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CPA and pseudorandom generator

Just started learning about Cryptography and Network Security in general, and I can't seem to grasp the understanding of the following question. Please correct me if I am misunderstanding anything. ...
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FIPS 140-2 Compliance Testing

Is there any tool which can be used to test that implementations follow FIPS 140-2 Compliance ?
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How to use “proof of knowledge” to verify the result of modular exponentiation

I am thinking about regarding proof of knowledge as the inverse of result verification in server aided computing. For example, a user asks the server to compute $R=x^y \bmod z$. Normally, the user ...
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Combining a keystream generator with a block cipher

I understand that: A stream cipher's security is diluted if the same key is used more than once. This is fixed by using an additional initialization vector in the keystream's computation. A block ...
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Is base64 the best two-way hash function to encrypt and trasmit a set of integer numbers via Internet?

I am writing a mobile game and I need to save my game data on my game server, So crackers can not find and access the saved files(data) on their mobile, the game data can be expressed by numbers, So, ...
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Is it not secure if we use weak passwords to protect exported PKCS #12 files with private keys?

Consider a practical scenario as described in Microsoft's Expand Export a Certificate with the Private Key. We can see a certificate with private key can be exported as a PKCS #12 file, where the ...
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Adding two RSA private key

We've constructed a new private RSA key from two known private RSA keys $Priv_1$ and $Priv_2$ as follows: $$p = next\underline{}prime\left(\frac{Priv_1(p) + Priv_2(p)}{2}\right)$$ and $$q = ...
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Is it secure to use order preserving encryption in practice?

When I read papers, I often see the comments, "order-preserving encryption is deterministic and it is not IND-CPA secure", or in general "it is not secure enough to be implemented in practice". So I ...
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Is there a way to slow down collision attacks using iteration?

The simple way to iterate a hash function $H(H(m))$ only makes brute force preimage finding slower, but leaves collision attacks as fast since a collision in the inner hash function is a collision in ...
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Implementing 5 modes of operation with a hash function

Is it possible to implement any of the 5 modes of operation (ECB, CBC, OFB, CFB, CTR) with a hash function?
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(Re-)Using deterministic IV in CTR mode / How to: deterministic AES

I am aware of the requirement of an IV to be unique in CTR mode (Why must IV/key-pairs not be reused in CTR mode?). However I wonder if I can use an IV depending on the plaintext deterministically. ...
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Attacks on WinRAR volumes reusing same password?

I have quite a few WinRAR volumes that are all encrypted with the same password. The password is long and unbruteforceable, but I recently read that WinRAR uses PBDKF2 as its key-derivation function ...
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Double Encryption Using same key

I am new to crypto and wondered what would happen when we encrypt twice using any algorithm and the same key. Consider two block ciphers A and B. We generate the ciphertext as c = A(B(m)) for any ...
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TLS: How is the shared secret (via Diffie-Hellman) used in the symmetric crypto function?

So let's say we use a cipher suite with DH key exchange and AES symmetric encryption. Alice and Bob both end up with the same shared secret key $k$. How is this value ...
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Limit the number of private key uses for RSASSA-PKCS1-v1_5 with SHA-256 signature?

Assuming all messages and their signatures are available to the attacker, is it secure to use the same RSA private key to sign many messages (roughly $10^{6}$) via PKCS#11 ...
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Is there a practical security difference between OTP with letters and OTP with numbers?

Is there a practical security difference between “OTP with letters” and “OTP with numbers”? If, for example, I encrypt a letter message using Tabula Recta with a random letter key, I would get: ...
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AES Affine Transformation in $GF(2^4)$

in $GF(2^8)$ the AES affine transformation is defined as \begin{equation*} b( x ) = ( x^7 + x^6 + x^2 + x ) + a ( x )( x^7 + x^6 + x^5 + x^4 + 1) mod (x^8 + 1) \end{equation*} where the polynom $( x^7 ...
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Symmetric stream cipher, is it known?

I am thinking on a simple symmetric stream cipher. My first idea is the following: The key is a set of array of random bytes ($\underline{k}_1$ ... $\underline{k}_n$), whose length is $l_1$, $l_2$, ...
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Is it secure to concatenate two 16-bit random numbers into a 32-bit one?

I'm working on a security application for RF modules aimed to protect a communication between an autarkic sensor and a line-powered receiver against MITM (man-in-the-middle attacks). I decided to use ...
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Modified version of a CPA-secure encryption scheme

The following encryption scheme: choose a random string $r \leftarrow \{0,1\}^n$ and compute the ciphertext $c= \thinspace <c_0, c_1>= \thinspace <r, F_k(r) \oplus m>$, assuming $F$ a PRF; ...
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True Random Number Generator by milliseconds per keystroke (TRNG-Kms)

The simplest way to generate truly random numbers for OTP keys is to measure the time in milliseconds between each keystroke on a keyboard. The randomness depends on the user typing in various speeds. ...
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use the same pad reversed

Suppose I have a random number (eg 625 467 921). I use it once to encrypt a message OTP style, and when I want to use them again, I reverse them (eg to ...
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In bilinear pairings, is it possible to let someone be only able to decrypt ciphertexts in $G_1$ but not able to decrypt the ciphertexts in $G$?

For example, in Don Boneh et al.'s paper "Evaluating 2-DNF Formulas on Ciphertexts", they gave an encryption system that the cihpertext can be in either $G$ (when only additional homomorphic ...
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Obtain 384 bits from a 256bit MasterSecret

I'm currently implementing, with crypto++, and AES tranmsission system, whose key is based on a previous ...
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Explain same encryption time for two files of different sizes

I am encrypting files in a two layered fashion as follows: Inner layer is 128 bit AES-CTR encryption Outer/Second layer is a simple one time padding with a particular key. While testing the ...
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Is EncFS good for online storage services?

Conclusion from an EncFS audit: EncFS is probably safe as long as the adversary only gets one copy of the ciphertext and nothing more. EncFS is not safe if the adversary has the ...
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Is HMAC-DRBG or Hash-DRBG stronger?

Out of the two deterministic random bit generators defined in section 10.1 of NIST SP 800-90A (i.e. based on hash functions), which one is cryptographically stronger? Hash-DRBG (Section 10.1.1) ...
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Seeking special-use fingerprinting/hashing algorithm

For a project I wonder if there exists some kind of fixed-size checksumming/fingerprinting function in which based on this fingerprint given data block 1, it is easy to generate more data blocks that ...
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What are the practical limitations of Asymmetric encryption vs Symmetric encryption? [duplicate]

I hear it commonly said that the advantages of Symmetric encryption are speed and no limit to the amount of data that can be symmetrically encrypted. I also hear it commonly said that the advantages ...
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Where can I find a versatile PKI and library leveraging curve25519?

I note that Things that use Curve25519 provides a long list of protocols, software, and libraries that leverage curve25519, but I'm wondering if there is any such software that more fully implements a ...
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apprSVP in lattices

The approximate Shortest Vector Problem (apprSVP) is a problem where, given the basis and the approximation factor $\gamma$ (a function of the dimension $n$), one must find a vector $v$ belonging to ...
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Subkey generation in OMAC1/CMAC with XTEA?

All implementations of CMAC that I have found so far use a block cipher with the same key and block size. However, XTEA enciphers a 64 bit block by using a 128 bit key. If ...
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Source for PKCS#11 Header Files

Is there a known authoritative source for the ANSI C header files for PKCS#11 Cryptoki? Specifically, I am having trouble locating pkcs11.h, pkcs11t.h, and pkcs11f.h for v2.30 and v2.40. Are there ...
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How to generate unique (random) numbers that can be traced back to a unique source number?

I need to generate unique (random) numbers that I can trace back to a unique source number. For example: source number A can generate numbers A1, A1, A3 .... Am source number B can generate numbers ...
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ciphertext packing for bandwidth optimization

Lets say $Alice$ needs to send ciphertext $c_b = enc(m_b,k_b)$ to $Bob$ and ciphertext $c_c = enc(m_c,k_c)$ to $Carol$, for both the ciphertexts notice that underlying plaintexts are different (i.e. ...
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Paillier Cryptosystem - Practical applications?

I wonder: are there any real-world practical applications using the Paillier cryptosystem , as introduced in [1], or some derivations of it? I'm aware of quite a few schemes proposed in literature ...
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How do I generate a number for a lottery and later proves its existence

I want to create a lottery that works like this: I choose a secret number A in the range [0:999] and publish an object B. People must try to guess the number A to win. When somebody wins, I want to ...
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How is OID 2a 86 48 86 f7 0d parsed as 1.2.840.113549?

I saw that an RSA key, created by OpenSSL, contains the following HEX string: 2a 86 48 86 f7 0d 01 01 01 that HEX string gets interpreted as Object ID: 1.2.840.113549.1.1.1 It is obvious ...
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Determining if a ciphertext can be decrypted

I want to know what the state of the art in the following cryptographic problem is. Assume a public channel on which encrypted messages are exchanged, using symmetric key encryption. I hold a couple ...
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Is this a proper PBKDF2 key derivation function algorithm?

I've started implementing PBKDF2 algorithm recently and since I'm new in crypto, I would like to ask if my implementation is good. I looked up some documentations and I tried to follow many of them ...
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Comparing two definitions of one-way function

I'm reading Rafael Pass's lecture notes on one-way function and came across two definitions. The first one is: A function $f$ is one-way if $f$ can be computed in P.P.T. and there exists no ...
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XTEA: patterns in plain text

I'm using XTEA to encrypt passwords that I store in a database. (I need to be able to decrypt these passwords later to log in on another system.) But now I have noticed something: if I decrypt a ...
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In the RSA encryption system, are there not multiple messages m that give the same cipher text c? [duplicate]

For example: p = 5, q = 11, n = 55 $\phi$(55) = 40 e = 3, $\phi$(55) and 3 are relatively prime m = 3, then: $3^3 mod(55) = 27$ m = 113, then: $113^3 mod(55) = 27$ I heard that e and $\phi$(n) ...
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How to determine the RSA Private key size from the Public.key file?

Question: How to determine the RSA Private key size from the Public.key file? Just roughly, how big it could be? ...
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398 views

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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Where are the ChaCha20 test vectors/examples?

I see in the Salsa20 specification there are test examples throughout the document to help an implementer make sure every function works as designed. Consequently the whole algorithm would work ...
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Can I use the ChaCha core as a 256-bit to 256-bit one-way function?

I'm looking to implement Lamport signatures as a little fun project, and I need a fast one way function that maps $\{0,1\}^{256} \rightarrow \{0,1\}^{256}$. I was wondering whether I could safely use ...
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When is the Random Oracle model (not) necessary?

Hash functions are often used in cryptographic schemes and protocols, and that doesn't necessarily mean that their proofs are on the Random Oracle model. That leads to the following question: What is ...
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How to use HMAC-SHA1, HMAC-SHA2 in conjunction with AES

I understand how to compute HMAC-SHA1, HMAC-SHA2 etcetera. Please explain why/how is the resulting HMAC value is used in conjunction with AES for encryption/decryption and signing/verifying. In ...
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How does the HOTP dynamic truncation function generalize to longer hashes?

HOTP, the HMAC-based One-Time Password algorithm from RFC 4226, uses a "dynamic truncation" function to turn the 20 byte HMAC-SHA-1 value into a 31 bit string. The dynamic truncation (from Section ...

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