A stream cipher is an encryption algorithm which encrypts arbitrary length plaintext, using a key. Some stream ciphers generate a keystream from only the key, which is then XOR-combined with the plain text, others feed back plaintext or ciphertext into the algorithm to create the keystream.

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Encrypt-then-MAC when encrypting data in multiple blocks

Given a stream cipher such as ChaCha20 and a MAC such as Poly1305, how do we handle data that comes in chunks in the encrypt-then-MAC scheme ? For example, the plaintext is 530 bytes long. We read ...
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What does Video Encryption Algorithm really do? [closed]

So I read some paper suggesting video encryption algorithm (VEA) for encrypting video like MPEG, but when I google it, it only shows how it works in general, no mention about how it gets the key to ...
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Documents about ZUC

ZUC is a function that converts a string to another string. However, unlike a Hash function, ZUC converts a certain-length string to a any-length string. Can someone point me to its documentation or ...
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Why would a 3DES key decrypt one block, but not the next?

I'm trying to crack an encrypted data stream. It appears to be using a 64-bit 3DES key (as written in the application logs), and in fact using that key does correctly decrypt the first 64-bit packet ...
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Can the weak states in ISAAC be used for an attack?

Can these weak states in ISAAC be used for an attack? They have some of the 256 words equal to each other. There are a lot of them, but the weakest are rare and most of the biases (all of them for ...
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How distinct are the meanings of the terms “CSPRNG,” “DRBG” and “stream cipher”?

Are there universal, consensus definitions for the following terms? Cryptographically secure pseudo-random number generator ("CSPRNG") Deterministic random bit generator ("DRBG") Stream cipher ...
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Synchronous Stream Cipher Problem

Hello I am facing a problem trying to solve this question in the picture. Does anyone know how to produce the mentioned 32-bits of the key stream? The plaintext in this case is ...
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Would A5/1 with a much larger state be a good choice of stream cipher for hardware?

Would A5/1 with a much larger state be a good choice of stream cipher for hardware? Assume that a reasonable choice of MAC is made such as GMAC, with the first 128 bits of the stream cipher output ...
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Is AES-CTR or ChaCha20 vulnerable to a time-memory trade off?

Is AES-CTR or ChaCha20 vulnerable to a time-memory trade-off attack? According to this paper it seems to be, which would put AES-CTR at a clearly breakable $2^{64}$ security level (for AES-128-CTR). ...
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Multiplexed stream cipher

Consider the stream cipher that consists of 3 LFSRs, with the output of one coming being used to determine which of the other 2 is used that clock cycle. Both the IV and the polynomials are secret. ...
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File using same key on XOR cipher. Using CBC [closed]

I have some files that are encrypted using an unknown key and it's using the CBC method to encrypt the files. When I XOR two files together the first two bytes are always the same, but different for ...
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How secure is $\operatorname{AES256}_{\operatorname{ECB}}(\operatorname{ChaCha20}(\text{plaintext}))$?

Suppose I encrypt a bytestream using ChaCha20, and then encrypt the resulting ciphertext using AES in ECB mode. How secure is the combination?
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Is there any IND-CPA secure stream cipher with a “standard” hardness assumption?

I've read our recent question: "One-time pad using RSA and Diffie-Hellman functions" which asks about the security of a particular way to convert RSA and discrete exponentiation into a stream cipher. ...
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Possible problems in using a hash algorithm to construct a stream cipher

I'll define an example hash-based stream cipher as such: $H: \{0,1\}^* \rightarrow \{0,1\}^{256}$ is the hash function. $K=\{0,1\}^{256}$ is the secret key. $N=\{0,1\}^{128}$ is the nonce. ...
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How to provide mathematical proof of the security of a stream cipher against known attacks?

Suppose a person has invented a stream cipher and he/she wants to get it published. I have a few questions: In addition to providing detailed description of the algorithm, how would he/she give ...
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Can an analog of ChaCha with 64-bit words be defined, and would it be secure?

Blake2b has a lightning fast compression function with more-than-overkill security even against quantum attacks. It seems to be based on ChaCha, but with 64-bit words and different rotation ...
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How many bits of plaintext are required to verify a stream cipher key?

If a stream cipher has an $n$-bit internal state, how many bits of known plaintext are required to confirm that particular key is the key? I believe that the answer is at least $n$-bit's of ...
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Reykeyed AES in CTR mode as a stream cipher

Suppose one uses AES in CTR mode to generate a keystream, but every $l$ bytes the $n$ bits that would follow are used as a new AES key. Assuming that AES is a secure PRP: Is this a secure stream ...
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How would the opponent defraud this secure communication?

I am new in the cryptography and the information security problems, I try to understand things as much as I can and I know it's really complicated in the beginning. Considering the communication ...
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Does a stream cipher provide perfect secrecy?

From WAR10CK here: If I actually do create a machine using RC4 or AES-CTR and have a TRNG continually feed it a constant steady stream of random bits. Provided that the stream of bits is purged ...
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How does the speed of fast stream ciphers compare to non-cryptographic PRNGs?

Modern stream ciphers are so fast that I am wondering if they are good choices for non-cryptographic applications. Specifically, I am wondering how much slower optimized ChaCha8 or ...
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Does XChaCha20 exist with similar properties to XSalsa20?

Does XChaCha20 (built from ChaCha20 just like XSalsa20 is built from Salsa20) exist and have XSalsa20's desirable properties?
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Generally accepted algorithm for two-pass, misuse-resistant AEAD that is efficient in software

I would like to know what the standard is for two-pass, nonce-misuse-resistant AEAD that is efficient in software. Thus, AES-SIV is excluded; modes based on a stream cipher like ChaCha20 are ...
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Misuse-resistant authenticated encryption based on SHA-3/Blake2b and AES-CTR/ChaCha20

I am wondering if the following is a useful misuse-resistant authenticated encryption scheme: Parameters (shared by many users): Choose a hash function $H$, such as Blake2 or Keccak. SHA2 could ...
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Hardware optimized stream ciphers?

As I understand it, ChaCha20 is slower than AES-CTR in hardware. Are there any hardware-optimized stream ciphers?
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Attacks on MICKEY 2.0 Stream Cipher

I would like to know if there are any known attacks, besides from side-channel attacks (differential fault attack, correlation power analysis, template attack), against MICKEY 2.0 or MICKEY-128 2.0. ...
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Can the backdoor in Dual_EC_DRBG be used to create a public key stream cipher?

Dual_EC_DRBG has the property that if $Q = e\cdot P$, someone who knows $e$ can break the PRNG. This seems to lead to a public-key stream cipher: Alice chooses a random $P, e$, where $P$ is a ...
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Classification of a stream cipher

How would one classify a stream cipher that is neither synchronous, nor self synchronizing? I would have thought asynchronous, but from all the sources I can find, asynchronous is synonymous with ...
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Any stream cipher with avalanche effect?

As far as I know, all stream ciphers work by generating a stream of pseudo random bytes, and XOR it with the plain text to get the cipher text. It has the property that one bit change in the cipher ...
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Are there known practical attacks on RC4-dropN? [duplicate]

RC4 is known to leak information about the first few bytes of the ciphertext due to keystream biases. However, are there known attacks on RC4-drop[N] where N is large enough, that leak information ...
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Can somebody help me understand RC4 Spritz? (Three Questions)

So ever since I first took a stab at understanding stream Ciphers, not one stood out more than RC4, because it's so fantastically simple. As most people reading this will know, with its fantastic ...
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Do we have anyway of knowing if avoiding self-permutation in RC4 makes it any stronger?

OK, so lots of questions get asked about RC4 but I want to make mine specific and hopefully answerable. RC4 Design as I'm sure anyone reading this knows, uses self permutation in stage 1 of the KSA. ...
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Hash functions vs Stream Ciphers in terms of Speed

We know that it's possible to create a hash using a stream cipher (for instance, RC4 or AES in Counter Mode). As stated here: "A Pseudo Random Generator (PRG) and a hash function are both Pseudo ...
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Why do stream ciphers use a nonce?

My question maybe will be stupid, but my problem is that I do not understand why stream ciphers need a key and also a nonce. As far as I understand, the keystream is generated with the nonce. The same ...
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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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How to use a stream cipher to sign a message?

Are there known constructions which allow to sign a message M (let's say it will be sent as clear text) using a stream cipher C and a symmetric secret key K? So, we have M, C, K and we want to send ...
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References for combining LFSRs with different lengths and taps? [closed]

I started learning streams ciphers with the use of LFSRs. Therefore, I tried to simulate what I am learning in a C sourcecode, which combines three registers and ...
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Is it interesting to design stream ciphers parametrized by a CSPRNG?

Would it be interesting to have new stream ciphers whose design is parametrized by a CSPRNG? I.e. to instantiate the stream cipher, you just have to select and plug in any CSPRNG of your choice.
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Why are there so many stream ciphers out there and even ongoing research?

What make them better than OTP using a CSPRNG initialized with a secret key?
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How to clock a linear feedback shift register?

I have some trouble understanding what happens when a LFSR is clocked. I have tried many examples but I do not get the correct result. Can anyone point out my errors? I have the following polynomial: ...
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Stream Ciphers and cycling questions

For all PRNGs (including CSPRNGs) lets say there is a sequence x, y, z, then when the PRNG cycles back to x, then the sequence following it will be exactly the same as before. Is this true for all ...
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Is this distributed OTP scheme secure?

This is for a distributed system: we don't want to have to maintain synchronization of random streams neither enforce uniqueness of pads because this would require some synchronization. Alice and Bob ...
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What is the significance of the Period of a Steam Cipher [duplicate]

If we only know the period of a Stream Cipher, let's say 150-200 bit in length, how can we use this information to attack a stream cipher? Taking a look at this link, What is the period of a cipher? ...
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What do we need to know in terms of plaintext/ciphertext, and how can we decrypt all ciphertext? [duplicate]

Let's say we have a cipher stream that we know has a period of 150-200bit in length. We don't know anything else about the stream cipher. If we wanted to decrypt all cipher text, what else do we ...
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Symmetric stream cipher, is it known?

I am thinking on a simple symmetric stream cipher. My first idea is the following: The key is a set of array of random bytes ($\underline{k}_1$ ... $\underline{k}_n$), whose length is $l_1$, $l_2$, ...
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How to propagate error in variable-sized message?

I want to design a scheme to encrypt a variable-length message with a secret key, to provide confidentiality. The message is a short human-readable text string with byte granularity, let's say under ...
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Question about the key in RC4

I am planning to develop a more secure version of the RC4 algorithm. Since I´m not an encryption expert, I´ld like you to help me find answers to the following questions: Does the value of the key ...
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Are all stream-ciphers IND-CPA?

A stream cipher usually generates a stream of pseudo-random bits which get XORed with the plaintext to form the ciphertext. The stream is generated using a given IV / nonce and a secret key. CTR-mode ...
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Dan Boneh's Cryptography lecture - problem with 802.11b

I am going through Dan Boneh's Cyprography lectures on Coursera. In Lecture 6 https://class.coursera.org/crypto-010/lecture/6 At 7:30 minutes, he discusses the problems with 802.11b design. I ...
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what are the most common stream ciphers algorithms? [closed]

say that we have an unknown stream cipher which output bytes and which have more than 10 years of existence. What can be the most probable algorithms if we consider the most 'populars' stream cipher ...