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GPG vs PGP vs OpenSSH and management of them [closed]

What is the main difference of the three? Can I use only one of them for everything (e.g. GPG for SSH authentication) If I encrypt my private key with a pass-phrase, is it strong enough so that if ...
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is AES secure for java application licensing

I have to license a java application and want to code a quick implementation, the scheme I came up with is: 1) The Application calculates a string X which we assume to be the md5 sum of the ...
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Security relevance of random factor in Paillier

In the Paillier cryptosystem [1] the encryption of $m \in \mathbb{Z}_N$ with randomness $r \in \mathbb{Z}_n^*$ is $c = g^m r^n \bmod{n^2}$. The additive-homomorphic property of the system shows that ...
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Zero-Knowledge Challenge-Responce Protocol

Good day to everyone. I am trying to implement an e voting system (just for reference -it is not important though-it is described at the Internet Voting Protocol Based on Improved Implicit Security ...
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How to secure a mental poker protocol? [closed]

I would like to implement a mental poker protocol in a secure fashion. How should I go about that without (preferably) infringing on the Mental Poker Framework patent?
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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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Simple RC4 key generation scheme

I would like to ask you about your opinion on the following scheme of combining a master key and a nonce and stretching the result to the full 256-bytes RC4 key. Master key $K_m$ is a pre-shared ...
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Why is Bcrypt called a Key Derivation Function?

I am trying to understand why is bcrypt called a Key Derivation Function? I looked up the details of Ekfblowfish on Usenix article here: ...
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What goals is homomorphic encryption aiming to solve?

As I understand from this article about homomorphic encryption, it mainly aims to enhance the security of cloud computing. We should be able to encrypt data and send it to the cloud. After it is send, ...
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Security of Pohlig-Hellman exponentation cipher?

I am looking into implementing Pohlig-Hellman exponentation cipher and I would like to know how secure that algorithm is? I am guessing it's security relates greatly to the prime number used in it. ...
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What information to include is the 'info' input for HKDF?

The RFC states the following: 3.2. The 'info' Input to HKDF While the 'info' value is optional in the definition of HKDF, it is often of great importance in applications. Its main ...
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In RSA, how to make sure that $p-1$ and $q-1$ are still hard to factorize?

See this question. The comment by Brett Hale stated: On the other hand, ensuring $(p - 1)$ has a large prime factor requires very little extra effort. What's actually the 'little extra effort'?
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Is solving a modular linear equation a hard problem when the coefficient is not an invertible element?

Assume that we have a linear equation like this: $$ax=b \pmod n$$ when $x$ is the unknown, and $a$ is not an invertible element in $n$. is finding $x$ a hard problem? (by solving I mean finding an ...
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Is it safe for the ChaCha8 nonce to be deterministic?

ChaCha8 takes a 8 byte nonce (or IV) that should not be the same twice for the same key. Generating this nonce randomly makes me very very nervous for collisions. Is it safe to generate this nonce ...
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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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How to solve the reverse of an equation that uses MOD?

I've been tasked with reverse engineering an unknown crypto function. The function uses the following constants: $a=380951$: I noticed that this is a prime number $b=3182$: I noted that this is a ...
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Is it possible to create a Bilinear Function with Already Assigned “Multiplicative” Input Groups?

Assume that we have an already assigned Multiplicative Cyclic Group $\mathbb Z_p^*$ with order $q=p-1$, and $p$ is a prime number, is it possible to create a bilinear function $\hat{e}: \mathbb Z_p^* ...
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Unique GCM/CCM initial counters without recipient side message counters

I am implementing the encryption layer for a communication protocol. The bulk encryption method used is either AES-CCM or AES-GCM. Due to implementation details, encryption of packets is usually, but ...
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Can I combine two PRNGs to make use of more seed data?

I have 320 bits of seed data (actually 512 bits of data with 320 bits of entropy, derived from a Diffie-Hellman shared secret and nonces). The PRNG I am using at the moment is the android version of ...
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Why is CAMELLIA suddenly so widely used?

When nowadays I point my browser to https sites, the cipher that is on most occasions used is Camellia. My browsers (Chrome and Firefox) seem to prefer it, even when AES is available. Is that not ...
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Is there a practical security difference between XXX-bit encryption?

I know I'm treading in dangerous waters asking this - my comprehension of cryptography math is sorely lacking. On the flip side it gives me massive admiration for what many of you are able to do. ...
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Simple example for CP-ABE (Ciphertext policy attribute-based encryption)

I'm currently working on Ciphertext Policy Attribute-Based Encryption (CP-ABE). So far I'm only using it with a basic understanding how it actually works. Now I want to understand it a bit better, but ...
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What is the difference between MAC and HMAC?

In reference to this question, what are the "stronger security properties" that HMAC provides over MAC. I got that MAC requires an IV whereas HMAC doesn't. I also understood that MAC may reveal ...
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Can SRP be used with Elliptic Curves?

I'm sure it can, because SRP (secure remote protocol) can be implemented everywhere where Diffie-Hellman works, but I need a proof to put this aspect into Wikipedia. Edit: ok, can it be at least ...
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Finding roots in $\mathbb{Z}_p$

Is there an efficient way (algorihtm) to compute the solutions of the congruence $x^n\equiv a \pmod p$? $n\in \mathbb{N}$ $a\in\mathbb{Z}_p$ $p$ is a large prime number Note that: By efficient I ...
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Is SHA-1 collision free on data up to 20 bytes long? [duplicate]

Is SHA-1 collision free on data up to 20 bytes long (lenght of hash / internal state)? That means that every input produce unique output, but you surely know that, i just write it in order my question ...
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Are RSA signatures deterministic?

If I sign the word HELLO with the mechanism "NONEwithRSA" with the same private key, do I always will have the same signature? A Java example always return ...
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While generating a random Elliptic curve what are the conditions i have to considerd?

I want to generate a random elliptic curve over a prime field. What are the conditions I should satisfy? For the NIST recommended standard ECC-224 bit curve with prime $p=2^{224}-2^{96}+1$, a ...
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Question about why RSA is hard to attack

I think I understand why RSA is hard to attack but I'd like to get clarification if I actually do. Assume there are two people, Alice and Bob, who are attempting to communicate privately but that we ...
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Is SHA-1 still practical secure under specific scenarios?

It is conjectured that SHA-1 has been broken from the "research" perspective but no in real world. That is that there is an algebraic attack that explores weaknesses on its algrebraic construction. ...
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How to efficiently generate a stream of independent, but biased random bits?

Usually, in cryptography, one is interested in debiasing a stream of independent (true) random bits, and several algorithms exist to do this. What about the converse? Let's assume I have a stream of ...
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When do ECC patents end?

As the topic says, since when can ECC cryptography be freely used? Isn't it widely used because of patents? There is no alternative to it on embedded devices and smart cards. Just to mention: I am ...
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Are there any practical implementation of a homomorphic hashing or signature scheme?

A homomorphic hash function is a function $H : A \to B$ between two sets with some algebraic structure $(A, *)$ and $(B, \star)$ such that $H$ is collision resistant, i.e. it is hard to find $x \neq ...
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What is the difference between a HMAC and a hash of data?

On a recent question it became apparent that there's a significant difference between an HMAC of input data and a hash of input data. What exactly is the difference between an HMAC and a hash of a ...
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Why do we need to hash both the message and the $h$ value in ElGamal signature?

The professor left us a question on ElGamal signatures: Given the hash function $H$ and message $M$, choose a random $r$ and compute $h=g^r$ and $H(M||h)$. Show that, if $H(M)$ is used instead of ...
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Is Truecrypt's multiple/cascading encryption safe?

Is Truecrypt use of cascading encryption safe? Is it useful? Truecrypt is arguably one of the most popular and widely used encryption applications in use today, yet it seems to use a very ...
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Generate an insecure public / private key pair

I am looking for a way to generate an "insecure" public key pair. and by insecure I actually mean a pair that is breakable using brute-force (or other encryption) methods. As far as I know PGP ...
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Padding always the same, problem or not?

I need to transmit long encrypted messages to a smartcard over a limited capacity link so I need to fragment the messages somewhere before sending thzm. My problem is that I split the message into ...
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What information to include when calculating the HMAC of ciphertext

I'm aware that it's crucial to include the IV when calculating the HMAC of a ciphertext (assuming an IV is used). Can anyone explain, in simple terms, why this is? Furthermore, assume that there is ...
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Questions about proof of correct encryption in the Paillier cryptosystem

In the Paillier cryptosystem [1] the encryption of $m \in \mathbb{Z}_N$ with randomness $r \in \mathbb{Z}_n^*$ is $c = g^m r^n \bmod{n^2}$. A proof of correct encryption could look like presented in ...
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Chosen Plaintext Attacks against an Affine Cipher

Assuming the ability to launch Chosen Plaintext Attacks (CPA), how many oracle calls an attacker needs to break the affine cipher? and how
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Turning a cipher into a hashing function

This is theoretical question. I'd like to know if it's possible (and what are eventually the consequences), not that I'm going to do it in one of my projects. ;) The first hashing functions created ...
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How to represent point-at-infinity in affine coordinate

In projective coordinates point-at-infinity can be identified with z=0. How to identify the point-at-infinity in affine coordinate. Whether x=0 and y=0 can be considered as point-at-infinity in ...
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Nonce role on stream ciphers

Modern stream ciphers usually predicts the usage of a nonce (also termed as IV) in the cryptosystem. The cost of initializing the cipher with the nonce varies from algorithm to algorithm (for ...
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Which one is fastest? Karatsuba or Montgomery multiplication?

Is there any complexity analysis between Karatsuba and Montgomery multiplication algorithms? It seems that Karatsuba is more general in the sense that is not modulo tuned while Montgomery it is. Does ...
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Strong RSA problem in $\mathbb Z^*_{n^2}$

Comparing to this question, assume $C, M \in \mathbb Z^*_{n^2}$, $e \ge 3$, is it hard to compute $M$ that satisfies $C=M^e \mod n^2$ when $C$ and $(n, e)$ are given?
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Deriving HMAC key and cipher key from passphrase? [duplicate]

I'm encrypting a file with AES-256 in CBC mode. I needed to add an HMAC for authentication and validation of the file contents and passphrase, so I used a SHA-256 HMAC over chunks of my file ...
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How hard are discrete logarithms problems in $\mathbb Z^{*}_{n}$ and $\mathbb Z^{*}_{n^2}$, where $n$ is the RSA $n=pq$

Use the notations form the Wikipedia article Paillier Cryptosystem , assume that the chipertext $c$ and $c^{\lambda} \mod n^2$ are both given, is it possible to compute $\lambda$ easily?
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How to generate a random polynomial of degree $m$?

I am trying to do a homework in which implement a variation of this paper and I don't know how to generate a polynomial of degree $m-1$. This polynomial is used to generate the $y_0$ and $y_1$ values. ...
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Bad/Crackable Encryption Example?

I've been tasked with building up some security exercises (basic CTF training kind of stuff) for work. This should contain a bit of crypto, but my knowledge in this space has been limited to using the ...

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