# All Questions

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### Encryption in which ciphertext is bigger than plaintext?

Is there an encryption which would produce a ciphertext longer than the plaintext? (please ignore block-chaining IV stuff, which would result in a data being generated from the plaintext). The point ...
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### Why HMAC=H(message|key) is unsafe? [duplicate]

As mentioned in wikipedia, HMAC=H(message|key) is not safe, but I don't know the reason. Anyone can tell me why? or give me an example? Thank you in advance.
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### TLS - self encrypting to avoid tls setup, secure?

I am in doubt : of course one can create a tl connection between a client and a server. But what if the client sends self encrypted with, say, blowfish, data to the server? The goal is that the ...
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### Pros and cons between HOTP and TOTP [duplicate]

I'm reading the RFC6238 (TOTP) and RFC4226 (HOTP) standards and can't get which one is to prefer? I've searched around a bit and it seems like TOTP is the one that is most used, but some argue that ...
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### Test framework for hash functions for collision resistance?

I have two questions about the assessment of collision resistance in hash functions. Given a hash-function what would be the next step to inquiry about it's collision resistance / probability of ...
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### What is “electronic” in electronic codebook (ECB)?

This is an honest question regarding terminology. I believe that I understand why one mode to use a block cipher is called a codebook. But I wonder why electronic as a work appears here? Is it fair ...
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### Are all block ciphers FPE (format preserving encryption)?

A FPE preserves the format. There is a correspondence between the format of the ciphertext and the plaintext. Given that a message in some binary enconded format can easily be divded in some ...
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### Can hashing become encrypting?

hashing some data and encrypting data share some similar attributes. Surely this is why "Difference between encrypting something and hashing something" has been asked. The point of this question is ...
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### IPsec authentication and encryption lgorithms

I am looking for the implementation of IPsec security algorithms for both authentication and Encryption. Is there any open source implementation available for the same ? And if someone supposed to ...
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### Storing AES encrypted RSA private keys on a server

I'm thinking about creating an encrypted messaging web application where users create RSA key pairs, they store the public key on the server for others to see and also store an AES encrypted private ...
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### Handbook of Applied Cryptography as an entry point - is it ok book? [on hold]

I recently chose to make an entry to Cryptography and encryption by starting to read the book Handbook of Applied Cryptography. I come from computer science background. To be honest, I have forgot ...
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### Opinion on my idea for storing credit cards securely

I've been thinking of ways to store credit cards securely, I thought of this: Take the users credit card info Put the card info in a standard format "Full Name/Card Num/Security Num/Expiry ...
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### Are modified implementations of cryptographic algorithms a good idea?

Are modified implementations of standard cryptographic algorithms better that the standard versions? Since the algorithm is not standard, is it harder to break? Is it safer?
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### How can I calculate the size of an encryption key?

I have encryption algorithm that has two variables are used as encryption key. How can I calculate the size of the encryption key. I will show an example of what the variables can be: ...
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### what is SALSA20 Nonce and its requirements [duplicate]

what is the source of nonce in SALSA20 algorithm. basically who provides the value of nonce in SALSA20 algorithm
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### Storing salts and iteration number?

I have a function that derives two sub-keys from one passphrase using PBKDF2 one which is used as a encryption key the other for HMAC generation, because these two sub-keys will need to be regenerated ...
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### Does the SSH protocol preserve integrity if an endpoint is cloned?

I am trying to find out if the SSH protocol preserves integrity of the transferred data in the following scenario: The SSH client is running on a virtual machine, at some point in the middle of the ...
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### How can I prove CPA secure by using a new scheme gen,enc,dec from GEN,ENC,DEC?

Given public key encryption scheme $(gen; enc; dec)$, we now construct a new scheme $(Gen; Enc; Dec)$ as follows: The key generation algorithm $Gen$ is the same as $gen$. Each ciphertext for a ...
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### Extending key sizes in Salsa20 and ChaCha?

I've written implementations of Salsa20 and ChaCha that accept 384 and 448 bit keys. It was fairly trivial to implement, the 'sigma' constant is replaced with key material, and the counter, (which was ...
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### What does $\mathbb Z_p^*$ contain?

I have a prime $p = 7$ and was tasked to select a random value in $\mathbb Z_p^*$ in my signature scheme. What does the full range of $\mathbb Z_p^*$ contain in this case? Is it $\{0...7\}$ or ...
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### As a cryptographer, what are the things I should care about in my implementation of pairing functions?

As a beginner in cryptography, I do not know anything about different pairing types more than their names. So far, I know these names: Ate pairing, tate pairing, eta pairing, and r-ate pairing. I am ...
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### Why is g is less than p in Diffie-Hellman?

In non-authenticated DH, p and g are made as public record. p needs to be a large prime number and g should be smaller than p. Why does g need to be smaller than p?
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### Why do we need to compute message digest of a message first while signing it?

Why it is more efficient to compute a message digest of message and digitally sign it then, rather than sign the message directly?
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### recommendation to see documentaries about history of cryptography

Can anybody recommend any good documentaries which go into some history about cryptography and state of cryptography as of date ? I am not asking for favorites or subjective good documentaries but ...
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### What is the value of Q such that Q|P-1 where P is a prime number?

For my crypto assignment, I'm asked to enter a prime P and generate Q such that Q|P-1 Can anyone guide me what is Q|P-1?
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### Which attacks are possible against raw/textbook RSA?

The PKCS#1 standard defines multiple padding schemes for signature generation/verification (EMSA-PSS and EMSA-PKCS1-v1_5), and encryption/decryption (EME-OAEP and the less safe EME-PKCS1-v1_5). ...
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### Random Permutation polynomial

I need to know, please: (1) Is there anyway to pick uniformly at random permutation polynomial in a field of prime order? (2) Are there many permutation polynomials in a field? (3) In a finite ...
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### Available programs that can verify the working of a simple substitution cipher

Is there any tool available that can test whether a simple substitution cipher is working. I will put my scenario in detail. Lets say I built a simple substitution cipher that maps 8 bit data to 16 ...
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### Franklin-Reiter related message attack m2 = a(m1)+b

As shown in their paper, https://www.cs.unc.edu/~reiter/papers/1996/Eurocrypt.pdf, if one is given an equation relating the two messages m1 and m2 as well as other information one can crack both the ...
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### Are there some problems to use pseudo-random number generator in Smart Card?

A Smart Card is a kind of secure device, with limited storage capacity and computational resource. If we use a Pseudo-Random Number Generator to generate random numbers in a Smart Card, then is there ...
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### Repeated XOR decryption [closed]

I have this message in Hex: ...
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### Davies-Meyer Hash Function

So the Davies-Meyer Hash Function is: Hi = Hi−1 ⊕ exi (Hi−1) Say I pick H0 = 1110 0011 And the message x1 = "5" or "0000 0101" Is this the correct way to compute H1? H1 = 1110 0011 ⊕ (0000 0101 ⊕ ...
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### Zero Knowledge Example using discrete log

I've been exploring Zero Knowledge Proofs and while the classic cave example by Jean-Jacques Quisquater makes sense, I find the discrete log example problematic. Since the Verifier is given p, g and ...
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### Is it possible to decrypt the entire message with one half of the key in this example?

In this scheme, a 256 bit key is split into two 128 bit sub-keys. Message blocks are 256 bits and are also split into two sub-blocks. Before encryption, each sub-block is xor'd with it's partner and ...
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### Is it possible to add OpenSSL engine for a block algorithm with different input and output block size?

I need to add a new symmetric cryptography algorithm to OpenSSL, and I thought that the best way to do it is via its engine API. This algorithm will later be used by an application via the OpenSSL ...
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### What does “circuits” mean in Cryptography?

I am not a hardcore cryptographer so this might be a really stupid question. I am looking through some papers in homomorphic encryption and discovered they describe computation as "circuits", why do ...
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### Cracking secret key of a MD5 hash?

I have a MD5 hash which is obtained by hashing certain strings appended by a pipe character ( | ). (I know the values of these) A secret key is added as a suffix to this (I don't know the secret key). ...
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### Encrypting with Davies-Meyer hash function scheme

So I need to to illustrate Davies-Meyer hash function for a message “123” with 1-byte blocks. I can use the extended ASCII representation where each character is represented as a byte. And I can pick ...
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### What is the most computationally efficient way of generating pseudo-random permutations?

I have an application in which I need to create up to J randomly shuffled-copies of an array of length N. Then I will have millions or even billions of iterations such that, in each iteration, I will ...
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### In RSA, why does Alice's $N$ need to be relatively prime to Bob's $N$?

I was asked this by my professor and I didn't understand the reasoning behind it. If Alice has a the key pair $(p_a, n_a)$ and Bob has the key pair $(p_b, n_b)$, why do $n_a$ and $n_b$ have to be ...