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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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Why crypto hash functions must be collision resistant and how to find resistant?

Why cryptographic hash functions must be collision-free and is there any methods to evaluate whether a function is not resistant to collision? Thanks,
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Block cipher does not provide security by itself

What is this statement all about? When I look at a block cipher it seems pretty hard to break it and the mathematics behind insure a good complexity. It may refer to key generation, initialization ...
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Sharing an encrypted file between a group of people

Is there any way to share an encrypted file with a group? In the other words, can I encrypt a file with a public key so that each person in a group decrypt it with his/her private key? Is there any ...
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Are hash functions chaotic?

I'm looking into "bitcoin like" mining processes. Say a security process uses a hash of data as proof that the data was known at some point in time. From what I understand, hash functions are ...
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Why is “multiplying” $g^x$ and $g^y$ not possible?

The computational Diffie-Hellman problem states that for a cyclic group $G$ of order $p$ and a generator $g$, it is hard to find the value $g^{xy}$ given only $g^x$ and $g^y$ (but easy if either $x$ ...
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SHA-1 colission resistance proof

I'm searching Why the SHA-1 is collision resistance? Anybody could help me with the proof or say me where I can find this proof?
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How to decode an OTP message?

First off, I'm extremely sorry if this comes off as a "homework dump", but to clarify, it isn't. I don't want the answer, I want to know how to get to the answer. My cryptography professor gave us an ...
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What security flaw exists in MAC authentication scenario?

What security flaw exists (if any) in the solution of this non-encrypted authentication scenario? An unencrypted message passes one-way from computer A to B. Its transmission is viewable by the ...
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Does it make sense to block RSA keys under 1024 bits?

A paper I found (http://eprint.iacr.org/2012/064.pdf, which was submitted to a cryptography conference about two years ago), is based on the analysis of some 7.1 million 1024-bit RSA keys published ...
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Custom crypto library in C

I will be making (in the near future) an app that will contain some pretty heavy crypto. As it is possible that my app will be ported to different devices (initially it will be iOs only, but Mac, ...
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Tools for modelling and analysis of cryptographic protocols

I am designing some cryptographic protocols and I am new to it. Are there any well-known tools that can be used to model and design these protocols? And also verify or analyze their validity? If not ...
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I have just read about the perfect security of an OTP encryption and what came to my mind was that what if the Pad used for encryption/decryption did not have to be transported separately from the ...
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Is there an algorithm for factoring N, which is just as simple as this one, but faster?

I found a simple algorithm for factoring semiprime numbers, you can read about it in Factoring Semiprimes and Possible Implications for RSA. It basically works like this: You reverse the digits in ...
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Is there a secret sharing scheme which allows sharing of a secret (one-out-of-n)

Is there a secret sharing scheme where the knowledge of just one share is sufficient to find the secret, in other words a (one-out-of-n) sharing scheme ? Plz I need to know if it is possible to make ...
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What does ⊕ mean in cryptography?

Can someone please help me with the question below? Explain why 0 ⊕ x ≠ 1 ⊕ x, whatever the value of the bit x. Hence, explain why flipping a bit in the plaintext produces a predictable ...
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Is it safe to encrypt random data using ECB mode?

If I have 48 random bytes, is it safe to encrypt them using ECB mode? Or is there still a good reason to use another mode like CTR, CBC, etc.? Context is this: I am creating something like a TLS ...
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Inconsistent terminology for ciphers and algorithms

I've been baffled by all the different kinds of names which are given to cryptographic algorithms. There are block ciphers and stream ciphers (AES and RC4). There is symmetric and asymmetric ...
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How does $g$ being a generator imply Diffie-Hellman's correctness?

In the Diffie-Hellman protocol for key exchange over an unsecured channel, we choose $p$ and $g$, where $g$ is a generator of $\mathbf{Z}_p^*$. However I want to know why this assumption makes the ...
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Loss of data due to encryption

Could any kind of encryption method (AES, etc.) lead to data loss like in lossy compression? I'm interested if data (lossy compressed, lossless compressed, uncompressed) that is encrypted and ...
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Parallel hash construction

I'm wondering why hash constructions aren't parallel like CTR mode for encryption? For example: We have ideal block cipher E, where we encrypt message block with counter and xor output block with ...
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Is the initial AES key (expanded to the key schedule) byte padded if less than e.g. 16 bytes? Is there a safe way of determining if decryption was successful (i.e. used the correct key)?
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Secure Hash Function based on AES

How secure would a hash function be which appends an extra block of 16 zeroed out bytes to the end of the message and then AES-encrypts it with a well-known password (say the first 128 bits of pi) ...
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How does one provide a secure and authentic communication channel?

Let assume two participants Alice and Bob who perform a given protocol which is a sequence of messages exchange between them. My question is: How can I provide a secure and authentic communication ...
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Is encryption time greater than decryption time?

Is encryption time always greater than decryption time for all encryption techniques (AES / DES / RSA / DNA), or is there a mistake somewhere in my implementation?
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Are modified implementations of cryptographic algorithms a good idea?

Are modified implementations of standard cryptographic algorithms better that the standard versions? Since the algorithm is not standard, is it harder to break? Is it safer?
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How to encrypt a file for random access

I am a programmer familiar with C/C++ and Python. Lately, we got an assignment from a team asking us to work on one of their projects: we need to make a small program to encrypt a large file using ...
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MAC using a modified CBC mode of operation

I'd like to know whether the following modified CBC-MAC is secure (given a fixed IV). Source: an old course on Network Security Are there some obvious attacks I can't see?
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Decryption issue with self-coded AES-128

I have written my own AES-128bit implementation in Java, till yesterday I thought it would be alright. (I was working on the encryption) Now I’m trying to decrypt my encrypted cleartext, but this ...
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random access stream cipher

Some time ago I was working in a pet project for a type of database engine. And I thought about securing the data in disk with encryption.. and since the main code was already developed.. I had a few ...
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Does MAC provide origin authentication? Why not just use symmetric encryption?

Let's assume Bob and Alice has a secret key for MAC. If MAC is constructed by the key and the message, that means that both Alice and Bob can construct the exact same message and MAC. So, Bob can ...
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Extracting only the entropy

(I cleaned up the question a bit, It was previously titled "extracting entropy without hashing" .. thus some of the comments / answers) I'd like to extract the entropy of data without injecting ...
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How resilient to attackers with extreme resources available is this encryption method?

How could the following scheme be made more resilient to attacks capable of utilizing massive amounts of resources? Assume all random values are cryptographically secure. Key derivation: scrypt ...
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why AKS is so slow in practice? [closed]

This note (http://maths-people.anu.edu.au/~brent/pd/primality4.pdf) states that AKS is not practical. However, it is known that AKS runs in polynomial-time, and I cannot understand where the slowness ...
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What parts of AES encryption result are safe to pass on the network

I'm using AES to encrypt the message. both sender and receiver know the passphrase, but only sender knows IV and salt I assume that receiver also needs to know IV and salt to decypher text; is it ...
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Help me describe/identify this challenge-response protocol/algorithm?

My area of expertise is reverse engineering, specifically embedded systems. I do attack cryptographic systems, but this largely involves key recovery or exploiting the implementation. I was asked to ...
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What's the difference between AES and earlier block ciphers?

Is there any difference except speed and key and block size from user's point of view? Or does AES have something that ideal block cipher doesn't have?
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ElGamal: Generation of “g” value?

I haven't been able to find a clear explanation on this (and I'm probably just confused in general). I have the following parameters of ElGamal signatures: $p$ = safe prime $q = (p-1)/2$ $g$ = an ...
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Is there a preferred way/standard on how to transmit an initialization vector for AES encryption

Is there a preferred way on how to transmit the initiliazation vector with witch AES encryption was made? I could imagine that, if the encrypted data is stored to a file, the IV is preppended at the ...
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Slow hash algorithm that does not require salt?

I usually choose bcrypt when hashing as I can set the work factor to slow down the calculations of the hash. However, I have to keep a copy of the hash in order to verify it (since it includes the ...
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Which attacks can be avoided by the use of OFB instead of ECB?

For a file encryption program, I was told to use Output Feedback mode (OFB) instead of ECB (Electronic code book) mode. Which attacks can I avoid by this choice?
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Is Common Name encoded in the certificate?

When I make a certificate like so cd /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/2.0/ source ./vars . /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/2.0/build-key client1 Then ...
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Severity of Cooking NIST P Curve Constants

Bruce Schneier and Gregory Maxwell have both stated that they believe the constants chosen for NIST's P curves (i.e. P-256r) are cooked. DJB has put together a detailed list of red flags but, outside ...
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What are words in a HASH algorithms

From wikipedia: "They differ in the word size; SHA-256 uses 32-bit words where SHA-512 uses 64-bit words." In this context what do they mean with words? is it the same as a 32 bit (or 64 bit) block ...
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How to attack the Two Time Pad?

I encrypt 2 random keys with the same 'one' time pad. You can get both encrypted keys. You don't know anything besides the size. Is there a way to attack the two time pad in this scenario? And what ...
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zendo data size restrictions

zendo is a new mobile phone app which encrypts messages using a one-time pad: http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/24/one-time-pads-ride-again/ users have to meet in person and exchange a key via a qr ...
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Cycles in SHA256

In the recommendations, it seems cycles is used usually as in "CPU Cycles", but, that's not what I mean here. What I mean, is this: Let's say I start with a particular 256 bit value. Call this v. I ...
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Comparing Files: Is it better to use multiple hash algorithms or just one?

I'm looking to compare (for byte-for-byte equality) two binary files. I already have the process down: Check for existence etc. Compare file lengths Use a hash or CRC of a sort (right now I use ...