# All Questions

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### RSA key pair generation and FIPS 140-2, 186-4

I need to securely generate RSA key pair and I need to have access to private exponent in order to process it further. What's the difference in FIPS 140-2 and FIPS 186-4 in connection with RSA key ...
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### Does “cryptography rather [try] to minimize the expansion of ciphertext”?

In a question's comment on crypto.SE (Is there an efficient way to hide the encrypted plaintext length with a block cipher?) it was stated cryptography rather tries to minimize the expansion of ...
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### Statistical saturation attack on block ciphers

I was wondering if anyone around here could give me some explanation on this type of attacks. Pretty much the only thing that I could find is this What I really need is basic explanation of the ...
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I'm pretty new to this and find it quite interesting, but my brain won't process how it works so I have to ask some questions :) Why is cryptography used? Is it for extra security once the password ...
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### What is the benefit of applying the tweak a second time using XTS?

I tried to understand the inner working of XTS. What I understood is that it is applying the tweak two times: once on the plaintext and once on the output. What is the benefit of applying the tweak ...
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### Unable to open old encrypted PKZIP 2.0 files despite having the password [closed]

My company has many many thousands of old compressed files that are maintained by a small C++ program written many years ago. The program successfully decrypts and uncompresses individual files using ...
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### Is there any task better and less complex than oblivious transfer? [closed]

I wanna know whether there can be any algorithm less complex than oblivious transfer because OT consumes O(n) time complexity where n is the number of messages involved. So can you please help me out ...
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### Java RSA Padding: no libraries used

I'm trying to implement RSA without using any java libraries using the algorithm from wikipedia HERE So, anyone can clearly see that it is a raw RSA, and can directly be attacked. The question is ...
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### What does variable-base point/scalar multiplication mean in ECC?

I am a bit confuse about the term, variable-base point/scalar multiplication, in Elliptic Curve Cryptography. What I have understood so far. It means that the base or point on EC is variable/unknown. ...
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### Encryption with a known plaintext

I'm building an application where users can be a part of groups, and can obtain and distribute URLs from the group page that allow anyone who clicks on them to join said group. Groups should not ...
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### How do you break encryption on a message? [closed]

This may seem like a simple question, but I have just started studying cryptography and I can't seem to find any information on this at all. I am trying to write a "simple" encrypted messenger using ...
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### AES encryption takes more time to decrypt than encrypt

I am trying to find how much time an AES encryption and decryption takes for a given amount of data and key. In all the cases encryption takes way lesser processing time than decryption. I tried to ...
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### Avalanche effect in DES

I couldn't understand the avalanche effect in DES. Could someone explain how avalanche effect happens in DES
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### Weakness in double hashing? [duplicate]

I remember reading an account of how double hashing (i.e. sha256(sha256(x))) can make some form of communication protocol between Alice and Bob trivially insecure, ...
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### Key Length vs KeySpace

I am a newbie here, this is my first post. I have searched the forum but I haven't found a clear answer to this. In general. What is the relationship between key length and the keyspace? (if there ...
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### Of what use is my code for finding prime numbers of a certain size?

I've developed a bit of Mathematica code that can find primes within a range of numbers. For example, if I wanted all the primes between one million and two million, it could do that. Of what use is ...
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### Key exchange using hash function

Consider two types of attackers on a key exchange (KE) protocol and subsequent communication between the parties which used this KE instance to establish a secure communication key. Attacker Eve ...
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### Why are twofish or other algorithms not NIST approved, are they still safe?

NIST has a total of 3 approved block ciphers on their website: AES, TDES and skipjack. I get why those are on there (though personally I find TDES a bit iffy) but from my understanding Twofish and ...
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### If the text was compressed before using traditional cryptography, how much difficulty increases for frequency analysis attack?

Traditional encryption is weak and no longer be used. They can be easily broken by using frequency analysis is a well-known fact. But, the frequency analysis often depends on the number of captured ...
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### Beginner question about secure communication with one user using DES

I am currently learning about encryption and I was asked a question: If a user wants to securely communicate with another user but only uses a DES crypto system. With no shared DES key with the other ...
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### Block cipher mode with diffusion on ciphertext

As I understand, diffusion property in AES-CBC ensures that one-bit change in plaintext will yield changes in all following blocks in ciphertext upon encryption. I'm looking for algorithm that will ...
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### Why is this a fix to Bleichenbacher's attack?

Looking at the excellent explaination of the attack here: Can you explain Bleichenbacher's CCA attack on PKCS#1 v1.5? I have one additional question: It says that: ""To prevent this attack, SSL ...
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### Timelock puzzle improvment

I came across this question with this answer about a cryptographic timelock-puzzle that needs approximately 30 years to be solved. There is also an explanation with source code for that puzzle ...
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### The Inhomogeneous Short Integer Solution (ISIS) problem with a clue

The Inhomogeneous Short Integer Solution (ISIS) problem is as follows: given an integer $q$, a matrix $A \in \mathbb Z^{n\times m}_q$, a vector $b\in \mathbb Z^n_q$, and a real $\beta$, find an ...
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### WPA and WPS: connection method [closed]

Do clients use WPS every time when they connect to a WPS-enabled AP? Or maybe they do it just the first time and then they switch to a normal WPA/WPA2 key exchange? If the latter, it's possible for ...
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### Self verifying hash algorithm

For quite some time I've been thinking about the idea to construct a hashing algorithm that contains its own checksum value, and thereby can verify itself. With hashing algorithms like SHA1 and MD5 ...
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### Generic name for (?hash) functions of form $\{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}^{poly(n)}$

Consider a function $$f: \{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}^{poly(n)}$$ with the following properties: hard to invert, i.e. given $f(x)$, hard to find $x$ hard to find a collision, i.e given $f(x)$, ...
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### Inconsistent terminology for ciphers and algorithms

I've been baffled by all the different kinds of names which are given to cryptographic algorithms. There are block ciphers and stream ciphers (AES and RC4). There is symmetric and asymmetric ...
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### Attack on key exchange with authentication

Suppose the honest parties - Alice and Bob - exchange public key in person/via telephone so that attacker can only eavedrop on the line. Alice has hashed the public key using a collision resistance ...
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### Security of integrity protection with HMAC vs AEAD

I'd like to know how the security of the integrity protection compares between: HMAC-SHA-256 with an 32 byte tag or a truncated 16 byte tag AES-GCM with a 16 byte tag AES-CCM with a 16 byte tag or ...
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Server A produces signed messages on request. You can tell server A what type of RSA padding to use in the signature (either RSASSA-PKCS1v1_5 or RSASSA-PSS). Either way, the message will be signed ...
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### Blowfish ECB mode: Tools for known-plaintext attack?

I'm currently dealing with multiple blowfish-encrypted files that share the same key. All are encrypted using ECB mode judging from their appearance. I don't know what the key is but I know 64 byte ...
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### What is the difference between uniformly and at random in crypto definitions?

Very often in the description and analysis of a cryptographic protocol there is a need for a an element $k$ that is sampled uniformly AND at random. Is there a redundancy in the definition with ...
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### FileVault AES-XTS decryption with cipher text that's missing a part

My mac was recently upgraded to OS X Yosemite and FileVault2 full disk encryption was turned on. Encryption finished, but things went horribly wrong and key parts of the disk are filled with all 0s ...
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### When is a cipher considered broken?

We've all read how some people claim AES is broken because there was supposedly a way to get the plain text from a cipher text faster than brute-force. But is this the definition? Is a cipher broken ...
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### How to compute accumulated values in bilinear map accumulators

How to compute $g^{1/(e_1+s)}$, where $g$ is the generator of group $\mathbb G$, and $e_1$ and $s$ are keys? I know only $s$ and $g^{e_1}$, not $e_1$. $\mathbb G$ has prime order for some prime $p$ ...
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### What is the difference between any secret sharing scheme and arithmetic secret sharing scheme

It looks like that only difference between two of them the variables. But it does not make sense for me and I could not find exact definition of arithmetic secret sharing scheme. I mean what exactly ...
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### What is the difference between a hash and a permutation?

As defined by Wikipedia a hash function is [...] any algorithm or subroutine that maps large data sets of variable length to smaller data sets of a fixed length. For example, a person's name, ...
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### Why are modes of operation used, what attacks do they prevent?

I know you always need to use a mode of operation when using a block cipher, AES for example, and Wikipedia has a good explanation for what modes of operation are Now I know if i do not use a mode of ...
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### Is creating a own protocol safe or should TLS always be used?

The more I start to learn about cryptography the more I hear it is unsafe to 'create' your own cryptographic protocol. With this I mean combining cryptographic primitives like HMAC, AES and RSA ...
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### Can the same random number be used in encryption and signing?

In several public key algorithms, the person running the algorithm must generate a random number (that's separate from the key). Can this random number be the same for an encryption and a signature? ...
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### Reordering of multiple signed blocks

I would like to refer you to page 430 of the Handbook of Applied Crypto, where the authors said "... reordering of multiple signed blocks presents a security risk..." This statement was made in ...
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### Is this discrete log generalization a well known cryptographic assumption?

Assume you have a finite group $\mathbb{G}$ and an integer $n$. Given $g_1,\dots,g_n,t$ chosen uniformly from $\mathbb{G}$, consider the problem of finding a vector $(a_1,\dots,a_n)\in \mathbb{Z}^n$ ...
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### what is the current actual budget - as of 2015 - needed to build a DES breaker machine?

EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation - built a DES cracker for a budget of 250K\$ in July 1998. I assume that as of 2015 - the cost of such a DES breaker would be less, are there any estimations about ...
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### Repair AES-128 decrypted file

I decrypted a file which was encrypted with OpenSSL and AES-128 with the wrong password. Before I noticed it was the wrong password I removed the original file. Is there a possibility to reproduce the ...
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### Workaround to implementing Forward Secrecy

In the case where I am self-signing my digital certificates, if I just change my certificate (generate a new one) every week or month, will this have (sort of similar to) the same effect as ...
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### Encrypt-then-MAC: Do I need to authenticate the IV?

In the setting of Encrypt-then-MAC, do I need to include the IV in what I'm HMACing, or is authenticating just the AES-encrypted data sufficient?
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### Known plaintext, unknown 128 bit block cipher

I have an encrypted configuration file from an embedded device which I'm trying to decrypt. The file seems to be encrypted in 128bit blocks, as changing a single option causes a 16 byte block to ...