# All Questions

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secp256k1 (the signature scheme used by Bitcoin) has the interesting property that you can add two public keys to get a combined key that requires both private keys to produce signatures for. Is ...
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### Key iteration count while using random keyfile larger than master key

If I were to have a 4096-bit file of random data (/dev/random) used as a keyfile for LUKS, would there be any benefit to having a key iteration count higher than 1? My reasoning is that the attacker ...
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### SHACAL-2 vs. AES as underlying block cipher for Secure Hash (aka SHA-256)

The hashing scheme SHA-256 (for instance) is based on Merkle-Damgard construction with the underlying compression function based on the block cipher SHACAL-2 configured in Davies Meyer mode. SHACAL-2 ...
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### SHACAL in SHA-256

I was reading about hash functions, namely SHA, and I read that it is made of the Merkle-Damgard construction. And then the text said that the compression function used is based on the Davis-Meyer ...
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### Figure 2 in the Verifiable Computation - Pinocchio

I am reading the Pinocchio paper (verifiable computation): http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/180286/pinocchio.pdf The paper is rather hard for me. For the Figure 2, I guess $v_1(x)$ should be ...
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### Can a cryptographic hash be used as a cryptographic RNG?

Say I roll a six sided die 200 times (6^200 = ~2^517) and string all the results together into a long string of numbers and hash then result with SHA-512. Can I use that result for cryptographic ...
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### Is this transposition cipher information-theoretically secure for 1 message?

Given: $m = \{0,1\}^{n}$; a plaintext message of length $n$ encoded in binary $k = randomshuffle([0, 1, ..., 2n-1])$; A secret key consisting out of unique numbers between 0 and $2n-1$ in a true ...
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### RSA: Why must e be relative prime to phi(n) [duplicate]

I've got a question concerning fields used in RSA: Let's use the following symbols for my example: {p,q} = primes {e,n} = public key {d,n] = private key I learnt that an inverse element exists if a ...
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### How to securely map an element from an smaller domain to the other element in a large domain

Problem: I have a small sized domain, say s-bit. It's clear that the probability for an adversary to guess an element is $\frac{1}{2^s}$. I need to make the probability negligible. However, I need to ...
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### Has human-generated entropy ever been a real problem?

I know the topic of human brains generating random numbers has been discussed here and in Cognitive Sciences before, but I am interested in a particular part of it: In an introductory book to ...
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### Are there drawbacks to encrypting data locally before being encrypted in cloud backup (multiple encryption)?

I am planning on backing up my hard drive using a cloud backup service but have become skeptical of the industry based on incidents like these: ...
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### Under what conditions did a Bletchley bombe stop?

I am trying to understand the conditions necessary for one of the Bletchley Park bombes to stop. Let me give an example. I have been experimenting with Enigma machine and bombe simulators to try to ...