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What is 'key agility' in relation to symmetric-key encryption?

I sometimes see, in discussions of symmetric ciphers, reference to the 'key agility' of a particular algorithm. It seems to be related to the difficulty of switching encryption keys, but I don't ...
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The exact definition of a symmetric encryption

I have doubts for the definition of the decryption algorithm $D(.)$. I think I've already seen that the decryption returns a plaintext $M$ on input the key $K$ and $C=E_K(M)$. I have also seen thet ...
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Why does WPA2-PSK use 4-way handshake instead of 2-way handshake

I don't seem to grasp why is the handshake for PTK in WPA2-PSK 4-way and not 2-way. Isn't it enough to just have these two steps: First party sends Nonce1 to the other party Second party sends to ...
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How do you prevent the risk of damage to the security of Fully Homomorphic Encryption?

In this paper on pg. 1248 in the "preprocessing phase" section the authors say: In the preprocessing phase, the parties run a (standard) MPC to collectively generate a key pair (pk,sk) for the ...
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Design requirements for a keyed hash function?

I am actually preparing for a cryptography exam, and I found a question asked by the professor in the class, below are the lines that I copied from the slide : Example: Let $Ek$ be the encryption ...
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Tamper-evident audit logs

I want to be able to detect tampering in a log file that is under the control of an untrusted party. I am not interested in secrecy, only the integrity of the contents in the file - so I want to ...
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Ciphers in CBC mode reveal place of change in plaintext

Theoretically, when using a symmetric block cipher in CBC mode, the current block is dependent on the previous block. Suppose one plaintext is encrypted using CBC, and then one bit of it is changed, ...
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Best group if one wants the discrete log problem to be hard?

Suppose one is implementing a cryptographic scheme over a group where one needs the discrete logarithm to be hard - what is the recommended group to use? I'm looking for a group where calculations are ...
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How can Shamir's method for secret sharing work in the GF(256)?

I have been reading about Shamir's secret sharing, and maybe i completely misunderstand something, but the field is meant to be a prime. However, when i look at the implementations of this algorithm, ...
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A key-derivation function that is as strong as the stronger of PBKDF2 and scrypt

I want a key stretching system that's as strong as the stronger of scrypt and PBKDF2. The consensus now is that scrypt is by far the better system, but that might change if in the future, a weakness ...
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Adding and multiplication in jacobian coordinates

How can I derive formulas for adding 2 points and multiplication by a scalar in Jacobian coordinates $(x,y) = (\frac{X}{Z^2},\frac{Y}{Z^3})$ over an elliptic curve?
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Upper bound Linear Feedback Shift Register

It is clear that when we have any output stream $x_0,x_1,...$ produced by linear feedback shift register than this output has to be periodic. Now I was wondering if we can find an upper bound for ...
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password generation: random length or max length

In short: Is it cryptographically stronger to have a known length password of the maximum length allowed, or a random length password somewhere in the range of the longest length possible? Does the ...
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Timing attack on modular exponentiation

It is known that computing $a^x \bmod N$ takes $O(|x| + \mathrm{pop}(x))$ multiplications modulo $N$, where $|x|$ is the number of bits of $x$ and $\mathrm{pop}(x)$ is the number of $1$ bits (Hamming ...
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What is the impact of the Goppa code distinguisher on the CFS and McEliece?

What is the impact of the distinguisher for the high-rate Goppa codes (as published in "A Distinguisher for High Rate McEliece Cryptosystems") on the CFS signature scheme and the McEliece/Niederreiter ...
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Shamir's Simple Sharing Scheme - preventing partial recovery of data

In SSSS, if you recreate the original secret with one of the decoder inputs being slightly damaged (e.g. one or two chars incorrect), you receive a slightly damaged version of the original secret. So ...
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Is the following symmetric design secure?

Assume: $O$ be a reversible random permutation oracle on a finite set and $O^{-1}$ the inverse permutation (pretty much equivalent to a random permutation: What is the difference between a bijective ...
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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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Why are the initial states of hashes functions (like SHA-1) often non-zero?

There is already a question asking "Why initialize SHA1 with specific buffer?" and my question follows on from this: Why are the initial states of hash functions often non-zero? For most, I have ...
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Is CBC really dead?

I developed a p2p-app in C# which sends and receives encrypted text messages (50KB). For encryption, my app uses AES 128 bit in CBC cipher mode. For each message it uses a new randomly-generated IV. ...
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How to obtain KCV from the key

Simple question: we have AES 128 encryption and a key. How can we calculate the key check value (KCV)? One example: key is 48C3B4286FF421A4A328E68AD9E542A4 and KCV should be 77DC84. I am trying it ...
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Help me about Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

Suppose $E_k$$(a, b, c)$ is encryption of values $a, b$ and $c$ with key $k$ through encryption algorithm AES (AES-128) and each $a, b$ and $c$ are 300 bits integer values. Also Suppose this ...
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What scheme will allow merging and splitting the result of a function?

I am wondering if it's possible to have a scheme as follows. Here is the scenario: we have a set of objects (e.g. strings) {O1, O2, ..., On} we have a set of users {U1, U2, ..., Um} each user asks ...
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OMAC : Padding on empty string

I started to implement some MAC since last week with the specifications given here. I'm currently testing the OMAC (one-key CBC) with test vectors. In the OMAC specifications at page 4, they explain ...
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DES Key Schedule Algorithm

Reading through the DES Specification it says that the keys are permuted with PC-1 initially and then shifted left both $C$ and $D$. However, before it gets ...
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AES and Known-plaintext attack [duplicate]

Can you help me to finding some papers that shows AES is secure against known-plaintext attack?
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What is adaptive zero-knowledge?

In this paper on pg. 1241 the authors discuss bullet point on Adaptive Zero-Knowledge : I am new to Zero-Knowledge and I am having trouble understanding what they are saying. I think they are ...
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applying HKDF at both the client and the server

I have two keys (K1 and K2) at both the client and the server. I hope to use HKDF in both client and server side to concatenate the keys. I will use the same salt value at both the client ad the ...
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Example of CL PKC

I am trying to solve the example of algorithms of Certificateless Signature by manually and solving the mathematics of Algorithms but not succeed while doing mathematical calculations. Please ...
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Asymptotic Hash Function and Concrete Hash Function

I'm reading Collision-Resistant Hashing: Towards Making UOWHFs Practical, and they say that its formalization is non-asymptotic. Why is the formalization non-asymptotic? What is an example of hash ...
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What is the difference between a bijective random oracle and a random permutation?

Assume $S$ be a finite set $O$ be a random oracle from $S$ to $S$, such that $O$ is bijective $f$ be a random permutation of $S$ Is there any difference between $O$ and $f$? Does it makes any ...
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Why is this MAC based on secure PRF with ordering and randomization insecure?

Is this MAC secure: To authenticate a message $m=m_1||\ldots||m_l$ where $m_i \in \{0,1\}^{n/2}$, choose $r \leftarrow \{0,1\}^n$ at random, compute $$t:=F_k(r)\oplus F_k(\langle 1\rangle || ...
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How to pronounce RIPEMD 160?

Do I pronounce it as a word or do I make it sound like "R-I-P-E-M-D" like by pronouncing each individual letter.
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How to put the hash of a PDF file in the PDF file? [duplicate]

I know it sounds strange.. but, are there any ways in practice to put the hash of a PDF file in the PDF file? And after geting the hash in the PDF file - if someone would do a hash check of the PDF ...
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Is encrypting a public key with a symmetric key safe?

Assume the sender wants to share their ephemeral/long-term public key with intended receiver only and both share symmetric key. Is it secure to encrypt the (full/partial) public key (of RSA, ECC) ...
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Can cryptocurrency mining devices be used for cryptanalysis?

In the past year or so we have seen production of ASIC devices designed for mining of cryptocurrencies. These devices can perform SHA256 hashing at rates much higher than was seen in the past and are ...
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What is a Trapdoor in Merkle Signature?

Merkle signature (pag. 40) use than public key (verification key) the root of the Merkle Tree and than private key (to sign) the set of pre-images of the $g(Y_i)$ where $Y_i$ is the verification key ...
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Creating a secure key

Imagine that your lecturer and the undergraduate office have conducted a key exchange protocol after which both of them hold the string $X$. Yet, it is possible that a curious student sitting next to ...
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Decimal point in keyspace notations? (eg 2^54.15)?

I was reading up on CryptoCat's (pretty ridiculous) programming issues and how is dramatically reduced the key search space (link to bug synopsis) One thing that caught my eye was So 2^54.15 ...
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How to break AES/CBC/PKCS5 when key and IV are reused?

I'm doing a code review for a crypto solution that reuses the same key with a constant IV. I want to demonstrate that this is not the right way to do things by figuring out the key and decrypting all ...
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Prime number theorem - RSA

I am having trouble understanding the prime number theorem. As part of some revision for an exam, I am trying to answer the following questions (but seeing as I don't understand the concept of the ...
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Homomorphic Encryption, LWE, and Practical Applications

I've been reading Brakerski and Vaikuntanathan's Efficient Fully Homomorphic Encryption from (Standard) LWE. When the authors discuss a small modulus p used for the transition from (n, log q) to (k, ...
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Computing A, B given A+K and B+K [duplicate]

In his writeup of the Solitaire keystream generator algorithm, Bruce Schneier warns not to use the same key for two different messages: The first rule of an output-feedback mode stream cipher, any ...
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Encoding multiple fields with same AES key and vector?

I'd like some advice on cryptography best practices. I need to store on my web app the users' credentials (login & password) for 3rd-party sites. I'm using AES-256 with random key and ...
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Hashing/encrypting an integer to produce an unique integer in the same range

I'm looking for a function or set of functions that can produce a pseudo-random permutation on an input set of arbitrary size. Given a set of $M$ values in range $0..M-1$, where $M$ is positive ...
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How does the length of the plaintext affect the cipher strength?

Let the block length 64-bit, 256-bit key, cipher text accordingly - 64 bits. What is the strength of the block cipher, if any unknown attacks, which could reduce its strength. We can only brute force. ...
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When using Curve25519, why does the private key always have a fixed bit at 2^254?

When using Curve25519, the private key always seems to have a fixed bit set at position 2^254. Why is that? Is there any good reason to use a fixed positioned most-significant-bit in the private key? ...
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Authentication of machine before installation (to stop piracy) [closed]

I have a web-software project which needs a bit of protection in form of authencitation… This web based software runs on an intranet. There is no access to the internet from these terminal machines. ...
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Private Information Retrieval with a pre-prepared database

Informally, Private Information Retrieval (PIR) is a protocol between a user $U$ and a Server $S$, that meets the following conditions: $U$ obtains enough information about a database hosted by $S$, ...
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Applying differential cryptanalysis to ciphers with addition mod $2^{32}$

I am studying differential analysis and have a question. Consider the following simple cipher: $$c_1 = S(m_1 \oplus k_1) \oplus k_2$$ (Plaintext $m_1$ xor with key $K_1$, then result goes into an ...

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