# Tagged Questions

XOR, often written ⊕, is one of the basic operations on bits and bit-sequences. It is a building block of many cryptographic primitives (and some higher-level algorithms, like modes of operations).

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### What makes an open source encryption algorithm safe?

Take for example the popular AES algorithm where we have a combination of substitution, shift row, mix column, and add key steps involved in encrypting plain test. All of the mathematical operations ...
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### Reversing a known encryption algorithm (4-byte repeating key XOR)

I've been practicing for an upcoming CTF competition, and I've finally reached the cryptography stage. I'm a complete newbie in this field (my knowledge is essentially that bcrypt is awesome and md5 ...
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### What's wrong with XOR encryption with hash and an iterated salt

Suppose you'd use the following algorithm to encrypt a message Let $k$ be the key to encrypt with Let $m$ be the message to encrypt Split $m$ into groups of 512 bytes Given a hash function with ...
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### Meeting people interested in Crypto and Programing [migrated]

I have done some basic Micro controller programming in the past. I am now just starting to learn C++ and plan to move into Java and SQL eventually. I just got done reading one of Simmons books. It was ...
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### Cryptanalysis of XOR cipher with repeated key phrase

My assignment is to cryptanalyze cipher text that we know was encrypted with a stream cipher (bitwise XOR of plain text and key stream), and decrypt to plain text. We know the key stream is a repeated ...
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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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### Does sending the same message with 2 different keys in OTP leak information?

Suppose a common message ($M$) is XOR'ed with two different keys $K_1,K_2$ producing two ciphertexts $C_1,C_2$. Thus, $$M \oplus K_1 = C_1\\ M \oplus K_2 = C_2$$ On observing $C_1$ and $C_2$, an ...
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### Confusing XOR notation in textbook sample solution

I am preparing for the midterm exam in my Data Security class so I am trying to read and understand the textbook's exercise questions. The sample solution at the end the textbook makes this problem ...
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### Exploiting XOR one-time-pads with dictionary length that isn't a power of 2

I realized that if the key is chosen randomly from a range that isn't a power of 2, the one-time-pad leaks information about the plaintext. For example, if the alphabet was the first 20 naturals, ...
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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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### Key length requirement in a simple XOR implementation

I don't have much previous experience at all with cryptography, this is pretty much the first time I've tried anything similar. I'm trying to implement an extremely simple XOR encryption system in ...
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### A simple keyed message authentication code using XOR

Suppose I have a key that is at least 32 characters in length and provides at least 128-bits of entropy. If I picked from the character set of [a-hjkmnp-z2-9-], ...
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### Which protocols / file formats use CBC with a random IV and without a MAC?

Disclaimer: I am a noob so this may well be a stupid question or one that's been asked before. I didn't see it come up after searching, though, so I'm going to assume it hasn't been asked here. The ...