# All Questions

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### Distributing blocks with validation and non-dependant list generation

Problem Suppose I have a system of nodes that can communicate with a parent node, but not among each other. Suppose then a file on the parent node is split up into blocks and divided among the ...
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### one-time pad key related attack [duplicate]

In one-time pads we always say do not use same key twice to encrypt ASCII messages, but if we use a random key to XOR a random ...
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### Any historical accounts of cryptanalysis of Jefferson's wheel cipher?

David Kahn in his book "The Codebreakers" wrote about Jefferson's wheel cipher, saying that To this day the Navy uses it… (the book was first published in 1967) Are there any historical accounts ...
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### Searching over encrypted data [duplicate]

Is there any library/tool available which can allow me to search over encrypted data? I would like to encrypt data on client side, send it to cloud and perform search in cloud. I've been reading ...
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### Is there a field guide to ECC for the IT Security layman?

I'm trying to understand ECC from an IT layman's perspective and am trying to separate the theory from the standards, and understand why certain features are implemented or not implemented in the ...
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### Distinguish messages

Since i cannot comment on questions, I give my own: If a secret key encrypt algorithm can encrypt messages of arbitrary length and the encrypt algorithm is probabilistic then: suppose the adversary ...
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### Data-validating protocol

I have to implement protocol of secure data transfer that can be described as Alice selects data to send from finite set $m\in M$ (e.g. $M$ could be a column of values in database table) Alice ...
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### Encryption scheme with equivalent keys?

I've long been looking for a symmetric encryption scheme (or algorithm) with equivalent keys. Let me define what I want: Symmetric encryption algorithm with encryption function $E_k$ and inverse ...
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### Chaum undeniable signature - justification for probability of misleading the verifier?

Can anyone explain me in details why does the following statement hold true in Chaum and van Antwerpen scheme for undeniable signature? The probability that a dishonest signer is able to ...
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### Attack vectors introduced by compilers

I have a question about attacks on the implementation of cryptographic code that are enabled by compilation and compiler-optimisations. I am aware of this. Would anyone be able to point me to other ...
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### Safely use CryptSignAndEncryptMessage?

I am developing an application that sends messages which I want to encrypt and sign. The CryptoApi offers a function called CryptSignAndEncryptMessage. The description says, what this function ...
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### DGK Cryptosystem Key Generation and Decryption Issues

I detailed here the DGK (Ivan Damgård, Martin Geisler and Mikkel Krøigaard) cryptosystem, and I managed to get it to work, most of the time... The BIG problem that I am facing at the moment is that ...
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### Has there been any cryptanalysis of RC4-52?

Several websites ( such as Is there a secure cryptosystem that can be performed mentally? ) briefly mention RC4-52 as a modification of standard RC4. RC4-52 has only with 52 instead of 256 elements ...
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### Elgamal test vectors

I know that Elgamal algorithms have fallen out of fashion, and they are not included in any widespread cryptographic standard nowadays. However, they are still present in several popular crypto ...
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### Blind signature with openssl

I'm trying to understand (to reproduce in practice) how does blinded tokens work. Currently i'm lacking examples. According to Wiki the blinded signature protocol is the same as ordinary signature ...
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### Verilog simulation & synthesis of Diffie-Hellman key exchange

Is there any freely available verilog implementaion of Diffie-Hellman key exchange? I couldn't find anything using google. So, assuming its not there I started implementing on my own. The code is ...
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### Security analysis of a matrix multiplication protocol

Suppose Alice would like to obtain the product of two mXm matrices i.e. A and B. Alice has A, whereas Bob has B. Since Alice does not want to reveal A to Bob, she chooses a mXm random invertable ...
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### uniquely identify a symmetric key

Is there a safe way to uniquely identify a symmetric key? I know with asymmetric keys you typically use a hash of the public key, but I assume that using a hash of a symmetric key would reveal too ...
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### ElGamal signature - exploiting fallacious implementation

This question is related to ElGamal signature scheme as defined here ElGamal signature without calculating the inverse Show how one could exploit an implementation ElGamal signature scheme in which ...
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### How much entropy is generated by 'random' human keystrokes?

I'm wondering about using human input as an entropy generator. We all know humans are terrible at making up random numbers or keys or passwords. But what if we let a user 'randomly' type in some ...
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### StoredKey in Salted Challenge Response Mechanism (SCRAM)

In SCRAM (RFC5802, page 8) the client generates ClientKey to server, which is a derivation of the original password. This is communicated to the server in a secure ...
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### User revocation in Identity Based Encryption

I read several papers about user revocation in IBE recently. A common point is that when a user is revoked, some other valid users should also update their private keys. Does this mean that one ...
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### Help understanding basic Franklin-Reiter related message attack

I am trying to understand this attack at the most basic level. I set up the following basic scenario: Let the public encryption exponent, e = 3. Let p, be some arbitrary but known (to the ...
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### What followed findings of A. Lenstra et al. concerning shared factors of practical RSA moduli?

A. Lenstra et al. had a paper in 2012 "Ron was wrong, Whit is right", in which one reads: "What surprised us most is that many thousands of 1024-bit RSA moduli, including thousands that are contained ...
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### How to use a stream cipher to sign a message?

Are there known constructions which allow to sign a message M (let's say it will be sent as clear text) using a stream cipher C and a symmetric secret key K? So, we have M, C, K and we want to send ...
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### How to generate a bilinear group of prime order p for key generation

I asked the same question before. But an unregistered user i haven't any privilege to comment. So i am repeating my same question. I am trying to implement an IEEE Paper In Cryptography. I read many ...
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### A “one time pad” can be thought of a Vigenere cipher with

A "One Time Pad" can be thought of a Vigenere cipher with... An infinitely long key A secure symmetric key Multiple ciphertext alphabets A columnar transposition I had this question come up ...
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### Salary Negotiation Problem

Imagine Alice is applying for a new job. Alice has an idea of the minimum salary that she is willing to accept—let's call this value A. Bob, the hiring manager for ...
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### Is there a standard notation for a message concatenated with its signature?

I'm wondering what's the standard (or canonical) notation for "a message along with its signature", i.e. $$\mathit{Message}~\Vert~\sigma_k(\mathit{Message}) \text.$$ Here the duplicated ...
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### Is it wise to use HOTP (raw bytes) as a key for HMAC?

Assume I have client and server applications with a shared master secret KEY_SECRET already in place. Also assume that the client and server have an implicit shared ...
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### Which is/are the strongest known Fully Homomorphic Encryption scheme(s)?

As it is discussed here that the highest security any homomorphic encryption scheme is at most IND-CCA1, Is there any known fully homomorphic encryption scheme that achieves this security level? Out ...
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### How to test a FHE implementation?

I want to implement a FHE scheme based on NTRU, namely the scheme described here https://eprint.iacr.org/2014/039.pdf . How to test the security of my implementation ? Do I have to implement the ...
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### Unknown authenticated encryption mode

I'm running through a protocol specification (LoRaWAN, pdf), and I'm puzzled by the crypto. The data is encrypted and authenticated in the following way: a unique 128-bit key is used; the plaintext ...
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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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### 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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### Encoding scalar values to points on Ed25519

I'm interested exploring key derivation and threshold signature protocol that require point arithmetic (addition) on the private scalar values and $S$ values of the signatures in ed25519. ...
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### Are there MD5 collisions for inputs of different length?

There are many examples of MD5 collisions (some of them can be found here Are there two known strings which have the same MD5 hash value?). But as far as I know two inputs should have the same length ...
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### Probabalistic Polynomial-time Algorithms & One-way functions

I've been reading up on probabilistic polynomial-time algorithms and one-way functions, and I was hoping to get some guidance on the topic. A textbook I'm reading states the following for one of the ...
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### Combining md5 collisions to create more collisions

Given X1 and X2 such that md5(X1) = md5(X2) and Y1 and Y2 such that md5(Y1) = md5(Y2), and knowing the following property of md5: if md5(a) = md5(b), md5(a|s) = md5(b|s) is there a way to find ...
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### ElGamal Signatures

I know various applications of RSA signatures. I wonder, is there any real-world applications of ElGamal signatures and encryption?
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### How does the ring settings of enigma change wiring tables?

EDIT: The model I'm trying to make is "Enigma 1". I learned initially about it from a book called "Code Book" and then looked at it in detail from its wikipedia page. The site wont allow me too add ...
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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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### Authenticate encrypted seed for KEM + AEAD hybrid cryptosystem

Say I want to encrypt something using RSA / KEM and an authenticated cipher. I encrypt using the following scheme: generate random seed z using ...
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### What is the impact of a server not fully verifying the data in the Client Finished packet of a TLS connection?

F5 BIG-IP devices suffer from a vulnerability in which not all bytes of the Finished packet in a TLS connection are validated. The sort-of technical description can be found here. F5 don't consider it ...
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### Are there simpler FHE methods than Craig Gentry's original paper?

Craig Gentry's 2010 paper on FHE is very cool, and I'm planning on implementing a basic proof of concept FHE. I was wondering though, are there any simpler methods that have been discovered since ...
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### Worst case to average case in Ring LWE

I am currently trying to understand this Ring LWE article and I have a question. I don't understand how to apply Lemma 5.11 in order to get the worst case to average case reduction in Lemma 5.12, as ...
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### Generating random vector for Full Homomorphic Cryptography

The site below explains that part of doing homomorphic encryption, you need to generate a vector of random numbers that have the property that its dot product against a randomly generated bit vector ...
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### Can convergent encryption be turned into deterministic authenticated encryption with HMAC?

If you take a convergent encryption algorithm and replace the hash $H$ used to derive the key with HMAC-H, keyed with a secret key $k'$, does the resulting algorithm provide you with deterministic ...
I currently try to implement Ed25519 following this draft. I have implemented every field operation except the reduction by the group order $q$ (in chapter 5). I looked for a reduction algorithm and ...
It is possible to convert a pre-image resistant function $f:\{0,1\}^{n}\rightarrow \{0,1\}^{n}$ to a second-preimage resistant function? I am thinking to use a pseudo-random generator and construct ...