# All Questions

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### Inserting a backdoor into a cryptographic hash function

I'm curious as to how a backdoor can be built into a hash function. What might it take the form of? What's probability of getting one that can be backdoored in a way that can actually undermine its ...
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### Blinding value of particular form

I'm working with an implementation that creates a blinding value for RW signatures with the following C++ code: ...
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### How secure is AES-256?

The cipher AES-256 is used among other places in TSL/SSL across the Internet. It's considered among the top ciphers. In theory it's not crackable since the combinations of keys are massive. Although ...
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### Why does UMAC encrypt the output of universal hash function?

UMAC uses a key to choose a random hash function from a family of universal hash functions. The value of the hash function is always encrypted using yet another key, and the resulting ciphertext ...
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### CMSS key sizes flexiprovider

I am study the implementation of the Coronado Merkle Signature Scheme using flexiprovider. I want to verify the Table 1 of its paper. Using the flexiprovider, I have written a example for ...
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### secure multi party protocol for multiplication

I started to learn secure multiplication protocol with oblivious transfer. And i came up with this question, Design a secure 2-bit multiplication involving 4 parties? Can any one suggest an answer for ...
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### Safe way to generate different encrypted output from the “same” plaintext

Imagine I want to send imaginary defcon levels to another party over the internet. I know there are good protocols for this like SSL, but lets say I only have a blackbox tool where I can input an AES ...
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Let $G$ be a cyclic multiplicative group of order $n$. Let $g$ be a (public) generator of $G$. The Diffie-Hellman (DH) problem asks: Given $g^x, g^y\in G$ for $x, y\in \mathbb{Z}^*_n$, to compute ...
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### On countermeasures for replay attacks. Does this one require plaint text password storage?

I was reading this wiki section on the countermeasures against replay attacks and it basically suggests that: If Bob wants to confirm Alice's identity he can send a one-time token (I think it should ...
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### Convolution and catastrophic codes

i'm reading the article of Massey and Sain (here) and i cannot unserstand - what is "foreforward inversion"? I mean There is a description of circles in convolutional codes and a little bit ...
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### Definition of indistinguishable schemes

Let $\mathsf{Exp}_{A,\Pi}(\lambda)$ be some indistinguishability experiment that finally outputs 1 if A outputs $b'$ that satisfies $b' = b$, otherwise 0. Then the textbooks often define the security ...
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### Why are RSA ciphertexts different for the same plaintext?

I am using SpongyCastle for a project in android. I have used RSA to encrypt the data and then decrypt it in another activity, the keys are stored in the shared preferences. I discovered a thing I ...
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### What's the principle to design the functionality under UC framework?

Though I can get the basic idea of UC Framework, namely let the environment cannot distinguish the real protocol with the real adversary and the functionality with the simulator, I am still puzzled in ...
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### Deriving 2 shared secrets from one private key and 2 different public keys

I have a key pair, say $(d, Q)$. I send my public key $Q$ to 2 different people. I also get their public keys $Q_1$ and $Q_2$. Now I can derive 2 shared secrets, $d*Q_1$ and $d*Q_2$. The 2 other ...
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### Is DES slow in hardware or only in software?

I have been reading that DES is slow. Is it only slow in software or slow overall? Also, as far as Triple DES being slow is concerned, is double AES with two 128 bit keys slower than single AES with ...
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### simple algorithm to encrypt/decrypt a text file

I need to write a first program in one language that saves data in a text file, and write a second program in a second language to decrypt that file. The two languages in question don't include any ...
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### Cryptanalysis and Copying encrypted volumes

I just recently concerned myself with cryptography due to Snowden's revelations and there are a few things I cannot really wrap my head around but maybe you can help me with that. I am not a ...
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### Is there a cryptographic algorithm which is immune to side channel attacks?

Is there any cryptographic algorithm immune to side channel attacks based on scan chain? In VLSI point of view.
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### Difference between Pedersen commitment and commitment based on ElGamal

Does any of you know what is the difference between the Pedersen commitment and the commitment that uses the ElGamal encryption scheme? For the sake of completeness, I recall what both of them look ...
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### Join Datasets While Protecting Anonymity

I've run into this issue a couple of times in my career. I'll see if I can explain with an example (please ignore the fact that this is implausible in the real-world). Suppose I sell computers, and I ...
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### Can a combination of encryption algorithms weaken the overall encryption?

Are there any instances where a combination of industry standard encryption algorithms can weaken the overall encryption of the data? As a Naive example using non-standard encryption algorithms, ...
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### Suppose $A$ knows $a$ and $B$ knows $b$, is it possible to efficiently compute $g^{ab}$ without leaking $g^a$ and $g^b$ to each other?

I know the garbled circuit solution, but is there any more efficient method?
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### How is an epsilon of 1/1000 non-negligible? [duplicate]

Lately I've been studying cryptography and in the current course I'm taking we're reviewing statistical tests and how they can be used to determine if a pseudo-random generator is secure or not. ...
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### Is it possible to obtain AES-128 key from a known ciphertext-plaintext pair?

I have a file, which was encrypted with AES-128 in ECB mode. I know the format of the original file and know that all files in this format have the same headers. So, I have an encrypted block and the ...
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### Public-key cryptosystems without poly-time quantum attacks

It's well-known that Shor's algorithm can solve integer factorization, discrete logarithm and discrete log over elliptic curves in cubic time. This implies that cryptosystems like RSA, ElGamal, and ...
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### Does NTRU provide Perfect Forward Secrecy?

Does NTRU provide Perfect Forward Secrecy if the world would use it in an HTTPS connection?
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### Are there any quantum-resistant symmetric encryption schemes?

It seems that quite a few currently available encryption schemes will possibly be broken by quantum computing. Are there any symmetric encryption schemes that will remain unbroken (either because of ...
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### Is “Bit Independence” of SHA-2 hashes secure?

I know bit independence is good in SHA2 function output, but is it truly 100% secure? For example: Y = SHA512(secretKeyNonce256bit) A = first 32ytes / 256bits of Y, used as message encryption key B ...
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### Rationale for use of right-shift (rather than rotate) in SHA-2?

The SHA-2 hashes in FIPS 180 define $\Sigma$ and $\sigma$ bijections of words, with $\Sigma$ used in the round function, and $\sigma$ used in preparing 48 words of message schedule from 16 words of a ...
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### Is it possible to choose which point will have the public key of a given Elliptic Curve?

I am wondering if there is a feasible way that, given a specific elliptic curve (such as secp256r1), I could create a keypair where the public key has a given $x$-coordinate. If it is not possible, is ...
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### What is the proper usage of GCM nonce in TLS1.2?

I have written a program with the help of the bouncy castle for C# library. I am monitoring the traffic which is send between the client and the server and found something (i find) strange. The ...
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### Residue requirements of Rabin-Williams primes?

I'm trying to determine the residue requirements of Rabin-Williams. An older copy of P1363's Public Key Cryptography states the following in Section 8.1.3.2 RW key pairs: An RW public key consists ...
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### Why does P1363 require RW signature with $0 ≤ s < n/2$?

I'm using an older copy of P1363 Public Key Cryptography was used below. It may (or may not) reflect the current state of affairs. P1363 has the following requirement in section 8.2.8 IFSP-RW, p. 45: ...
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### What does an RSA signature look like?

I am using OpenSSL libs to generate signatures. Internally, I learn that a signature is a hash of the message with some padding added to it. I am trying to understand the structure of a signature. If ...
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### Tweaked Square Roots and Rabin-Williams

I'm reading Bernstein's RSA signatures and Rabin–Williams signatures: the state of the art. In section 6, Bernstein states: Recall that Rabin’s system needed to try several values of r, on ...
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### Understanding the PRINCE cipher linear layer

I am struggling to understand how to implement the PRINCE cipher linear layer. (https://eprint.iacr.org/2012/529.pdf) From my understanding I need to multiply the state with M, and with M' in between ...
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### Is the inverse of a point on an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Z}_p$ always in the group?

I'm working on a zero knowledge proof system that uses ECC over $\mathbb{Z}_p$ (currently using NIST P-256 since mbed TLS doesn't support group operations on Curve25519, but the problem should be ...
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### What's wrong with an iterative (with counter) hashed salted KDF?

It seems like the brain-dead simplest KDF would have a key-stretching structure that is not substantially different from $\text{hash}(S | P | S | P |\dots|S|P)$, where $S$ is a salt and $P$ is a ...
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### How to find an impossible differential?

Given an arbitrary SPN-based cipher with X rounds. How to find an impossible differential for this cipher? What are strategies to find one?
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### zero knowledge framework for c programs - how to prove correct C program execution with private inputs

I am looking for a zk framework that could be used for proving correct execution of programs written in C (or any other high level language) such as: I know x s.t. SHA-256(x) = y (y is public, x is ...
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### Why initialize SHA1 with specific buffer?

SHA-1 is initialize with a specific buffer: h0 = 0x67452301 h1 = 0xEFCDAB89 h2 = 0x98BADCFE h3 = 0x10325476 h4 = 0xC3D2E1F0? Why?
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### RSA public key recovery from signatures

Is it possible (how) to recover public (512 bit long) RSA key from multiple signatures having corresponding plain texts. Padding is not randomized. I need it to verify any future message comming from ...
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### Calculating XOR Key Sizes

I've been playing around with the Matasano crypto challenges (cryptopals.com). I had a couple false-starts on the challenge that has you creating a program to calculate the key size of a XOR encrypted ...
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### Is randomsound for increasing entropy pool not doing what it is supposed to do?

I am using randomsound because I thought it would be a good idea to inject some additional entropy into the entropy pools of my linux machines (clearly those machines have a corresponding sound card). ...
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### Looking For Additively Homomorphic Encryption

I have a construction that requires as primitive an Additively Homomorphic Encryption scheme that does not rely on hidden group order, meaning I can't use Paillier. I now have two different ...
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### Are there security issues with adding plaintext length to TLS packets?

I have quite a big problem, because of a software implementation of TLS I had to adapt I had to create something which is now biting me. It all comes down to this: I need to know the length of the ...
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### Practical implementations of Multiparty computations [closed]

Are there any practical implementations and or software platforms to prototype applications based on MPC ?
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I've reading on GPG since yesterday and I have a doubt: the whole system of double key encryption does make sense but it looks to me like either way you are compromising something in terms of ...