An asymmetric cipher is an encryption scheme using a pair of keys, one to encrypt and a second to decrypt a message. This way the encrypting key need not be kept secret to ensure a private communication. Similarly in public key authentication, the verification key can be public and the signing key ...

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What are the most appropriate PKI based cryptographic protocols for peer to peer communicaton?

I've been trying to find out which is the most appropriate PKI based cryptographic protocol for peer to peer communication. I do understand that they vary with respect to the peer to peer architecture ...
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Key Distribution Center Key Protocol Analysis

As shown in the image, why is Circle 1 to be B and Circle 2 to be A? Why is not the opposite, that is, Circle 1 to be A and Circle 2 to be B? like this picture From my understanding, Notation B in ...
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Different kind of PGP keys or IDs, how to interpret them?

When people say "Here's my PGP key", they tend to come up with all sorts of different stuff. Sometimes they provide an 8-digit hexadecimal number, which seems to be a key ID (although I'm not sure). ...
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Why is a-symmetric so much harder to compute and why does it need such big keys? [duplicate]

I read that a symmetric encryption requires a way bigger key size to have the same security as symmetric encryption with smaller keys. But why is this, and why is it so much harder to compute?
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Can I change an encryption key used without decrypting first

I'm looking to solve for a little challenge I have in regards to changing the encryption on a message with asymmetric keys. I'd love to be able to swap the encryption to a different key in memory and ...
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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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Padding schemes for asymmetric encryption with provable security in the standard model

Most padding schemes for asymmetric encryption (OAEP, OAEP+) are only proven secure in the random oracle model. Although no attacks are known, it would be nice to find a padding scheme with provable ...
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Creating ECDH using OpenSSL

For academic reasons, I'm playing around with OpennSSL 1.0.2g. I tested RSA encryption/decryption. I created key exchange with DHKE. But I'm struggling to find a way, to create ECDH, using only ...
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Can an adversary distinguish a private key from a pseudo-random string of the same length?

Apologies if this is a dumb question but allow me to describe the dilemma I have: Suppose that I am protecting a private key on a device using a password & PBKDF2. The obvious attack would be an ...
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Why does RSA need p and q to be prime numbers?

This is a clarifying thread after finding: What makes RSA secure by using prime numbers?. Despite the fact that this question was answered already, I am still struggling to really grasp the ...
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Security of the shared secret key for a smart meter (Linky)

Reading the specs of a new electricity smart meter (called Linky in France), I was surprised about the chosen encryption method (128 bits symmetric key AES), based on a single secret key (called CCC ...
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What is the random tape?

I am reading the paper "Toward plaintext-aware public-key encryption without random oracles" by Bellare and Palacio. So I can't understand what is the tape and random tape?
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How to calculate the exponent in modular exponentiation?

I have a problem when calculating power in modular, $a^b \bmod c = d$. where we can know values of $a$, $c$ and d, but we don't know values of $b$. example : $29^b \bmod 1024 = 365$. So, how can I ...
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How to add passphrase to an RSA key?

If I want to protect a private RSA key, do I just XOR the password into the key, or do I do something else? Is it secure? Edit: I got a good answer from a comment - Hash the password/passphrase with ...
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private-key can't be traced (GPG)?

I am very new to cryptography. I was reading about GPG/PGP Basics, and I have a doubt: As per my understanding, Everyone knows the algorithm (GPG) with which I generated my key pair. And If I give my ...
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Is a good idea to generate a public key from a secret key using a functional encryption scheme?

FE - functional encryption PK - public key I want to design a PK cryptosystem that has a unique PK for each encryptor. Namely, the encryptor submits a unique value (or an attribute) to the private ...
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How do you work out the private key in a RSA cryptosystem knowing a certain public key?

The public key: n = 85 and e = 19 I know that n is the product of two prime numbers, now is it right of me to figure them out by process of elimination which I got p or q equals 17 and 5. Or is ...
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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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NIST Diffie-Hellman prime: how was it picked? Where did it come from?

According to this Matasano Crypto challenge, the NIST "likes" the following prime modulus, which appears to be expressed in hexadecimal: ...
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Why ssh-gen makes difference between PEM and PKCS8?

Correct me if I am wrong, but PKCS8 is format to store private key info. It could be binary-enoded (DER) or Base64 encoded (<...
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Securely register a client in server using AES an RSA

I've designed the following protocol to send the client's public key to the server. Initially, the client knows server's public key, but the server does not know the client's public key. client ...
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How to use the hardcoded server's public key to register a client application?

I'm designing the security for a smartphone app that can be used to make car reservations. Clients have to register them with their driver's licence through the application and can then book a car. ...
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What is the private key in RSA?

I'm new to cryptography and I have a doubt: I read some pages a bit different definition for the RSA private key: In 1 - (n, d) In 2 - ...
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Authentication by hardcoding public key in client software

It would seem to me that mobile applications could reduce network traffic by hardcoding the server's public key into the app. The idea being that they could then encipher a secret to share with the ...
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Some confusions about Repeated Doubling Algorithm?

The following repeated point doubling algorithm is taken from the book Guide to Elliptic Curve Cryptography by D. Hankerson, A. Menezes, and S. Vanstone on page#93. Clearly, this algorithm is ...
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Can I always derive a key pair from password+salt with libsodium?

I'm using libsodium to create public/secret key pairs from a password and salt combination by using crypto_pwhash_scryptsalsa208sha256 to generate a seed and ...
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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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How to run a (provably probably) secure global referendum?

The following question is extremely broad and speculative, for which I apologize, but it strikes me as exceedingly important, so I will ask it nonetheless. Suppose an event of global significance ...
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Is there a theorem to determine the elliptic curve parameters based on the group order?

By Hasse's theorem we know that range of the group order of the elliptic curve. And similarly, there exist a theorem on the admissible order of elliptic curves. Suppose by the theorem on the ...
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Given a public-key encryption and signature scheme, define a new primitive

I'm new to cryptography and am currently working on the following question: Say you are given a public-key encryption scheme $\Pi_e=(\mathcal{K}_e,\mathcal{E},\mathcal{D})$ and a signature scheme $...
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Calculate if a digital signature is valid

In the book An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography, it mentions a section on digital signatures and a theoretical example. I am having difficulty understanding the book and I was wondering if ...
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RSA encryption with private key, decryption with public key (again)

First of all let me point out that I am aware of all the theory behind asymmetric encryption and signing, and other related areas like signcryption, etc. It seems that mathematically it is possible to ...
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Large Volumes of Asymmetric Encryption

First of all, I apologize in advance if I use any incorrect terminology. I am just getting my feet wet when it comes to cryptography and there is a lot to learn. For the past 12 months we have been ...
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UKS attacks. Dangers & Prevention?

I am trying to understand how to prevent a UKS (unknown key-share) attack, but I am having trouble finding many resources out there to help. Let's imagine a hypothetical secure messaging application ...
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How can public key not reverse encryption if the algorithm is known? [duplicate]

I've been reading about WhatsApp getting "end-to-end" encryption, and when reading about it, I've notice something. If I want to send a message from cell $A$ to cell $B$, since there's a public key, ...
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Do I need to use a MAC with asymmetric encryption?

The internet has drilled into me that when I delivery any symmetrically encrypted data, I should also deliver a MAC to authenticate it before any decryption occurs. Do I also need to do this if I use ...
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How does SSL work on the browser

I recently bought an SSL certificate from a website and was able to make it work on my Apache server. As far as I know, it uses asymmetric keys and the private key is stored on the server while the ...
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CCA on PKCS#5 using error feedback

My question is about attacking PKCS#5 with CCA using the error feedback. What we learnt in class about PKCS#5: CBC requires padding to whole block boundary PKCS#5: standard padding If ...
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Single public key for NaCL signing and encryption?

Bob wants to use NaCL (specifically the Python NaCL library) to both a) sign some publically available plaintext for anybody to authenticate as being written by Bob and b) encrypt some other secret ...
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Cloneability of AES-128

I would like to implement an anti-counterfeiting scheme for tools my company manufactures. This would ideally be done via RFID/NFC tags. However, the environment in which these tags operate would ...
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How should I implement a secure recovery of encryption?

I want to create a system to host as securely as possible encrypted data in a way that not even the system can know the content of the data, but that it could be recovered. I would like to know how ...
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How to perform decryption in this single-bit PKE scheme?

Consider a cyclic group $G$ of order $q$, and let $g$ be a generator for $G$. Assume $(G, q, g)$ is public. Consider the following 1-bit public-key encryption scheme. To $generate (pk,sk)$: $x \...
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If I send a signed email, how does the end user get the public key?

I am sending a signed email using Python and smtplib. I have successfully signed the email using this example: http://proj.badc.rl.ac.uk/svn/ndg-security/branches/Dependencies/m2crypto/doc/howto.smime....
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Combining public key signature schemes and private key encryption

I'm working on my bachelor thesis and I have some questions. I want to combine a CPA-secure private key encryption scheme and some unforgeable public key signature scheme (in my case some sanitizable ...
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How is the message digest related to Signatures and Encryption?

I was studying about 'Data Security' and I found out this one thing confusing. What is an message digest? I got it is the hash of the message. Is the message here referring to the plaintext or ...
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Finding Private key in RSA with public key, cipher text and plain text

Is there a known 'non-brute force' method of determining a private key in an RSA system when all other parameters are know? I found the values of a ciphertext ($C$), its corresponding plaintext ($P$) ...
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Is there an asymmetric algorithm that can perform double encryption?

I'm looking for any asymmetric algorithm can perform the serial encryption, by serial I mean double or more encryption with different key(same key size). RSA can not do it since the cipher of the ...
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Encryption & decryption of integers using modular multiplicative inverse and extended euclidean algorithm

I'm looking for a neat algorithm, which is capable of encrypting an integer to another integer and decrypting it again AND is secure. When I was in university, my professor showed me an awesome way ...
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Given enough RSA signature values, is it possible to determine the public key value?

Given enough RSA signature values, is it possible to determine which public key is required to verify the values? Could there be enough information to establish which key is required? Is there ...