# All Questions

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### Severity of Cooking NIST P Curve Constants

Bruce Schneier and Gregory Maxwell have both stated that they believe the constants chosen for NIST's P curves (i.e. P-256r) are cooked. DJB has put together a detailed list of red flags but, outside ...
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### Could this alternative hash based MAC construction be as, or even more secure than an HMAC?

Begin hashing (Key||Message) Encrypt the hash state (or some part of it, such as the first 128 or 256 bits), with the key. Add the encrypted hash state to the ...
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### Is what i'm trying to do safe?

What both parties have: Server Master Secret (MS) Server supported versions (Svers) Agreed upon version (ver) Client Master Secret (MS) Client supported versions (Cvers) Agreed upon version (Ver) ...
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### Rabin-Williams, blinding and size of Integer r?

I was reading the paper Breaking the Rabin-Williams digital signature system implementation in the Crypto++ library. The library uses blinding, but it was not enough to stop key recovery. But my ...
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### SHACAL-2 vs. AES as underlying block cipher for Secure Hash (aka SHA-256)

The hashing scheme SHA-256 (for instance) is based on Merkle-Damgard construction with the underlying compression function based on the block cipher SHACAL-2 configured in Davies Meyer mode. SHACAL-2 ...
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### RSA: Why must e be relative prime to phi(n) [duplicate]

I've got a question concerning fields used in RSA: Let's use the following symbols for my example: {p,q} = primes {e,n} = public key {d,n] = private key I learnt that an inverse element exists if a ...
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### Is computing roots moduli a composite $N$ a hard problem without knowing the factorization of $N$?

Suppose that we are given $\mathbb{Z}_{N}$ and an element $x^u \in \mathbb{Z}_{N}$ with $u \in (0,l]$ where $l$ is the bit-size of $N$. Is it difficult to recover $x$ by knowing $u$ without knowing ...
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### Regarding NTRU homomorphic properties

NTRU has some homomorphic properties modulo q, supporting both addition and multiplication. Due to its nature, it cannot support many of them. My main focus currently is in the addition, so the ...
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### What is the most light-weight symmetric cipher thats still usefull?

I need a very light encryption scheme which costs almost no performance during encryption (while decryption may be slow). I found 5 algorithms: RC4, DES, LED, PRESENT, and Piccolo. But how do I ...
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### What is the difference between a hash function and a pseudorandom function? [duplicate]

Read the title. I've seen in RFCs that some MAC functions are called "pseudorandom functions". What are those? How are they different than hash functions? Why can't a hash function be used instead?
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### XOR cipher with three different ciphertexts and repeated key, key length known. How do I find the plaintexts?

Let us say we have three different plaintexts (all alphabets, A-Z): $x$, $y$ and $z$, each of length $21$. Let the key, $a$, be also of length $21$. Now, what we have is $x \oplus a$, $y \oplus a$ ...
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### Significance of 3mod4 in squares and square roots mod n?

Why do most literature while discussing squares or square root modulo a prime P, consider P to be congruent to 3 mod 4?
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### Point decompression on an elliptic curve

I'm programming an elliptic curve cryptosystem and I'm having difficulty with decompressing points. The following information is from my project specification as to my understanding: Given a point ...
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### RSA Decryption given n, e, and phi(n)

my cryptography professor gave us this problem for extra credit a while back and I attempted it but I didn't get it correct. I have gone back to it, but I'm even more lost now than I was the first ...
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### Is equal length of primes in Paillier cryptosystem is mandate for security reasons?

In continuation to this question about length of primes , I am in doubt about the restriction on length of primes itself . In Paillier cryptosystem , equal length of primes are used . My doubt is ...
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### Security of chameleon hash functions

With the knowledge of the trapdoor, we are able to compute the same digest for differents messages. I've read that given two messages $m$, $m'$ and two numbers $r$, $r'$ such that ...
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### How do RSA and ElGamal key sizes compare?

I have a rather silly question regarding the comparison of RSA with ElGamal over integers. If you want to compare their performance in the same level of security, does the modulus of both of them need ...
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### Using C_Sign to create a PKCS7 signature

I am using the PKCS#11 function C_Sign to sign some data. The output I get is just a signature. How do I get it in PKCS#7 format - i.e. ASN1 with signature and certificate (for detached) or ASN1 with ...
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### Message encrypted with a LFSR based stream cipher

I am learning about LFSR sequence and I came across this question: A 16-bit message consists of two ASCII characters. This message was encrypted with a one-time pad, and the key for the one-time pad ...
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### Roots of polynomial in Shamir secret sharing

I need to know whether one can obtain any roots of the polynomial in Shamir secret sharing if he possesses less than threshold shares. For instance in (t,n) if he has t-1 shares can he obtain any ...
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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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### How often do I need to rotate AES 256 keys

I'm trying to design a protocol for a resource constrained environment. The device has to communicate with a server through an insecure node. My plan is to use AES 256 end to end for all ...
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### Are partial hashes used in cryptographic protocols?

In my question (and answer) about a partial hash code used within a signature application I found out that partial hash codes are sometimes used within protocols with a relatively restricted security ...
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### How should I treat a new cipher release like Spritz?

I have been looking at both the paper as well as the sourcecode of Spritz — a spongy RC4-like stream cipher and hash function by Ronald L. Rivest and Jacob Schuldt. The paper states We have also ...
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### SHA1 collision event probability after n iterations

There are String1 and String2 - some variables-strings. The probability of collision for different ...
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### Non-commutitive and nonassociative algebraic structures in cryptography

Are there any cryptographic algorithms or primitives that have been developed and studied that make use of non-commutative or non-associative algebraic structures such as quaternion integers or ...
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### Hill cipher key space

Key space is the set of all possible keys that can be used to generate a key. We using the number of valid key to describe it. I've given a hill cipher of block size $k$ over alphabet of size $p$, ...
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### Why don't we use H(m||k) as a MAC? [duplicate]

HMAC seems a bit complicated. Why can't we use $H(m||k)$ as a MAC? Unlike $H(k||m)$, length extension attacks won't work. Is there some other obvious attack?
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### Simplified Fiat-Shamir example generates wrong output

I am trying to implement the Fiat-Shamir identification protocol, however the end results always fail to match. I am using algorithm's description from here. Preparation: Select 2 prime integers ...
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### What are some restrictions when converting Montgomery Curves into Weierstrass Curves?

I want to represent a Montgomery Curve (curve25519) in Weierstrass form as a personal exercise. After doing some math and referencing the conversion equation at ...
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### Why is an IV used in Merkle–Damgård transform?

In Merkle–Damgård transform, a fixed vector IV is chosen at the beginning, and it is hashed together with the first block x1. I wonder why we don't use x1 straightforward, i.e. hash x1 and the next ...
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### How to design a secure data container?

I want to design a secure data container that can be used to transfer encrypted data over a public network that can defeat common attacks. Data is already encrypted before entering this container so ...
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### Is there proof to the relation between the gap Diffie-Hellman problem and the the Cha-Cheon signature scheme?

I am trying to prove that: "If the gap Diffie-Hellman problem is easy, then the Cha-Cheon signature scheme will be broken." Can you help me to prove it? Is there any proof to the relation between ...