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Are there any valid, and person readable, checksums possible?

We've been trying to produce a valid, and pretty, MD5. Something that has repeating digits, or spells a word, or something. It's probably more difficult than spelling out the dictionary on a ...
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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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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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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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Is this discrete log generalization a well known cryptographic assumption?

Assume you have a finite group $\mathbb{G}$ and an integer $n$. Given $g_1,\dots,g_n,t$ chosen uniformly from $\mathbb{G}$, consider the problem of finding a vector $(a_1,\dots,a_n)\in \mathbb{Z}^n$ ...
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DH and PKI for KeyExchange

My question is fairly simple. I have more than two nodes which needs to communicate very efficiently from computational point of view. One of the nodes can become a coordinator between the nodes. ...
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What aspect of elliptic curve encryption paradigms makes them especially susceptible to quantum based attack algorithms?

This was a statement made during a talk at today's DFN-CERT conference but unfortunately it wasn't explained further. Can anyone shed light on why elliptic curves are susceptible to quantum based ...
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Equivalent key size between HMAC and AES?

I have seem comparison between AES and RSA, e.g., AES 128 bit key is equivalent to RSA modulus 3072 bits. Is there such comparison between AES key size and HMAC?
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Crypto++: How to re-generate pseurandom integers in Crypto++

I'm using Crypto++ to implement my protocol to mask a value $y_i$ by a seudorandom value $r_i$ such that $m_i=y_i \cdot r_i$. Since there are many $r_i$'s I want to generate them using PRG and then ...
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Do any stream ciphers with aperiodic keystreams exist?

Exactly what it says on the tin. I can imagine constructing such keystreams from: The binary expansions of irrational numbers Chaotic systems like the logistic map or the Lorenz attractor. The ...
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Generate secure password hashes without access to PBKDF2 or bcrypt

Given is a system, which does provide only implementations of fast hash algorithms (MD5, SHA1, SHA-256, SHA-512). There is no implementation of PBKDF2, bcrypt or scrypt available. The system does ...
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Combined message separation

I have two ciphertexts, I suppose that its RC4 with reused key. I have XORed both ciphertexts and obtained message containing combined cleartexts. I suppose that the underlaying messages are written ...
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Verifying identity using a sha-1 hash

I was reading http://blog.zorinaq.com/?e=74 which is about a Windows kernel developer. The developer proves that he is an actual developer by posting the SHA1 hash of a particular revision of a file. ...
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How bad would it be to reuse the random blinding factor in a scheme like Paillier?

A secure and somewhat fast way to "re-encrypt" (refresh? anonymise?) a Paillier ciphertext, $c$, is to multiply it by an exponentiated random value: $c \gets c \cdot r^n \mod n^2$ (with $r \in ...
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Possible to use an accumulator to “license” or restrict the qty of certificates being used?

Suppose in a future version of x509 PKI, it is possible to limit the quantity of certificates being used, what would that look like? Here is a concept that won't work in the real world, but ...
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NTRU key generation

I've been experimenting with an NTRU open-source C implementation here I've noticed something (potentionally) strange with a certain set of params: NTRU_EES1087EP2 (defined here). When generating ...
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Performance bottlenecks in Paillier encryption

I'm implementing Paillier encryption and I'd like some recommendations about improving its performance. Firstly, I have to note the following: I have already set g=1+n to get rid of one ...
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Why are there no MACs inspired by block cipher modes other than CBC and CFB?

I've been studying message authentication codes and I was wondering why a MAC can only be produced with AES in CBC and CFB mode and why not the other modes such as ECB, OFB and counter. Why are CBC ...
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Associative but NOT Commutative Reducing Function Construction with Existing Hash Function(s)

Is it possible to construct a binary reducing function based on any existing cryptographic hash function satisfying the associative property but not the commutative property? So formally: Using an ...
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How can a cryptosystem be unconditionally secure?

The definition of an unconditionally secure cryptosystem states that the cryptosystem cannot be broken even with infinitely computational ressources and time. However, since most books define the ...
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Are there signatures that don't have subliminal channels?

Are there signatures that don't have subliminal channels and also don't require commitments or zero-knowledge proofs? DSA or Shorr signatures need a nonce which can leak valuable information. There ...
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what are the plaintext's for the RC4 stream cipher test vectors in RFC6229?

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6229 has stuff like this: ...
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one time pad regarding

If I had two ciphertexts $$c_1 = m_1 \oplus y_1 \text{ and } c_2 = m_2 \oplus y_2$$ will it be possible to obtain $$z_1= (m_1 \lor m_2) \oplus y_1 \oplus y_2 \text{ and } z_2= (m_1 \land m_2) ...
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Malleability of homomorphic encryption

El Gamal is a malleable homomorphic encryption system, so is Rabin. Are all homomorphic encryption systems malleable? Or are there any that are not malleable? Thanks!
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Does it necessary the public key is prime number in RSA algorithm?

I read some books talk about RSA cryptography but I did not understand something when choosing a public key $e$ Sometimes the condition is $1<e<$$\phi(n)$ Where $\phi(n) = p-1 * q-1$ also ...
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Arithmetic modulo 1

In the context of lattice-based cryptography, in particular the Learning With Errors (LWE) problem, I see some definitions given in terms of equations modulo 1 (see for example, Appendix A of this ...
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Point decompression on an elliptic curve

I'm programming an elliptic curve cryptosystem and I'm having difficulty with decompressing points. The following information is from my project specification as to my understanding: Given a point ...
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I don't care about replay attacks. What should I do with the nonce in nacl?

My system forwards encrypted and/or signed messages on a gossip network. Replay is part of the design. What should I do with the nonce? I'm tempted to just set it to the same number always. Is this a ...
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Hash collision using the leading 40-bits of SHA-1

I am trying to implement Floyd's cycle finding algorithm for finding a leading 40-bit hash collision in the SHA-1 algorithm. However, my code will not find a repetition even with 800,000,000 hashes. ...
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Where have all the cypherpunks gone?

In 1992, cypherpunks was created as a mailing list for activists advocating for cryptography. Arguably, the cypherpunks mailing list was the foundation for the movement and the centre of it all. ...
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What is the use of segments in Cipher Feedback Mode (CFB)

In NIST SP800-38A: Recommendation for Block Cipher Modes of Operation CFB can be used with a parameter s - the size of a data segment in bits - which determines the ...
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Is $(f(X), G(X))$ pseudorandom?

If $f:\{0,1\}^n \to \{0, 1\}^n$ is a one-way function, $G:\{0, 1\}^n \to \{0, 1\}^m$ is a pseudorandom generator, and $U_m$ is the uniform distribution over $m$-bit strings. Is the joint distribution ...
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Why do we need password in a server which uses TLS?

Suppose a server uses TLS to protect communication between us and the server. I observe that in the TLS handshake protocol, password is not mentioned anywhere. Then why do we need to have a ...
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rsa public and private keys

I have a question about RSA key generation. This is a simple RSA algorithm: Choose p = 3 and q = 11 Compute n = p * q = 3 * 11 = 33 Compute ?(n) = (p - 1) * (q - 1) = 2 * 10 = 20 Choose e such that ...
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Use case of RSA CRT

I discovered the CRT version of RSA cryptosystem which is used in many crypto libraries (openSSL, Java...). The use of the Chinese Remainder Theorem improves the speed of decryption so why it's not ...
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DES-X , computation load and storage

The passage said that the computational load to attack DES-X can be reduced to approximately $2^{(56+64)}=2^{120}$ steps,and the storage of data sets should be $2^{64}$. But I can't figure why ...
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What can be learned from the ciphertext of LibSodium's crypto_box_detached()?

LibSodium, (https://github.com/jedisct1/libsodium), has a function crypto_box_detached() which does authenticated encryption using the public key of the recipient ...
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Protection of Elliptic Curve Implementations against side-channel attacks [closed]

Recent fast elliptic curve implementations, for example a presentation at Eurocrypt 2014 (earlier presentation slides, the paper) talks about protection against only timing attacks. Why only timing ...
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Chess Grandmaster Problem and “Valid” Attacks on Zero-Knowledge Proofs of Identity

A long question here, but I really want to motivate why I'm confused. Consider the following attack on the Schnorr Identification Scheme. Alice chooses a random $k$, computes $\gamma = \alpha^k ...
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Compare two approaches for cracking RSA key

I came across these questions while studying for a crypto course, does anyone have any ideas on how to answer these? (a) Random prime numbers of size 1536 bits are chosen to generate an RSA modulus ...
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Is it just as difficult to find a desired output in a hash digest, for MSB vs LSB?

This question comes to mind after seeing "custom" Bitcoin addresses with some special string at the beginning of the address. They are generated in the same way Bitcoins are "mined", continually ...
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Elliptic curve parameters

What's the meaning of 160 bit Curve in Elliptic curve ? or 192 or 224 or 256 and etc. And What is the standard for selecting this number of bit ? why they don't say 100 bit curve?
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Are LFSRs enough for this?

Consider the following experiment: Let there be a machine which runs (ie. continually clocks) an LFSR of size (ie. number of bits) $b$, having a button that, when pressed, extracts the next $t$ ...
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Is .NET DESCryptoServiceProvider secure in this case?

I have the following piece of .NET code (see below). I know that DES is not quite secure, I saw that MSDN does not recommend using DES, only for compatibility with legacy programs. I also saw that ...
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RC4 key schedule and algorithm design

I've looked up RC4 algorithm and it's seems easy enough but some parts of it seem random to me. In the key schedule part take for example the following part : ...
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Hardness proof?

I am little curious about how do we calculate hardness proof of any cryptography algorithm? Also where can I find hardness proof for AES and AES-CBC ?
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INT_32_BE in PBKDF2

Trying to understand PBKDF2 in detail. It is clear that the password and the salt is given to the PRF (which is HMAC-SHA-1 in the specification). But what is the role of the INT_32_BE(i)? What does it ...
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Question about second preimage resistance of hash function combiner

Let $\Pi=(Gen_1,H_1)$ and $\Pi=(Gen_2,H_2)$ be two hash functions. Define $(Gen, H)$ so that $Gen$ runs $Gen_1$ and $Gen_2$ obtaining $s_1$ and $s_2$ respectively. Then let ...
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Modes of operation for Public Key Encryption schemes

Symmetric key encryption schemes have well defined modes of operations for achieving deterministic (ECB) or Randomized (CBC, OFB, CTR ) etc. and other applications of the same. But are they defined ...
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How hard to break a cipher if it has a different key for each word?

Recently I watched the movie 'The Prestige' again but this time the cipher diary impressed me very well. I like to create my own cipher for my diary because I have some time to kill everyday after ...

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