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What is the SSL private key file format?

I was researching about how to encrypt with RSA. I understood everything but not the format of the private keys. In the phpseclib (RSA in PHP), you can import your private key (private.key format) ...
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1answer
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Discrete logarithm modulo a smooth number

I am solving the discrete logarithm problem modulo $N$. $N$ is a composite number, I found its factors — lots of small primes and two big primes ($> 2^{50}$). Does the factorization of $N$ somehow ...
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PKCS12 - private key protection [migrated]

I know that PKCS12 private key is protected by a password, but what is actually done with the password ? Does it use PBKDF to derive the key from password ? That would be a problem as if you change ...
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Attribute-based broadcast encryption with respect to ABE

What is the exact difference between attribute-based encryption (ABE) and attribute-based broadcast encryption (ABBE)? Is ABBE equivalent to broadcast encryption on top of ABE?
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2answers
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PRNG determinism (and java.security.SecureRandom)

Looking at getDefaultPRNG() in java.security.SecureRandom makes me very unsure about how to use it. On my desktop, it uses sun.security.provider.NativePRNG, which reads from ...
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Can we quantify strength of encryption scheme ?

Was wondering if we have any (or can we come up with) "units" for strength of encryption like in Physics. Most of our comparative analysis of encryption schemes are based on number of S boxes or ...
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Is the DES F-function injective for a given subkey?

Is it possible for two different half-block inputs to the DES F-function, with the same round subkey, to produce the same output? That is, if we feed two different half-block inputs $b_1$ and $b_2$ ...
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Is basic RSA secure? [duplicate]

I'm pretty new to cryptography, had RSA in my math lectures a few years back and decided to try it myself. I've implemented a rather basic version of RSA using a hash from a passphrase to create the ...
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Decrypting the CipherValue in a PSKC file [migrated]

This is the opposite of what I was doing in this question - Encryption and HMAC in a PSKC file The spec is there at https://tools.ietf.org/rfc/rfc6030.txt The Data/seed is encrypted with AES-128-CBC ...
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Preventing Quantum Attacks on Cryptography [duplicate]

With the advancement of technology in quantum computing, it's becoming more evident that we need to start thinking about protecting the future integrity of our cryptographic standards. What can we do ...
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What cryptography is suitable to motivate High School students to learn math?

A High School math teacher in the Bronx asked me if I knew of any way to use cryptography in a way that motivates students (15 to 18 years old) to learn math. I do know that many of them want to ...
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1answer
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Attack an stream cypher using 2 XORed LFSRs

We know that the Key were generated by 2 16Bit LFSRs (output of both is XORed together -> key) I already extracted a 64 Bit key sequence, but how can I calculate the polynom of the LFSRs (and the ...
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1answer
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Possible to know who is the owner of a message encrypted with RSA public key

Given the scenario in which I want to send 10 messages either to Stalio or Olio. I encrypt these messages with their respective public keys using textbook RSA, before sending the messages to their ...
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Formal proof of theorem concerning the Random Oracle Model

Reading a book on cryptography by Douglas R. Stinson I've met the following theorem, which is stated without proof (see here). Thereby, $\mathcal{F^{X,Y}}$ denotes the set of all functions from ...
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How to use NaCl with Java under Windows [migrated]

I recently found the library Libsodium and was glad that there are also Bindings for Java. Unfortunately, the libraries does not appear to work with Windows beacause they were developed for other ...
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2answers
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Solving Quadratic equations in Galois Field (2^163)

Hello I am working on implementing a message to elliptic curve point mapping hardware circuit I have done some research and found out the koblitz mapping method: I will be using a field of binary ...
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2answers
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DES generating the same ciphertext for different plaintexts and identical key

Is it possible to get the same output for DES while the inputs are different while using the same key? The key should not have to be a weak key. If yes could you give me a hint how to show how to do ...
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Do I have to transfer the private key to digitally sign a remote document?

I'm trying to digitally sign a document which is uploaded by a user. I want the user to sign that document using his digital signing certificate (DSC). Should I: transfer the file to the user, and ...
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Is there a way to “shorten” a Merkle chain?

If I have a Merkle chain of 3 items, is it possible to create a zero knowledge proof of the existance of a correct chain between hash 1 and hash 3? Editing to clarify (Thanks Ricky), what I mean my a ...
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2answers
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Power analysis and exponentiation by squaring

I am trying to understand how one can retrieve the secret exponent via a simple power analysis. Lets suppose that the exponentiation by squaring algorithm is implemented in its simplest form : ...
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1answer
596 views

What are the security implications of multiple hashing?

There are plenty of questions on this site about hashing passwords. However, none of them quite cover this topic. One of those links covers using multiple different hash algorithms; one covers general ...
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How are random numbers for RSA generated? [duplicate]

The RSA public key encryption requires two very large prime numbers as part of its encryption process that serve as secrets. These are typically generated with cryptographically secure random number ...
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2answers
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Can I simulate iterated AES-ECB with other block cipher modes?

I am trying to write some code using the Web Crypto API (http://www.w3.org/TR/WebCryptoAPI/#algorithm-overview) which provides only some of the block cipher modes for AES, intentionally excluding ...
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0answers
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what is wrong in my Rijndael that gives me this? [migrated]

I'm using the Rijndael classes from .net System.Security to Encrypt my RSA Keys this is how I set it up: ...
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1answer
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Diffusion in Stream Cipher

The diffusion property of a cipher defined by Shannon refers to the ability of a cipher to cause a lot off bits in the cipher text to be modified, when even a single bit in the plaintext is flips. ...
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1answer
88 views

Prime Numbers in Discrete Log

I am implementing a security protocol based on discrete log. I came across the equation $p = kq + 1$. Understand that based on number theories that both $p$ and $q$ should be large enough to be ...
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0answers
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How to verify the result of repeated squaring method

I am wondering that is there any way to check that the result of repeated squaring is correct or not Suppose we have a calculator (like Casio FX 570ES, ...), and we want to calculate x^d ≡ n If any ...
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1answer
76 views

Luby-Rackoff on Feistel ciphers [closed]

On page 46 of these lecture notes, it seems to say that if we have a Feistel cipher, and plaintexts $(L_0, R_0)$ and $(L_0^*, R_0^*)$ with corresponding encryptions, then we can determine the key? But ...
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2answers
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Why would an Initialization Vector be supplied externally?

My software uses a 3rd party encryption appliance (DataSecure). One of the capabilities they allow is for the client software to supply an IV while doing CBC encryption. Why would they not generate ...
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0answers
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AFV11 scheme simplification

I tried to implement AFV11 scheme http://eprint.iacr.org/2011/410 and faced with performance issues. In order to reduce this issue I have made some simplifications to the scheme. Does the following ...
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1answer
67 views

Which Block cipher mode should I use? [closed]

Which of the Block cipher mode is MOST secure? I dont care about the performance just the most secure
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1answer
65 views

What is Initialization vector (IV) [closed]

I am not the best cryptologer and therefore I have some questions so I learn more and get better. Heres the questions: What is Initialization vector (IV)? MUST I use it or not?
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Example related to Algorithm to invert VMPC function

I am new with VMPC one way function. I understood the concept from vmpcfunction.com. But I can not understand algorithm of inverting VMPC function.I am not getting any example of it with detailed ...
0
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1answer
55 views

Encryption and HMAC in a PSKC file

This is the PSKC standard https://tools.ietf.org/rfc/rfc6030.txt In Section 6.1 6.1. Encryption Based on Pre-Shared Keys They have the following ...
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Chosen plaintext vs Chosen ciphertext

What is the difference between chosen plaintext and chosen ciphertext attack? In both of these adversary has access to paintext-ciphertext pairs.Then where lies the difference?
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1answer
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Embedded devices Authentication, Integrity and Confidentiality

Embedded devices send messages to the server. The server occasionally sends messages to individual devices(Reboot, upgrade firmware etc) After some research this is my ad-hoc solution: 1) Each ...
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1answer
52 views

test vectors for 3DES seem to in fact be testing DES - not 3DES

NIST SP 800-20 Appendix A has what presumably are supposed to be test vectors for 3DES except almost all of the test vectors utilize 8-byte keys and not the 24-byte keys that 3DES is supposed to have. ...
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2answers
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Security concern about reducing hash value using modulo operation

As stated in the title, what I am looking for is information about a "technique" that I would like to use in some of my algorithms. Sometimes I need to map a hash function's result into a range of ...
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2answers
109 views

how to let other people respond to emails only decrypt-able with my private key

First of all I have to say it's a homework question but since I have no one to consult with, I ended up here :) Suppose a case in which you are the manager of a company and all employees encrypt ...
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1answer
99 views

Second pre-image resistance vs Collision resistance

From Wikipedia: Second pre-image resistance Given an input $m_1$ it should be difficult to find another input $m_2$ such that $m_1$ ≠ $m_2$ and $\operatorname{hash}(m_1) = ...
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2answers
88 views

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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1answer
50 views

Modular Reduction of polynomials in GF(2^m)

Hello I am having trouble understanding the algorithm implementation in hardware of the reduction process over galois fields of F(2^163) In the following process it ...
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4answers
216 views

Do Brute-Force Attacks and Cryptanalysis refute Kerckhoffs's principle? [closed]

According to Kerckhoffs's principle "A cryptosystem should be secure even if everything about the system, except the key, is public knowledge." Now I want to throw in a provoking formula of mine which ...
3
votes
2answers
56 views

How many times can a key be used for HMAC-SHA256 before it needs to be rotated?

If I wanted to use hmac for proving that a value hadn't been tampered with, how many times can I use a key before it needs to be rotated?
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2answers
105 views

Brute force against computational security

One-time pad is secure under brute force with respect to either of the definitions \begin{align} \Pr[M = m] &= \Pr[M = m | C = c]\\ \Pr[C = c | M = m_0] &= \Pr[C = c | M = m_1] \end{align} ...
3
votes
1answer
82 views

Proving the existence of a pseudorandom function

I've been reading the Introduction to Modern Cryptography book by Katz and Lindell as part of my own learning and have come across this exercise which I am not sure how to approach. The exercise is: ...
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0answers
34 views

Modifying algebraic secrecy message to use digital certificates

I have the following message: sign((M’, T$_A$, sign((encrypt((encrypt(M, $K_{pbB}$), M’), K), T$_B$), $K_{sB}$)), $K_{sA}$) Sign is used for signature generation. Encrypt is used for ...
0
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1answer
53 views

Calculate number of chips to solve bit commitment using hash function

I have a problem that I don't know how to solve Assume that H is a cryptographic hash function with output size 80 bits. Assume that ABC123 is a specifically designed line of hardware chips for ...
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vote
1answer
50 views

Associative but NOT Commutative Reducing Function Construction with Existing Hash Function(s)

Is it possible to construct a binary reducing function based on any existing cryptographic hash function satisfying the associative property but not the commutative property? So formally: Using an ...
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0answers
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Obliviously computing the Least common multiple of two poylnomials

Consider I have two polynomials $f_1$ and $f_2$ of the same degree. I want to secure them (using any kind of encryption except FHE) and outsource them to an untrusted server. I want him to compute the ...

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