixed length random number and a long mod. i.e. 1234564284 (created like this 123456 + (123456 mod 9931)) I assume that reusing the same key is not a ...
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Can I use an ECDH Shared Secret from the same Private / Public Key Pair?

I'd like to know if using the ECDH shared secret of a static EC Private Key with it's own corresponding static EC Public Key causes a problem / weakness. (edit) not asking if it's ok to re-use the ...
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How to design a cryptographically secure file hosting service

How one would go about design something like Google Drive/Dropbox providing the following features: files are encrypted and decrypted on the client files can be synced between devices the service ...
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Difference in one time key and one time pad and many time key

These terms are confusing me. One time pad is when you use one key for one message. That is what One time key is. Secondly, what is the connection of many time key, can i use one time pad many times,...
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Effect of CFB IV reuse

If an Initialization Vector (IV) is reused (under the same encryption key) in Cipher Feedback Mode (CFB), what is the effect upon security? I know there is some negative effect upon security, but I ...
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Hiding the identity of a party within the Kerberos authentication scheme

In the Kerberos authentication protocol, as described here: would it be safer to replace step (1) with: $$ A \rightarrow T : A, E_{K_A{_{T}}}(B, N_A) $$ so that a passive adversary does not know ...
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Limit the number of private key uses for RSASSA-PKCS1-v1_5 with SHA-256 signature?

Assuming all messages and their signatures are available to the attacker, is it secure to use the same RSA private key to sign many messages (roughly $10^{6}$) via PKCS#11 ...
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Stream Cipher : Never use stream cipher key more than once [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Taking advantage of one-time pad key reuse? How does one attack a two-time pad (i.e. one time pad with key reuse)? Denote C is cipher text, m is message, and PRG(k) is a ...
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Repeatedly using same key on different plaintexts

Symmetric encryption: Does using the same key over and over again introduce a vulnerability? Meaning, if I transmit a different piece of plaintext encrypted with the same key every day, will an ...
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Perfect secrecy with n-time key

How can you encrypt $n$ messages with the same key, and have the same theoretical security you'd have encrypting a single message with a one time pad? For example, how can you encrypt two messages ...
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Deterministic key generation

In a situation where it is required to generate n number of keys deterministically from a single piece of seed information can we assume that b breached number of keys, no matter what the quantity ...
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How can I determine key length for message encrypted by many-time-pad?

For message $ m $ and key $ k $ I get encrypted message $ c $ ($ m \oplus k = c $) where $ length(k) < length(m) $. Additionally I know that message $ m $ is English text. Instead of using pure ...
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What happens if a nonce is reused in ChaCha20-Poly1305?

In ChaCha20-Poly1305, I know that reusing a nonce loses confidentiality and integrity for all messages encrypted with the (key, nonce) pair. However, is security affected for those messages encrypted ...
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Counter Mode: how to choose the nonce part of the counter? [duplicate]

Suppose: The "counter field" is about: NONCE || CTR-VALUE. I have multiples messages $M_a, M_b, M_c, \dots$ Each message can be divided into x-bits blocks ($M_{a1}, M_{a2}, M_{a3}, \dots$). Each ...
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How to decrypt unusual Many Time Pad

How does one decrypt the many time pad: ($R$ is a random string, $C$ is ciphertext, $P$ is plaintext) $R_0 \oplus R_1 = C_0$ $R_2 \oplus R_1 = C_1$ $P_0 \oplus R_1 = C_2$ assuming that $R_n$ are ...
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How often do I need to rotate AES 256 keys

I'm trying to design a protocol for a resource constrained environment. The device has to communicate with a server through an insecure node. My plan is to use AES 256 end to end for all ...
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AES and One Time Passwords

I have used AES to secure my short term wireless network(1 day lifetime). The same symmetric key is used for securing entire network traffic. is it possible to improve security with onetime password ...
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Reuse of a DH / ECDH public key

I was wondering whether it is safe to use the same DH or ECDH key pair in more than one key agreement, particularly if these public keys are in a public registry. These public keys could be used by ...
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Weakness in using only one RSA key pair for two-way communication?

In Alice/Bob/Cindy terms (EDIT: and with a little more detail): Alice and Bob have each securely obtained one key of an RSA keypair from a trusted third party. Alice has one key ($e$ and $n$), Bob ...
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Envelope Encryption with asymmetric keys vs KMS

In Envelope encryption a symmetric secret key is used to sign the data and then another key is used to encrypt the secret to produce an encrypted secret key. The encrypted messages is packaged with ...
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Deriving 2 shared secrets from one private key and 2 different public keys

I have a key pair, say $(d, Q)$. I send my public key $Q$ to 2 different people. I also get their public keys $Q_1$ and $Q_2$. Now I can derive 2 shared secrets, $d*Q_1$ and $d*Q_2$. The 2 other ...
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how much is secure to encrypt a password using itself (as encryption key) for storing it on a unsecure media?

I want to store a password securely on a storage (suppose in a usual unencrypted file). I use this password as AES key to encrypt itself (using AES-ECB) & then store it on the media (the password ...
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Decrypting messages crypted with one time pad (used more than once)

I have a stream cipher with a key (that is unknown to me) that is used more than once. Messages are ciphered in this way: ciphered_message = message XOR key Let'...