# Tagged Questions

A primitive or protocol with provable security is accompanied by a mathematical proof that shows how to reduce the security claims about the protocol to a set of assumptions.

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### Salary Negotiation Problem

Imagine Alice is applying for a new job. Alice has an idea of the minimum salary that she is willing to accept—let's call this value A. Bob, the hiring manager for ...
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### Given $g^a, Y$, is it hard to distinguish $e(g,g)^{ab}$ from a random value?

where $g$ is a group element in bilinear group $G$ $Y = M.e(g,g)^{ab}$ $M$ is a message Does anyone know the answer or suggest some material for reference? Many Thanks
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### Hash function as secure as one-time pad?

We know that the one-time pad is provably secure as a cipher to encrypt some data. Is there an algorithm which does the same just as a hash function? Can we get a provably secure hash function? Maybe ...
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### How are security proofs done in ABE Schemes?

I have been studying several ABE schemes and I understand the security assumptions and the several types of security models used for the security game between the Challenger and the Adversary. What ...
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### Replacing signer with simulator

Assume we can prove security of digital signature scheme against key-only (no message) attacks. Now we want to prove security against adaptive chosen message attack. We use random oracle model. The ...
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### Security proof in (Ciphertext-Policy) Attribute-Based Encryption

I am having hard time understanding the security proof in Attribute-Based Encryption, especially in Ciphertext-Policy Attribute-Based Encryption. To do reduction in CP-ABE scheme, how do I check that ...
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### What level of security is provided when a Feistel Cipher is used as a round function of another Feistel Cipher?

Recently, I was reading: Are there any specific requirements for the function F in a Feistel cipher?, and the answer posted mentions a Feistel Cipher named Turtle, which uses a four-round Feistal ...
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### Efficient proof of knowledge using Wegman-Carter hash

A verifier wants to ensure, with only little exchange of data with other systems, that a large block of data $M$ that the verifier holds is also available to some other system(s). It is not an ...
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### Incorrect answers to queries in Waters' IBE proof by Bellare and Ristenpart

In "Simulation without the artificial abort: Simplified proof and improved concrete security for Waters' IBE scheme", Bellare and Ristenpart present a new proof for Waters' IBE scheme that does not ...
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### LR-Oracle Experiment in Lindell and Katz

In reference to the LR-Oracle experiment in “Introduction to Modern Cryptography” (2nd edition) by Lindell & Katz, Definition 3.23 states a scheme $\pi = (Gen,Enc_K,Dec_K)$ is CPA secure for ...
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### Brute force attack multiple stream cipher

Assume that a scheme used to secure a specific system $Π=(Gen,Enc,Dec)$ which is thought have indistinguishable multiple encryption in the presence of an eavesdropper. For any adversary $A$ that can ...
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### What is the restriction on $k$, for the $k$th composite residuosity problem to be hard?

The paper “Residuosity Problem and Its Applications to Cryptography” considers the exponent to be an odd integer. When $k = 2$, it is called the quadratic residuosity problem (mod $n$, where $n$ is ...
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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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### Proof of IND-q-CCA security

I have some questions about the paper Bounded CCA2-Secure Encryption (pdf). On page eight "3.2 Construction", the authors have done a black-box construction of an IND-q-CCA security schema and then ...
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### What is bounded-retrieval model?

What is bounded-retrieval model in cryptography? How is it related (or apply) to leakage-resilient cryptography?
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### Bridging the gap between security proofs and “real-world” security

I've been studying cryptography for a little while. I understand fairly well the nuts and bolts of security proofs, but I'm having trouble reconciling the formal statements of security in these proofs ...
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### Protocol/algorithms based on a variable-length input PRF

Are the proofs based on a PRF assumption still valid when using a variable-length input PRF ? The answer might be obvious, but I have a doubt.
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### Ideal system for an encryption scheme

What is the ideal system for an encryption scheme? For a pseudorandom permutation the ideal one is a random permutation, for a pseudorandom function the ideal one is a random function. For an ...
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### Setting protocol parameters to achieve concrete security

Background One issue with modern security proofs is that they are usually asymptotic. In other words, such proofs are usually formulated as follows: For any polynomial-time adversary $\mathcal A$, we ...
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### Simulation-Based Proof: When a Secret Key is Involved

Assume we have a protocol in which a party receives an encrypted random polynomial. The polynomial is encrypted using his public key. We want to construct a simulator for this party (so this party ...
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### Should we use exponent 3 in RSA-OAEP?

As I understand it the proof that RSA-OAEP is secure in the random oracle model is much tighter for exponent 3. Does that mean that exponent 3 should be chosen?
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### Finding missing probabilities for formal proofs

In formal proofs, you often need to use probabilities to show that the Advantage of an algorithm is negligible. In proofs by contradiction, these probabilities are often tied to probabilities of other,...
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### Privacy-Preserving Protocols and Proofs of Security

While dabbling in privacy-preserving protocols (mainly using Semi-Homomorphic Encryption) and coming up with miscellaneous ideas for comparison tests or other similar primitives, based on obfuscation ...
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### Is it feasible to break an encrypted and later encoded message?

A message is sent from a person to another. The plain message is first encrypted, even with a weak algorithm - say, DES. Then, the encrypted message is encoded with a simple substitution, which is ...
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### Conditions for proving that a signcryption scheme is secure

If I'm able to prove that any scheme satisfies confidentiality ad unforgeability conditions, will it be a valid signcryption scheme, without explicit signature and encryption parts ?
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### Independence of answers to queries sent to a random oracle

Assume we have an algorithm which asks random oracle $\mathcal{O}$ $Q$ queries $u_1, \ldots, u_Q$. All queries are unique, $u_i \neq u_j$ for $i \neq j$. Queries $u_i$ are random variables, too. What ...
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### Security Proof in Fuzzy Identity Based Encryption?

Been having a great deal of difficulty understanding the use of simulators to prove security of ABE schemes so I though I would start from the first ABE paper (Fuzzy Identity Based Encryption) to try ...