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Deriving a Set of Seeds from a Seed

I need a set of seeds $S=\{s_1,..., s_n\}$, for pseudo-random function where seed $s_i$ is used to generate a set of pseudo-random values. Obviously I need to be able to regenerate the sets of pseudo-...
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Output of using the same key in all 3 boxes of 3DES

I am trying to figure this one out: What would be the encrypted output for an input x if the same key K is used in all three boxes of 3DES? The encryption scheme for 3DES with three different keys, ...
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Designing Secure Multi-Party Computation Sub-Protocols Based on Homomorphic Encryption

When designing SMPC protocols using secret-sharing, it is a common approach to compose a protocol from several sub-protocols (each proven secure under the formal definition of security w.r.t. semi-...
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Transforming EC public key X and Y-sign into X and Y [duplicate]

I'm using bouncycastle which uses X and Y coordinates for public keys. An EC public key is more compactly represented by the X coordinate and the sign of the Y coordinate. How do I use bouncycastle ...
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Discrete Logarithm problem with inverse

Let $\mathbb G$ be a cyclic group of order $q$. The Discrete Logarithm Problem (DLP) is, given $g, g^x \in \mathbb G$, to compute $x \in \mathbb Z_q $. I'm interested to know if there is a known ...
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How to overcome issues with big ciphers? E.g. with small vs. big Vigenére Ciphers

I understand that bigger ciphers show more recurring patterns and therefore should be easier (or at least faster) to decrypt as you'll have a better statistical analysis, being However if we use a ...
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How to use CRT to compute 4 square roots while decryption in Rabin Cryptosystem

I'm reading Rabin Cryptosystem which requires to compute 4 square roots $r, -r, s,- s$ while decryption of cipher text $c$ such that $$r = (y_p \times p \times m_q + y_q \times q \times m_p) \mod n $$...
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Collision likelihood from /dev/urandom for VMs using the same underlying hardware

We have multiple virtual machines sharing the same physical hardware. We use /dev/urandom for session key generation. But a question comes up: if ...
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Need help implementing key management scheme

Scheme has following requirements Client application should perform encryption/decryption using component 1, component 2 and ZPK (zone PIN key. Client should get this key from host in encrypted form)...
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Security guarantees of Shamir's secret sharing when some co-efficients are zero

Shamir secret sharing techniques rely on polynomials for splitting and reconstructing. It's security properties are very good, i.e. it is impossible to reconstruct the secret when $t-1$ shares are ...
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What is the lightweight key exchange protocol of choice?

Assume I have to implement a secure channel protocol by myself. Assume further that for some obscure reasons (library restrictions?) I can't use any of the pre-made libraries for SSH, TLS and such. ...
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Small Quantum Signatures - Reality check needed

I've been thinking a bit lately about how to get quantum resistant signatures fast and (relatively) small. One idea I've been keen on exploring is finding a crypto PRNG that allows fast-forwarding, e....
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Why is it OK for secretbox to leak the message length?

Most block cipher implementations expect users to pad so that the message matches the cipher block size. I understand the purpose of the padding is to make the input match the cipher block size. It ...
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Fingerprint RSA public key in PKCS1 format

I can't find anywhere details on how to fingerprint a public RSA key in PKCS1 format. There are a lot of examples on the internet on how to fingerprint an RSA public key in openssh format using ...
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Is there a difference between asking for a signature and asking for a decryption in challenge-response authentication?

Consider the following two authentication schemes. In both cases the server knows a public key of the client (for a signature system in the first and an encryption system in the second case). Scheme ...
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What Diffie-Hellman parameters should I use?

After reading this article, I started wondering how should I approach the problem of choosing p and g params in 1024-bit Diffie-Hellman key exchange. In my project, I am going to establish keys ...
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Understanding RSA [duplicate]

I'm reading RSA in Cryptography Course. There is portion of RSA that's confusing me. In Handbook of Applied Cryptography its written Represent the message $M$ as ...
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Can the round function $F$ in a Feistel Network be practically any non-invertible function?

This question might seem silly, but how true is the fact that the round function $F$ does not have to be invertible? I am curious to know this, because non-invertible functions can be very lossy, i.e....
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Encrypt large data with RSA through blocks in java

I'm working on a communication protocol where a client sends encrypted data to a server. What happens is that in some point, the client creates a symmetric key used to create data digests through the ...
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AES/DES question about determine a key

I have a question. If you receive a DES encrypted message for which you would NOT recognize the plaintext if it were decrypted, is there any way to potentially determine the key if all keys are likely?...
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What level of security is provided when a Feistel Cipher is used as a round function of another Feistel Cipher?

Recently, I was reading: Are there any specific requirements for the function F in a Feistel cipher?, and the answer posted mentions a Feistel Cipher named Turtle, which uses a four-round Feistal ...
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Explanation of vector in Visual Cryptography

I'm starting to study about visual cryptography, but I am stuck with the following problem. On paper "Visual Cryptography" by Moni Naor and Adi Shamir, on page 6. How to read/what is the meaning of $...
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How does Diffie–Hellman differ from elliptic curve Diffie–Hellman?

I didn't understand how ECDH actually works. Disclaimer: I know very little about elliptic curves. Here is how DH works: Alice and Bob agree on a prime number $P$ and a generator $G$. (They use one ...
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AES-256 mode with per-block-key being a SHA-256 of SHA-256 of secret key, random public salt and block number. What's amiss?

Please criticize the (homebrew?) mode described below; to point out a single major defect/uncertainty or the link to (the analysis of) an equivalent construction is quite enough. Assume the ...
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Changing encryption key without revealing the original key

Say that Alice encrypts a $\text{plaintext}$ with $\text{key}_{m}$ and gives the $\text{ciphertext}_m$ to Bob. Alice wants to send several gigabytes of $\text{plaintext}$ to Eve but she is on a mobile ...
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Does Mersenne Twister generate homogeneous numbers?

I have been assigned to generate 15000+ homogeneous and uniform random numbers for a work. I have been searching if Mersenne Twister generate homogeneous distribution of numbers but I don't find ...
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Design for file transfers to a new party

I'm pondering a problem of how to enable transfers of files from clients to people that does not yet have an application/account/keys yet. Here's my current thought for Alice wanting to send Bob ...
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AMD and RDRAND instruction

The latest AMD programmer manuals, dated June 2015, include the RDRAND instruction in the instruction set. For completeness, it lacks ...
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Detecting Software Changes - Verifying untampered code

This question assumes an environment devoid of any internet connections, the software in questions operates in a non-connected environment on a single machine. I have a piece of software that may be ...
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Fast forwarding hash functions

We know that a good hash function is a one way/trapdoor function. Easy to calculate one way, harder to work out a previous state. I was wondering if anyone knew a good hashing system that allowed you ...
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Memory-hard proof-of-work: are they ASIC-resistant?

Is a memory-hard proof-of-work scheme necessarily resistant to speedups from custom ASICS? Background: Bitcoin uses a proof-of-work scheme based on SHA256 hashing. The scheme is compute-bound. ...
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Hiding the identity of a party within the Kerberos authentication scheme

In the Kerberos authentication protocol, as described here: would it be safer to replace step (1) with: $$ A \rightarrow T : A, E_{K_A{_{T}}}(B, N_A) $$ so that a passive adversary does not know ...
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Can a billion elliptic curve keys be generated on a laptop in less than an hour?

I want my application to generate an EC key pair. The first four bytes of the sha256 hash of the public key should contain a known IP address. As hashes are one-way functions, I need to brute force ...
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How to detect changes in data while preserving confidentiality (under constraints)?

Suppose party $A$ has two pieces of data, $X$ and $Y$, either of which may change separately, or they may change together. Given the following constraints: $A$ knows its current $X$ and $Y$ but has ...
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Secure Key exchange using javacard applet

I am working on a javacard applet project where i need... Secure communication between two applets let say there is applet A and applet B. Let say both applet has their own RSA key pairs. Now I ...
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Does an encrypted random sequence conserve its “randomness”?

If you have a random uniform sequence of bits $A$ generated by a TRNG with good performance of randomness tests (eg Dieharder, NIST, Kolmogorov complexity, chi-square, etc) and perform an encryption (...
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State level “Weak Diffie-Hellman” working for SRP too?

I've read about the "Weak Diffie-Hellman" attack (paper, website), where a resourceful entity like a state can pre-compute values for known primes to aid solving the discrete logarithm problem for ...
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Solving Vigenére with unknown alphabet

I'm trying to decrypt a cipher that I suppose has been encrypted with Vigenére. However I came about the following thought: The cipher consists of characters from [...
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Proving the security of a one-way function with partially known input

Let's say we have a construction like in this question: We have a OWF $h(.)$, a secret salt TXT, and a counter starting at 1, and we compute ...
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Number of qubits and breaking hashes [duplicate]

Noting D-Wave's press release on a 1000 qubits quantum computer had me wondering... Does the number of qubits nonlinearly change the speed/rate at breaking a SHA256 hash? If someone makes a say 10,...
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Data Switching and Information Leakage

Hypothesis: Let $z,a$ be uniformly random elements of a field $\mathbb{F}_p$ where $p$ is a large prime number. Also, let $(-z)$ be additive inverse of $z$. I have a fixed secret value $x$. I mask ...
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Deciphering “easy” ciphers without hints

I've been keen on IT Security for a long time now and I've learned a lot about networking & security. However trying a "decryption challenge" I'm lacking what I think is basic encryption/...
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Why does TLS 1.2 use GCM with additional SHA hash? [duplicate]

I am studying the cipher suites provided by TLS 1.2 and found an interesting question. TLS 1.2 adopts GCM for encryption and SHA256 or SHA384 for hash (e.g. TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256). But, GCM ...
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Values of p and q when e = 3 (RSA)?

I am doing a paper on textbook RSA (this is for high school btw) and in my example I need two very large primes, but I want my $e = 3$. Is there a short way to calculate the values of $p$ and $q$ ...
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SHA256: Padding a 512 bits length message

I am currently implementing the SHA256 hash-algorithm for a "custom-built" embeded-device. Obviously I have a problem with message padding. The routine I wrote does not work with message whose size ...
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HMAC key storage for a web app?

If one is going to use an HMAC, I.E: http://php.net/manual/en/function.hash-hmac.php, where exactly are they storing the key? Without some sort of secure storage (i.e not in a local file or code), I ...
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Can a file encrypted with one tool be decrypted with different tool? [closed]

I'm new to cryptography and I'm trying implement a file encryption feature into a Python program but I'm running into a big issue...what is needed for someone else to decrypt the file?! Obviously, I ...
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Properly storing an E-mail Password

I'm creating a messaging application that will use an outlook account to send an email. However, I'm unsure about the proper steps to store the e-mail password on the user's computer. Suppose I had ...
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1answer
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RSA Signature Verification Implementation on Cortex M0

I have to implement RSA Signature Verification procedure (RSA-2048) on a Cortex M0 based MCU. My budget is 15kB Flash and 2-4kB Flash RAM. Is it even possible to do RSA on a low end MCU based on ...
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Concrete example of Weil Pairing

I am trying to find a concrete example of the Weil Pairing. What I have done until now is that I took $E=(x-1)(x-2)(x-3)$ over $F_5$. I took $E[2]=\{\infty,(1,0),(2,0),(3,0)\}$. I know that there ...

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