# All Questions

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### Why develop new stream ciphers when block ciphers can be trivally made into streams?

I've just been reading about a new drop-in replacement for the RC4 stream cipher, but why develop new stream ciphers when AES can be made into a stream with a little XORing?
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### Symmetric vs non-symmetric pairing based crypto

I am trying to find a comparison of how different pairing-friendly elliptic curves perform (in terms of security) in real world applications; I am using PBC library, and it has type A curves and type ...
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### Can you make a hash out of a stream cipher?

A comment on another question made me wonder about something: Assume you're on a rather constrained platform — say, a low-end embedded device — with no built-in crypto capabilities, ...
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I found the term re-addition in https://www.hyperelliptic.org/EFD/g1p/auto-shortw-projective.html and I cannot figure out what it is. It has actually same complexity of addition and I dont see the ...
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### Why does openssl use SHA1 in ECC when I use secp384r1 curve

I need a small clarification that why openssl using SHA1 in ECC when I am using secp384r1 curve, but in rfc they are saying we should use SHA2. Thing here is am using nanoECC in my DTLS, nanoECC ...
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### Why does NTRUEncrypt lack a formal security proof?

Is there any particular reason why NTRUEncrypt lacks a formal security proof? That is, a demonstration that it achieves certain security notion (e.g. IND-CPA). I know there is a provable-secure ...
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### A simple attack on DESX in time $2^{120}$ [duplicate]

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be our message space and $\mathcal{K}$ our key space. Now, let $\mathrm{E} : \mathcal{K} \times \mathcal{M} \to \mathcal{M}$ be a block cipher. Define the block cipher ...
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### Is there any probabilistic version of RSA?

I have now studying the RSA, but I think that is it possible to have some probabilistic version like a random bit string "r" XORed with the key? Is there any probabilistic version of RSA? Thak you ...
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### public key certificate on TLS/SSL

Currently I am working on a public key certificate. I got a question: Why is a public key certificate needed for TLS/SSL? Wouldn't TLS/SSL itself is enough? What is the role of the certificate?
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### Why is the IV passed in the clear when it can be easily encrypted?

The initialization vector (IV) is exclusive or'd against the plain text before encryption for the first block sent in order to prevent an attacker from learning that duplicate message blocks are being ...
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### RSA prove $a^{\varphi(n)/g} \equiv 1 \pmod{n}$

I should prove that $a^{\varphi(n)/g} \equiv 1 \pmod{n}$, so I thought I would prove it with primitive roots but I got stuck. Here is the assignment: Let $p, q$ be primes such that $p \ne q$. ...
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### What is a q-type assumption?

I've seen the term "$q$-type assumption" used in a few papers without a definition. A google search doesn't seem to come up with anything useful either (except the same papers without a definition). ...
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### Are there any many to one encryption frameworks available?

I am reasonably new to the cryptography. For my use-case I need a method where in I would need a receiver to accept encrypted messages from a range of senders (each having their own, say, public key). ...
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### Client-server communication

The base scenario goes as follows: A program stores some user's confidential data encrypted on their disk. The user is most probably clueless and the disk might get stolen, but these are the classical ...
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### How to encrypt letters less than block n using Hill Cipher

I am learning about Hill Cipher and know that it is a block cipher where each block of n letters (considered as an $n$-component vector) is multiplied by an invertible $n \times n$ matrix, again ...
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### Frequency analysis of Vigenere Cipher

For Vigenere cipher, I understand Find period first (say we have p = 6) Find highest frequency of letter in each group (from 1 to 6) and assume it is "e" in plaintext What if we have more than ...
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### Equal length of primes in paillier cryptosystem

In the key generation step of paillier cryptosystem , In order to satisfy $\gcd(pq,(p-1)(q-1))=1$ , we can take equal length primes. Instead of taking(length as parameter to generate $p,q$) equal ...
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### A one way Function provably reversible at N applications with the same seed?

I'm looking for a function that is generally one way from some secret $F(s, A) \rightarrow Y$, where $A$ is known, $Y$ is produced (also known), and $s$ is kept secret. But whose repeated application ...
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### Is it safe to salt a MAC?

Say that I define a scheme where the salt is public and is MAC-ed with the message: $k = KDF(password, salt)$ $tag = MAC_k(salt || message)$ Is it safe to salt the MAC this way? Assume that the salt ...
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### Number of keys for a monoalphabetic cipher

My teacher stated that… 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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### Are password salts equivalent to keystream?

I was reading up on keystream when I came upon the definition of it: A keystream is a stream of random or pseudorandom characters that are combined with a plaintext message to produce an encrypted ...
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### Monoalphabetic cipher key

I'm new to cryptography and have just completed homework on Monoalphabetic cipher. I managed to decrypt the cipher text successfully but I cannot identify the key from my plaintext to ciphertext ...
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### Infer encoding mechanism from $n$-grams distance?

I have a series of obfuscated strings which across the set of strings have regions of high variance and regions of low variance – implying some encoding mechanism as opposed to an encryption procedure ...
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### Chosen plaintext attack on textbook RSA decryption

Let $(n,d)$ be an RSA private key and $(n,e)$ the corresponding public key. Generate a secret random $r$ from $(\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z})^*$ Compute $C’ = C (r^e) \bmod n$ Submit $C’$ as a chosen ...
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### Efficiently show/prove knowledge of third party secret without leaking information

Say Alice publishes (i.e. all parties in the universe) a key or certificate $x$ and sends a secret $s$ to Bob. Bob then publishes some data $d$ (his identity or a message or smt.) and an ...
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### How secure is a lagged fibonacci sequence for encrypting brief messages?

Say I start with a 26-letter keyword and convert the letters into 26 integers (A=0, B=1...Z=25) nr[0] to nr[25]. Then I create a stream, nr[26] onwards, with a lagged fibonacci sequence where nr[n]= ...
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### Use case of RSA CRT

I discovered the CRT version of RSA cryptosystem which is used in many crypto libraries (openSSL, Java...). The use of the Chinese Remainder Theorem improves the speed of decryption so why it's not ...
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### What do you call one time pad where pseudo-random numbers are used?

What is the encryption method called when pseudo-random numbers are used instead of true random numbers?
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What is the disadvantage of AES-GCM mode for authenticated encryption? Why does the CAESAR competition say that it’s one of the goals to find an AE scheme that offers an advantage over AES-GCM? What ...
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### Operation which needs much computing power to be created, but just a little to be solved?

Does somebody know a cryptographic/mathematic operation, that needs much computing power to be "encrypted"/"created" but doesn't need much power to be "decrypted"/"solved"?
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### Secure way to derive separate encryption and MAC keys from a single master key?

I want to derive a 256 bit encryption key and a 256 bit MAC key from a single 256 bit master key for an authenticated encryption scheme. I was considering the following construction to derive the two ...
The passage said that the computational load to attack DES-X can be reduced to approximately $2^{(56+64)}=2^{120}$ steps,and the storage of data sets should be $2^{64}$. But I can't figure why ...