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AES-128 with weak key

Doing malware research (simple crypto locker) I found out that it uses AES-128 with weak key - every one of the sixteen bytes is represented by (a-z,A-Z,0-9). Thus simple brute-force attack should ...
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Understanding Pseudo Random Generators

I've been taking a crypto course online. I have a good idea how PRG's and Stream Ciphers work, but I'd love to get some input to help visualize what is actually happening. I understand a seed is used, ...
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Strong key generation using PBKDF

I know that PBKDF2 is very useful for generating strong keys. I'm trying to know is there any additional contribution of the given password to produce even stronger keys. Which key is more secure: ...
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Trapdoors for lattices

I refer to an article https://eprint.iacr.org/2011/501. I focus on (a bit modified) Algorithm 1 which runs as follows (in my understanding): For given $n, m\in \mathbb N$, $q=2^k$ and a distribution $\...
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Isn't a simple Vernam cipher as secure as known symmetric key algorithms?

I have just read little about the Vernam cipher and the problems of implementing it. But, in practice, would not the key, if generated by a commonly used programming language's ...
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Is this correct way to generate stream cipher using AES CTR mode?

We are implementing searchable encryption techniques proposed by Song et al in Java for a paper[1]. The schemes need a Stream Cipher for achieving search over encrypted data. The stream of random bits ...
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Hill Cipher question

Recently, I was given three ciphers to crack for my cryptography class. At this point, I have guessed that one of them is likely a Hill cipher (probably 3x3, as that is the most complex we have done ...
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One Way function and Merkle Damgård

Is it possible keep the "one wayness property" of certain one way function in Merkle-Damgård construction? I'm asking this question because according to Collision-Resistant hashing: Towards making ...
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Variants of AES? [closed]

Would variants of AES provide the same level of security as AES, say by just replacing the S-box with another one, MDS matrix of Mixcolumn, etc.?
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Parallel variant of Carter-Wegman MAC with incremental property

Is there any variant of the Carter-Wegman MAC algorithm that is fast, parallel and has the property of incremental crypto?
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public key delivery without third party

I am currently working on an anonymous P2P file sharing application and I am elaborating some already existing solutions. Some of them allegedly provide point-to-point encryption using RSA public/...
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Verification of signed message with encryption

I have a question about the message that is being encrypted and signed. Say, two users called Tom and Mary, both have a pair of private key and public key. Tom sends a message through a system that ...
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Size of Fresh Ciphertext's Noise in FHE over the integers

I'm studying FHE over the Integer which is https://eprint.iacr.org/2009/616.pdf In the remark 3.4, it says that the fresh ciphertexts have noise at most $2^{\rho'+2}$. I don't know why that ...
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Secure MultiParty Computation with secret inputs for secret outputs

I want to know if it’s possible to use a SMPC (Secure Multi-Party Computation) to have $N$ entities compute the outcome of a known mathematical operation with two or more secret inputs, where each ...
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Encrypted files in an encrypted partition or folder

Recently I started wondering about multiple encryption and found pages upon pages of posts and debates about the security of cascades. Now, don’t worry – I'm not looking for someone to discuss a ...
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Secure way to store fixed size string of digits

I need to store a string of digits (0-9) of a fixed size in my database securely. I've already performed a rainbow table attack on a plain hash, and it broke it in a matter of seconds. One option I ...
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Use AES-256 Or AES-CTR-256 For One Block?

I am have one block of data to encrypt that is 32-bytes long. Is it better to use the AES-256 primitive for this single block (not a stream) or AES-256-CTR, and also would there be any cons or pros to ...
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AES-CTR-256 Sub Keys With Encrypted Sub Key Index

I was working with some encryption and I decided to put a spin. To preface this would be used to encrypt multiple files. You start with a key file generated from random data. For example you could ...
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How secure is using a pad (using xor) on a encrypted data, for the purpose of obfuscating/hiding the underlying encryption?

Edit: I know this isn't really a one time pad (as pointed out), though I don't really know what to call it aside from just a pad, I guess. I have been reading around (mostly various stackexchange ...
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Generalized Merkle Signatures, SHA-3 and Sakura

Sakura specifies a tree hash mode for e.g. Keccak (SHA-3). Are there any reasons to use the Sakura tree hash mode in a Generalized Merkle Signature Scheme? It seems to me Sakura primarily solves a ...
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How to find which padding method is used in Block cipher(AES) encyption?

I have a cipher text which is encrypted using AES128 Algorithm. I want to know the following things to decrypt the cipher. IV (Initialization Vector) Padding Method Encryption Key How do I find ...
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mixing two asymmetrical random number generator streams

Knuth describes in "the art of computer programming part 2" an algorithm called "M" for mixing two streams of random numbers. This can be used to mix random number streams giving the assurance that ...
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Is jacobian to projective conversion unique?

I am doing a small project in ECC. I have used the following equation for converting Projective to Jacobian coordinates: $$D = AC\\ E = BC^{2}\\ F = C$$ and also the following equation to convert ...
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Calculating IHVs from known message and hash output

Here is a somewhat silly and atypical problem I am currently facing. Usually, when it comes to hashes, one is bothered with finding collisions and preimages. My problem is, I need to find the IHV used ...
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Simplification of a pairing

The paper Expressive, Efficient, and Revocable Data Access Control for Multi-Authority Cloud Storage contains the following simplification: $$e(C_i,\text{GPK}_{uid})\cdot e(D_i, K_{\rho(i),uid})\...
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Is a keyed PRF a MAC?

I remember I read that a MAC can be considered as a PRF. Can a variable-length input keyed-PRF be considered as a MAC?
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Public Key Cryptography: Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

Please watch this video it's very short. If you already know cryptography and really good at it please start from 3:51. I didn't understand the step at 4:39, can someone here to explain? Why is $16^...
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LFSR Output Sampling for Berlekamp-Massey

Looking at the use of Linear Feedback Shift Registers in cryptographic algorithms, I have learned that the Berlekamp-Massey algorithm can be used to find the (shortest) LFSR that generates a given ...
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Is HMAC padding the same as bcrypt?

I have been watching Christof Paar on his YouTube lectures also I used bcrypt to store two passwords with salts and I find that I have a few questions. I am interested in what bcrypt does to the ...
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Comparing two values without revealing them

Suppose Alice wants to prove to Bob that t1 is less than t2. t1 and ...
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Encryption of log files

I'd like to encrypt the contents of a log file that my application writes. The log system has the following characteristics: The file format is binary. Log files are left open while the application ...
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Pailler and Gentry - homomorphic encryption

Paillier cryptosystem is a probabilistic asymmetric algorithm for public key cryptography. Doesn't homomorphic encryption schemes have regular effects on the plaintext, and does that mean Pailliers ...
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What's the advantage of using OFB/CFB/CTR modes over a stream cipher

As far as I understand: The primary disadvantage associated with stream ciphers is the need for a random and unique key for each run in order to protect against reused-key attacks. OFB/CFB/CTR block ...
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Encryption and HMAC key derivation

I'm deriving keys from a user-supplied passphrase for symmetric encryption using AES-256 in CBC mode with a HMAC for authenticity/integrity. My key derivation function currently looks like this: ...
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Understanding math behind RSA key derivation [duplicate]

I was reading through the key derivation for RSA. Here are the steps per wiki - Select strong primes $p$ and $q$ such that $pq = n$ $\phi(n)$ = $(p-1)(q-1)$ select $e$ such that $e$ and $\phi(n)$ ...
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How do P2P clients like uTorrent maintain authenticity of files?

I am very new to concepts of cryptography so bear with me and feel free to fill in any information that may seem obvious but something you think someone may not know. At first I was under impression ...
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Simple way to extend AES to 256-bit block size

What is the best way to use standard AES with a 128-bit block size to act as a 256-bit block cipher? I am aware of CMC and EME which seem to serve this purpose, but they seem to be more complicated ...
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Is concatenated data hashed with scrypt vulunarable to a length extension attack?

scrypt takes a salt, and a password plus some cost paramters to generate a key. So say we define it as this: key = scrypt(password, salt, cost) I am interested ...
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Is it possible to combine two operations rotation and xor?

I can see many xor and rotation operations in cryptography. I just want to make some algorithms fast. So, I'm looking for a way to combine between xor rotation operations. I don't know if it is ...
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Shamir's Secret Sharing of modular inverse

Given a secret $K \bmod q$ which is shared among entities $E_1,…,E_n$ using polynomial Shamir's Secret Sharing, how can the inverse of $k$ be shared without revealing $k$ and $k^{-1}$?
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Is the CONF key sharing Problem equivalent to discrete log problem?

If there a proof in the literature which says the CONF Problem is equivalent to solving the discrete log ? Let $g$ be a generator of a cyclic group $\mathbb{G}$ of prime order $q$ CONF problem: ...
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How can I validate my implementation of Ansi 9.19?

I implemented an Ansi 9.19 mac generator in java, but now I don't know how to validate its functionality. I couldn't find any sample of a {plain text,key,mac} on the internet, and I want to know if ...
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Schnorr Identification protocol sometimes wrong?

I'm implementing the Schnorr Identification protocol as part of a larger protocol. In a large percentage of cases, around 20%, my test fails. I don't think it's a code problem, although possible, but ...
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How to specify a NIST SP 800-108 KBKDF

Strange question maybe, but say I want to specify a protocol that complies with NIST SP 800-108. This lists a whole set of key based key derivation functions, with a very loose set of parameters. How ...
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Can I publish the accumulator trapdoor and still keep it secure?

I'm implementing the Camenish-Lysyanskaya dynamic accumulator. It seems to me that the accumulator is provably secure because the trapdoor is unknown to the attacker. The risks should be the fact ...
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difference between leveled FHE and normal FHE scheme

What is/are difference/s between leveled Fully Homomorphic Encryption and normal Fully Homomorphic Encryption?
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Frequency analysis of transposition ciphers

Can we do frequency analysis of transposition ciphers? If yes, please tell me the procedure and I would be happy if you provide me with some links related to it. I heard that it can be done using bi-...
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ECDSA Public Key generation

Referring to both Wikipedia page and ECDSA-cert paper I can understand that, given $\mathcal{E} = \mathcal{E}(a,\,b,\,\mathbb{F}_{2^m})$ as our elliptic curve on $\mathbb{F}_{2^m}$ group $G \in ...
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SSL-like protocol with public-key hard-coded in the client

Imagine a SSL-like protocol that instead of using certificates signed by a trusted CA, has the server's public key hard-coded in the client. My question is: what happens if the server's private key is ...
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Why does HMAC need a fixed length padding?

As everybody knows in order to calculate HMAC we have to concatenate padding to the message. I am just curious why the padding needs to be fixed-length. Why do we need the blocksize parameter here? ...

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