Padding has two primary uses in cryptography, ensuring messages are the proper length necessary for certain ciphers (e.g., block ciphers) or to provide assurances not built into the core cipher (e.g., semantic security)

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Is RSA of a random nonce with no padding safe?

Consider the following protocol: Bob has a private RSA key $B_{priv}$, and Alice knows the public key $B_{pub}$. Alice wants to send confidential messages to Bob (no integrity intended). To send a ...
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How does compression before encryption leak info about the input?

Apparently current best practices recommend that you do not compress before you encrypt. For example in this blog entry (*): http://sockpuppet.org/blog/2013/07/22/applied-practical-cryptography/ It ...
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Why can the last block contain a full block of padding in CBC Encryption?

I'm trying to understand the SSL Poodle Attack and I'm wondering why the last block of a CBC Record can be full of padding? Wouldn't that mean that the useful data was already a multiple of the key ...
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How is input message for SHA-2 padded?

I read about how is an input message prepared to be hashed by MD4,MD5 or SHA-1: Step1 Append padding bits The input message is "padded" (extended) so that its length (in bits) equals to 448 ...
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Is semantic security important in a hybrid cryptosystem?

RSA doesn't provide semantic security when used unmodified, and neither does the commonly used PKCS#1 v.1.5 padding scheme for encryption. Is this a problem for hybrid cryptosystems at all? My ...
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How does OAEP improve the security of RSA?

The heart of OAEP algorithm used for RSA encryption are the cryptographic hash functions $H$ and $G$. Does everybody (so also an adversary) know these functions? If YES: How does it help the ...
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Padding always the same, problem or not?

I need to transmit long encrypted messages to a smartcard over a limited capacity link so I need to fragment the messages somewhere before sending thzm. My problem is that I split the message into ...
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OpenSSL padding

I would like to know how much padding OpenSSL algorithms expect.
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Chain several RSA encryptions without increasing the message size

I would like to be able to encrypt the output of RSA with RSA again without having the output grow in size over time. In other words, I have some data $D_0$ which I want to encrypt with RSA: $D_1 = ...
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Why not put MAC in fixed position and cover padding for MAC-then-encrypt?

The biggest problem with using MtE with a mode where it's known to be secure (CBC) is with the padding, where you can't retrieve the authentication until you know where it is by looking at the padding ...
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Why should a signature use PSS padding in RSA?

Suppose I send a message using AES (private keys already negotiated securely) and I send a hash of this message using RSA (encrypted with private key) with OAEP to verify the authenticity and ...
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Is HMAC padding the same as bcrypt?

I have been watching Christof Paar on his YouTube lectures also I used bcrypt to store two passwords with salts and I find that I have a few questions. I am interested in what bcrypt does to the ...
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Why does HMAC need a fixed length padding?

As everybody knows in order to calculate HMAC we have to concatenate padding to the message. I am just curious why the padding needs to be fixed-length. Why do we need the blocksize parameter here? ...
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Usability of padding scheme in blinded RSA signature?

In Wikipedia's article on Blind signature, in the section Dangers of blind signing which describes RSA blinding attack one reads the following This attack works because in this blind signature ...
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Is it safe to use GZIP to avoid padding related attacks

I am designing a library that supports encrypting some in-memory data using AES in CBC mode. Now I need a padding but it seemed to me that Apple's CommonCrypto library and OpenSSL have different ...
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Using AES for smaller blocks in a Feistel network

I was wondering how decryption would work for FPE in the case of cycled Feistel ciphers. I understand that simply reiterating through the networks with reversed key order will generate the ciphertext ...
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Bit padding instead of PKCS#5 padding

Padding oracle attacks are a huge nuisance when using CBC mode encryption without authentication. Wouldn't all those padding oracle attacks be avoided if we'd just use bit padding instead? Or is does ...
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Is there an efficient way to hide the encrypted plaintext length with a block cipher?

In block cipher modes of operation for encryption on input of a plaintext of $N$ blocks (We assume that the input size is always a multiple of the blockcipher mode: $N·16$ bytes) the size of the ...
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Bitwise method of generating r for RSA-KEM

It seems that RSA-KEM has a very troublesome method of generating the secret $r$. It seems that the random value needs to be in the range $0 \le r \le {n - 1}$. Now most cryptographic environments ...
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RSA - PKCS#1 padding - overall correction of algorithm

From PKCS#1, page 24: After we create the EM byte string and convert it to an integer, we then encrypt that integer with RSAEP (page 10) to get the ciphertext (as an integer). My question arrives ...
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RSA encryption and signature padding flaw

This is Oxford's computer security exam question: Suppose that Bob has published an RSA encryption key $ke$ (retaining in secret the corresponding decryption key $kd$), and Alice has published a ...
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Is storing original file size in an encrypted file header a bad idea?

I'm encrypting a file using AES-256 in CBC mode. I'm padding to the 16-byte input multiple by using the PKCS#7 limit. The problem I'm currently having is that if I'm transferring or reading the ...
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AES key padding

Is the initial AES key (expanded to the key schedule) byte padded if less than e.g. 16 bytes? Is there a safe way of determining if decryption was successful (i.e. used the correct key)?
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Implementing OpenSSL padding

I'm conducting an experiment dealing with differences in padding across different aes operations for my Intro to Crypto class, and the question says OpenSSL uses PKCS5 padding, and that I need to ...
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How is the usual way of using PKCS5/7 when a weird data is given?

PKCS5/7 pads the remaining data elements with a binary representation of how many space requires padding. This is useful and compact but what should I do in the following sample scenario below ? ...
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Why is this a fix to Bleichenbacher's attack?

Looking at the excellent explaination of the attack here: Can you explain Bleichenbacher's CCA attack on PKCS#1 v1.5? I have one additional question: It says that: ""To prevent this attack, SSL ...
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Removing Padded Value in Decrypted Message

How to remove padded value in Decrypted Message? I am using AES Algorithm. Let's take this as the decrypted message: "abcdefghijklmn " There is a 2 space in ...
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Tell where messages begin and end in a series of ciphertext blocks?

With block ciphers, I understand that the plaintext is first broken down into the right-sized blocks, padded, and then encrypted into the same number of cipher blocks. Once these blocks are sent over ...
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Can RSA with padding detect all errors in ciphertext?

I'm new in cryptography and there are a couple of things that i'm not sure if i understand correctly. First, when using padding (PKCS or OAEP), if the chiphertext has errors in transmission we'll we ...
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Signing/verification between Java and the OpenSSL

I'm trying to sign/verify data between a C application and a Java application. In java for now I was using the built-in JCE provider with SHA256withRSA as ...
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Is a padding oracle attack possible if data is only encrypted internally on a server (e.g. for storage)?

I read something about the padding oracle attack when analysing the use of an AES-encryption of data in a database and was "scared" it could be a serious issue. But after investigating a bit further, ...
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What is the length field in SHA-512 padding?

If I am using SHA-512 on a message and need to determine the padding field and length field, how do I determine the length field? I think I understand the padding, but not the length field. For ...
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Can AES use PKCS#5 padding

From What is the difference between PKCS#5 padding and PKCS#7 padding, I understand that PKCS#5 is defined for 8 byte block sizes. Does this rule it out as a padding option for AES since AES has a ...
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How is block cipher padding verified for consistancy?

Under what circumstances is a decryption routine able to tell that the padding of a message is invalid? If a cipher text block where to be randomly modified, what is the probability that the padding ...
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Is PKCS#7 padding generated with a pseudo-random-number generator okay?

Let's take this PHP code. We use libsodium and libsodium-php. You have $text, $senderPrivateKey, ...
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NORX duplex padding

MonkeyDuplex constructions defined by Keccak authors has padding in every duplex block. Why only last duplex block is padded in NORX? Is it because NORX has domain separation, or simply because ...
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Is there a standard prefix random padding scheme?

Is there a standardized padding scheme which is prefix instead of postfix and that uses random bytes except for the first byte which would be the length of the padding?
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poodle padding multiple blocks?

I'm quite new to the topic and read a bit about poodle and padding oracle. I quite understand the "regular" padding oracle attack, substituting the last byte of block(n-1) to determine the last byte ...
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RSA padding confusion attacks

Server A produces signed messages on request. You can tell server A what type of RSA padding to use in the signature (either RSASSA-PKCS1v1_5 or RSASSA-PSS). Either way, the message will be signed ...
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OpenSSL RSA same plaintext but different ciphertext

how OpenSSL RSA work ? I generate public (n,e) and private key (n,d) then I encypted a file by : ...
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How to encrypt letters less than block n using Hill Cipher

I am learning about Hill Cipher and know that it is a block cipher where each block of n letters (considered as an $n$-component vector) is multiplied by an invertible $n \times n$ matrix, again ...
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Random vs. Fixed Paddings

Is there any consensus (i.e. are there any research results) on the benefits and drawbacks of various padding schemes? Generally there seem to be two kinds of them: random paddings, like ISO10126 ...
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Security of (cryptographic) padding compared to other methods for blockcompletion for block ciphers

As said in the heading, I want to know how the security of different padding methods, e.g. ANSI X.923, ISO 10126 and PKCS7, is compared to other methods to reach the needed block size, like ciphertext ...
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Will changing the RSA Padding in OpenSSL cause issues?

I'm currently looking at changing the padding type from one of the Oracle Padding attacks to a secure one. Would this break data already encrypted using the old method?
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Which ECB ciphertext stealing scheme is this?

I am stuck with identifying ciphertext stealing method with the following properties: mode of operation is ECB; recommended padding scheme for this application is PKCS#7, but apparently it is not ...
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PKCS#7 message content

I am using a vendor library that signs a text producing a PKCS#7 message. I'm not sure of the content of this message. Does a pkcs#7 message have to contain the signed message, the certificate, the ...
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Variable length variable output encryption with out any padding?

I would like to know if there is any encryption algorithm with variable input variable output with out any padding? For example if I give 16(17,18,67,117,..any size) bit plaintext, my ciphertext is ...
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RSA padding: what is it and how does that work?

If I am not mistaken, plaintext RSA is not secure. So, I have read that padding and hashing is needed to make the RSA algorithm secure. However, I am confused on what does padding or armoring mean in ...
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How to use OpenSSL command line utility to encrypt data with encrypted key from public key?

I may not be asking the right question. I am fairly new to data encryption. I am currently being sent encrypted data that's stored as follows: [ [keysize] [key encrypted with public key] [ivsize] ...