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How to find the keyword of the Playfair text knowing/not knowing the plaintext and having decrypted text?

I know how the Playfair cipher works. I would like to know how can I find the keyword of the play fair cipher in two cases: 1) knowing the plaintext 2) not knowing the plaintext? Some examples: <...
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Is this a good choice of a digital signature scheme?

This is a concrete instantiation of Rabin-Williams signatures. Specifically: The private key is 2 primes $p, q$. The public key is their product $N = pq$ and is approximately 3072 bits long. the ...
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Is this hash function almost XOR universal?

Consider this hash function: The key $K$ is $2^n$ bits. The message $M$ is divided into $2^n$ bit blocks. Arithmetic is performed modulo $2^{n+1}$. The hash is defined by: $ H_0 = 1 $. $H_{i+1} = ...
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Encrypt-then-MAC when encrypting data in multiple blocks

Given a stream cipher such as ChaCha20 and a MAC such as Poly1305, how do we handle data that comes in chunks in the encrypt-then-MAC scheme ? For example, the plaintext is 530 bytes long. We read ...
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CBC mode with same plaintext

I'm working on a file encryption system where multiple versions of the same file might exist. The filenames are encrypted using AES in CBC mode with a random IV and stored in metadata. Since versions ...
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Montgomery multiplication without final subtraction

I am looking for methods to avoid the final subtraction in Montgomery multiplication. I found this paper "A Cryptographic Library for the Motorola DSP56000 " (http://goo.gl/DHePEx) In this paper they ...
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Combining Elgamal encryption with the Elgamal signature scheme - Security issues?

For didactic (not real-world) purposes, I would like to teach other students the Elgamal encryption system and the Elgamal signature scheme. Are there known security issues when combining them? (i.e. ...
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DTLS 1.2 Key Expansion

I am using DTLS 1.2 and my cipher is TLS_ECDHE_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 According to RFC 5246(RFC 5246 key calculation) i am calculating keys but i can not find the size of these keys in this RFC. ...
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How to distributively compute a secret of that form $\mathsf{s=sk\cdot g^a}$?

Is there a standard way to distributively compute secrets shares such that any $t+1$ combination out of $n$ of them constructs the secret $\mathsf{s=sk\cdot g^a}$, for a generator $\mathsf{g} \in \...
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How can a poor RNG impact security?

I have read this article and I do somehow "understand" that the reduction of entropy makes it easier to guess. But how exactly can the security be reduced by that? Can you give a concrete scenario, ...
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Derive $x$ when given $g,g^x$ and $g^{(1/x)}$?

If an adversary has access to the generator g of a group G and is given access to $g^{x}$ and $g^{(1/x)}$, will it make it any easier to derive the value of $x$ compared to when he had access to only $...
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Why can an elliptic curve private key be 1?

I often see in papers (e.g. this one) that for an elliptic curve with generator point $G$ and order $n$ the private key $d$ can take on any integer value in the range $[1, n)$. When $d = 1$ the ...
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Why is padding the plaintext with a random string before encryption worse than OAEP / PKCS#7?

I'm reading about OAEP / PKCS padding used for PGP to turn deterministic algorithms like RSA from deterministic encryption to probabilistic encryption (randomness in the resulting output). That way ...
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Master keys' strengh

If I am going to use a master key to generate a session key, why the master key must be "stronger" than the session key? Like should not be distributing 128-bit AES keys derived from a 56-bit DES key....
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Use MDC to provide origin authentication for public key encryption?

Why can't we use an MDC (“Manipulation Detection Code”, as also handled in this Q&A) to provide origin authentication when using public-key encryption?
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Do key-dependent S-boxes make efficient constant-time software implementations almost impossible?

It seems to me that algorithms like Blowfish and Twofish with key-dependent S-boxes are almost impossible to implement without table lookups, and thus are almost impossible to implement in software ...
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Collisions in the cyclotomic knapsack function

I've been working my way through the paper “Efficient Collision-Resistant Hashing from Worst-Case Assumptions on Cyclic Lattices” by Peikert and Rosen, and I've come across something that doesn't seem ...
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Where and how to store private keys in web applications for private messaging with web browsers

I am working on a web application enabling users to communicate over private messages which is just one part of the whole system. The main focus during my development process is to protect the privacy ...
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ECDH Man-in-the-middle active attack

We have Alice and Bob. The man in the middle can manipulate(remove, add something etc.) A sent from Alice and B sent from Bob, how can he figure out what the common key K(A,B) is, without knowing kpr(...
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Can you still decrypt XTS if half of the cipher text is deleted?

If a part of my data is damaged, corrupted, or deleted, is it then still possible to decrypt the rest of the data if you still have the key? The situation: a piece of data (something like a document ...
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Using bcrypt for MAC - is it correct and secure?

Suppose there is a hashing function: $$ph = bcrypt(sha256(m + k), salt)$$ Here $ph$ is a password hash obtaining by applying $bcrypt$ on $sha256$ result of concatenating a message $m$ with a secret ...
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Should I use XTS or GCM to encrypt my hard drives?

I want to start encrypting all of my hard drives, but I don't know whether to choose XTS or GCM mode. Why is it that XTS is recommended (since the most websites I visit use GCM in their HTTPS ...
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Use $e$ in GGH as shared secret?

I was wondering if we could construct a symmetric encryption scheme by assuming that the secret key itself in GGH is public and the shared "key" is the error vector $e$. To encrypt we would take the ...
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About random self-reducibility of DDH

In Section 8 of this, Lindell presents a construction of an oblivious transfer protocol which is secure in the malicious model under the following variant of the DDH assumption (page 53): [F]or ...
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How to sign a large file for random-access reading?

I need to write an "Authoring" application which produces large files. These files must be signed so that the "Consuming" application knows that it was authored with a matching key. The consuming ...
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Do I need to worry about timing attacks in Base64 encoding/decoding of private keys?

Do I need to worry about timing attacks in Base64 encoding/decoding of private keys? This is a common operation (ex. PEM keys) and is variable time in typical implementations.
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NORX parallel speedup?

How much of a speedup can be expected going from serial NORX (6441) to 4-way parallel NORX (6444) assuming the latter is implemented as 4 word-sliced instances of the former?
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Designing a secure protocol to avoid MITM?

Imagine that you are designing an online game, the framework consists of a player A, a game host H and a trusted central server S. The player A has a symmetric key KAS and id A that is known to ...
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Padding schemes for asymmetric encryption with provable security in the standard model

Most padding schemes for asymmetric encryption (OAEP, OAEP+) are only proven secure in the random oracle model. Although no attacks are known, it would be nice to find a padding scheme with provable ...
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Using a round function intended for an SP network in a Feistel network?

If I use the round function from a secure SP network (such as AES) and use it in a Feistel netwok, is this a good starting point for the second cipher? My thought is "yes" because: it already has ...
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How to generate an RSASSA-PSS signature with MGF1-SHA256?

As part of rooting a device, I need to generate a 256-byte RSASSA-PSS signature using SHA256 as the hash and MGF1-SHA256 as the mask function, for an update file I created. I can choose any 32-byte ...
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Can $d$ and $e$ be the same number in RSA?

I'm reading about RSA and I have doubts: 1) To choose $e$, this value have to be between $1$ and $\phi=(p-1)(q-1)$, with $\gcd(\phi, e) = 1$, right? 2) In my example, $p = 139$ and $q = 491$. So $n =...
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What does 0…0 and 1…1 mean

I am very new to cryptography but can someone explain what exactly does 0...0 and 1...1 mean in general term. Is it that 1st and ...
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Can a compressed checksum be considered unique

I'm kind of guessing that the answer may be no. Since the compression is trying to reduce the output size using various optimization methods, this may cancel the properties of a hash algorithm. But ...
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XTS and 256-bit data blocks

I am developer of an application that uses XTS with ciphers which use 128-bit blocks (AES, Serpent and Twofish). I now want to use XTS with a cipher which uses 256-bit blocks (Shacal-2). AFAIK, I ...
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Is the “New Hope” Lattice Key Exchange vulnerable to a lattice analog of the Bernstein BADA55 Attack?

In the paper, "Post Quantum Key Exhange - A New Hope," the authors present a lattice-based key exchange based on the work of Chris Peikert. In this "New Hope" key exchange the authors try to gain ...
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Chosen Ciphertext Attack on the Public Key in PGP

In Secrets & Lies (2000), Schneier describes a chosen ciphertext attack on the public key under PGP: "Since RSA and ElGamal are malleable, known changes can be made to the symmetric key that ...
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Correlation Immunity Of 4 bit S Box

I have a 4 bit S Box byte[] S = new byte[16] { 0x9, 0xE, 0x5, 0x6, 0xA, 0x2, 0x3, 0xC, 0xF, 0x0, 0x4, 0xD, 0x7, 0xB, 0x1, 0x8 }; How can i calculate Correlation ...
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Which elliptic curves are quantum resistant? [closed]

If I want to learn about quantum resistant crytography what are the best resources? Which type of elliptic curves should I be studying?
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Differential & linear characteristics for integer multiplication

What are the probabilities of differential & linear characteristics for the function that XORs the high and low bits from a $n \times n \rightarrow 2n$ bit multiplication? I remember reading ...
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Can the attack in https://eprint.iacr.org/2008/469.pdf be parallelized?

Can this attack be parallelized? It is a $2^{57}$ complexity collision attack on SHA-1 based on disturbance vectors. If it is practical it is easy on a GPU ($\approx1.1$ GPU-days). If it is ...
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How long should a HMAC cryptographic key be?

In the top answer to this question the answerer says 'with a sufficently long key'. I am using a SHA1-HMAC (may switch to SHA256-HMAC) algorithm to verify cookies sent to clients as authentication ...
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Is ElGamal encryption still secure if the randomness is known to be even?

In ElGamal encryption $(g^r, g^mg^{kr})$, if the randomness $r$ is always chosen from even numbers, and the attacker knows about this, is it still provable secure?
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How does Feistel cipher create diffusion between blocks?

From what I've read about Feistel ciphers, I can understand that within each block, there is both confusion and diffusion. But it is unclear to me how a Feistel cipher permutates among blocks of data. ...
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Why are {0,1}-matrices almost-MDS only when n is 2, 3, or 4?

In this paper authors claim that {0,1}-matrices are almost-MDS (have branch number n - 1) on when n is 2, 3, or 4. For example, how can this two matrices have the same branch number? $$\begin{pmatrix}...
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Election communication protocol

I'm not a cryptography expert, but this seems like it falls into this area. Imagine I want to design an election system (senate race for example) where I send the exact same ballot of 100 candidates ...
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Creating ECDH using OpenSSL

For academic reasons, I'm playing around with OpennSSL 1.0.2g. I tested RSA encryption/decryption. I created key exchange with DHKE. But I'm struggling to find a way, to create ECDH, using only ...
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Can an adversary distinguish a private key from a pseudo-random string of the same length?

Apologies if this is a dumb question but allow me to describe the dilemma I have: Suppose that I am protecting a private key on a device using a password & PBKDF2. The obvious attack would be an ...
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Insecurity of CBC-MAC

Can anyone explain why CBC-MAC is not secure for variable length message? I read many books, but there are still some confusion. Such as the highlighted parts in previous pictures Questions: why ...
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How does blocksize affect security?

I have recently read about how blockciphers and how stream ciphers work, and although I think I finally got everything right, I'm still wondering how increasing blocksize increases security.

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