# All Questions

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### Is this scheme a provably fair random number generation?

I have thought up a method for generating random numbers between a client and a server which I hope is fair: The client and server decide on a range in advance, $0$ trough $n-1$. The server ...
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### Is this how padding can work?

So for block ciphers you need a fixed size block. If the plaintext length is not a multiple of the block length then you need to pad it. One way you could do this is that for the last block you just ...
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### fixing WEP by treating all messages as one long stream

in the course of introduction to cryptography on coursera professor suggested treating all messages as a long stream XORing them with the key this way we will not need to change the key and will not ...
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### Are mouse movement coordinates useful as a seed for a RNG?

Is it good to use a mouse movement as a 64-bit random seed for a Pseudorandom Generator like AES in Counter Mode? Should I only need to get the X and Y coordinates of the mouse movement?
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### Cryptographical formalization of computational privacy

Yesteryears problems of communication privacy has been well defined in cryptography through Asymmetric cryptography. Due to rise in Cloud computational model , computational heavy tasks are being ...
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### Which is the most secure steganography technique? [closed]

Just like we have AES in crypotography, which is the most secure technique in Steganography? I am looking for a technique in which the standard image characteristic modifications it does go ...
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### Encryption of exe file

I recently started learning cryptography. I have learned some basic stuff. I'm also started learning about pc security, so I was wondering how do hackers use cryptography for bypassing antivirus ...
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### Why are RSA ciphertexts different for the same plaintext?

I am using SpongyCastle for a project in android. I have used RSA to encrypt the data and then decrypt it in another activity, the keys are stored in the shared preferences. I discovered a thing I ...
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### PQ Key Exchange based on Elliptic Curve Isogenies

I was reading the Wikipedia article on Post Quantum Cryptography and was interested in opinions as to whether the Supersingular Elliptic Curve Isogeny Diffie-Hellman listed there would be a good Post ...
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### what is recommended x length in Diffie Hellman algorithm

According to rfc documents http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2412#appendix-E.2 & http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3526#section-3, it has defined the prime and the ...
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### Pailler encryption of small integers to 32-bit integers

I want to encrypt very small integers in the range 0-44 using the Paillier cryptosystem. Is there a way to select p, ...
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### Can I use the output from a DRBG directly as K for AES, or do I need to use a key generator algorithm?

NIST has 3 validated "Recommendation for Random Number Generation Using Deterministic Random Bit Generators" (DRBG's) that are based on NIST SP 800-90A: Hash_DRBG (based on hash functions) ...
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I have a question about decryption. Let's say I have a bunch of files that are encrypted. Someone gains access to those files, and finds out that he already has one of them, unencrypted. My question ...
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### Integrity compromised - HASH modified

As we are all aware that HASHing is user to verify integrity in cryptography. I have a query about hashing. Suppose a man in the middle attacker manipulates the data and creates new HASH (by running ...
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### Choosing finite field size in Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme

The Wikipedia article on Shamir's Secret Sharing says to that to have information theoretical security the splitting algorithm should be evaluated using finite field arithmetic on the field ...
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### Cryptography system by combining a block cipher and a stream cipher

I have to come up with a design for a cryptography system by combining a block cipher and a stream cipher. I can't seem to come up with anything on my own. Can someone point me in the right direction ...
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### ECDSA for encryption

ECDSA keys are much shorter than RSA keys, but typically only used for signing, not encryption. Is there an accepted way of doing this? (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=196378.0 ...
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### Why are twofish or other algorithms not NIST approved, are they still safe?

NIST has a total of 3 approved block ciphers on their website: AES, TDES and skipjack. I get why those are on there (though personally I find TDES a bit iffy) but from my understanding Twofish and ...
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### AES ECB experiment

Generally speaking, ECB mode shouldn't be used. ECB seems to be more of a basic building block than anything else. Because I thought it would be interesting to experiment with encryption (this method ...
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### What prime lengths are used for RSA?

Let's assume we have an RSA 2048 that was produced by two primes multiplication. What is the digit's difference in those 2 factors? For example one prime is 1024 digits and second one 1024 or, one is ...
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### Check if this cryptosystem is safe

Let $G$ be any group where group operations, as well as finding the inverse of an element, can be performed quickly, but the discrete log problem is difficult. Consider the following cryptosystem: ...
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### Generation of a cyclic group of prime order

I am trying to implement a cyclic group generator in Java, but I am running into some issues. In many cryptosystems, the following phrase is expressed during the key generation stage. Let G be ...
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### Sophie Germain primes and safe primes

I am trying to find a list or table of safe prime numbers i.e. the ones that are based on the Sophie Germain primes i.e. $N = 2p + 1$ where $p$ is also prime. All I found till now is this database. ...
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### Analyzing security flaws of cipher

I know using homebrew encryption can be very dangerous as it is very likely to have many flaws in its design. The following concept is just for learning purpose in case anybody is getting red flags ...
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### Voting system validation

I'm developing an application to run elections. A voting system. I would like to give the ability to the voters to check later if their vote were correct computed/casted. assumptions: each user has ...
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### Availability of a simple limited PRNG algorithm

I am in need of a really simple limited PRNG, that either exists or can easily be created in virtually any language on any platform. It takes only the initial seed, and is only expected to generate a ...
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### DHE key exchange. Is it really secure?

Context I recently came across a video on the net showing the process of key exchange in Diffie Hellmann. Alice and Bob want to communicate. Eve is the (wo)man in the middle. This video is the ...
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### When homomorphic encryption goes wrong?

Consider I have two ciphertext $c_1$ and $c_2$ encrypted using RSA encryption. By definition if I multiply them I'd get $c_1.c_2 \ modN$. My question is what would happen if $c_1.c_2 >N$. Can we ...
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### Implementing a web app where the server cannot decrypt its own data?

I'm a cryptography novice, but I think that the world needs to move towards an "encrypt everything" mentality as much as possible. As a result, I've been thinking a lot about ways to build a web app ...
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### stream cipher computation cost [closed]

With AES-CTR the computation time to encrypt a message of lengh $n$ blocks is $n$ computations of the block cipher. What is the running time to encrypt a message of $n$ bits using a stream cipher, ...
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### What does $\to$ mean in the following definition of a block cipher?

In the following picture $\kappa$ is the key length and $n$ is the block size. I understand that $\{0,1\}^\kappa$ means all possible combination of keys and $\{0,1\}^n$ means all possible combination ...
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### How to make a document truly read only

How is it possibile to cryptographically make a document truly read only? As in read only I imply that the user can obviously view it which can be achieved by coding which pixels have which colors. ...
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### SHA1 multipart calculation

Is it possible to combine SHA1 digest values to get the SHA1 of the concatenated parts ? I know the "S1" SHA1 of "part 1" and the "S2" SHA1 of the "part 2" and I would like to know the SHA1 of the ...
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### Is C25519/Ed25519 “twist secure”?

This recent new curve mentions something that's new to me: twist security. http://safecurves.cr.yp.to/bada55.html Are the existing C25519/Ed25519 curves secure against this form of attack?
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### Ensuring that an operation takes a relatively specific amount of time, but easily verify the result

I want an algorithm of some sort that can ensure that an operation takes a fairly specific amount of time, but proof that this operation was done can be completed relatively inexpensively. For ...
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### Question on RSA trapdoor permutation

You plan to use a public-key cryptosystem based on the RSA trapdoor permutation in three different real-life applications, in which the attacker has, respectively, only one of the following resources: ...
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### If $G'(s)=G(s0^{|s|})$ and $G$ is a PRNG, is $G'$ necessarily a PRNG? [closed]

I argue it is because there should be no more correlation between the outputs $G(s0^{|s|})$ than between the outputs $G(s)$. Thus we can say the $G'(s)$ is a PRNG that satisfies $|G'(s)| \geq 4|s|$. ...
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### My SSH server public key is 2048 bits, but my account's private key is 4096. What is my effective security?

My SSH server has a 2048-bit public key. But my private key, for clients to login, is 4096-bit. In this case, do I have the brute force protection of 2048 or 4096 bits? My worry is that someone ...
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### Why does DSS have such formulas?

I've learnt the formulas needed for the DSA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Signature_Algorithm). But most importantly, I don't quite understand what represents those formulas and why they are ...
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### Why use CBC-MAC? Why not just apply hash function on the whole message?

Why not just apply hash function on the whole message? Why convert that message into blocks and hash those blocks? To avoid collisions?
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### No Birthday Attack to TCR

I'm reading the paper “Collision-Resistant Hashing? Towards Making UOWHFs Practical” , which compared TCR (Target Collision Resistant) and ACR (Any collision Resistant). It says we wish to stress ...
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### Does ssl_rsa_with_rc4_128_md5 have known weaknesses?

My bank's website uses HTTPS with the cipher suite ssl_rsa_with_rc4_128_md5. What are the known weaknesses of this suite? Do they have a practical impact for ...
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I'm conducting an experiment dealing with differences in padding across different aes operations for my Intro to Crypto class, and the question says OpenSSL uses PKCS5 padding, and that I need to ...
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### probability of N hash digits colliding

What is the probability of the first N hash digits colliding? for example i made a script that appends the first 5 digits of the file's sha1 hash to the name of the file. So will the probability of ...
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### Proving HMAC collision probability bounds?

Could someone point to results or proofs about the probability of $$HMAC(k, m_1) = HMAC (k, m_2)$$ assuming the underlying hash function is SHA-256? Would those probabilities be higher/lower if $m_1$ ...
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### Encrypting and Decrypting a 19-digits long BigInteger

How can I take a maximum 19-digits long BigInteger and encrypt it with the following rules: The result must be based on digits and lower-case English letters ...
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### Is solving a modular linear equation a hard problem when the coefficient is not an invertible element?

Assume that we have a linear equation like this: $$ax=b \pmod n$$ when $x$ is the unknown, and $a$ is not an invertible element in $n$. is finding $x$ a hard problem? (by solving I mean finding an ...