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Can a compressed checksum be considered unique

I'm kind of guessing that the answer may be no. Since the compression is trying to reduce the output size using various optimization methods, this may cancel the properties of a hash algorithm. But ...
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Appropriate scrypt parameters when generating an scrypt hash

What values for CPU, memory and parallel difficulty should be used when generating an scrypt hash? i.e. ...
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What is the random tape?

I am reading the paper "Toward plaintext-aware public-key encryption without random oracles" by Bellare and Palacio. So I can't understand what is the tape and random tape?
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Why does Carter-Wegman MAC have 2n-bit output?

The Coursera course on Cryptography 1 has a section about Carter-Wegman MAC. Here is the image of slide: Now my question is both $F$ and $S$ output $n$-bit strings. We XOR two $n$-bit strings and we ...
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Access control problem in oblivious transfer

I am not sure whether the title is proper or not, but this question comes to my mind when I was reading $k-n$ oblivious transfers. In a $k-n$ oblivious transfer (OT) protocol, a party A has $n$ ...
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How is the base64 encoded signature in Craig Wright's proof constructed?

Mr. Craig S. Wright might be Satoshi Nakamoto - the inventor of bitcoin. He is currently proving the case. But how is the base64 encoded proof, that is published by himself on his blog post ...
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How do attacks on WEP work?

There is an abundance of tools and tutorials on how to break WEP encryption. However, I fail to find a nice resource that gives a clear break-down of why the attacks are possible. For example, I know ...
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How is decryption done in AES CTR mode?

Since AES CTR mode uses a unique IV and counter to produce the key to XOR with the plain text to get the ciphertext, the question is so as to how decryption is done. Since AES CTR produces a ...
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SHA256(RsaPrivateKey) == AES key?

I have an RSA private key (more specifically, an SSH key in Putty format, 4096bit) and want to use its SHA256 hash as an AES256 key, instead of using an independent newly generated AES key. Are ...
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Homomorphic Encryption or not

I am a beginner to homomorphic encryption scheme. As far as I think, it is just a kind of concealing real value without using standard encryption algorithms such as AES,DES or RSA. For example , for ...
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Disk encryption using AES-CBC: is reliance on previous block data a downside?

I have seen drives that boast that they use AES with CBC mode, which doesn't really make sense in my opinion, sure it's more secure than ECB (but actually, leaving security aside, ECB is better suited ...
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McEliece variants that support signatures

Besides the Niederreiter cryptosystem, are there any other variants that support digital signatures? Can any of them sign arbitrary signatures unlike the Niederreiter cryptosystem? What are the key ...
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How can public key not reverse encryption if the algorithm is known? [duplicate]

I've been reading about WhatsApp getting "end-to-end" encryption, and when reading about it, I've notice something. If I want to send a message from cell $A$ to cell $B$, since there's a public key, ...
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Shamir secret sharing: calculate rest of shares when you know secret and one share

Using Shamir secret sharing, one is starting with a secret and end up with a number of shares based on a polynomial. For example: INPUT: secret: 123456 Shares:4 ...
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Factoring large $N$ given oracle to find square roots modulo $N$

When $p$ and $q$ are distinct odd primes and $N = pq$, the points in $\mathbb Z_N^\ast$ have either zero or four square roots. A quarter of the points have four square roots; the rest have no square ...
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How succeptible to accidental collision is the construct sha256(uuid4 + now) in Python?

I need 32 byte pseudorandom sequences that denote unique filenames and am currently using this Python code: ...
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Question about entity authentication

Say party A wants to make sure they are communicating with party B, and not an eavesdropper E. Then they will use an authentication scheme to do this. But what if there is an eavesdropper on the line,...
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Do any cryptography algorithms work on numbers besides primes?

I know prime numbers are important for several algorithms and protocols. Are there any algorithms and protocols that don't require primes?
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Non-Degeneracy of the Weil pairing

In this YouTube video, Dan Boneh mentions that if both points are defined on the base field then the pairing is degenerate. Why is that? And specifically is this true if I use the Weil Pairing?
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HMAC-SHA1 vs. AES

This might be a very silly question, but I am a total novice in encryption. I don't know where to start searching for an answer to this problem. I am building applications using a proprietary ...
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Tell where messages begin and end in a series of ciphertext blocks?

With block ciphers, I understand that the plaintext is first broken down into the right-sized blocks, padded, and then encrypted into the same number of cipher blocks. Once these blocks are sent over ...
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Dangers of using CTR mode for encryption

I know that it is never suggested to use the same key or key/IV pair twice for a stream cipher or for a block cipher operating in CTR mode. Filesystem-level encryption reuses the same key for a file ...
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How to deal with different setup in Multikey FHE?

The scenario : using a Multikey FHE scheme, let's say LTV-FHE scheme, parties delegate the computation of some function to the mighty cloud. In LTV-FHE scheme the parties generate their keys and ...
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Is $f(f(x))$ a one way function?

I found from a book the following proof. Although I understand the initial construction, I don't understand the last sentence that proves the statement. Why $f(f(x))$, in the paper $h(h(x))$, is ...
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Can RSA with padding detect all errors in ciphertext?

I'm new in cryptography and there are a couple of things that i'm not sure if i understand correctly. First, when using padding (PKCS or OAEP), if the chiphertext has errors in transmission we'll we ...
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Does absence of second pre-image resistance infer absence of pre-image resistance?

Talking about hash functions, I know the hierarchy is as follows: Pre-image resistance Second pre-image resistance Collision resistance Where each property implies the one before it so 2nd pre-...
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Difference between single-pass and two-pass MACs

I am having trouble understanding where the count of "passes" come in. What constitutes a pass in the context of message authentication codes? How are single-pass MACs achieved?
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Diffie-Hellman key size to symmetric formula?

I've noticed that on every site I checked I kept finding the relationship between D-H key size and symmetric encryption equivalent as a table, like: 384 - 56 768 - 80 1792 - 112 2304 - 128 10753 -...
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Is part of an output of secure PRNG also cryptographically secure?

Lets say I generate 192 bits using some secure PRNG. If I now take first 128 bits is it equivalent of generating 128 bits in the first place? P.S. More practical application for me is that I need a ...
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What is the complexity to break second preimage resistance?

In the context an of hash functions we have three required properties. Preimage resistance Second preimage resistance Collision resistance. The bounds for Pre image collision is $O(2^{n-1})$, the ...
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MAC algorithm difficulties

Can anyone explain to me why this is a bad idea? I cannot see anything wrong with it except that key K should be different for MAC and AES. MAC algorithm consists of letting the MAC of message M (...
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RSA numerical questions

Let $n$ be the modular arithmetic, $p$ and $q$ the two large primes such that $n=p*q$ and $e$ the public exponent. Here they are two "simple" numerical questions: If $p = 13$ and $q = 17$, what is ...
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Single-algorithm authenticated encryption

Are there any authenticated encryption methods that combine encryption and authentication, rather than useing a separate cipher and MAC?
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Why Boneh-Franklin BasicIdent IBE is not chosen-ciphertext secure? Why use random oracle?

I don't know why BasicIdent is not chosen-ciphertext secure. If there are anybody who knows well, please explain it to me with example. Moreover, I don't know random oracle and its usage for security ...
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Perfect Secrecy in Symmetric Key Systems

For symmetric key systems does perfect secrecy imply that all ciphers in the cipher space are equiprobable? I would think not, but I am finding it hard to come up with a counter example.
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Limitations of Elliptic Curve Cryptography?

Simple question, what are the limitations of ECC, both in terms of application and how secure it is? I heard that the NSA were able to read emails a few years back due to a backdoor they had ...
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PBEWithMD5AndDES Cipher does not check for integrity first?

I am running FindBugs with findsecbugs plugin to scan java code for security issues. I am getting "Cipher With No Integrity" error for a Cipher function implemented with "PBEWithMD5AndDES". The legend ...
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How “hard” it is to take an e'th root mod p?

I know it's hard to find the $e$th root of a number mod $n=p_1*p_2$, and if it would be possible we could break RSA. But how hard it is to take an $e$th root mod $p$ where $p$ is a prime and $\gcd(e,p-...
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Different tools return different ciphertext value for equal input

I have a Luna G5 Safenet HSM and I want to encrypt a text file containing testtest with 3DES-ECB algorithm. So in the first step ...
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Is it safe to use AES-CBC like this?

Is it safe to generate the IV for AES-CBC as the following? It's like the real IV is all zeros. The first block of data will be a low-entropy but unique data. Once the first block is encrypted, the ...
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Signing/verification between Java and the OpenSSL

I'm trying to sign/verify data between a C application and a Java application. In java for now I was using the built-in JCE provider with SHA256withRSA as ...
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Is there a scheme where two cipher texts can be proven to have the same (unencrypted) content?

Is there a scheme where two ciphertexts (encrypted with different keys) can be proven to have the same (plaintext) content without disclosing the plaintext or any private keys? I assume that the ...
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What part of an RSA key is referred to by the number of bits? [duplicate]

When we speak about 4096- or 2048-bit RSA keys, what part of the key is this number of bits? The public key comprises both the modulus and the public exponent, and the strength of the key can also be ...
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How can one protect against a Man In The Middle attack during key exchange without using certificates?

Besides using a certificate to defend against a man in the middle attack during a key exchange, what methods can be used?
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Is it possible to have self-authenticated message?

Consider a text with $n$ words which $m$ words of it can be replaced with an equivalent word. Therefore we have $2^m$ different texts with the same meaning. For example "You are {so/very} {keen/eager}...
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Cracking passwords with more than 10 characters in a few hours?

I came across this article from 2 years ago: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2331984/Think-strong-password-Hackers-crack-16-character-passwords-hour.html They're describing how a team ...
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Is it safe to generate ECDSA keys from the hash of the previous, over and over again?

I have memorized a very long and secure passphrase, that when hashed with sha256, I can use the result as an ECDSA private key, and use it as a brain-address for Bitcoin. Now I need more bitcoin ...
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How to key an HMAC with keys from separate mutually untrusted parties?

The problem is as follows: There are two parties, both of whom would like to HMAC a message with a key. Although the keys are known to one another, both parties do not trust that the other one ...
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AES-256 mode with per-block-key being a SHA-256 of SHA-256 of secret key, random public salt and block number. What's amiss?

Please criticize the (homebrew?) mode described below; to point out a single major defect/uncertainty or the link to (the analysis of) an equivalent construction is quite enough. Assume the ...
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MD5 Collision Attack Explained

In one of my assignments, I came across this line Due to MD5’s length-extension behavior, we can append any suffix to both messages and know that the longer messages will also collide. This lets ...

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