# All Questions

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### Can I use the Sequence Number as the (implicit) IV in AES-GCM IPsec?

The RFC https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4106#page-5 states that, under AES-GCM IPsec, each packet is expanded by 8 bytes for the IV and up to 16 bytes for the ICV. Why? Since we already have a ...
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### Diffie-Hellman combined with DSA/RSA

we have learned Diffie-Hellman, RSA and DSA (Digital Signature Algorithm) in university. Because DH is vulnerable of Man-in-the-Middle we had the task to program the DH combined with RSA to protect ...
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### NSA Suite B revoked [closed]

NSA Suite B was formerly documented in CNSSP-15 "National Information Assurance Policy on the Use of Public Standards for the Secure Sharing of Information Among National Security Systems". NSA has ...
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### Change initial hash value of SHA512/t

Fips 180-4 defines under 5.3.6 how to calculate initial hash values for SHA512/t for a given value t. Can someone explain me how the t actually affects the outcome of the procedure (which, as far as I ...
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### What does this notation stand for when describing a code?

This code has appeared in some online course material. I understand the $(5, 4, 3)$ refers to (length, num codewords, distance) but no explanation of the $Z_2^5$ notation is given: One $(5,4,3)$ ...
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### Can you help me understand what a cryptographic “salt” is?

I'm a beginner to cryptography and looking to understand in very simple terms what a cryptographic "salt" is, when I might need to use it, and why I should or should not use it. Can anyone offer me a ...
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### factorization of an integer $N$ that is in special format

Suppose $p_0$ and $q_0$ are known prime numbers and define $p_i$ and $q_i$ as follows: $$p_{i+1} = next\_prime(p_i^2 + q_i^2), \qquad i \ge 0$$ and $$q_{i+1} = next\_prime(2p_iq_i), \qquad i \ge 0$$ ...
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### Are public key and private key exchangeable? [duplicate]

If I get a key pair from RSA algorithm, can I make Private-Key public, and keep Public-Key secret without breaking the security of encryption and signature?
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### Nonce for AES GCM to prevent replay attacks

I am wanting to encrypt a message with a pre shared key that uses AES GCM from the OpenSSL library to do so. I generate my key for the AES crypto via hashing my pre shared key with a salt using the <...
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### What is the best approaches to find the type of a Cipher / Encryption? [duplicate]

There are many known and unknown encoding and encryption types / algorithms. When the algorithm is known, then at least it gives some direction or approach on what to do next to obtain the plaintext ...
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### Using e-ID Number for Encryption and Digital Signing

I want to use e-ID number for performing Encryption/Decryption and Digital Signing - and in order to do so, I've opted a PGP-oriented approach which goes a bit like this. Generating PGP key-pair ...
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### A few questions about CRC basics [migrated]

I am an electronic engineer and have not found it important to consider CRC from a purely mathematical perspective. However, I have the following questions: Why do we add n zeros to the message when ...
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### Compact digital signature for noisy data

The question asks for a signature scheme, with a public verification procedure, that is tolerant to minor alterations of the signed data during its transmission [possibly in analog form over some ...
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### C# to PHP partially decoded string [closed]

Hello I am trying to send data from c# application to my webserver. And I got like 99% of data decrypted right now the use of URI.encode helped me a lot to increase sucessfull decryption by many %. ...
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### Are there any advantages in using proprietary encryption?

Proprietary software generally relies on the fact that in keeping the encryption algorithm private, it gets an extra layer of security implying "Security through Obscurity." Obviously this phrase has ...
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### How much bandwidth is used in a typical IKE/ISAKMP initialization?

How much bandwidth is used in a typical IKE/ISAKMP initialization? How many UDP packets are sent in each direction, and what is their typical size? I'm referring to initialization of IPsec via IKE/...
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### Quantum vs. regular computing time to break ECC?

How long exactly would it take for a regular computer to crack an elliptic curve public/private key via bruteforce, vs. a quantum computer using Shor's algorithm with a couple thousand qubits? Can ...
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### How long does it take to decrypt an RSA/ECB encrypted message?

I am working on assignment where I have specific scenarios and I am little bit struggling with this one. Alice sends and email to Bob.For this e-mail, she uses the following method of encryption: ...
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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 kind of custom header add to encrypted file to identify my encryption,consider safe and reliable.like pseudo format extension or file size

I want to add some custom header to encrypted file to identify my encryption,consider safe and reliable.like pseudo format extension or file size.Is there any algorithm or tool to make it?
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### Older key as PGP subkey?

Currently I have a 2048-bit PGP key. Suppose I create a new 4096-bit key. Can I add that old key as a subkey of this new one?
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### Can Shor's algorithm compromise RSA when both the public and private key are secret?

If RSA is to create a public private key pair and encryption is performed on plain test P to create cipher text C, given P and C could Shor's algorithm be used to find either of the public and private ...
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### Encryption-then-encode or encode-then-encryption?

I have this question in which I m struggling. I have read in many sites about encrypt-then-mac etc. If the confidentiality for transmission is needed, discuss the feature for the order of encryption ...
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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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### How to calculate the maximum output size for data encrypted with a RSA Private Key?

I have an an encryption algorithm I am working with that looks like this: prv_key_enc(sha1_hash(data)) Where, the RSA parameters are: RSA/ECB/PKCS1Padding 1024 ...
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### How was the AES MixColumns matrix constructed?

How was the constant matrix in AES MixColumns constructed? \begin{bmatrix} 02 & 03 & 01 & 01 \\ 01 & 02 & 03 & 01 \\ 01 & 01 & 02 & 03 \\ 03 & 01 & 01 &...
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### LENGTH Parameter in the EEA2 AES-128 of LTE

In the EEA2 option for encryption in LTE the AES-128 algorithm is mechanized. There, the nonce used in the CTR Mode is a 128-bit value. The first 64-bits are covered by a COUNTER, a BEARER, a ...
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### Hash Function representation in identity-based encryption

Some describe as $H:F_{q}\times G_{2}\rightarrow \{0,1\}^{n}$.Some describe as $H:\{0,1\}^{*}\times\{0,1\}^{*}\rightarrow F_{q}$. What is the meaning of product function? what kind of operation does ...
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### What is the motivation behind Key-policy Attribute-based Encryption?

What is Attribute Based Encryption? has a nice explanation what both forms (Ciphertext-policy Attribute-based Encryption and Key-policy Attribute-based Encryption) are. My question is: what is the ...
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### Computational Cost : Scalar Multiplication vs exponentiation in elliptic curve

$Pub=\gamma P$ and $Pub=P^{\gamma}$ where $P \in G_{1}$ and $\gamma \in Z_{p}$ Which one has less computational cost?
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### What would currently make the strongest https connection?

when you look at the encryption websites use you will see that there is alot of diversity, some use 256 bit keys some do not, some use DHE-RSA some ECDHE some use sha 256 some sha1, but my question is,...
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### Fixed primes in discrete logarithm

The discrete logarithm problem is to find $z$ when the inputs are $g,h,p$ where $g^z\bmod p$. Supposing if you fix $p$ then does the problem become any easier to attacks and is there a $(\log p)^c$ ...
Given an initial state $S_0 = (0101)$ and plaintext $P = 1010101011$ I need to find the ciphertext. The method to solve this was not taught in my coursework, and the information I have found online ...