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AES timing attacks

I'm just interested in cryptography, so please don't expect me to be an expert. ;) I recently read about AES cache timing attacks and found it very interesting. I read the article Cache-timing attacks ...
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Exhausting the entropy of a hash function

In the case of password storage, consider the following: I have an idea that one can exhaust the entropy of input to the MD5 function by using a 128 bit random value as the password (indeed, any hash ...
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Why is the IV passed in the clear when it can be easily encrypted?

The initialization vector (IV) is exclusive or'd against the plain text before encryption for the first block sent in order to prevent an attacker from learning that duplicate message blocks are being ...
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Message authentication codes construction

I was reading the paper $[1]$ and came across the scheme that I show below. While I understand the scheme well, I don't understand why they prepend a 0 to the block containing $r$ and a 1 to all other ...
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Safety of DSA key parameters sharing

I'm looking for a solution to use in a context where I need to be able to generate new asymmetric key pairs quickly (using a widely recognized algorithm, and EC-DSA is not applicable). It sounds like ...
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Constructing RSA private key, given public key

As part of a puzzle I was given an RSA 256-bit public key and an encrypted message. The key itself is very weak, having exponent e = 65537 and modulus N = ...
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What cipher mode is suitable for independantly decryptable short messages?

I'm building a small VoIP client which transmits encrypted audio data via UDP, and some packet loss is expected, so each packet will need to be decrypted separately even if others in the stream don't ...
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Is there an advantage to storing keys split between several hashes?

I have a question about the way to store a key or password that was used for encryption, so that the application can check if the user put in the right key for decryption. If I make a mistake, please ...
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How should one implement a delegated shared trust protocol?

Consider the following (probably naive) scenario. Alice, who is very limited in her knowledge of security in general (clueless about securing a private key for example), wishes to delegate certain ...
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Does a trace of SSL packets provide a proof of data authenticity?

I'm wondering if it would make sense to record a whole HTTPS session, publish its encryption keys and present it to third parties as a proof that this particular data was sent by a given server ...
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Why does Schnorr's Digital Signature scheme necessitate two prime numbers?

One of the necessary components to the Schnorr Digital Signature scheme is a pair of prime numbers p and q such that q divides p-1. However, there is never a modular inverse taken of q so why is there ...
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Does Keccak have an eTCR mode?

On page 7 of NIST's views on SHA-3's security requirements and Evaluation of attacks, I see that, at least at this point, NIST planned on offering SHA-3 having eTCR security (defined on page 3): ...
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Learning cryptography using a FPGA

I have a FPGA and am curious what cryptographic applications I can use with it. I'm just a hobbyist / security researcher and not a professional cryptographer. Since I'm creating my own curriculum, ...
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Is the AES encryption scheme CPA secure?

Give a 256 bit key space and 128 message space would AES block cipher as the encryption scheme be CPA secure?
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Brute force attack on DES + property of DES

In a brute force attack on DES, it seems to me that one plaintext-ciphertext pair suffices to launch the attack. (I.e. suppose we are given a message $x$ and a ciphertext $c$ such that $DES_k ( x ) = ...
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Looking for examples for “proof by reduction”

Im looking for examples for a proof by reduction. For example: Let $A=(Gen, H)$ be a hash function. We define a new Hash function $A'=(Gen',H')$ with Gen=Gen' $H'_s(x)=H_s(H_s(x))$ It should be ...
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Is storing the hash of a key together with ciphertext encrypted with that key secure?

Is it secure to store the hash of a symmetric cipher key along with data encrypted with that key? Are there any circumstances or algorithms in which this combination could lead to potential weaknesses ...
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Questions about William's p+1

First off, if you're doing William's p+1 test, then also doing Pollard's p-1 is redundant, since the p+1 test covers both cases, right? Second, why is the recurrence $V_{n+1} = aV_n - V_{n-1}$ used? ...
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Can I use guids / uuids as counters for key derivation?

I have a 512 bit master key, and 128 bit unique identifiers. I'm going to derive 256 bit keys to for use with deterministic and block ciphers. For reference, The KDF I'm going to use is Hash( C | ...
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What can a master password also be called?

When having a company computer that is full disk encrypted, it is common that the boss have a master password / backdoor, so the data always can be decrypted. I have heard some call this for "scrow" ...
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Should we sign-then-encrypt, or encrypt-then-sign?

We often want to send messages that are both (a) encrypted, so passive attackers can't discover the plaintext of the message, and (b) signed with a private-key digital signature, so active attackers ...
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How to construct a good PRF from a block cipher?

We want to explicitly construct a good (as tentatively defined below) Pseudo-Random Function $F$ with $b$-bit input and output, from (preferably just) one Pseudo-Random Permutation $E$ of $b$-bit, as ...
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Proof that a function constructed from a PRP is, or is not a PRF?

Let $E$ be a family of Pseudo-Random Permutations of $b$ bits, with $E_K$ indistinguishable from random permutation with effort less than $O(2^b)$, easily computable as well as the inverse ...
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Will varying plaintext compensate for a fixed initialisation vector?

This is a follow-up question to Relative merits of AES ECB and CBC modes for securing data at rest. I need to store encrypted Personal Account Numbers (PANs) in a database. The only encryption option ...
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Can I use my random IV (for AES) as a salt for PBKDF2?

Also, where do I store my salt (can I just store it at the beginning of the encrypted file)?
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NIST Standard for Advanced Encryption Standard Algorithm [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Advantage of AES(Rijndael) over Twofish and Serpent What is the reason of NIST why Rijndael choose as the Advanced Encryption Standard
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detecting ROT13/base64 encryption

Is there anyway to detect that a cipher is encrypted with ROT13 Or Base64 without decrypting it using the algorithm and check that the result means (works)? I mean does an algorithm exists that test ...
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Is this a valid real-time authentication scheme?

The scenario in Alice/Bob/Cindy terms: Alice approaches someone she doesn't know, but thinks is Bob, and asks for some secret information. Bob doesn't know and doesn't trust Alice, but Alice says she ...
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Relative merits of AES ECB and CBC modes for securing data at rest

I need to store several million Payment Card Numbers (PCNs) securely in a mainframe database (that is, 'at rest'). I assume that any attacker will have access to all of the stored data. I assume the ...
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Is this how padding can work?

So for block ciphers you need a fixed size block. If the plaintext length is not a multiple of the block length then you need to pad it. One way you could do this is that for the last block you just ...
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Is it safer to encrypt twice with RSA?

I wonder if it's safer to encrypt a plain text with RSA twice than it is to encrypt it just once. It should make a big difference if you assume that the two private keys are different, and that the ...
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Implementing AES in C++: 4x4 Array of unint8_t, or 4x1 array of uint32_t?

I'm implementing AES in C++, and, inspired by the way words are handled in SHA, I decided this time to handle the state as a one dimensional array of 4byte unsigned integers as opposed to a two ...
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Which risks are associated with deriving multiple keys from the same DH secret Z?

NIST recommends Krawczyk's HMAC-based key derivation function (HKDF) in SP-800-56C (PDF). HKDF shall e.g. be used to create keys from shared secrets after Diffie Hellman key establishment. NIST ...
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Word-based stream ciphers vs “regular” stream ciphers?

Could somebody explain what is the difference between "word-based" stream ciphers and the regular ones? Those last ones use pseudo-random sequences XOR'd bit by bit with the message, as far as I know. ...
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Ring Signature - paper/code difference in trying to solve inverse trap door function?

there is a paper on ring signatures and a python implementation of it here. The Step 4 in the paper describes $y_s = v =C_k,_v(y_1, y_2, ... y_r)$ for all $1 \leq i \leq r$ where $i \neq s$. The ...
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Fiat-Shamir signature [closed]

I have a question about Fiat-Shamir signature: A hash function is h(w)=w mod 2011 and w1=2623, w2=3269, w3=1938. What is h=? and how to determine k.t bits?
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Breaking RSA, given a special kind of oracle that decrypts related ciphertexts for us

Let $c=E^{RSA}_{e}(w)$ be the ciphertext belonging to the plaintext $w$ if an $RSA$ system is used. Assume that the public exponent $e$ satisfies $e \le 10$. Furthermore, assume there is an oracle ...
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Efficient set up for a Montgomery multiplication

Montgomery described an efficient method to compute a modular multiplication. This works by using a special constant $R$ and assumes the inputs $a$ and $b$ have been made into a special representation ...
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How to prove that the concatenation of two secure PRG is secure?

Given $G:\{0,1\}^s \rightarrow \{0, 1\}^n$ a secure PRG, how can one prove that $G'(k_1, k_2) = G(k_1) \cdot G(k_2)$ is secure ($\cdot$ means concatenation)? In other words, I'd like to show that if ...
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Montgomery Exponentiation - selecting input value R for a given BigInteger

I have Montgomery exponentiation working, but it's working quite slow. I suspect there are two reasons for this - I implemented it bit size instead of word size (I didn't realize at the time that ...
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Why do we need Hash by key?

(i'm just trying to find what am I missing...) Assuming John have a clear text message , he can create a regular hash ( like md5 , or sha256) and then encrypt the ...
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How does a client verify a server certificate?

As far as I know, when I request a certificate from Verisign (for example), and after they approved that me is me, they create a certificate (for me) which contains the digital signature and public ...
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What is a trapdoor permutation?

Can anyone explain to me what a trapdoor one-way permutation is? Is RSA a trapdoor one-way permutation? Context: I was reading about ring signatures. On page 560, it describes steps to ...
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Quadratic Sieve Bottleneck, Multiple Polynomials an option?

After my failed attempt at trying to implement the ECM, I started working on the quadratic sieve. It works, but the bottleneck is finding smooth values over the factor base. The way I implemented it ...
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Why are these specific values used to initialise the hash buffer in SHA-512?

I'm reading the book Network Security Essentials written by William Stallings. To create a message digest with SHA-512, we have to go through some steps: append padding bits. append length ...
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Why do we always append padding bits in SHA-512? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In the SHA hash algorithm, why is the message always padded? I'm reading the book Network Security Essentials written by William Stallings. To create a message digest ...
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What is the difference between a stream cipher and a one-time-pad?

A (synchronous) stream cipher is an algorithm which maps some fixed-length key to an arbitrary-length key-stream (i.e. a sequence of bits): $C : \{0,1\}^k \to \{0,1\}^{\infty}$. This key-stream is ...
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Can there be two hash functions without common collisions?

Is there a way to prove/create (or are there known hash functions) two hash functions that never have the same collision? I mean, like provable in way that someone who took one cryptography class in ...
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implications of SSH server key compromission when authenticating users against a public key

Friday we had a disagreement with a colleague of mine about the implications of SSH server key compromission The question was stated as this : What could a hacker do while provided with the SSH ...
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How can I use eulers totient and the chinese remainder theorem for modular exponentiation?

I'm trying to implement modular exponentiation in Java using Lagrange and the Chinese remainder theorem. The example we've been given is: Let $N = 55 = 5 · 11$ and suppose we want to compute ...

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