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Does it necessarily mean that an RSA moduli generated with poor randomness is not random?

In 2012 a group of researchers collected a large amount of RSA moduli and calculated their greatest common divisor in order to find common factors between them. By finding a common factor they could ...
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State level “Weak Diffie-Hellman” working for SRP too?

I've read about the "Weak Diffie-Hellman" attack (paper, website), where a resourceful entity like a state can pre-compute values for known primes to aid solving the discrete logarithm problem for ...
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Data Switching and Information Leakage

Hypothesis: Let $z,a$ be uniformly random elements of a field $\mathbb{F}_p$ where $p$ is a large prime number. Also, let $(-z)$ be additive inverse of $z$. I have a fixed secret value $x$. I mask ...
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Does an encrypted random sequence conserve its “randomness”?

If you have a random uniform sequence of bits $A$ generated by a TRNG with good performance of randomness tests (eg Dieharder, NIST, Kolmogorov complexity, chi-square, etc) and perform an encryption (...
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Number of qubits and breaking hashes [duplicate]

Noting D-Wave's press release on a 1000 qubits quantum computer had me wondering... Does the number of qubits nonlinearly change the speed/rate at breaking a SHA256 hash? If someone makes a say 10,...
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Does the position of the salt improve its effectiveness when hashing?

Seems most documentation I have read suggests the salt should prefix the value to be hashed. Is this just for consistency, or is the salt more effective when prefixed?
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Why does TLS 1.2 use GCM with additional SHA hash? [duplicate]

I am studying the cipher suites provided by TLS 1.2 and found an interesting question. TLS 1.2 adopts GCM for encryption and SHA256 or SHA384 for hash (e.g. TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256). But, GCM ...
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Fast attack on approximate GCD problem?

This question is about the approximate GCD problem which is defined as follows: Given any number of the approximate multiples $a_i = p \cdot q_i + r_i$ of $p$, where $p$, $q_i$ and $r_i$ are integers, ...
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Values of p and q when e = 3 (RSA)?

I am doing a paper on textbook RSA (this is for high school btw) and in my example I need two very large primes, but I want my $e = 3$. Is there a short way to calculate the values of $p$ and $q$ ...
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PBKDF2 for key diversification

I am looking for a secure key diversification function to create individual AES keys for a local smart card deployment. The keys need to be derived from a secret master key and the smart card serial ...
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Verify a RSA signature using only RSA encryption

I'm trying to verify a RSA signed message, however, the API that I have access to in that environment only has encrypt and decrypt. I think I understand that verification and encryption with public ...
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Can a file encrypted with one tool be decrypted with different tool? [closed]

I'm new to cryptography and I'm trying implement a file encryption feature into a Python program but I'm running into a big issue...what is needed for someone else to decrypt the file?! Obviously, I ...
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What are the benefits of the two permutation tables in DES?

Why do we use a permutation table in the first step of DES algorithm and one at the end of the algorithm?
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What are the methods to construct a primitive binary nonlinear feedback shift register (NLFSR)?

Given a binary shift register of $n$ bits, a primitive binary nonlinear feedback shift register will generate a sequence with a period of $2^n - 1$. While I am unable to find a paper which directly ...
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Scale-Invariant DGHV Scheme - Decryption

I have just started reading the Scale-Invariant Fully Homomorphic Encryption over the Integers paper and I'm a bit confused about something: When decrypting the ciphertext: $c = r + (m+2r^*) \cdot \...
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can pairings only be used with elliptic curves?

As far as I understand one big advantage of ECC is that we can use pairings on the group of torsion points of the curve. I was wondering if it is possible to construct pairings from general finite ...
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Is there a standard prefix random padding scheme?

Is there a standardized padding scheme which is prefix instead of postfix and that uses random bytes except for the first byte which would be the length of the padding?
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Should the signature be prefix or postfix to the message in the sign-then-encrypt scheme?

Let's assume we have a message $M$ and it's signature $S$ and that $|$ is the concatenation operator. Should we encrypt $S|M$ or $M|S$? Does it even matter?
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Build set with PKI from reliable broadcast / random beacon

I am trying to build a protocol (or find an existing one) for creating a set $S_2$ with PKI from a set of parties $S_1$ that initially does not know anything about the other parties. We assume end-to-...
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What is required to decrypt an encrypted file?

At the risk of sounding stupid and being laughed at...I must ask this question. What is required to decrypt an encrypted file? Obviously you need the appropriate key to decrypt, but is any other ...
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ECDH or RSA more secure for symmetric key wrapping?

Suppose a message is encrypted with a symmetric block cipher with a random key. RSA is often used to wrap the symmetric key using the recipient's public key. In this case, the size of the message is ...
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How hard to solve the given mod problem

Let c = a.b mod p where p is n bit prime number (e.g. 128 or 160 bit prime number); a - random number between 1 and (p-1); b - random number between 1 and (p-1); Given c, a and p, how hard to ...
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Are there any secure commutative ciphers?

This answer lists two commutative cipher algorithms - Pohlig-Hellman and SRA. However, they don't appear to be too secure. My question is, here there any commutative ciphers out there that are secure ...
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Very short signatures? (eg: 48bits?)

Our application requires some 'mild' form of 'proof of origin' for the tokens we issue (~200 bytes), however, the value of each is trivial. The requirement is to provide 'tamper resistance' rather ...
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The benefit of PBKDF2 for big keyfile?

The man page of cryptsetup says: Whenever a passphrase is added to a LUKS header (luksAddKey, luksFormat), the user may specify how much the time the passphrase processing should consume. The ...
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How can I turn this cipher into a perfect cipher by altering only its encryption algorithm?

Given a toy cipher that picks a key, k, from the key space of {00,01,10} and a message,m, from the same set {00,01,10} and encrypts using E = m ⊕ k. How can I change the encryption function E in ...
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Is it theoretically possible to construct a string that contains its own hash value?

After saw the xkcd comic Self-Description, I wonder if it is theoretically possible to construct a self-descriptive string that contains its own hash value? Let's say the string's MD5 value is ...
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Raw /dev/random output for keymat [duplicate]

Noob question: It is my understanding that the raw output from non-blocking /dev/random (where the kernel's entropy_avail estimate is equal to or greater than the number of random bits required) ...
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For any hash value, is there an infinite number of inputs that hash to it?

Bruce Schneier writes (back in 2005) in a post on cryptanalysis of SHA-1: SHA-1 produces a 160-bit hash. That is, every message hashes down to a 160-bit number. Given that there are an ...
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Does a padding oracle have the encryption key? Where in real life do I see such an oracle?

So after some searching, I kinda know the attack procedure of altering bit by bit. But I'm still confused how this is possible. If I understand it correctly, the attacker never has the key, or tries ...
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Why many passes at file removal? [closed]

Why file removal tools offer gost 2 passes and British 3 passes or even gutman 35 passes options? In which case the single pseudo random pass is not enough?
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Using a product of a series of curve25519 scalars as a private key

There are a few systems like the GNU Name System and the Sphinx mixnet packet format that employ a series of curve25519 scalars all multiplied together as a private key. Are there any caveats to ...
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Weakness of SRP after server compromise

From SRP section 3: The host stores user passwords as triplets of the form { <username>, <password verifier>, <salt> } Password entries ...
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MD5 Collision Attack Explained

In one of my assignments, I came across this line Due to MD5’s length-extension behavior, we can append any suffix to both messages and know that the longer messages will also collide. This lets ...
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Weaknesses of RFC6628

In RFC6628 section 2.2, they say: w = The password remembered by the user. W = The password verifier registered in the ...
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Avalanche effect sample size

With a fixed key size – key has 128 bits, while block size is 8 byte – how do I calculate how many different keys and texts I have to test for an cryptanalytic statistics study? Differently worded: ...
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What is the complexity of finding SHA-1 collisions?

Given the recent news about SHA-1 collisions, what is the complexity of finding a SHA-1 collision? Marc Steven's HashClash is still detailing about 260. Does the previous complexity still hold?
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SHA-1 collisions - what about practical attacks?

I understand the theoretical problem with hash collision but when it comes to practice, I get very confused. Suppose a attacker would like to forge a certificate (or any kind of structured piece of ...
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Improve security of transposition ciphers

As we know, breaking a Transposition Cipher is quite trivial and can be easily done by either exploiting single letter frequencies (not $d$-gram frequencies though, given that $2 < d < L$), or ...
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Wanted: Simple ring signature example

I spent all day trying to figure ring signature schemes out but apparently I wasted time. I read the original ring signature paper (Rivest's How to leak a secret). I'm having numerous problems. Let's ...
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Which is more secure, using just bcrypt or SRP?

OK, here's the two different ways I was thinking about making the authentication for the login thing to store the passwords securely. The first is the following. Client hashes password bcrypt(...
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Can an ephemeral RSA key give forward secrecy?

Suppose party A generates an ephemeral RSA key and sends the public key to B. Party B then generates a symmetric key, encrypts it with Party A's public key and sends the Ciphertext to Party A. Party ...
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How can I validate generated session keys in SRP-6a protocol

I have genereted two equal session keys on client and server successfully. But I couldn't understand how each other should validate that they have same session keys. On the client I generated a SHA1 ...
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Inverting One-Way Functions

One of the conditions that a one-way function has to satisfy is the following: $$Pr[A(f(x))\in f^{-1}(f(x))] \leq negl(n)$$ Now, suppose that we have the following function that's not one way: $$f(x)...
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Are there full cycle cryptographic/one-way hash primitives?

I'm looking for behavior similiar to that of LCGs, (i.e. input and output sizes are same). Full cycle of $2^{32}$ different inputs generates full cycle of $2^{32}$ different outputs, distribution of ...
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Do I need an IV to use AES-CTR as a CSPRNG?

I'm using AES128-CTR for generating pseudo-random values, which is considered secure for up to 1MB (at least from what I've read). I simply encrypt a 128-bit little-endian counter, starting from 0. ...
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Encrypt hash using hash of hash?

I wonder what is wrong with this scheme for authentication. Server sends random challenge, C Client returns (C, B(P)) encrypted in H(B(P)) where B(P) is high work factor salted hash of the user ...
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Why does SHA-1 have 80 rounds?

Why does SHA-1 algorithm have exactly 80 rounds? Is it to reduce collisions? If yes, then why do SHA-2 and SHA-3 have a lower number of rounds?
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What is the notion of an interactive assumption?

In this paper: Sequential Aggregate Signatures with Short Public Keys: Design, Analysis and Implementation Studies the authors sell the paper as the first who propose Aggregate signatures without ...
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RSA 1024 bit forge a new matching signature from a chosen message

I have an RSA signature scheme with 1024-bit key where I know the following: Public modulus $N$ Public exponent $e=3$ A lot of signatures Summary: To compute a signature, an MD5 hash is ...

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