usually secret information used as input to various kinds of cryptographic algorithms, like encryption, signature, MAC, to select the concrete transformation done by the algorithm.

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Use MDC to provide origin authentication for public key encryption?

Why can't we use an MDC (“Manipulation Detection Code”, as also handled in this Q&A) to provide origin authentication when using public-key encryption?
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Where and how to store private keys in web applications for private messaging with web browsers

I am working on a web application enabling users to communicate over private messages which is just one part of the whole system. The main focus during my development process is to protect the privacy ...
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Master keys' strengh

If I am going to use a master key to generate a session key, why the master key must be "stronger" than the session key? Like should not be distributing 128-bit AES keys derived from a 56-bit DES ...
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Do I need to worry about timing attacks in Base64 encoding/decoding of private keys?

Do I need to worry about timing attacks in Base64 encoding/decoding of private keys? This is a common operation (ex. PEM keys) and is variable time in typical implementations.
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Crypto lib that use files instead of passphrase

I would like to program an application to allow people to encrypt files without using a password or pass-phrase but an arbitrary long file. I'm searching for a library that allows me to safely create ...
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How long should a HMAC cryptographic key be?

In the top answer to this question the answerer says 'with a sufficently long key'. I am using a SHA1-HMAC (may switch to SHA256-HMAC) algorithm to verify cookies sent to clients as authentication ...
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Key Hierarchy and key Encryption

If i have two 56-bit DES keys, and I use these two key to encrypt a 256-bit AES key. Like this $K_{AT}$ encrypts $K_{BT}$ and $K_{BT}$ encrypts $K$ What is the effective security of key $K$? Is it ...
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Does a key need to be signed if it is being used to decrypt a message that is already signed?

I am trying to better understand authentication. Lets say I have posted my 128-bit AES symmetric key on some forum, encrypted asymmetrically to my friend using 256-bit ECC (25519). The forum isn't ...
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Garbled table for 3 inputs

I have a truth table of a full adder with 3 inputs (A,B,Cin) and 2 outputs (S, Cout). How can I create a garbled truth table? I mean, in the general form it is ...
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Application level encryption and key renewal

I had posted this question on stackoverflow and been asked to move it to crypto. What is your view on this? What is the doability? I have a question related to encrypting data in the database, at the ...
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Choosing primes in the Paillier cryptosystem

In the first step of key generation phase in Paillier cryptosystem given here. It's given that $$\operatorname{length}(p) = \operatorname{length}(q) ) \implies ...
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Deriving Minimum Description Length of Substitution Key

Given a plaintext: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country because the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. and a substitution ciphertext: Mpe od yjr yo,r ...
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Are there attacks on AES with 16-bit keys? [closed]

Are there known attacks on AES that uses a 16-bit key? Assuming the data can be 95MB size, and that I can request the same data over and over. For example, can someone explain to me how this code ...
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Does a key derivation function always generate an even distribution of bits in the resulting key?

I am a student of crypto. During our study course, we went into the AES-128 algorithm. All the examples given used an initial key k, 128 bits and we only briefly touched on the key derivation of ...
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Can CMAC be used as a 128bit Key Derivation Function?

I want to derive a key a number of times for a deterministic scenario, where I can get n keys from a single one. The logic looks something like this: ...
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The modulus of RSA public key

I am studying the RSA cryptosystem. The public key consists of $(n, e)$, the modulus (product of two large primes), and the encryption exponent. I want to separate the modulus $n$ and exponent $e$. A ...
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If I have the unencrypted text and the encrypted text, can I calculate the key?

If I have the unencrypted text and the encrypted text, can I calculate the key? It seems logical based on my limited knowledge of encryption that I should be able to... but it also seems like too ...
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How would an attacker perform an exhaustive key search on a block cipher using ECB mode?

Do you always assume from Kerchoff's principle, that the attacker has access to everything but the decryption key? That is, am I to assume that to perform an exhaustive key search, the attacker has a ...
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Why are there $q^2$ keys for each equivalence class in Pedersen-van Heyst Signature Scheme?

How do you know there are $q^2$ keys for each equivalence class in the Pedersen-van Heyst Signature Scheme? My textbook says this is "easy to see", however, I am not seeing it. Is it because in ...
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Why are there $2^{56}$ possible DES keys when there are 64 key bits?

On forums I read DES has $2^{56}$ possible keys so it takes x times to brute force it with hardware x. But there are 64 total bits of which are 8 parity bits. But those parity bits are a ...
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AES key and block size

I am trying to understand $AES$ and I wondered what happens in the case of a $128$ bit block size and a $256$ bit key. All documents I read about $AES$ told me the key expansions algorithm for $128$ ...
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LUKS multiple key slots - what's the intuition?

LUKS volumes have the ability to allow multiple independently usable passwords, as explained here: [https://code.google.com/p/cryptsetup/wiki/FrequentlyAskedQuestions] The intuition behind basic ...
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Can the key-complement property of DES be used against 3DES?

The comments in this recent question about the security of 3DES made me wonder if the key complement property of DES (which reduces its security by ~1 bit) can be used in the meet-in-the-middle attack ...
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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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Synchronous Stream Cipher Problem

Hello I am facing a problem trying to solve this question in the picture. Does anyone know how to produce the mentioned 32-bits of the key stream? The plaintext in this case is ...
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Updating the seed key of a PRNG while maintaining initial entropy?

Consider a seed key ($n$-bit long) is completely random and entropy of random variable is $n$ and PRNG is using deterministic algorithm and that that deterministic algorithm does not add any entropy ...
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key hierarchy management and master key

I have this equation, $E_{K_{as}}(E_{K_{bs}}(K_{ab}))$ which means $K_{ab}$ is encrypted by $K_{bs}$ then whole packet is encrypted by $K_{as}$. I think the key structure is $K_{as}$ is the master ...
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Can we use more than one irreducible polynomial in AES?

I understand that the irr. poly is used to form the s-box (and inv. s-box), the key schedule and the mix columns. But could we use a different irr. poly for the mix columns and another for the key ...
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Provable security of cryptographic hash functions

I am working on the following exercise question: Consider the following construction of a “keyed” hash function from Katz & Lindell (ex. 7.22 (1st ed.)/ 8.21(2nd ed.)). Gen : On input ...
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Storing RSA private key

Currently I'm developing an application where users generate their own pair RSA keys in order to achieve a secure communication with my server. Also clients are able to communicate directly, sending ...
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Symmetric : Generate new key from old ones

Symmetric keys should be refreshed regularly. Is is terribly wrong to first agree on $N$ independent keys and then generate the key $k_j$ with $j>N$ by computing some form of hash on the keys ...
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Shannon theorem of perfect secrecy

From the class: Shannon Theorem: For a perfect encryption scheme, the number of keys is at least the size of the message space (number of messages that have a non-zero probability). Proof: ...
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HMAC Secure Key Exchange?

Within RFC 2104 section 3 there is discussion around keys (below). How are these keys agreed upon/distributed? Practically speaking is asymmetric crypto a requirement to "bootstrap" and distribute ...
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OTP - Reuse key BUT add IV, is it secure enough?

I have already asked a similar question and now I can continue to this question about adding a "extra key" = IV. My last question was about reusing key in OTP (One-Time-Pad). Now this question is ...
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What is considered a “weak key” in AES?

I need to construct an AES key from an array of bytes (in Java), but I first I have to check if the key created from these bytes would be weak. Java can check for weakness for DES, but not for AES. ...
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What is the main difference between a key, an IV and a nonce?

What are the main differences between a nonce, a key and an IV? Without any doubt the key should be kept secret. But what about the nonce and the IV? What's the main difference between them and their ...
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How to protect key in software

I need to encrypt/decrypt data from my software by AES, the problem is how to make the AES key secure, there is no HSM, should I hard code the key in my code? It seems that a hacker can read the key ...
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Decrypting a file encrypted with AESCRYPT using key instead of password

i have encrypted a file using aescrypt and took memory image while the file was being encrypted and hence have the key that was used for encryption in the image but not the password, can i decrypt the ...
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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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How does a company like Apple keep its keys safe? [closed]

Whatever key is used to sign new iOS updates (for example) must be incredibly well-protected. How does a huge corporation like Apple keep those 4096 bits safe?! Same goes for SSL keys for websites ...
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X509 converted to Encrypted and Signing keys

We have proprietary tool which takes a p12 file and generates a .key file. Inside the key file, I see two PEM formatted sections: Encrypting Certificate and Signing Certificate. When I open them on my ...
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How common are weak RSA keys?

There exist certain attacks that can be used against RSA keys whose prime factors are of specific forms, such as one by Coppersmith. How common are these RSA keys? If you generate primes randomly, ...
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Number of shifts in DES key schedule

In DES key schedule some rounds use one left shift while others use two left shifts. What is the reason behind this?
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Confidentiality then Integrity with different keys

Can anyone describe how we can do what is said in the below sentence which is in Mark Stamp crypto slides (PPTX) on slide number 101 : Can do a little better - about 1.5 “encryptions” The whole ...
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Determine if a public key point y is negative or positive, odd or even?

Take an elliptic curve cryptography public key (x, y) and its additive inverse (x, -y). How do you identify which is the positive point and which is the negative point? Examples: Private key 1 -> ...
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Why does a hacker need to crack the key to an encrypted file, instead of just brute forcing the password? [closed]

Most encryption softwares don't seem to have a trial limit. So why would a hacker need to crack the key, or even need to know the salt value, if he can just brute force the 6-8 digit password?
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Choosing which is public vs private key

When I calculate two RSA keys, what if anything, would make any difference which I call the public vs which I call the private key?
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Question on 3DES keys

The official NIST publication I saw says for federal applications 3DES with three keys should be used. I have such questions: what does it mean federal? Does it mean for industrial applications that ...
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Is it OK to use a data-encryption key for key wrapping, too?

Our industry (area of cheap networked devices) has a standard that defines the usage of keys for both authentication and encryption using EAX mode of AES. This standard does not define key management, ...
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Compression in key generation of DES algorithm

Does anyone have a pseudo-code or an algorithm or even a diagram of the compression (pc2) of the DES algorithm? I can't find a relation between the bits that are dropped, even when I do it manually ...