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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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Why has the RSA factoring challenge been withdrawn?

Wikipedia states that RSA challenge has been withdrawn. Does it mean that an efficient factoring algorithm is "just around the corner"? or are there some other reasons? If the challenge was still ...
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RSA: revealing the modulus factorization by choosing a bad message

I started reading the book Cryptanalysis of RSA and its variants by M. Jason Hinek and I stumbled upon a phrase that intrigued me: plaintext messages that are relatively prime to the modulus (i....
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Are Diffie-Hellman, RSA and other types of public key cryptography different? [duplicate]

Are these schemes fundamentally different? Are other schemes fundamentally different in the sense that you can do different operations with them (or the same operations, but needing different ...
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Do I really need to use the same private/public key pair in RSA?

So I'm making an Android application, I need my application to be only able to scan my own generated QR codes, and I want to make sure that nobody else can generate fake ones. The data isn't ...
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How do ciphers change plaintext into numeric digits for computing?

For example, in RSA, we use this for encryption: $ciphertext = (m^e \mod n)$ and for decryption. If our message is "hello world", then what number do we have to ...
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Changing plaintext for encryption in RSA [duplicate]

In the RSA crypto scheme, the message $x$ (plaintext), is encrypted to produce ciphertext ($y$), by computing $x^e \bmod n$. Of course, that means that $x$ has to be a numeric value for this to work, ...
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Is unusual (non power-of-two) RSA key size more secure?

On this blog https://blog.josefsson.org/2014/06/23/offline-gnupg-master-key-and-subkeys-on-yubikey-neo-smartcard/ there is a following sentence Generate master key Below I will use a 3744 bit ...
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Why are asymmetric keys represented as base 64? [on hold]

When one generates a public and private key with say a total of 4096 bits, why does the program output what I assume to be base 64 instead of base 10 or binary?
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Can I remove newlines in a public key?

Can I remove new lines from the RSA public key file to get a one line string? So the question is if the key looks like this AAA BBB CCC or ...
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Timing attack on RSA as used by CryptoLocker?

So far I have researched timing attacks on RSA, We all know the ransomware named CryptoLocker uses RSA 2048 bit encryption. Now, is it possible to break the encryption using a timing attack. I have ...
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Is solving $m^3 = k*n + c$ hard?

Given the equation $$m^3 = k\cdot n + c$$ I know $n$ and $c$, and I need to find $k$, so that $m$ is a natural number. $n$ and $c$ are large numbers, so i can't use bruteforce. How can you find a ...
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Is this RSA signing and verification process secure?

I need to verify that messages in a communications program are from valid senders. Below is a highlevel outline of how I think the process would work. The connections themselves are done over TLS. The ...
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Can I calculate $d$ given only RSA’s $c$, $n$ and $e$?

The question “Calculating RSA private exponent when given public exponent and the modulus factors using extended euclid” assumes the factors are known. This got me wondering if it is possible to ...
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Extra attributes in a certificate signing request

When creating a certificate signing request, there is a part where openssl says "Please enter the following extra attributes to be sent with your certificate request". One of these is a challenge ...
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Can MGF1 within OAEP and PSS be replaced by a XOF?

Do we still need MGF1 as used in the PKCS#1 v2.x specifications for SHA-3 hash functions? MGF1 is currently used for OAEP and PSS as Mask Generation Function. Now that the SHA-3 specification contains ...
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When would I need DSA as opposed to RSA for digital signature?

The digital signature algorithm encrypts a hash using the senders private key and the receiver's public key. This multiple encryption is a pretty expensive process since public key encryption is so ...
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In PKCS#1 V2.2, should MGF be based on the same hash function that RSA-OAEP-ENCRYPT uses?

In Section 7.1.1 of PKCS#1 v2.2 there are two options for RSAES-OAEP-Encrypt given: Hash MGF Appendix B.2.1 of the same document states that MGF1 is based on a hash function. Is MGF1 based on the ...
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Are public key and private key exchangeable? [duplicate]

If I get a key pair from RSA algorithm, can I make Private-Key public, and keep Public-Key secret without breaking the security of encryption and signature?