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Will the contents of a password protected Zip 2.0 file be safe for a week

I will need to distribute a file to people for a challenge and I need them to open the file at the same time. The file will be provided a couple of days before the challenge. For maximum compatibility ...
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Is it safe to use the same IV for multiple encryptions in AES CBC mode when you are always encrypting random bytes?

I am generating random bytes (16 or 32 bytes at a time), and I want to encrypt them using a 128 bit AES key in CBC mode. Am I really weakening this horribly if I am reusing the same IV and key each ...
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Use Smart Card to decrypt files

So I'm trying to figure out the feasibility of using a Smart Card to decrypt files in an offline scenario. I wish to sync encrypted files to a mobile phone with a Smart Card reader case. The files ...
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How to identify the difference between two cryptographic schemes in terms of security?

I am currently working on a project, that requires using encryption libraries namely (LibScarab and FHEW). I want to know how can I compare the two schemes in terms of security (I already compared ...
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Is there an avalanche effect using block cipher modes of operation?

I am studying cryptography and various block cipher modes of operation. Suppose I changed one bit in the last block of the message. Wouldn't that imply no change in all encrypted blocks except for ...
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Given the first half of a SHA-1 hash, can you predict the second half?

I know this applies to secure ciphers, but does this also apply to hashes?
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Why does Apple create a certificate for my push notification key [closed]

Brief rundown of how Apple Push Notifications (APN) work: Generate a keypair, generate a CSR for it Upload the latter to your Apple Developer account and associate it with your mobile app In the ...
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Testing implementation of cryptography algorithms: Brainstorm

I wonder what kind of techniques can be used to validate implementation of cryptography algorithms? The obvious one is to run specific algorithms against publically known test vectors (i.e. from ...
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Whether this PRG is secure or not

This is the question. Suppose $G$ is a secure PRG with expansion factor $\ell(n) = 2n$ such that $n$ is a security parameter. Is it always the case that, $G'\colon \lbrace 0,1 \rbrace^n \to \lbrace ...
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SHA-3 padding clarifications

I am implementing the SHA-3 algorithm in AVX2 assembly. The part where I am getting confused is that the padding with 10*1. Now my understanding is that the data message M first needs to be padded ...
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Weak and Strong Collision Resistance, again

Weak collision resistance (CR), or second-preimage resistance, is the property that given $x$ and $h(x)$ ($h$ a hash function) it's difficult to find $x' \neq x$ such that $h(x') = h(x)$. Strong CR, ...
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Government root SSL certificate possible vulnerabilities [closed]

I'm writing an article about new government law in Kazakhstan. The law was accepted in December, but now one of our providers announced information for small and medium business how to install ...
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What is the last value in a cipher suite?

I understand that a cipher suite should contain the MAC algorithm at the end. So ECDHE-RSA-AES128-SHA256 should use SHA256 in HMAC for the MAC. But what about the ...
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How to compute the discrete logarithm of Diffie-Hellman with a composite modulus?

Imagine $n = pq$ with $p-1 = 2 p_1 p_2$ and $q-1 = 2 q_1 q_2$. I can compute the discrete logarithm of $y = g^x \pmod{n}$ by computing the discrete logarithm of $y$ modulo $p$ and $q$. But then how ...
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Number of shifts in DES key schedule

In DES key schedule some rounds use one left shift while others use two left shifts. What is the reason behind this?
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How to test an encryption against different attacks [closed]

For the last while I have been reading up on cryptography and the different kinds of methods for encryption (public key, blocks, etc) and the attacks against them. This got me wondering how to ...
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Public-key encryption with associated data

In the symmetric-key world, we have authenticated encryption with associated data (AEAD). I'm looking for something similar, but for public-key encryption: public-key encryption with associated data (...
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The security of Hidden Field Equations - sentence

I am reading this paper "The security of Hidden Field Equations (HFE)" and at the end of the page 3 the author wrote: The random oracle paradigm would be to ignore that the function formulae ...
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SIV - Synthetic IV - S2V Construction? Benefits over a MAC or Hash?

Looking at the SIV construction in rfc-5297 - https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5297 With regards to the generation of the SIV, using S2V construction, I am struggling to find the benefits of the chosen ...
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When we turn Random shuffle to Pseudorandom Shuffle

It's well known that a simple but efficient random shuffle algorithm can permute a vector of $n$ elements in $O(n)$ time. In the algorithm, we need to pick a value $U$ uniformly at random where $0\...
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Could a key derivation function be used to encrypt data with a weaker key?

To allow the key to be more easily remembered. Example: To encrypt a hard drive without having a remember a key with 128 bits of entropy. From what I find they seem mostly used to hash passwords so ...
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Is it okay for a non-cryptographer to submit crypto code to an open source probject? [closed]

I am not a cryptographer, nor do I claim to be. However, at times I have wanted to contribute to open source cryptography projects such as libsodium. The maintainer of libsodium is a cryptographer, ...
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Shouldn't a signature using ECDSA be exactly 96 bytes, not 102 or 103?

Attempting to use openssl to create a signature is confusing on several levels: If I'm using it to sign a hash that I've already created (HMAC-SHA-384-192, specifically), a. why must I specify ...
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Is a PRF applied to a secure MAC also a secure MAC?

Suppose I apply a PRF to a secure MAC. Do I still have a secure MAC?
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AES implementation to encrypt files

I'm making a small python program to encrypt an arbitrary text file. Currently I have a file to store passwords (hashed values), so nothing stored in plaintext. The user enters the command line ...
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Generally accepted algorithm for two-pass, misuse-resistant AEAD that is efficient in software

I would like to know what the standard is for two-pass, nonce-misuse-resistant AEAD that is efficient in software. Thus, AES-SIV is excluded; modes based on a stream cipher like ChaCha20 are ...
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Is the identity function a one-way function?

The definition of the one way function says: it must be verifiable in polynomial time probability of inverting it less or equal to negligible Now, I am not sure I fully understand one way ...
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Use of orthogonal vectors in lattice-based cryptography

In lattice-based cryptography, given the basis of the lattice we compute the orthogonal vectors using Gram-Schmidt Orthogonalization process. What is the use of orthogonal vectors in lattices?
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Finding collisions in SHA1

I am trying to find two collisions in SHA1 for the 50 least significant bits. I was wondering if there was a way to efficiently do this without having to brute force all of the possible hash outputs? ...
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How to go about encrypting a digital exam?

I'm building a Digital Examination system and I'm having problems understanding some concepts in cryptography. I want use to Asymetric Cryptography and my questions are Do I encrypt the entire file?...
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Secure way to hash a lookup value

I want to securely store a database table that consists of an account ID and a few columns of sensitive data. The data only has value if it can be associated with the account ID. My thinking is to ...
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128 Bit AES Issue

I'm trying to use the 128bit TI_aes implementation on my 16bit microcontroller and I'm having the weirdest issue. Every input where two bytes within a word are identical two nibbles within a byte ...
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Are these hash function compositions collision resistant?

If a hash function $H$ is collision resistant, are the following two hash functions collision resistant or not? ($||$ is concatenation) $H'(m) = H(H(m)) || H(m)$ $H''(m) = H(m) || H(m)$ My first ...
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Fast MAC for 64-bit inputs

I am looking for a fast MAC (~few machine instructions) to be used for hash tables with 64-bit public inputs. I can't use SipHash as the hash function will be inlined in too many places and so the ...
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OpenSSL & TLS1.2 with aes-cbc and initialization vector

I'm trying to manually decrypt DTLS traffic using OpenSSL and TLS 1.2. The cipher suite im using is AES256-SHA256 as listed here. Im able to decrypt the packets with the key that the server and the ...
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AES128 Decryption in Objective-C just slightly off

I have been asked to integrate a home-grown CRM system with a 3rd-party data service provider (DSP). The DSP has encrypted the information they are providing. I only have their decryption ...
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ECDH-ECDSA Combination

I am doing research on cryptography primitives at a basic level and I faced a question on encryption methods. I understood that ECDH is an approach to for secure key exchange between two parties ...
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Is this the correct procedure for cycle walking using an FPE?

To encrypt a value from a set (say a range of years from 1001 to 2001) Rank the set {0 = 1001, 1 = 1002, 2 = 1003...999 = 2001} Take the value you want to encrypt from the set (year = 1995) and ...
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Secure randomized data matching?

This might be a dumb question but I will go for it. Let's say we have a data set $D$ consisting of sensitive data, and we want to be able to match if a new piece of data $S$ already exists in $D$ ($...
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Role of Fermat's little theorem in the proof of correctness of ElGamal signature

In the Wikipedia article about the ElGamal signature scheme it is written, that Fermat's little theorem is used in the following proof of correctness: From the signature generation in ElGamal we can ...
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Encryption that could have multiple decryption key

The title looks strange but it is to deal with this situation. The data we have should only be accessible by our end user and data administrators, not anyone else. Ideally, each user should have ...
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What happens if a nonce is reused in ChaCha20-Poly1305?

In ChaCha20-Poly1305, I know that reusing a nonce loses confidentiality and integrity for all messages encrypted with the (key, nonce) pair. However, is security affected for those messages encrypted ...
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Setting up of polynomials for CP-ABE or KP-ABE Access Trees

My question I guess is how the selection is done. A brief explanation with a simple access tree will be very helpful.
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What does this advantage statement signify?

In many Attribute Based Encryption papers I see this line... The advantage of an adversary A in this game is defined as Pr[b' = b] − 1/2. Can someone explain what it means to me? I assume it means ...
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Is this a secure keyed hashing construction?

I need a PRF for use with PBKDF2, however, the only thing I have is the AES block cipher primitive. I'm attempting to derive a keyed hash function from the block cipher. The design is based on the ...
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Difference between AES CMAC and AES HMAC?

Can someone elaborate on how 'signing' is done using AES- CMAC and AES-HMAC? HMAC Signing as I understand: Compute the HMAC( Hash the key and the input concatenated in a special way) Verification: ...
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Simplied DES why 10-bit key?

In Simplified DES algorithm, the plain text is 8-bit & the key is 10-bit, why is that, why can't both be of 8-bits each?
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Can homomorphic operations on many different ciphertexts be multiplied by a same constant?

Assume Alice encrypts messages $m_1$,...,$m_n$ using secret keys $k_1$,...,$k_n$ on a homomorphic encryption scheme (BHHO), so she would get $c_1=Enc_{k_1}(m_1)$,...,$c_n=Enc_{k_n}(m_n)$. Then Alice ...
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What does CMS standard mean by “initial input to the message digest”

I'm really grinding my teeth against digest calculation explanation in the CMS standard. Let's consider the case when the signedAttrs are present. The first ...
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Would buffering socket send resist timing attacks

I have been reading and thinking about timing attacks on cryptographic systems. The answer to this question mentions the following: "The way to defend against timing attacks is to make sure the time ...

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