# All Questions

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### Does perfect secrecy imply uniform ciphertext distribution?

I suspect the answer is no, but I am not able to either prove it, or provide an example. In Katz and Lindell's book, it is only said that with a perfectly secret encryption scheme, the plain and ...
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### Discrete log accumulator without pairings

Here $g$ is some fixed generator of a discrete log group. I don't want the group to be bilinear for efficiency and BDH-skepticism reasons. Is anyone aware of a discrete log accumulator? What I mean ...
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### Blum primes [x=3(mod 4)] zero knowledge proof?

Lets say we have 2 primes, $p \equiv q \equiv 3 \pmod{4}$, and we make $n=p \times q$ public. I can, without revealing factors, show that $n$ has two prime factors. How can i zero knowledge prove ...
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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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### Are modes of operation algorithms practical?

I took a cryptography class back in college, and now that I am working my 1st career one of the things currently on my plate is coming up with an algorithm to encrypt data before it's placed on the ...
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Suppose to have a function for numbers expressed in 8-bit $\in [0,2^8-1]$ defined as: $$f(x)=x||x||x||x$$ where $|f(x)|$ is exactly 32 bits. e.g., suppose x=2 (00000010) so ...
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### Authentication using a one-time pad

I am building a small embedded system of two nodes that communicate wirelessly. The microcontrollers I'm using are very limited: they only have 256 bytes of RAM. I would like to be able to ...
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### What is this cryptosystem called?

From a paper Outsourcing Large Matrix Inversion Computation to A Public Cloud (IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Vol. 1, N°1, 2013; alternate source requiring registration; preprint), I got to ...
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### Bit commitment, two blobs with same bit, without revealing it?

Suppose we have bit commitment scheme: $n=p*q$ and $t \in QNR_n$, with Jacobi $(\frac{t}{n})=1$ Commitment(P), random $x\in \mathbb{Z}_n$, $y=x^2t^b$, where $b$ is bit. Ok, suppose we have $y_1$ and ...
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### How does ECDHE_RSA key exchange mechanism work?

Using Wireshark, I found these data exchanged with google.com over TLS: Client Hello possible cipher suites and possible curve types (eg. secp256r1) sent Server Hello cipher suite selected ...
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### What is the best hash for HMAC?

Long question but I am starting to lose sight of all the HASH algo's there are. I know SHAKE128 and 256 are part of the SHA-3 standard but is the SHA3 standard officially released yet? i can only ...
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### Should I remove these use cases of MD5/SHA1 from my program?

I have a web app (a register and login system) written already but i am now improving it. One of its design goals was high security. I have some use cases of md5 and sha1 in it and now i am in doubt ...
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### Is it safe to encrypt data by simply randomizing chunks based on a permutation?

Say I want to encrypt the following text: "Today is March the 22nd, 2015". And say want to encrypt 8-byte blocks of data using the following permutation [6,3,0,1,5,7,2,4] to swap characters at those ...
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### credit card number encryption using aes-ctr mode

I want to encrypt credit card numbers. I want to apply AES-CTR mode. Is it suitable for that? How can I store nonce and counter values for an individual credit card number? How can I send the ...
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### Why would using a random seed with other variables be bad for ecrypting if you can't guess the key?

I asked this on stack exchange with it being code based, but someone suggested to ask here. Basically, I've done a script in python and wanted an option to encrypt the input, but I couldn't get any ...
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### How can I use SSL/TLS with Perfect Forward Secrecy?

I'm new to the field of cryptography, but I want to make the web a better web by setting up the sites that I host with Perfect Forward Secrecy. I have a list of questions regarding the setup of ...
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### How are RSA and ElGamal compatible in PGP?

I'm starting to play with PGP and I don't understand how if your key pair is RSA you can encrypt a message for someone whose key is for example ElGamal. How does the asymmetric key exchange work if ...
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### SHA-1:Is there any mathematical result that gives us the minimum number of 1's in a 160-bit SHA-1 hash output?

Is there any mathematical result that gives us the minimum number of 1's in a 160-bit SHA-1 hash output? What is the probability that a 160-bit SHA-1 hash output contains at least 128 1's?
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### chaining multiple key derivation functions together

I was looking at PBKDF2, bcrypt and scrypt as options for key derivation; and would like to try using them all together in order to get the cryptographic strength of the strongest one (which seems to ...
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### How do you implement a cipher as one lookup table?

I am reading up on whitebox cryptography and have trouble understanding how are ciphers implemented as one lookup table? assuming my plaintext is just 4 bits so the size of my lookup table should be ...
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### Practical Attack on RSA

Currently I am designing an RSA based application, and I am thinking of how long should the key be in order to be secure against attacks. I know that RSA 4096 bit key can be recovered using Sound ...
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### Purpose of expanding then shrinking in SHA-1

What is the purpose of expanding then shrinking in SHA-1? Does it serves any security purposes?
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### Replacing the PRF in PBKDF2 with Keccak

I am unable to find a reliable, tested library for a decent password based key derivation function e.g. Scrypt in the programming language I am using, but I have a reliable library for PBKDF2 (which ...
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### What does invertibility of the cryptographic primitive mean?

source: http://www.cosic.esat.kuleuven.be/publications/thesis-152.pdf ,page 32 Note that key recovery implies invertibility of the cryptographic primitive (because due to the Kerckhoffs’ ...
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### Estimating random number entropy for input into 256 bit hash

Assuming a random number generation process outputs lots of numbers between 0-9. First I gathered up a bunch of the numbers, converted them to binary and created a bitmap. Not so random as you can ...
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### AES product function

Small description: consider a polynomial in GF($2^8$) , which has the form $$f(x) = b_7x^7 + b6x^6 + b_{5}x^5 + b_4x^4 + b_3x^3 + b_2x^2 + b_1x + b_0$$ If we multiply by x , we have x * f(x) = ...
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### Which algorithm can be performed by humans?

Suppose I want my grandmother to perform encryption without any help from a computer, and she must encrypt the word 'HELLO' for me. I could ask her to instead of typing the real keys, that she always ...
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### Security of simple Skein PBKDF mentioned in the paper

From the Skein 1.3 paper section 4.8, Skein as a Password-Based Key Derivation Function (PBKDF), it mentions the following as a simple PBKDF (S = seed and P = password): An even simpler PBKDF is ...
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### Is this an example of a zero knowlege proof?

My Math Structures professor mentioned the strange concept of a zero knowledge proof to me after class one day, and I decided to do some reading about it. After reading the relatively famous "How to ...
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### Is it safe to prefix the a key with a known value?

Almost every encryption algorithm is based on a secret key. I wonder when the algorithm is considered safe, does that also imply that I can prefix (or suffix) the key with a known value, as long as ...
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### Creating a new cipher! [closed]

http://flashbackcipher.blogspot.ae/2015/03/introducing-flashback.html Hey guys the above is the blog for a new cipher, if you guys can take a look and suggest problems.. it would be of great help!! ...
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### RC4 , Is it possible to find the key if we know the plaintext and ciphertext?

Is it possible to find the key if we know the plaintext and ciphertext with RC4. How should I write the algorithm?
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### How dangerous is it to encrypt with AES 256 if the end user knows the unencrypted value?

I am implementing a bit of security in a system that was originally built without encryption on a specific piece of data. The plan was to encrypt this piece of data and include it as part of the ...
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### Encrypting small values with RSA private key

I'm looking for best practices when it comes to encrypting small (< 128 bytes) amounts of data with the RSA private key. Signing it would make the resulting payload too large.
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### What is the most light-weight symmetric cipher thats still usefull?

I need a very light encryption scheme which costs almost no performance during encryption (while decryption may be slow). I found 5 algorithms: RC4, DES, LED, PRESENT, and Piccolo. But how do I ...
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### MAC in SSH packet encryption, benefits to not including it?

What are the benefits to not including MAC in a SSH packet encryption? I understand what the MAC is there for, but if it was not included would there be an advantage? Is the MAC somewhat redundant ...
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### Do asymmetric signatures require constant-time verification?

To avoid a timing attack, HMAC signatures are usually compared in constant-time (every byte is compared, and the results aggregated). Is the same necessary for asymmetric signature algorithms such ...
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### What happens when a RC4 stream gets corrupted?

I want to encrypt a large file using RC4. But what happens if the encrypted file gets corrupted (bytes modified or lost)? Can I still decrypt the rest of the file correctly? If not, what is the best ...
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### Determining nonce between unsynced systems

It's my first venture into cryptography, and I'm struggling with how to use a nonce in an encryption standard between two digital radios. The two radios support AES encryption, only requiring a ...
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### Deciphering text encrypted with a changing cipher

I know there are many ways to crack basic ciphers were each letter is mapped to some other letter, but what ways are there to decode something that was encrypted using a cipher that changed after ...
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### HMAC tag to verify the key (verification in the reverse direction)

A quick question. Are there any problems with the following HMAC use-case: We have two entities ($A$ and $B$), both of them have a secret ($A$ has $S_0$ and $B$ has $S_1$) $A$ generates a random ...
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### ECDSA for encryption

ECDSA keys are much shorter than RSA keys, but typically only used for signing, not encryption. Is there an accepted way of doing this? (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=196378.0 ...
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### Deterministically generate a RSA public/private key pair from a passphrase (with sufficient entropy)?

Is it possible to deterministically generate public/private RSA key pairs from passphrases? Would giving the (key generating) algorithm data made from key-stretching the passphrase (instead of a ...
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### Secret sharing scheme with possibility to change the secret

Here's a scenario I want to handle with a secret sharing scheme: Alice wants to share the secret $S$ with Bob, Charlie and Dave. Alice generates private shares based on $S$ for Bob, Charlie and ...
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### Can we reverse a hash when we know part of the input?

While I read that hashes are not meant to be reversible, but assuming we have part/half of the message/input of a hash? Is there any method that we can use to recover the remaining message via this ...
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### Why are RSA key sizes almost always a power of two?

I know that other bit sizes are possible, e.g. this HTTPS server seems to have a 9000 bit key https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=qqq.gg, but it's very rare that one sees a key not of size ...
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### Concatenation of two strong hashes may have striking weakness

For any hash functions $H_0$ and $H_1$, it is easily proved that their concatenation $H_0\|H_1$, defined by $(H_0\|H_1)(X)=H_0(X)\|H_1(X)$, is at least as resistant as the strongest of $H_0$ and $H_1$ ...
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### Any use for now-defunct Mt Gox Yubikey? [closed]

As everyone is now aware, Mt Gox has declared bankruptcy. As what appears to be the very last thing they did, Mt Gox accepted my \$35 and fulfilled my special Mt Gox Yubikey. Having just arrived in the ...