# Tagged Questions

an asymmetric (e.g. public-key) cryptosystem, based on modular exponentiation with big exponents and modulus. RSA can be used both for signature and encryption.

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### What's the best way to pad a message?

Currently my padding is adding a string of random characters $l(N)/3 - (l(M) + 1)$ Long and just adding it to the messages, is this sufficient? $l(x)$ = length of a variable
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### Finding d given everything else in RSA [duplicate]

I've got everything else (e, p, q, phi(n), n), but cannot see a way to figure out what d should be. P and q are both 300 digits, so phi(n) and n are about 600 digits, but e is only 5 digits. I do ...
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### Signing MD5 hashes with RSA? [duplicate]

Lets say I need to update a project and allow anyone to distribute the updates, however I need it to be secure, so I hash the data and sign the hash, this project uses MD5. How likely would it be ...
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### Proper forward secrecy [closed]

Currently I have a protocol using a simple RSA to AES handshake. I have been reading more and more and would like to implement proper forward secrecy, but at the same time I'd like to improve the ...
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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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### Selective and existential unforgability of signature schemes

I understand that one can define EUF-CMA of a signature scheme is terms of a game where the adversary is allowed to query signatures on messages of his choosing, and at the end of the game he must ...
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### What are the minimum constraints on RSA parameters and why?

The RSA cryptosystem only works if certain constraints are applied to its input parameters. Some of those constraints are made to make it "hard" to determine the private key whereas other constraints ...
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### Anonymity problem after voting with blind signatures

In a distributed voting system (all the messages are public, but signed and maybe encrypted/blinded), having: $d$, $e$, $N$ — registrar key params $m$ — msg $r$ — random blinding factor $m'$ —...
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### “Prime conspiracy”'s effect on cryptography [duplicate]

Recent news reported about the discovery of a "Prime Conspiracy" which can be read about here. In summary, researchers have discovered that the last digit of prime numbers have a greater ...
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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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### Why do we need Euler's totient function $\varphi(N)$ in RSA?

After we calculated $N = p * q$, we calculate $\varphi(N)$ and use it later to determine $e$ (PR) and $d$ (PU). But why? For decryption and encryption we only use $N$ and don't need $\varphi(N)$. So ...
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### How do I attack an RSA setup where e is even?

As a challenge, we were shown an RSA setup where we have a big $n$ (617 decimal digits), $e=4$, and asked to recover three messages. (However, the messages are padded to the same length as the key ...
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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 ...
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### Given enough RSA ciphertext, is it possible to determine which key was used?

Given enough RSA ciphertext, is it possible to determine which public key was used to generate the ciphertext? Presume an unknown public key that was used to generate RSA ciphertext, and we have ...
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### how is the rsa $publickey(n ,e)$ transformed into a textfile allowing its public distribtution?

wikipedia says about the keys itself: The public key consists of the modulus n and the public (or encryption) exponent e. The private key consists of the modulus n and the private (or ...
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### Is it okay to use a variable-time RSA implementation to verify TLS certificates?

RSA as implemented by OpenSSL et al. needs to protect against side channel attacks, at a big performance penalty. However, TLS certificate validation involves no secrets. Therefore, I should be able ...
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### Implementing RSA with small integers in CUDA

I have found some researches dedicated for speeding-up RSA calculations using CUDA. But I am wondering how they do that, given that the biggest unsigned int that could be declared in CUDA is 64 bit. ...
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### How does the math part of RSA work? [duplicate]

I understand the theoretical part of RSA (the concept of public and private keys), but I don't understand the mathematical part. Can anyone please explain it to me in simple terms? Thanks.
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### Cube-Root attack - RSA with low exponent

I have this RSA public key ...
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### Really simple RSA style public private key generator

I am giving a talk to high school students and would love to do a real life encryption/decryption demonstration. I am not too familiar with the maths but is it possible to create like a 5-10 bit ...
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### Is sharing the RSA public key secure?

I am trying to understand how RSA public key cryptography works. I have the following questions: Are any attacks / compromises possible if a server sends its public key $(n,e)$ in the clear to a ...
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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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### What is the importance of 1 < d < φ(n) and 0 ≤ m < n in RSA?

I'm a first year Maths undergraduate and we have recently gone onto RSA. I understand the majority of the algorithm using Fermat's Theorem etc. From the algorithm stated on Wikipedia: 4) Choose ...
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### Does RSA have two trapdoors?

I watched some videos from Khan Academy explaining the algorithm for RSA encryption/decryption. They explained that there are two trapdoors, modular exponentiation being one and prime factorization ...
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### How to check that you got the right key when brute forcing an encryption?

How do you know when you have the right key when brute-forcing? Let's say that they test the right key. They then have to check that the decrypted text makes sense. To do so, they can test whether ...
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### How to decrypt RSA if ciphertext is less than the modulus and e=3?

I'm given a public key. Using openssl rsa ..... I got the public key has the exponent as 3. When I calculated the size of the ciphertext, it is 8 bits smaller than the 2048-bit modulus. How can I ...
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### Is there any reason to use RSA or DSA when we have ECC?

I am having trouble coming up with a use case for RSA or DSA. It appears that ECC is better in every way. Is this true? I am looking for cases where RSA/DSA is superior to ECC, not where it is used ...
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### Is RSA safe anymore? [duplicate]

Some people may have heard of Shor's algorithm. It allows for integer factorization on a quantum computer. This wasn't a problem a little while ago since we didn't have any quantum computers. Google ...
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### Key sizes for RSA over elliptic curves

I know that it is possible to define RSA over elliptic curves just as DSA and Diffie-Hellman have been. I know that it doesn't offer much of a speed advantage, but does it at least reduce the size of ...
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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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### Can RSA (theoretically) be used as a block cipher?

Assume AES gets a devastating attack making it unusable. Is it possible to use RSA in a secure way that can encrypt data in bulk? I can't see how RSA (assuming OAEP padding) can be used in normal ...
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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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### Why are recomended RSA key lengths so high? [duplicate]

I was checking for authoritative sources to back up my recommendation of a minimum RSA key length of 1024 and was shocked to find that NIST 800-56Br1 and FIPS 186-4 both recommend at least 2048 bits ...
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### RSA : Double-Encryption and order of Encryption

I'm studying cryptography and we're looking at RSA. We're required to do a double encryption from Alice to Bob and then Bob back to Alice. We've been told the order of encryption is important and it ...
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### What is the typical block size in RSA?

If the input text is divided into a fixed block size for encryption and decryption, what could be the typical block size for RSA algorithm for different size of input like 8 MB, 16 MB, 126 MB and 256 ...
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### Why is AES-128 considered secure while RSA needs a 1024-bit size to be considered secure [duplicate]

I got asked this question today and I didn't know the answer, AES-128 is considered secure, the key size is 2^128, so you would need in average 2^127 tries to break the key. Why does RSA need at least ...
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### RSA private key finding method

Bob uses RSA with $p=83$ and $q=103$. His public key is $e=445$. Alice claims that she can calculate Bob's private key without using the definition $d=e^{−1}\bmod φ(n)$? But how?
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### RSA PKCS#1, v1.5 padding output

If I make use of RSA PKCS#1 in v1.5 what padding length is used. Basically, it is not allowed that the plaintext is bigger than the modulus. But what if the length in bits is the same (padding to ...
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### How to encrypt incomplete block with RSA as a block cipher?

I have a question about an RSA academic example. If we are using block-RSA with a block-size of 3 and we have this message: "android". It is broken into 'and', 'roi', 'd'. How to encrypt the last ...
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### Common Modulus Attack not reproducible

I want to calculate a simple example of the RSA common modulus attack. However, the result is not correct and I do not find my mistake. p=$29, q=37, n=p*q = 1073, \phi(n) = 1008, e1 = 5, e2 = 11$ ...
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### How to determine RSA block size for decryption

A message coded with RSA is broken up into blocks, then padded/transformed prior to encryption via modular exponentiation with the public key. However, the encryption result for each block is not ...
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### RSA algorithm private key extraction

Decrypting messages can be done by using the following formula: $$M = C^d \mod n$$ Where $M$ is the decrypted message, $C$ is the encrypted message and $d$ is the private key Theoretically speaking,...
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### RSA numerical questions

Let $n$ be the modular arithmetic, $p$ and $q$ the two large primes such that $n=p*q$ and $e$ the public exponent. Here they are two "simple" numerical questions: If $p = 13$ and $q = 17$, what is ...
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### RSA-OAEP: How does it work?

I was looking at this image about OAEP: ..and was wondering what was happening here. We have a data block DB which consists of: ...
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### Is this a good communication scheme?

I'm writing a wrapper for a chat program to allow for end-to-end encryption. I'm using Python and PyCrypto to accomplish this. I'd like to use a well known library to do this, but to my knowledge, ...
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### How can a message encrypted with the public key be decrypted with the private key? [duplicate]

I've been reading about encryption and have a basic understanding of the concept. What I don't understand, however, is how a calculation with one key can result in a number that, through calculation ...
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### How to attack RSA-CRT with large public exponent?

Suppose we have $(n,e)$ and the ciphertext $c$ where the public exponent $e$ is of the same length, 1023-bit, as the modulus $n$. It is also assumed that the factors of $n$ are balanced. The message ...
I'm studying for a cryto exam and have run across this question which has stumped me. What is wrong in the following algorithm for computing a hash function? Take a message $M$, generate a random ...