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Why are the bit lengths of keys and digests equal in Lamport signatures?

In Lamport's one time signature scheme: One way function to convert a pseudo random number private key to a public key takes $\{0,1\}^n$ and returns $\{0,1\}^n$. Cryptographic hash function to ...
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Algorithm to rotate values in a predefined manner

I will start with an example. Some beacon like estimote Beacons use something called secure ID. The ID transmitted by the beacon change every 10 minutes autonomously without contacting the server. ...
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Is it possible to combine two hash functions in such a way that cracking the constructed hash would require cracking the constituent hashes? [duplicate]

Suppose A is some arbitrary hash function, for example BCrypt or MD5. And B be some other arbitrary hash function, maybe SHA256 or SCrypt. Let ...
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How would an attacker perform an exhaustive key search on a block cipher using ECB mode?

Do you always assume from Kerchoff's principle, that the attacker has access to everything but the decryption key? That is, am I to assume that to perform an exhaustive key search, the attacker has a ...
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Is every point on an elliptic curve of a prime order group a generator?

If the order of elliptic group is prime then every point is a generator of that group. I tested the above statement on some elliptic curves and found it true. Does that really work on all curves? Is ...
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Is double AES-CBC encryption with the same key and IV unsafe?

If some plaintext encrypted twice with the same AES function (CBC-mode), same IV and same key, is it possible to retrieve either the key or the plaintext?
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Triple DES with 2 keys

Suppose triple DES is performed by choosing two keys $K_1$ and $K_2$ and computing $C = T (T (T (L, K_1), K_2), K_2)$. How to attack this modified version with a meet-in-the-middle attack, in which ...
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Do sites store login password with hash? If so, can people can use hash collision to log in?

I was researching about hash, and I thought, If sites store passwords with hash algorithms, then can't this happen: User A has the password 'hello' User B finds out the hash code of the password of ...
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If I am about to generate one-time pad, where should I generate my pads from?

If I want to generate a few one-time pads, is it OK to just read required number of bytes from /dev/urandom without weakening information-theoretical security?
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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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If we should not reuse primes in DH, shouldn't we not reuse ECDH elliptic curve properties?

An article How is NSA breaking so much crypto? describes NSA's methods for breaking encryption. If a client and server are speaking Diffie-Hellman, they first need to agree on a large prime number ...
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How are the IVs of SHA512/256 and SHA512/224 calculated?

This seems odd to me, because there are a lot of resources out there saying that the initializer values of SHA512 and SHA384 are the first 64 bits of the fractional parts of the square roots of prime ...
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Is multiplicative blinding less secure than additive?

It's easy to see that additive blinding (e.g., $x+r$ for secret x and random r) is perfectly secure in a finite field (this is a one-time-pad) and statistically secure for $r$ uniformly distributed in ...
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How much does using the same $H$ for all messages weaken GCM?

How much is GCM weakened by using the same MAC key $H = E_K(0^*)$ for all messages that use the same key (which is what GCM actually does) instead of using $E_K(N||0_{32})$ (which is different for ...
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Is it safe to use fast/small hash for key identity?

I have to roll database access keys often, but it's important to know which key each system is using in order to avoid unavailability. I want the systems to report that without exposing the key ...
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Difference left-or-right CPA security, IND-CPA security

I am trying to understand the notion of left-or-right-CPA (LOR-CPA) security for private-key encryption schemes introduced in my lecture. If I understood it correctly so far, the only difference to ...
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CP-ABE for threshold cryptography

I would like to know if there is any research work using CP-ABE for threshold cryptography? I want to know also if applying CP-ABE for threshold cryptography would overcome other techniques.
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To what extent is WhatsApp's statement on secure messaging realistic?

As those of you who use WhatsApp Messenger probably know, with their recent update chats and calls are now encrypted. Here's what WhatsApp claims: Messages you send to this chat and calls are now ...
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Blinding twice in RSA

I understand that if you have a message $m$, you can blind it by selecting a random $r$ and then multiplying $r^e\times m \pmod{n}$ Someone else then signs it with $d$, raising to the power of $d$: ...
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Create composite group for pairing in JPBC

We use bilinear map $S = (G, G_T , e(\cdot, \cdot))$ of composite order $n = s \times n'$ with two subgroups $G_s$ and $G_n'$ of $G$. Random generators $w \in G$, $g \in G_s$, and $φ \in G_n'$ are ...
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Is it safe to encrypt data using XOR along with CSPRNG seeded with a truly random number? [closed]

I was wondering a couple of days ago whether I could reverse the normal encryption order to produce a good AES based cipher variant. The method is as follows: Two users, Alice and Bob, each have a ...
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How distinct are the meanings of the terms “CSPRNG,” “DRBG” and “stream cipher”?

Are there universal, consensus definitions for the following terms? Cryptographically secure pseudo-random number generator ("CSPRNG") Deterministic random bit generator ("DRBG") Stream cipher ...
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Strength of $H(k\|H(m))$ as a MAC algorithm

What is the strength of $H(k \| H(m))$ compared to HMAC? Compared to $H(m \| k)$? What is the strength in bits of a given key/output size?
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Can anyone tell whether combinational has higher frequency of operation than sequential or vice-versa?

I have designed SHA3 algorithm in 2 ways - combinational and sequential. The sequential design is giving frequency of operation as 700MHz while the combinational one is giving 0.5MHz so i want to ask ...
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Sorting over encrypted data with different symmetric keys

I'm working on a security project. I need to perform a sorting on the lists of encrypted integers and strings. The encryption used is symmetric. The clients send the encrypted data in a list to the ...
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Partial-Message Collisions on Iterated Hash Functions

In Cryptography Engineering by Ferguson et al it says the following is a problem with iterated hash functions: Because hashing $m$ and $m'$ leads to the same value, $h(m||X) = h(m'||X)$... for all ...
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Why do we use hex output for hash functions?

Why do we use hex representation as default for the output of a hash functions result? For example the sha256 hash function: the output of sha256 in hex representation uses 64 characters, while ...
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Security proof in pairing based cryptography

Let : $G_{0}$ and $G_{1}$ be two multiplicative cyclic groups of prime order $p$, $g$ be a generator of $G_{0}$ and $e$ be a bilinear map, $e : G_0 \times G_0 → G_1$ and let $𝐶_{1} = ...
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1-out-of-2 OT from Random 1-out-of-2 OT

Last week I came upon this problem in my h.w.: Let $OT^m$ denote 1-out-of-2 oblivious transfer of $m$ bit inputs. Let $RandOT^m$ denote the following primitive: The sender’s input ...
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What is the fastest block cipher in the (Intel) world?

In AES competition,Rijndael cipher obtained first rank and become Standard and Serpent, Twofish, RC6 and MARS obtained another ranks and I know that Serpent took second rank because it was slower than ...
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Homomorphic multiplication by a scalar

Few homomorphic encryption schemes like Paillier , Ring-LWE support homomorphic multiplication operation by a scalar apart from additive homomorphic property. Loosely they could be defined as below ...
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Can I get successful signature verification with just altering message and signature?

Assuming I can modify a message and also modify the verification signature, and I also have the public-key but not the private-key. Can I create a message that can be verified with a signature that I ...
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RSA signatures without padding

Suppose I have a message $M$ for which I generate an RSA-2048 digital signature as follows: $H = H(M)$, $H(M)$ being the SHA-256 of the message $M$ $S = H^d \bmod N$ Assume $N = pq$ is properly ...
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Polynomials and efficient computability

In public key crypto, the popular definitions of security (CPA, CCA1,2) depend on PPT adversaries. I'm trying to understand why adversaries should be PPT. It's clear that adversaries should be at ...
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Is there a way to optimize a linear scan while preserving anonymity?

I've been wrestling with a problem, and I was hoping if someone else had a bright idea. Here's the problem: I have two sides, Alice and Bob. Alice has a single high entropy string $A$, and Bob has a ...
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Do other one-time signature schemes exist?

I'm curious to know if there are any one-time signature schemes other than Lamport's or its variants (Merkle trees are one such variant). The first I've discovered is called "Bins and Balls" which ...
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Why can’t DSA be used for encryption?

This question at StackOverflow mentions that DSA cannot be used for encrypt. But Both RSA and DSA can be used to generate public and private keys, right? (Or am I wrong?). Then why can't I use the ...
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Is this cascading encryption, and is my security weakened as a result?

I'm trying to understand what is, and what is not, considered cascading encryption. All of the posts and conversations I've read over the past few days discourage the practice, including this article. ...
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Deoxys: disadvantages vs. AES?

The CAESAR candidate Deoxys is based on a tweakable block cipher that seems to be a strict improvement over AES, in that it is a tweakable cipher resistant to related-key attack. The mode proposed ...
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Why is DSA falling out of favor?

Windows abandoned DSA rather than extend it to support > 1024 bits; but otherwise I cannot find a reason why DSA would be less desirable. I see in SSH the disabling it by default with a completely ...
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Ciphers providing Deniable encryption?

I stumbled on the concept of Deniable encryption on Wikipedia, with the following scenario: Deniable encryption allows the sender of an encrypted message to deny sending that message. This ...
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Determining an encryption key when ciphertext and algorithm are known

I would like to know how I can tell that I have successfully performed an exhaustive search attack on an encrypted message. Here are the conditions: key is 40 bit I am aware of the cipher text and ...
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Is AES-256 bit encryption secure against this kind of attack? [duplicate]

Recently I came across this article. http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~tromer/acoustic/ Could this put all computers at risk for decryption?
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What are the advatages or disadvatages of using seperate chaining over linear or quadratic probing?

I was looking through different hash methods the other day and was curious as to what the advantages or disadvantages of using separate chaining over linear or quadratic probing. I know that with ...
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What functional encryption scheme can be used to compute a linear function?

I am looking for a functional encryption scheme that can compute a linear function. I do not need to work with attributes. All I want is to compute the result of a function $y = a*x+b$, where $x$ is ...
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Is this simple PRNG secure?

$G$ is a PRNG used in a stream cipher and defined in the following way: G receives $s_0$ as an input, which is a random string drawn from a uniform distribution. The output of step $i$ is $s_i = ...
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Real world use cases of Multi-Party Computation

Most of the research papers give imaginary applications of multi-party computation. Either they talk about Yao's millionares' problem or two or more corporates willing to compute some intrustion ...
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How to calculate plaintext from modpower cipher

Let $a$ be the plaintext message, $e$ be a small prime exponent (such as 11, 13, 17 etc.), $b$ be cipher text and $n$ be a large modulo (non-prime). Suppose that: $b \equiv a^e \space mod ...
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How do attacks on WEP work?

There is an abundance of tools and tutorials on how to break WEP encryption. However, I fail to find a nice resource that gives a clear break-down of why the attacks are possible. For example, I know ...

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