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Why is asymmetric cryptography bad for huge data?

I've been told that asymmetric cryptography requires that the message to be encrypted be smaller than its key length. Why is this? I know about hybrid encryption, which uses symmetric encryption to ...
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Symmetric encryption mode where ciphertext size is plain text size

I've had many questions on Stackoverflow on how to minimize the output of a cipher - during encryption of course - to the same size as the input. Obviously this is possible for a single block of ...
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Key cracking: Prefer many small texts over one large text?

If an attackers sets out to crack the symmetric key of e.g. AES-CTR, would they prefer to have access to many small cryptotexts or one large cryptotext? I.e. is it more interesting for the attacker to ...
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1answer
75 views

TLS - sharing 1792 bits of unidirectional keys

I've just watched a video on the TLS protocol and learnt that it uses unidirectional keys (meaning keys for both sides, from browser to server and from server to browser). Given that the server uses ...
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141 views

Use of less than secure random numbers for 'a' during an SRP proof of password

With Secure Remote Password protocol SRP6a random numbers are used for s, a and b. Where ...
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4answers
707 views

Why isn't the alternating step generator used more often?

According to the Wikipedia entry for the Alternating Step pseudorandom number generator, there is no public cryptanalysis for this device since it was invented back in 1987 by C.G. Gunther. I have ...
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Safe and computationally efficient way to verify a curve25519 identity?

A client identifies itself as a curve25519 public key. The server wants to verify the client owns the associated private key. Is there a safe and computationally efficient way of doing so? Which ...
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Berlekamp-Massey algorithm: case when sequence length is less than double the length of the LFSR

Suppose that we have a sequence of $N$ digits which is produced by a Linear Feedback Shift Register (LFSR) and the shortest such LFSR is of length $L$. A very important tool in cryptanalysis of stream ...
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Strategy for random CTR initial counter values

Alice has a secret key which she uses to encrypt messages in CTR mode. CTR mode is critically vulnerable to counter reuse, and Alice has a problem: she has terrible memory and no pen to write anything ...
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Given $n$ bits, how many “truly random” sequences/numbers can be constructed?

Suppose we have $n$ bits, so we can have $2^n$ different bit sequences. Some sequences don't look random, say, all $1$ or $0$. There are also other patterns like $10101010…$, $11001100…$ and such. ...
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Algorithm accepting every passphrase to fool unlegit user [closed]

I'm looking for specific names and literature on crypto algorithms that accept every passphrase input by the user, in order to 'decrypt' - even with false passphrase - and present the unlegit user ...
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What are the consequences of not checking the server mac in a TLS connection?

The context for this question (it's quite involved) can be found in this document: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B15itpMWb2ztWTJrYTgzX204OVU However, I want to make it clear that you don't have to ...
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Python KDF - Master Key and Derivatives

The encrypted file can be opened by following combinations (either any 2 DK, or 1 MK): DK1 + DK2 DK1 + DK3 DK2 + DK3 DK1 + DK2 + DK3 MK Any heads-up with Python ...
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2answers
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Is a collision attack possible on MD5 if message is known partially

Is it possible to find $m'$ such that $\operatorname{MD5}(m'||m_1)=\operatorname{MD5}(m_1||m_2)$ if I know $m_2$ and $\operatorname{MD5}(m_1||m_2)$? Is this a collision or a preimage attack? Also in ...
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1answer
210 views

What functions allow for practical indistinguishability obfuscation?

Recently, there has been a major theoretical breakthrough in program obfuscation, in the area of indistinguishability obfuscation. Background: Indistinguishability obfuscation is a form of program ...
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1answer
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FHE - Brakerski's “Scale Invariant” Scheme

I thought the current state of the art for fully homomorphic encryption was Brakerski, Gentry and Vaikuntanathan's scheme (BGV) based on standard/ring LWE employing modulus switching for noise ...
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871 views

How realistic is a dictionary attack on a secure remote password protocol (SRP) verifier?

I'm deploying a secure remote password protocol implementation and I'm wondering what the consequences are when the client generated verifier gets leaked to an attacker. I've read Thomas Wu's paper ...
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1answer
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Homomorphic Encryption - Smart Vercauteren Batching

I'm going through Smart and Vercauteren's paper "Fully Homomorphic SIMD operations" and had a question about some notation used in the paper. In section 2 of the above it is stated that for each ...
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1answer
169 views

Brute force RSA cracking

Suppose one had a complete list of primes up to $2^{n+1}-1$. Then wouldn't one be able to crack an $n$-bit RSA public key in time $O(\pi(2^{n+1}-1))$, making RSA insecure? Thanks, René
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1answer
241 views

Why must IV be sent with each packet?

I was reading about Encrypt-then-MAC and everywhere I go it seems people include the IV with the ciphertext generated for each message then MAC that and send all the information concatenated. Why do ...
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Is ”generating transcripts that are indistinguishable from actual messages in a signature scheme” not universal forgery?

In the Pointcheval paper “Security arguments for digital signatures and blind signatures”, they have proved the security of Schnorr signature for existential forgery under adaptively chosen-message ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
319 views

BigInteger in Java and Randomness

I'm looking for some PRNGs and – as I have been using Java for a long period of time – I thought that the BitInteger class, together with the ...
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1answer
219 views

Universal Circuits in Indistinguishability Obfuscation Candidate Construction

I am currently working on an implementation of the candidate construction for an indistinguishability obfuscator that was recently proposed by Garg et al. The relevant paper can be found here. ...
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1answer
197 views

Does this protocol provide Perfect Forward Secrecy / are there potential security flaws?

We have a HMAC key (128 bit/16 bytes) an AES key (128 bit/16 bytes) an AES IV (128 bit/16 bytes) a random salt (128 bit/16 bytes) Each packet is signed with a HMAC (SHA256) After each packet is ...
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1answer
987 views

Value of “counter” when decrypting AES in CTR mode?

If – when using AES in CTR mode – you decide to use the setup where you combine the IV and the block count value into a single value, as suggested here, the first 12 bytes are your IV and the last 4 ...
2
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1answer
521 views

Message lengths with AES CTR mode?

Im working on my own AES implementation as a personal educational exercise (not for production use), and a book im using as a resource states: In the case of CTR, we are merely XORing the output ...
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4answers
387 views

What is the difference between authenticating and signing a document?

Authenticating a document means to verify it is from the sender. But it seems like signing a document also verifies it’s from the sender. What exactly is the relationship or difference between ...
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2answers
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What are the standard procedures in cryptanalysis to analyze unknown ciphertext?

What are the "standard procedures in cryptanalysis" to analyze unknown ciphertext? In other words: Are there any protocols, officially acknowledged checklists or something like that which represent a ...
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1answer
258 views

ECDSA: Retrieving non-random k [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the random $k$ number of ECDSA encryption. As far as I know, it is possible to retrieve $k$ (and thus the private key) from two signed messages if both used the same $k$. ...
5
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1answer
705 views

Mixing Entropy Sources by XOR?

Assume that I have two sources of entropy (say, a hardware RNG and a CSPRNG) and that the two sources are independent (do not know anything about the internal state of the other RNG). Can I mix them ...
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1answer
108 views

How can a digital signature algorithm incorporate a random data if it is to be authenticated on a separate system

I am trying to understand how RSA digital signatures can incorporate any data from a PRNG into the final signature. Does this mean that separate implementations might fail to verify each others ...
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Why does PBKDF2 xor the iterations of the hash function together?

The definition of PBKDF2 states that I obtain a derived key (1) by calling a pseudorandom function a bunch of times recursively: $U_1 = PRF(password, salt)$ $U_2 = PRF(password, U_1)$ … $U_n ...
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1answer
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Fiat-Shamir security problem question

I am trying to understand the Fiat-Shamir identification protocol, but have a problem with understanding how this protocol is supposed to be save, even if you repeat it several times. I am using ...
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1answer
177 views

Pseudo random permutation for arbitrary size domains

Popular block ciphers like AES or Twofish are keyed pseudo random permutations on the domain $\{0,1,\dots,2^{k}-1\}$ with $k\in\{128,192,256\}$ or similar. I'm interested in pseudo random ...
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1answer
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AES-128-CTR message integrity: Construction of HMAC

(Note: This post is not about "rolling my own", but rather trying to deepen my understanding of the underlying structures.) I'm having difficulties finding clear answers to some questions about the ...
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1answer
141 views

Are those RSA keys flawed?

I used rsa-json.native to generate RSA keys for a node.js application that will use secure-peer later to connect two clients with each other. Now I have 2 questions: In secure-peer/index.js I've ...
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What are the requirements of a nonce?

Sometimes I read that a nonce has to be a random number but I disagree. A nonce just can't repeat itself. You could increase in by 1 every time if you are sure it would never repeat.
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1answer
161 views

How can one detect if a hash function doesn't have a full image?

Suppose we have a hash function $H: \{0,1\}^* \mapsto \{0,1\}^n$, that doesn't get all the $n$ length bitstrings as a value for any input, but is otherwise secure. Can that fact be detected? For ...
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1answer
382 views

Significance of rotation constants in SHA-512?

In a single round of SHA-512, in the operations $\Sigma_0(A)$, $\Sigma_1(E)$ why are the constants $28$, $34$, and $39$ used for the number of rotations? What significance do these numbers have? What ...
2
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1answer
90 views

Familiar key signing over video call

Say that a friend of mine and I have both generated new PGP keys, and we want to use a video call to verify each other's new keys because we live on opposite sides of the planet. While we could both ...
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2answers
374 views

Attack on a key-exchange,symmetric-key cryptography protocol

This is an exam question in Oxford 's Computer Security course: Here is the start of a protocol, based on a long-term secret key $k_{AB}$ previously shared between Alice and Bob, designed to offer ...
3
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2answers
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Is there a length-preserving encryption scheme?

Is there a length-preserving encryption scheme, that preserves the lengths of input sizes such that the length of the input plain text is same as length of the output cipher text ?
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Obfuscate an “I'll reveal if you do” function

Is there any cryptographic obfuscation scheme that will let me obfuscate a program that reveals my secret, if you reveal yours? Formalization. Let $C(\cdot),V(\cdot)$ be a secure commitment scheme. ...
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2answers
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How do I construct variable length input (VIL) in a block cipher mode?

I've just been skimming NIST's "Five Confidentiality Modes". I understand those block cipher modes are used to securely encrypt input longer that the block cipher length. However, the common block ...
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2answers
141 views

Sender and receiver having different moduli conflicts with encryption and signing in RSA

I should implement a security protocol as a part of which I need to: Encrypt the message with receiver public key. Sign it with my private key. Send it to receiver. Suppose that the system uses a ...
3
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1answer
241 views

ECDSA: How to retrieve a non-random k

I have a question regarding the random $k$ number of ECDSA encryption. As far as I know, it is possible to retrieve $k$ (and thus the private key) from two signed messages if both used the same $k$. ...
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3answers
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RSA encryption with private key and decryption with a public key

When using the RSA cryptosystem, does it still work if you instead encrypt with the private key and decrypt with the public key? What about in the case of using RSA for sender authentication?
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0answers
181 views

RSA encryption and signature padding flaw

This is Oxford's computer security exam question: Suppose that Bob has published an RSA encryption key $ke$ (retaining in secret the corresponding decryption key $kd$), and Alice has published a ...
8
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3answers
425 views

Security of a security protocol for key exchange, using symmetric-key cryptography

This is an exam question: $A \to B$: Alice, $nonce_A$ $B \to A$: $nonce_B$, $E_{k_{AB}}(nonce_A \| k_1)$ $A \to B$: $E_{k_{AB}}(nonce_B \| k_2)$ Alice and Bob both compute $k_s$ = $k_1$ xor $k_2$ ...

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