# All Questions

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### How exactly are PRNG's used to encrypt material, and what makes one any more secure than the other?

I hope my question isn't as lazy as the title indicates. What I want to ask is how people literally integrate a PRNG with encrypting material. I wrote a silly little script in Python a while back ...
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### Cryptographic hash function for 32-bit length input keys

Since I'm unfamiliar with cryptography area I haven't been able to find cryptographic hash functions for 32 bit integer keys. It seems all such functions (as I saw here) are designed to digest a ...
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### Send a symmetric key generated by one user to other users (more than two) using a server

I am developing a software in which I am using AES for encrypting messages shared in a group. The key is generated by one user, the admin of the group and needs to be shared with other members. How ...
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### Is the private key static or variable key in the elgamal algorithm?

I read about elgamal algorithm it work like the follow steps Bashir chooses a large random prime p and a primitive root α modulo p. Bashir then chooses a random integer a with 2 ≤ a < p - 1 and ...
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### How to solve cipher encrypted with Vigenère + Columnar Transposition?

Vigenère's weakness is Kasiski's test and index of coincidence. However, if you put columnar transposition on top of Vigenère, that weakness is gone. The text is now shuffled and you can't search for ...
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### Cracking the Beaufort cipher

Is there any easy way to crack a Beaufort cipher? We have a Vigenère table, and are trying to guess the keyword. Any easier way?
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### Security strength of RSA in relation with the modulus size

NIST SP 800-57 §5.6.1 p.62–64 specifies a correspondence between RSA modulus size $n$ and expected security strength $s$ in bits: ...
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I'm performing ElGamal encryption algorithm and using the additive homomorphic property so the product of two ciphertexts is the encryption of the sum of the plaintexts. The problem is that I need to ...
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### How is a Yubikey static password derived from the AES key?

When I configure a Yubikey slot as static, it's not documented or obvious how the static password yielded by a press relates to the AES key I set. For example: ...
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### Berlekamp-Massey to construct minimal LFSR

Given the sequence 0010001111 (or any other, not homework, but exam practice), how do you use the Berlekamp-Massey algorithm to construct a minimal LFSR? I have read several definitions of how ...
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### Pseudo-Hadamard transform, most significant bit

For clarification: The Pseudo-Hadamard transformation is a reversible transformation of a bit string that provides cryptographic diffusion. Splitting a bit string (with bit length of $2n$) into two ...
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### Low complexity implementation of a small blocksize cipher (< 64 bit)

Searching for "small blocksize cipher" finds a number of discussions on the topic, mostly refering to FPE. This one in particular suggests using AES as the round function of a Feistel network. The ...
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### Hash function in PBKDF2

From this excellent answer I learned (correct me if I am wrong) that when writing a block cipher with say key size 128 bit, one has to pad the password given (variable size) so that it becomes exactly ...
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### Constructing of 16x16 Involutory Binary Matrices of Branch Number 7

In the PDF “Algebraic Construction of 16×16 Binary Matrices of Branch Number 7 with One Fixed Point”, it was given that: ...
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### P10 to P8 in S-DES

I am new to cryptography. During my learning I am facing a problem with S-DES. I am confused where P10 to P8 come from, and I’m ...
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### Can I decrypt the message having it encrypted with different keys?

I have some encrypted binary data I want to decrypt. I know nothing about it, but I can get it encrypted with as many different (random, unknown) symmetric keys as I want. The keys are long enough to ...
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### Is it possible to combine two operations rotation and xor?

I can see many xor and rotation operations in cryptography. I just want to make some algorithms fast. So, I'm looking for a way to combine between xor rotation operations. I don't know if it is ...
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### Is Bitmessage a Mix network?

I've read the Bitmessage whitepaper and I found it rather lacking on the details, but it promises anonymous routing. Can it be considered a variation on mix-networks, where each peer acts as a ...
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### What exactly is the base for the KECCAK (SHA3) claim that a security strength of 256 bits is “post-quantum sufficient”?

On page 14 of "Keccak and the SHA-3 Standardization" (February 6, 2013) it says: Instantiation of a sponge function the permutation KECCAK-f 7 permutations: b → ...
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### Why has the sponge construction's generic collision finding attack a complexity of O(min(2^(-n/2) , 2^(-c/2)))?

I'm trying to learn about sponge function for creating hash functions and generic attacks on it. I'm looking for the collision finding attack scenario which leads to $O(\min(2^{-n/2} , 2^{-c/2}))$ ...
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### Seed / reseed DRBG too often?

There are limits to how much you can use a the DRBG before you have to reseed it, but are there any limits to how much you must use it before reseeding? Take the following scenarios as an example… ...
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### Cryptographically secure keyed rolling hash function

I could not find any mention on the Internet of a proven/known cryptographically secure keyed rolling hash function (ie rolling MAC). Has the question been studied, is it possible to build one ? By ...
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### Key exchange if forward secrecy is not an issue

Let's say that we have a cryptosystem where Forward Secrecy and Man-In-The-Middle attacks are not an issue, purely hypothetically. Would it be correct for a key exchange with any given public-key ...
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### Is concatenated data hashed with scrypt vulunarable to a length extension attack?

scrypt takes a salt, and a password plus some cost paramters to generate a key. So say we define it as this: key = scrypt(password, salt, cost) I am interested ...
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### Is there a number of tries after which Hashcash is guaranted to be solved?

Hashcash is a proof-of-work system in which the Sender needs to find $Y$ such as the first (let's say 20) bits of $H(X+Y)$ are zeros where $H$ is a one-way hash function, $X$ is a fixed value and $+$ ...
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### space complexity of quantum collision search

Is there a known way to reduce the space complexity of quantum collision search beyond what is offered by the built-in time-space tradeoff, while keeping the time complexity significantly below what ...
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### How can I convert numbers into prime numbers?

I'm working with one-way accumulators, but I'm not knowledgable in cryptography. Is there an easy peasy way to hash numbers (or whatever) into prime numbers? Obviously I'd like it to be collision ...
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### Changing a bit Changes Hash

I am very curious on the fact that SHA, MD5 and all related Hash Functions change the output even by changing one bit in input Message. Why is that?
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### What is a generator?

I am trying to read up on the math behind DH and ran into the word generator used a lot. I am not sure what it means. Can someone explain? I see this question where the OP talks about g as the ...
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### Sequence of Encrypting RSA like Chaum Blinding scheme

I'd be a noob in cryptography but reading up a little on RSA, I do get some understanding and I want to specifically resolve this issue. UPDATED Lets say we have the following values in place: ...
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### RSA private exponent primality

I know that the public exponent is always a prime, but what about the private exponent? Is it always a prime too?
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### Low level explanation of how a message is sent via RSA

I understand that RSA encryption uses this formula: C = M^e (mod N) public key is e and N N is pq - p and q are private key. mod N makes above function one-way ...
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### Is it possible to construct a secure block cipher of size $2n$ given a secure block cipher of size $n$?

Given, say, the Blowfish block cipher, which is considered secure but only has a 64-bit block size, can we construct a secure block cipher of 128-bit block size? Say we run the key through two KDFs, ...
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### Does the secret key used in AES have to prime?

I’ve looked around this site and the web quite a bit, but can’t find a definitive answer on whether or not the secret key $k$ used in the AES crypto-system has to be a prime number? Or can you just ...
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### Performance analysis of roaming authentication protocol using pbc library

Recently, I have surveyed a few research papers related to roaming authentication protocol for wireless networks. For example: “Efficient Privacy-Preserving Authentication in Wireless Mobile Networks” ...
I have written a C implementation of the Berlekamp-Massey algorithm to work on finite fields of size any prime. It works on most input, except for the following binary GF(2) sequence: $0110010101101$ ...