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Looking for cipher that uses one ciphertext

I'm new to Cryptography so please free to edit my question for clarity and add the appropriate tag. I'm trying to research if the following is possible. Suppose John has a message that he ...
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Idea for secure password hash-likes, is this feasible/usable/workable?

(Hand moved from stackoverflow.com,due to suggestion) Since breaking password hashes has become a new passtime for scriptkiddies, I thought of the problem and came up with a novel(?) idea. store ...
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What is the time complexity of the RC4 encryption & decryption algorithms?

I'm trying to figure out what the time complexity of RC4 encryption & decryption algorithms is, in big-O-notation.
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Can md5 be used for encrypting data?

I know that md5 shouldn't be used for password hashing because of collisions and possibility of making dictionary attacks e.g. using rainbow tables. But what about ...
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c# Correct Triple Des Block Encryption Usage

I found the below code online, but in its original state, the encryption was not using any padding (Padding.None), and was encrypting in blocks of 8. I wasn't able to get this code to properly encrypt ...
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How can I be sure the RNGCryptoServiceProvider is able to produce 12 bytes that can have 2^96 values?

I am writing code that needs to produce a truly random number of 96 bits. The requirements are: The code must be able to produce all $2^{96}$ values. The likelihood for any value to come up must be ...
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justification for method to factorize n knowing RSA private exponent d

I know that knowing the private exponent $d$ corresponding to the private key $k_{pub}\langle n,e\rangle$ it is possible to efficiently factorize n. The procedure starts stating that: $ed -1 = s(p-1)...
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Can a hash have more than one input?

From a definition stand point, can a hashing algorithm have more than one input, ex: $H(m_1, m_2, m_3)$? If not why are algorithms like bcrypt, scrypt and pbkdf2 referred to as password hashing ...
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Some terms related to secret sharing: Optimality, What does it mean?

In any secret sharing scheme we have to develop step by step. After constructing such scheme we need to reduce share size. Why? e.g. Robust secret sharing scheme is modified Shamir secret sharing ...
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AES encryption for pairwise identifiers

I'd like to map a random ID of 16 bytes (sourceID) to another random ID of 16 bytes (targetID). The operation should: only be reversible by me be deterministic There are about 1 million source ...
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Is there a administrator key that can decrypt all ciphertexts encrypted with different keys by different persons in a group?

here is the scenario: $A, B, C, \ldots, Z$ are in a group with a administrator $Admin$, each of the users in the group has his own key $Key_A, Key_B$, and so on... everyone encrypt his own ...
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Safe MD5 digest

So I've heard that MD5 is broken because it's possible to engineer collisions. So instead we should use, say, SHA256. The problem which SHA256 digests is that they are long. So I've come up with this: ...
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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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Converting a 5-bit s-box to its bit-sliced format

I'm currently trying to convert a 5-bit sbox (the one from this cipher: http://primates.ae/wp-content/uploads/primatesv1.02.pdf) to its bit-sliced format (i.e. to a boolean network). Most papers ...
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Multilinear Pairing in Cryptography

I want to create 2 Bilinear Pairing $e_1$,$e_2$ such that $$e_1:G_0 \times G_0 \rightarrow G_1$$ $$e_2:G_1 \times G_1 \rightarrow G_T$$ and use this to encrypt a message $M$ in the form $$M e_2(e_1(...
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Tackling encryption problems with “Zipf's law”?

I am new to cryptography and was wondering if it would be possible to semi-reliably "decrypt" an encrypted message by using the statistical distribution of symbols (/letters/numbers) in the encrypted ...
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what is meaning of operator “ := ” in cryptography?

I've seen := used in several cryptography papers where the this symbol has been used instead of assignment operator ($ \leftarrow $ ) or equal sign (=), but never with an accompanying explanation. It'...
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Is Threefish the only cipher with 1024 bits of security?

Threefish has up to a massive 1024 bits of security. Is it the only cipher with such overkill security?
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Understanding Hash function notations

I am implementing a Certificateless Cryptography Algorithm by referencing the paper An Efficient Certificateless Encryption for Secure Data Sharing in Public Clouds. In this paper on page no. 4 during ...
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Block cipher block and key sizes

Is there any point in making block size less than key size in block cipher? For example, Russian GOST symmetric cipher uses 256-bit keys to encrypt 64-bit blocks. That means there are many keys which ...
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Do I need to use a MAC with asymmetric encryption?

The internet has drilled into me that when I delivery any symmetrically encrypted data, I should also deliver a MAC to authenticate it before any decryption occurs. Do I also need to do this if I use ...
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What is the advantage of Pseudosquare?

Pseudosquares ,which are not square but Jacobi symbol are still 1, are used in some cryptographic algorithm. What is the advantage of them over the exact squares? If we used squares instead of ...
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What are the possible security issues when exporting a plaintext database to a file like this?

Say I have plaintext database with key-value pairs of usernames and passwords. Then I iterate through the database, encrypt the passwords, and write the username and encrypted password pairs to file ...
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multiplicative inverse in galois field $2^8$

I am trying to compute the multiplicative inverse in galois field $2^8$.The question is to find the multiplicative inverse of the polynomial $x^5+x^4+x^3$ in galois field $2^8$ with the irreducible ...
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ChaCha20 core vs ideal unkeyed PRP

I know that the ChaCha20 core (without the initial constant) is not an ideal PRP and must not be used as such. I also know that $\text{ChaChaCore}(0) = 0$. Are there any other differences?
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Is it possible to brute force a single smaller variable in $\operatorname{HMAC-SHA512}(k, a\ ||\ b\ ||\ c\ ||\ d)$?

Given $c' = \operatorname{HMACSHA512}(k, a\ ||\ b\ ||\ c\ ||\ d)$ and the 32-bit integers $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ is it feasible to alter $b$ and produce a valid MAC under the unknown key? I ...
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Merkle signature scheme

I was browsing the Wikipedia article on Merkle signature schemes and noted that it says: The number of possible messages must be a power of two[…] Why is that? ...
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What information about the ciphertext can an attacker discern if a key is used too many times?

Suppose that I use Blowfish or XTEA (both secure block ciphers with 64-bit block size) in CTR mode. In these cases, I need to change the key after $2^{16}$ blocks to avoid leaking information with ...
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Is all of encryption based on xor?

For a long time I've been under the impression that all of encryption uses xor at its basic level. Is this true? What other method could be used to encrypt plaintext with a key? Asymmetrically, as ...
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How is the usual way of using PKCS5/7 when a weird data is given?

PKCS5/7 pads the remaining data elements with a binary representation of how many space requires padding. This is useful and compact but what should I do in the following sample scenario below ? ...
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Unkeyed, fast, one-way PRP

Are there any fast, secure, one-way, unkeyed almost-pseudorandom permutations? I am looking for something that can hide a MAC, without requiring a secret key and while being much faster than public ...
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NIST HMAC Test vectors

I am searching test vectors of the HMAC-SHA256 primitive to verify the correctness of an implementation. Without hesitation I go on the NIST website to see what they offer. While reading the ...
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How to split up $GF(2^{128})$ into smaller fields?

I've heard that it's possible to split up $GF(2^{128})$ into copies of several smaller fields like $GF(4)$ so as to make the math easier in some cases. How do you do that? I know how it works for ...
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XOR or add in one time pads? [duplicate]

Is there any difference in adding the plain text and key vs using xor instead(apart from the performance improvements)?
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SHA256 for large files

I have a hardware engine for SHA256 which can process 64K of data, but the input data size I am getting is around 1MB. What should I do to process 1MB size. What should be my input after 1st 64KB ...
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Are there any disadvantages of using libsodiums helpers for en-/decoding/comparision instead of the native ones?

Libsodium has some helpers, which allow hexdecimal decoding, encoding and also constant-time string comparison. So if you use the php binding libsodium-php you ...
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How is El Gamal different from Diffie Hellman Key Exchange [duplicate]

I am Reading RSA and Public-Key Cryptography by Mollin and I can't make out how El Gamal is different from Diffie Hellman Key Exchange. Any thoughts?
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Is super encryption (aka “multiple encryption”) always good?

I'm trying to use super encryption (also known as “multiple encryption”) with AES in CFB mode with IV and password salting and AES in CTR mode both without padding. I first use AES CFB and then AES in ...
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What happens if you multiply a point with its order on complete Edwards curves?

I was recently working with some ECC crypto and stumbled across the following phrase on the SafeCurves page: The rational points of a complete Edwards curve are the pairs (x,y) of elements of ...
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What libraries do people use to implement and evaluate cryptography protocols?

I want to implement this credential system: “Anonymous Credentials Light” (PDF). The implementation would involve some zero-knowledge proof and some exponentiation. For some basic group computations ...
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Lightweight Asymmetric encryption algorithm

I'm an embedded systems researcher, and new in the crypto field. Actually, I need to know if there are any lightweight asymmetric encryption algorithm especially considering the time needed for key ...
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RSA message integrity

I wish to send some small data that RSA alone can encrypt, and I send a shared secret along with it. ...
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How are all necessary parameters shared between signer and verifier in ED25519 signature scheme?

I want to use ED25519 signature scheme in my application which requires frequent sharing of secret data between two entities in public domain. I know that Schnorr signature scheme has a key ...
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Decoding base64 encoded message with a key

I am pentesting a database that where I found data which was base64 encoded. I tried the usual method of decoding base64, which didn't work. Later, I found in ...
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Where can I get the correct and precise algorithms for elliptic curve cryptography?

I have been asked to implement cryptographic operations using elliptic curves. I would like to get precise algorithms for various processes like key generation, digital signature and verification. I ...
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Encrypt letters separately?

I am trying to encrypt the word Hello using RSA. When encrypting Hello’s integer representation, is each letter encrypted ...
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Adding dummy bytes to ciphertext

I was wondering if interleaving the resulting crypted data with dummy bytes placed at random positions but known in advance by the peers could improve security (no matter the algorithm and strength ...
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Does a padding oracle have the encryption key? Where in real life do I see such an oracle?

So after some searching, I kinda know the attack procedure of altering bit by bit. But I'm still confused how this is possible. If I understand it correctly, the attacker never has the key, or tries ...
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Hash functions vs. keyed hash functions in the context of private key generation

I'm designing a key distribution mechanism and have thought of using a securely generated/acquired private key as a seed for a sequence of private keys to be distributed to a number of users using a ...
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Paillier cryptosystem, small integers and range of values

First, this a different take on my previous question: Pailler encryption of small integers to 32-bit integers I have to encode small integers (range 0-50) using the Paillier cryptosystem. Those ...

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