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How does a chosen ciphertext attack work, with a simple example?

Can someone please explain - using a simple example - how a chosen ciphertext attack works?
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How do I generate a number for a lottery and later proves its existence

I want to create a lottery that works like this: I choose a secret number A in the range [0:999] and publish an object B. People must try to guess the number A to win. When somebody wins, I want to ...
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How exactly does AES-NI work?

I am looking in to AES-NI which is now supported by many new CPU's and I have read a few papers which states that AES-CBC works faster with AES-NI, but I am unable to understand how exactly AES-NI ...
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Generating a public key certificate with ECDSA params

I have an ECDSA key generated in a HSM and I am able to retrieve it's public key components via the PKCS11 library. I would like to create a public x509 certificate with the public params for the ...
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Security analysis of Spritz?

Recently, a new cipher called Spritz has been released by Ronald L. Rivest and Jacob Schuldt. It should be a "drop-in replacement" for RC4. There are many differences to RC4, Spritz is "spongy" and ...
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Block Cipher Modes

I have a question here asking the following: Why do block ciphers need the use of blocking modes? To encrypt messages larger than the size of the block. To avoid having the same block ...
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How can I map arbitrary group elements to unique integers without using Hash functions?

Let's say, I have a group $G$ of large prime order $p$. A set $S$ consists of $n$ random elements chosen from $G$. Without using a collision resistant hash function $H$, how can I map elements of $G$ ...
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how does the order-preserving encryption scheme distribute the buckets?

Recently ,I want to know the order-preserving-encryption scheme(OPES in short).But ,I couldn`t understand how the buckets are distributed,and if the values in my input database are in a small range, ...
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What is the sign bit for in Feige-Fiat-Shamir?

The Feige-Fiat-Shamir identity scheme is based on a ZKP assuming that square roots are "hard" modulo an integer of unknown factorization. The "parallel version" of this protocol includes a "sign bit" ...
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RFC3447 OBJECT IDENTIFIER semantic

http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3447#appendix-B.1 ...
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Is .NET DESCryptoServiceProvider secure in this case?

I have the following piece of .NET code (see below). I know that DES is not quite secure, I saw that MSDN does not recommend using DES, only for compatibility with legacy programs. I also saw that ...
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Do Export Restrictions Still Apply To The Key Length of RC4?

I've just read a paper from 2004 which stated that the RC4 encryption algorithm was restricted to a 40 bit key size when exported from the USA; however the reference for this information (Applied ...
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Bit level permutation

Could anyone explain how secure is bit level permutation? What is the most serious threat against the security of this kind of cipher? Thank you
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Breaking RSA moduli

Let suppose that the sizes of factors $p$ and $q$ are $b$ bits. We construct two RSA numbers $n$, $n'$ of same sizes. Can we say that the duration to break these two numbers is two times the duration ...
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What is meaning of “Decipher the rest of the message by deducing additional words”?

I have an assignment in cryptography. I am not asking here answer, but meaning of question. This is a question : 2.4 The following ciphertext was generated using a simple substitution algorithm. ...
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Does this guarantee a unique 32 bit Hash?

I came across some source code that loosely does the below in order to achieve a 32 bit hash. The input string is passed through MD5 to get 16 bytes Hash (as usual). Then the 16 bytes are split into ...
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I'm using AES-CTR as a CSPRNG - Do I need an IV?

I'm using AES128-CTR for generating pseudo-random values, which is considered secure for up to 1MB (at least from what I've read). I simply encrypt a 128-bit little-endian counter, starting from 0. ...
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FEAL-4 Fk Function 4 Rounds

As I understood in FEAL-4 it needs 4 pair of round keys. Which means that we need to launch Fk function 4 times, but the problem occures on the 2nd round. At first round we have original 64 bits key ...
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how to find key matrix in hill cipher

I want to solve this problem but there are 3 known plaintext-ciphertext pairs. The key of Hill cipher is a 3*3 matrix as k=[k1,k2,3; k4,k5,k6; k7,k8,k9] where the unknown ...
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Fast AES-128 on 32 bits encryption

Suppose in AES-128, there are $5$ tables, namely Te0, Te1, Te2, Te3, Te0 which help in fast encryption on $32$ bits CPU. Each table contains 256 numbers, where each number is $4$ bytes. Te4's ...
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Is the 64-bit blocksize a fatal issue when encrypting TBs of data with Blowfish CBC?

Crashplan uses 448-bit Blowfish to encrypt the data you send them. The mode used is CBC, keys are multiple use, and IVs are generated with SecureRandom from JCE. Keys are not derived from the ...
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RSA given q, p and e?

I am given the q, p, and e values for an RSA key, along with an encrypted message. Here are ...
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Can adding nonces make challenge response authentications weaker?

In a custom protocol we want to replace an aged tiger32 based challenge response authentication. I suggested that we use something existing, so threw HMAC into the room. As per wikipedia it works as: ...
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side channel attacks on AES

Say you have a web application that's performing AES encryption. What sorts of side channel attacks should one keep an eye out for? Timing attacks affect RSA more than symmetric ciphers in-so-far as ...
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Is there a string that's hash is equal to itself?

I was wondering if there's any string that has a hash equal to itself, so that – when using any (none specific) hash function – the hash would be equal to that string? so that: ...
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Guarantee signed data set time interval

I have some data data which is created using some hardware measurements. I now need to guarantee somehow that the data was created in a configurable interval of time. My idea was to use a central ...
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Session based AES with random key and static salt

I'm currently using aes to encrypt/decrypt messages to and from a web service. When the user establishes a session he sends a random generated secret via rsa public key. This secret is used to ...
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Are hash functions chaotic?

I'm looking into "bitcoin like" mining processes. Say a security process uses a hash of data as proof that the data was known at some point in time. From what I understand, hash functions are ...
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Linear transformation proof

Ok, so I have this question and I honestly have no idea how to prove it. I know that the function is linear and I know it works for every possible combination, I just don't know how to prove it in an ...
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Why not use an algorithm's code rather than data itself for one time pads?

Instead of using actual data for one time pads, what would be different if the code for an algorithm was exchanged so that to acquire the pad one would execute the algorithm and use its output? Why ...
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Need help solving message encrypted on an Enigma machine?

So basically I'm in a class an one problem we were given a while ago was one involving an enigma machine and a few messages. I do not have any idea of how to approach it, and I really need help. The ...
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Differential Cryptanalysis of FEAL-4

I'm currently carrying out a differential attack on the FEAL-4 algorithm, however I have hit a bit of a wall. Basically I attacked the final round first ($K3$) using the differential characteristic ...
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Does AES CTR mode store header information in encrypted files?

According to the movable-type.co.uk website, In the ‘counter mode’ used in this implementation, a counter which changes with each block is first encrypted, and the result is bitwise xor’d with the ...
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advantages of hashing over elliptic curve signatures for a proof of work protocol

I'm trying to create a proof-of-work protocol for a proof-of-concept software, and it's basically something like this: ...
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Most efficient conceivable padding mode, and with no padding oracle

When plaintext padding is required, there are various commonly-used padding techniques. It seems the two most used approaches are : Always add at least one byte of padding, and have every byte of ...
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FEAL-4 Wrong outputs of Round Functions

On page 2 of this article, there is example of FEAL-4. At round 2, the input to F (Round Function) is 0x80800000. As F accepts only 4 bytes I divide the input by 2 so that (As I assume the result ...
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Key escrow on indistinguishability games

Does it mean that when PPT attacker is breaking an indistinguishable based (equivalent with semantic security) game with non negligible probability that he is able to infer the secret keys either on ...
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1answer
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Is this chat protocol safe?

I am in the design phase of a secure chat application at the moment. I am trying to make this as secure as possible. The Serverprovider should not have access to the messagedata. So my idea was the ...
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What does “nonlinear mapping” mean?

Page 15 of the Keccak reference (PDF) explains that the $Chi$ step mapping of the Keccak-f permutation in Keccak is defined to be “nonlinear mapping”. Without this, the complete permutation would be ...
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How to guarantee every plaintext is in a rainbow table?

This guide says that for a rainbow table or pre-computed hash chain, you can only get a probability that a plaintext is in a table, not a guarantee. Is there a way to guarantee every possible ...
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Skein or Keccak stream cipher construction

I am wondering if using Skein or the Keccak hash algorithm in this construction (as a stream cipher) is secure: $H$ = Keccak or Skein hash with a 256 bit output $K$ = The main 256 bit random key, ...
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What benefits do substitution boxes and permutation boxes offer in DES?

I understand that with more encryption rounds the more complex the ciphertext becomes due to multiple substitutions and permutations. What I don't understand is the purpose of these features. I am ...
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Cryptographic data structure: sparse array without membership test

I would like a data structure supporting two operations: $\mathsf{set}(k,v)$ and $\mathsf{get}(k)$, with the following properties: $k$ can be any number between $0$ and something impressively large, ...
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If a cipher has key length shorter than plaintext, then it is not perfectly secure

I am trying to verify the statement above. So far I only know that a One-Time-Pad is the only “perfectly secure” cipher. It has a key length which is exactly the same as the plaintext. I think the ...
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How can one recover a message from the RSA system? [duplicate]

Consider an RSA system with n=143, e1=7 and e2=17. Suppose the same message m was sent to the two users above and the attacker observed the ciphertext c1=42 and c2=9. Show how the attacker can recover ...
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Why don't we use bcrypt and scrypt together?

Everyone is comparing bcrypt to scrypt. Bcrypt is proven, lots of cryptoanalysis and no vulnerabilities so far, but uses very low memory. While scrypt uses a lot of memory, but it's too early in its ...
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How is XOR used for encryption?

I am a programmer, so when I hear XOR, I think about the bitwise operator (e.g. 0110 ^ 1110 = 1000). The mention of "XOR" comes ...
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How are key length and size of group elements related?

I am reading a paper on ring signature where the author has mentioned a correlation between key length requirement and size of group elements. Can anyone hint me how he arrived at this conclusion out ...
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Number of keys for a monoalphabetic cipher

My teacher stated that the The number of possible keys (E) in a monoalphabetic cipher is 26! My thinking : Every letter in the alphabet can be 25 different letters hence it the number of ...
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What exactly is a negligible (and non-negligible) function?

The mathematical definition of neglible and non-neglible functions is fairly clear-cut, but why they are important and how they are used in cryptography?

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