# All Questions

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### Could remailers achieve their goals under conditions of ubiquitous (total) surveillance? [migrated]

I am not certain but I am afraid that the answer to the question would be negative, if the following arguments couldn't be clearly refuted: A sender of a message has to choose a (first) node of the ...
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### How can a Vigenère cipher be broken if the message is short?

I was watching a Stanford lecture on Vigenère cipher and in it the professor said that – to break the cipher – we assume the length of the key is known. We then break the cipher into groups of this ...
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### Is there a practical upper limit for password rehashing?

When using PBKDF2, is there a practical upper limit to the iteration count above which we lose security? Note: If you answer “No”, that's fine. But if you answer: “There can't be an upper limit“, ...
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### RSA Key and RSA Security

Is there any relationship between the RSA keypair standard and RSA security? Keypair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_(cryptosystem) Security: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA_Security If not, ...
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### Random Number Generator based on AES CTR

I've just about done tinkering with an open source DRBG, and I sure would appreciate a bit of advice from this community. Here's the link to the project, hosted at codeproject.com. It is written in ...
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### Trapdoor permutation / hardcore predicate [closed]

I'm trying to understand the basic scheme of deniable encryption based on the “Deniable Encryption” paper by Ran Canetti, Cynthia Dwork, Moni Naor and Rafail Ostrovsky (1997). Is there any source ...
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### How can I calculate the Rijndael SBox?

I would like to implement the Rijndael subBytes() operation using calculation instead of tables, because I like to play with this on different wordsizes, as an ...
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### McEliece and cryptanalysis

What is the computational time to break McEliece on a quantum computer? I've seen that polynomial time algorithms exist, but for special conditions. What about the general case?
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### Choosing primes in the Paillier cryptosystem

In the first step of key generation phase in Paillier cryptosystem given here. It's given that ( length($p$) == length($q$) )$\implies$ gcd$(pq,(p-1(q-1)))$=1 where length($k$) = # bits in ...
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### Does adding a salt to the message before HMAC processing add any security?

An HMAC function is designed to verify message integrity, i.e., that the message has not been tampered with. It is generally (always?) implemented by using a hashing function ...
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### When only using one-way hashing, is it possible to tell the number of characters changed between the old and new password?

The other day when changing my password on a Solaris 10 system I was surprised that Solaris was able to detect that I hadn't changed enough characters between the new and current passwords. MINDIFF ...
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### What exactly does a key do?

I am getting to grips with cryptography as a total newbie, and am struggling with encryption "keys" and how to visualize them. From http://computer.howstuffworks.com/encryption.htm/printable: ...
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### How is this affine function a pair wise independent permutation?

Can anybody explain how the below is true ? $I_n$ denotes the set of all n-bit strings, ${\{0,1\}}^n$. (..) Let $A$ be a finite field then the permutation $f_{(a,b)}(x) = a \cdot x + b$, ...
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### An unpredictable PRG is secure (Theorem Yao'82)

in the Mr Boneh's online course is stated the following theorem: Let $G:K \to \{0,1\}^n$ be a PRG. “Thm”: if $\forall i \in \{0, … ,n-1\}$ the PRG $G$ is unpredictable at pos. $i$, then ...
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### How does Web Cryptography API produce secure PRNG?

How does Web Cryptography API (eg window.crypto.getRandomValues) produce secure PRNG? Specifications: https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/webcrypto-api/raw-file/tip/spec/Overview.html#RandomSource-interface ...
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### Simplification of a pairing

The paper Expressive, Efficient, and Revocable Data Access Control for Multi-Authority Cloud Storage contains the following simplification: e(C_i,\text{GPK}_{uid})\cdot e(D_i, ...
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### The modulus of RSA public key

I am studying the RSA cryptosystem. The public key consists of $(n, e)$, the modulus (product of two large primes), and the encryption exponent. I want to separate the modulus $n$ and exponent $e$. A ...
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### Malicious KGC attack in the identity-based authenticated key exchange protocol

There are two users $A$ and $B$ who are in different domain. Let's assume that $A\in KGC_1$ and $B\in KGC_2$. If they want to establish secure session, then they must run an identity-based ...
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### Deterministic Rand function for Winternitz One Time Signatures

Suppose you are implementing a Generalized Merkle Signature Scheme, using the Winternitz One-Time Signature Scheme for the node signatures. Furthermore, suppose the implementation is to be stateless ...
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### Adi Shamir's secret database of all primes

I was going through these presentation slides (PDF) on Crypto 2013. It summarizes the paper, Factoring RSA keys from certiﬁed smart cards: Coppersmith in the wild. In the last slide, it was ...
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### Comparing n-multiple amount of merkle trees?

I would like to know what best steps are there in finding differences between a high order amount of merkle tree's or if a better associative structure should be used. I ask this questions because ...
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### Convergent encryption has dictionary attack, but why hash function doesn't?

Convergent encryption (CE), $E_k(d)$, is a way to encrypt the data $d$, with the characteristic that the encryption key $k$ is $k=h(d)$, where $h(\cdot)$ is a cryptographic hash function. Consider a ...
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### Can a homomorphic encryption scheme be made CCA2 Secure?

Is it possible to modify a homomorphic encryption scheme so that it can be CCA2 secure? From the definition of a homomorphic scheme, it seems that it is malleable, which would result in lack of CCA2 ...
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### Feasible way to check n-dimensional equidistribution of PRNGs

I am currently gathering some test methods and test suites for random number generator qualities, and am a bit stuck at finding something feasible to test for n-dimensional equidistribution. As input ...
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### Problem with Python Implementation of Key Exchange part OTR Protocol

Being new to software development and crypto in general, I thought I would write a simple p2p encrypted chat app using the otr protocol detailed here: https://otr.cypherpunks.ca/Protocol-v3-4.0.0.html ...
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### Math to replace s-boxes - Good or bad idea?

The following was going through my brain for the past week. If my thoughts are generally known to the cryptographic community would someone provide a link or two. Even if I’m making a classic newbie ...
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### Is a keyed PRF a MAC?

I remember I read that a MAC can be considered as a PRF. Can a variable-length input keyed-PRF be considered as a MAC?
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### Determine LFSR phase quickly?

I know it's possible with work backwards from the output bits of an LFSR to determine its feedback polynomial in a O(n) fashion. I'm also curious if, given an LFSR state and polynomial, is it ...
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### Client authentication on limited hardware

I'm developing a authentication and authorization protocol for a Bluetooth device. The device should communicate with an Android app and needs to be able to authenticate the app during the connection ...
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### Can I get a public key from PGP signature? [migrated]

I have a PGP signature of a known message. However, I am not sure who signed it. Can I get the public key - or, at least, the fingerprint/other way of searching for it on a public keyserver - just ...
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### Attacks on AES-128 (ECB) based on some knowledge of plaintext

I'm working with a third party protocol which employs AES-128 in ECB mode of operation to encrypt a packet composed of 16-byte blocks (it encrypts each block independently). I'm trying to determine if ...
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### Does OpenTSA support PKCS11 to talk to HSMs?

We are planning to implement the time-stamping service (RFC 3161) using OpenTSA wanted to know: Does OpenTSA support PKCS-11 (Cryptoki) to talk to HSMs? BTW: I did not find documentation or much ...
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### generate hash of all handshake messages for verify data (DTLS)

I am trying to create a DTLS client finished packet, where I need to generate verify data for handshake hash is need. And here I want to know how to generate handshake hash. As of now I am doing like ...
Theorem: Let $y$ be a quadratic residue in $\mathbb{Z}_N$* where $N=pq$. There are exactly four integers $x_1, x_2, x_3, x_4$ where $0 < x_1 < x_2 < \frac{N}{2} < x_3 < x_4 < N$ ...