An asymmetric cipher is an encryption scheme using a pair of keys, one to encrypt and a second to decrypt a message. A special class of asymmetric ciphers are public-key ciphers, in which the encrypting key need not be kept secret to ensure a private communication.

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RSA: how does it work and how is it more secure than symmetric systems

Before starting the question, I know that RSA is naturally a key exchange cryptosystem rather than an antilogarithm fully implemented for encrypting and decrypting data since the length of the secret ...
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Decrypt Encrypted File on the fly and view to user

I have encrypted files on my Web server. Each file is encrypted with a unique symmetric KEY. All symmetric encryption keys are stored on db with public KEY encryption. On user side; Users are logged ...
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Why do Certificate Authorites cross-sign each other? [on hold]

In cryptography, a Certificate Authority (CA) issues digital certificates to certify the ownership of a public key by the named subject of the certificate. What is the rationale for CAs cross-signing ...
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Converting a number to a member of a multiplicative cyclic group

I am currently trying to make an implementation of the ElGamal encryption for educational purposes. As I understand it, when using the encryption with multiplicative cyclic groups, one generates a ...
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Knowing pre-encryption data, can we find the private key CryptoLocker used?

One of our users seems to have been hit by CryptoLocker. As a result, he has a hard drive full of encrypted files. The ransom-ware claims to have used public key encryption on the files. If we know ...
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RSA Key generation: How is multiplicative inverse computed?

As per Wikipedia, RSA keygen goes like this: Choose two distinct prime numbers p and q. Compute $n = pq$. Compute $\varphi(n) = (p − 1)(q − 1)$. Choose an integer e such that $1 < e < ...
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Practical Attack on RSA

Currently I am designing an RSA based application, and I am thinking of how long should the key be in order to be secure against attacks. I know that RSA 4096 bit key can be recovered using Sound ...
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How big an RSA key is considered secure today?

I think 1024 bit RSA keys were considered secure ~5 years ago, but I assume that's not true anymore. Can 2048 or 4096 keys still be relied upon, or have we gained too much computing power in the ...
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Public key encryption and big files with NaCL

I am trying to encrypt big files using NaCL (actually PyNaCL) - see http://nacl.cr.yp.to/box.html After reading some docs, I came up with this prototype : Bob wants to send a big file to Sarah. They ...
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Comparison among algorithm based on key length

Some months ago I found in some paper that we cannot compare symmetric algorithm with asymmetric algorithm based on the key length and more important we cannot compare asymmetric algorithm using only ...
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How does bitmessage encryption work?

I have been reading around protocol specification and there is either too much technical detail or too bad articles on various sites. I need you to explain in simple words how encryption in ...
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RSA public key exponent generation confusion

Quote from Wiki: $e$ having a short bit-length and small Hamming weight results in more efficient encryption — most commonly $2^{16} + 1 = 65537$. However, much smaller values of $e$ (such as $3$) ...
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PKI Infrastructure

I've got a very simple but for me a difficult question. I analyzed the public key cryptography and understand the process. But I didn't understand why is only the receiver able to decrypt to message. ...
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Factors of RSA modulus

In the article A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public-Key Cryptosystems, the original RSA article, it is mentioned that Miller has shown that n (the modulus) can be factored using any ...
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How to find the factors of the modulus? [duplicate]

In the article "A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public-Key Cryptosystems", the original RSA article, it is mentioned that Miller has shown that n (the modulus) can be factored using any ...
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Key derivation of public key without knowledge of private key?

I'm looking for a convenient way to share a set of public keys across multiple services, while preserving privacy by preventing these services from tying the identity of these public key sets together ...
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What is the SSL private key file format?

I was researching about how to encrypt with RSA. I understood everything but not the format of the private keys. In the phpseclib (RSA in PHP), you can import your private key (private.key format) ...
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Why is the private key generated first in public key crypto?

I'm still new to public key crypto. I'm trying to understand how it is that the private key is generated first in public key crypto? I would have expected the private and public key to be generated at ...
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How does asymmetric encryption work?

I've always been interested in encryption but I have never found a good explanation (beginners explanation) of how encryption with public key and decryption with private key works. How does it ...
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Symmetric encryption is no longer necessary?

Here is it: Symmetric encryption is no longer necessary, because all security services can be implemented with public-key cryptography. Moreover, in public key cryptography the operations for ...
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Public key encryption [duplicate]

I am not getting whole idea behind Public Key Encryption technique. As according to fact, public key encryption method uses two keys a public key known to everyone private key known only to recipient ...
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Relations between RSA and DLOG, factoring and DLOG

Definition: (The generalized Diffie-Hellman problem) Let $n=pq$ for two large primes $p,q$. Given $x, x^a, x^b,n$, find $x^{ab}\pmod{n}$. (1) Is there a known reduction from the GDH problem ...
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Smart Card - Entropy during on-board public key generation

I know that some (advanced) smart cards or tokens allow generating key pair directly on the device, but I wonder how the card can gather entropy during the process. Any idea ?
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How much extra information is in an RSA public key?

I'm trying to calculate the size of an RSA public key in Ruby. I've retrieved the key in PEM format, and once I've decoded the base64 part from the PEM format, I get the size in bytes. What I find is ...
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Can public key be recovered from chipher text & encrypted private key?

I'd like to implement something like a write-once public/private encrypted shared secret (no better quick description for the lack of terminology knowledge). I guess, i'm trying to implement HSM. The ...
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PKCS12 - private key protection [migrated]

I know that PKCS12 private key is protected by a password, but what is actually done with the password ? Does it use PBKDF to derive the key from password ? That would be a problem as if you change ...
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Sharing an encrypted file between a group of people

Is there any way to share an encrypted file with a group? In the other words, can I encrypt a file with a public key so that each person in a group decrypt it with his/her private key? Is there any ...
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Multi-key decryption

Let's assume I want to send a secret message to $N$ recipients in an asymmetric way. My message could be encrypted with $N$ different public keys $p_i$ one after another and send to each user ...
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Attribute-based broadcast encryption with respect to ABE

What is the exact difference between attribute-based encryption (ABE) and attribute-based broadcast encryption (ABBE)? Is ABBE equivalent to broadcast encryption on top of ABE?
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Do I have to transfer the private key to digitally sign a remote document?

I'm trying to digitally sign a document which is uploaded by a user. I want the user to sign that document using his digital signing certificate (DSC). Should I: transfer the file to the user, and ...
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how to let other people respond to emails only decrypt-able with my private key

First of all I have to say it's a homework question but since I have no one to consult with, I ended up here :) Suppose a case in which you are the manager of a company and all employees encrypt ...
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Implement deniable encryption with AES/RSA

I'm on a crypto app using OpenSSL (I'm more an implementer/cryptographer than a cryptologist), mainly as a hobby, for now. My app will be able to encrypt a file (not a container) with symmetric or ...
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Obliviously computing the Least common multiple of two poylnomials

Consider I have two polynomials $f_1$ and $f_2$ of the same degree. I want to secure them (using any kind of encryption except FHE) and outsource them to an untrusted server. I want him to compute the ...
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For which RSA moduli, precisely, is $e=d$ for all $e$?

This question shows that there are at least two valid RSA moduli $n$, namely $35$ and $91$, such that for any $e$ coprime to $\lambda(n)$, $$e^2\equiv1\mod\lambda(n)\text.$$ Reading the linked ...
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Can keys from Bitcoin's Hierarchical Deterministic Wallets be correlated (reducing privacy)?

I'm trying to understand if the feature "Hierarchical Deterministic Wallets" in Bitcoin allows for complete privacy of all derived keys, and if any of those keys can be associated with each other ...
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Group description in pairing based cryptography

Suppose we have a public key encryption scheme, in which public parameter contains $(p, G, G_t, e, g)$, where $p$ is prime number, $G$ is a (cyclic) group of prime order, $e:G \times G \mapsto G_t$. ...
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Why does the recommended key size between symmetric and assymetric encryption differ greatly?

In various articles it is mentioned that for secure communications, the recommended key sizes are 128-bit key size for symmetric encryption (which makes it $2^{128}$ possible keys?) and 2048-bit key ...
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What are the potential (major) flaws in this security scheme?

It’s been a few years since I read anything involving crypto. I’ve come across this scheme and I wonder how secure it is: Alice generates an RSA keypair (we assume Alice is using proper random ...
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Difference between Symmetric and Asymmetric. Is this answer correct, based on a written test?

I asked the following question on a final exam: Symmetric Ciphers (e.g. AES, DES, Blowfish) use up to 256 bit on the best case, which are considered strong against brute-force attacks. On ...
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what is the benefit of lcm in cryptography? [closed]

what is the benefit of lcm in cryptography? and what is the effect of lcm on public key? note * lcm = Least common multiple thanks
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rsa public and private keys

I have a question about RSA key generation. This is a simple RSA algorithm: Choose p = 3 and q = 11 Compute n = p * q = 3 * 11 = 33 Compute ?(n) = (p - 1) * (q - 1) = 2 * 10 = 20 Choose e such that ...
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Asymmetric encryptions' computational complexity [duplicate]

I need to know the computational complexity of the public key encryption (e.g. Paillier), please. (i.e.Paillier in his paper mentions that the computational complexity of most of public key ...
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Secure double encryption using CPA and CCA

Do you mind if you give me any hints, links or ideas about how to improve the security of double regular encryption and decryption, by using CPA game and CCA game, it sounds interesting question, and ...
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Corporate PKI - SHA1 deprecation [closed]

Here is the context. Suppose you have a corporate PKI with : AC_Root (offline in safe store - SHA1 signature) SubRootA ans SubrootB (offline in safe store - SHA1 signature) SubSubRootC, ...
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Cracking RSA with Small exponent 5

I have read following questions - Cracking an RSA with no padding and very small e Small Encryption Exponent where in first it says to run out all the possible m options and second says factor ...
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Generation of strong primes

It seems that this is pretty difficult to find large (above 1024 bits) strong primes, or at least such primes p where (p-1) has a very large prime factor. Is there any information regarding the ...
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Maximum length in bits of the product n=pq

If p and q are two 1024-bit prime numbers, would the maximum length in bits of product $n=pq$ be ${1024}^2$ or $2^{1024}$? I think it is ${1048576}={1024}^2$? Also, would the least significant bit ...
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RSA OAEP: prevention of partial decryption of ciphertexts

I'm trying to understand RSA encryption (as a beginner in cryptography). go on this wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimal_asymmetric_encryption_padding scroll down to the 2 numbered points: ...