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How do I produce a stream of secure random numbers from AES-Counter mode?

I have just made my own program to encipher, using AES in counter mode, and have validated it using NIST data. So I know I have done it properly. I have read that AES-CTR can produce a stream of ...
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SHA256-based stream cipher

Can anyone comment if the stream cipher described here is safe? The author claims it to be unbreakable, but does not provide any evidence or proof to support this. For completeness, I have reproduced ...
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Seed / reseed DRBG too often?

There are limits to how much you can use a the DRBG before you have to reseed it, but are there any limits to how much you must use it before reseeding? Take the following scenarios as an example… ...
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Is there a metric (term) for work required to decrypt a public key?

Any public key decryption can be decrypted given enough time and computing power. Is there a metric or term for this? Something like it would require on average 2^43 1024 bit hashes to find private ...
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Could someone reuse client certificates?

To my understanding, if a server “cert+key” (RSA) is compromised, than the SSL/TLS network traffic can be decrypted. What about a client “cert+key” (RSA)? Could someone reuse client certificates? ...
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Difference between collision resistance and target collision resistance

For a hash function, what's the difference between Collision Resistance and Target Collision Resistance?. I understand the definition of hash function collision resistance, but I don't know about ...
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Elliptic Curve Factorization: Why are elliptic curves suited for this kind of task?

Currently I'm working on a presentation of a paper that talks about the factorization of large numbers. In the paper elliptic curves are presented as a way to factorize large numbers. After hearing a ...
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Hide a weakness in ECC by choosing the prime or one of the curve coefficients

Suppose you are given a value $c$. Can you find a prime $p$ and an integer $b$ such that the elliptic curve $$E: y^2 \equiv x^3 -3x + b \pmod p$$ is cryptographically weak? You need to choose $p,b$...
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How did they factor RSA-704?

I don't understand the 'Wiedemann algorithm' works. Can someone explain the factoring of RSA-704 in an easy way?
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Secure use-cases of block cipher with 64-bit block size

In what cases can we use a weak block cipher like DES ? More precisely, Are there specific situation in which a weaken block cipher can still be used, for instance for certain types of plaintext ?
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Keys required for cryptography

I am reading an article on cryptography at following location: http://www.entrust.com/resources/pdf/cryptointro.pdf Historically, encryption systems used what is known as symmetric cryptography. ...
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LFSR for small numbers with large periods

I want to generate a few random numbers using an LFSR. However, the LFSR output depends on the number of taps, so for a large period I use large (relative) number of bits. This causes the numbers to ...
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Can one build a one-way function from AES?

We change the AES block cipher encryption: we delete the key schedule algorithm the user now provides a string of 1408 bits we divide the string to 11 sub keys, and use them directly in the ...
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phi(P*Q) = (P-1) * (Q-1)

I was trying to understand RSA when I encountered the Euler Function. I do understand this: $\phi(P)$, where $P$ is a prime is $P-1$. However it seems that for a number $N$ such at $N=P\cdot Q$ where ...
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How to encrypt a short string and keep the length secret

I need to encrypt relatively short strings (generally less than 100 characters). If possible, I want to avoid leaking the length of these strings. How can I do that? The thing that came to my mind is ...
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Randomized stream cipher using multivariant quadratic equations

This is an idea I had for cipher that I thought might reduce to a known hard problem. It is efficient (compared to something like BBS) in terms of time but not in terms of space. Here's the ...
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Idea for user/pass hashing to prevent rainbow tables, would it work?

I'm very new to cryptography (and security in general, for that matter), but I had an idea that I'm sure is very flawed, but is worth asking. If a computer user, online account, etc, needs to verify a ...
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What is the flaw in this model for homomorphic encryption?

Imagine a Field Isomorphism $g : \mathbb F1 \to \mathbb F2$ given by some $g(x)$ Assume a client is planning to outsource his computations to server, translates every possible $x$ as $g(x)$ and ...
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How does DH work when combined with ECC or RSA?

I know that Diffie-Hellman is used to create keys in a secure way over an insecure channel. But there is one thing which I cannot understand: I see that a lot of sites use ECC or RSA alongside DH. ...
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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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How does constant-time comparison work?

libsodium has a method for comparing two byte sequences in constant time. Is the idea here to simply avoid early-out if a difference in the data is detected? When I first heard of such a thing I ...
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Keyless integrity checking with SHA-256

Currently a program is loading some files from an untrustworthy source (e.g. a CDN) which could have been tampered with. It has a known SHA-256 hash of the file stored locally, then it downloads the ...
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Using a SHA512 hash to encrypt data

How can I judge the level of security with the following algorithm: I create a 64 byte hash using SHA512 via some input. I use this hash to iterate over the plaintext, byte by byte, and similarly ...
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Can e = 2 be used in unpadded RSA?

I am wondering whether $e = 2$ can be used in unpadded RSA... It seems like it is not possible to use it: the value of e needs to be coprime with $tot(n)$. $tot(n) = (p - 1)(q - 1)$ where $p$ and $q$ ...
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One Time Pads and reuse of the decrypted message?

How is it insecure when Alice encrypts a message with a One-Time-Pad to Bob, and Bob then uses the decrypted message from Alice as the next One-Time-Pad? For example: Alice sends Bob a message ...
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RSA: Is it secure to use the private key to encrypt and the public key to decrypt?

This may sound weird: What if I don't let others know my public key, then use my private key to encrypt, and the public key to decrypt? Is this secure? Let me explain a little bit: Common usuage: ...
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Mathematically / statistically “safe” way to differentiate between crypto and random blob?

I assume the United Kingdom will impose (as opposed to just talk about it) restrictions on crypto software that may be used within it's borders. Me, quite the border clown (yes, I always bring a up ...
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Are there transitive ciphers (either symmetric and asymmetric)

Say Alice has information that's already encrypted with Bob's key. She wants Bob to decrypt it without knowing what he just decrypted. So she encrypts it with her key and sends it to him, he decrypts ...
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What is a “lattice” in cryptography?

There are some questions here concerning lattice-based cryptography and this kind of cryptography seems to be especially useful if quantum computers are assumed to exist. When reading such questions ...
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Are covert and rational adversaries same?

Aumann and Lindell defined covert adversaries in 2009 which is informally adversaries which have a epsilon-deterrence to cheat. Some authors (for ex. John R. Wallrabenstein) have defined similar ...
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How does ROTL work?

what does ROTL stand for? I know it does left shifting but what about the acronym? When we do a left shift, do we take the leftmost bit and add it at the end, by making the second bit the first, and ...
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decrypt numbers multiplied by a certain floating point number

A friend has about 10K numbers in a an excel sheet. He wanted to encrypt these numbers in order to share the file with a 3rd party that will help him reorganize the tables. What he did, to hide 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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Rounds in cryptography

I need to make it clear I know nothing about crypto so in that context I'm hoping to clear up some confusion: As I understand it a "round" in a cipher is one encryption operation and a cipher like ...
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Is there an alternative AES schedule?

I'm currently reversing an AES implementation for disk encryption. The odd thing I'm stumbled about is a key schedule where the encryption round keys are not the same as the decryption round keys (in "...
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Can RSA signing be implemented on top of RSA encryption/decryption?

I need to use RSA-SHA256 signing. Unfortunately not all Microsoft CryptoAPI providers support that. It's possible that I might get a handle to a CryptoAPI provider that can just encrypt/decrypt with ...
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Does the size of a ECDSA key determine the hash algorithm?

I am a bit lost in understanding what I read on authentication, signature, etc. For instance, is the size of the ECDSA keys produced by ssh-keygen -t ecdsa -b 256 ...
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What is “msg = group.random(GT)” in Charm encryption schemes?

In many encryption schemes in Charm the random group message is used instead of a text-message: msg = group.random(GT) For example, in CP-ABE scheme, random ...
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Strategy to crack a presumed substitution cipher

The ciphertext given is: ejitp spawa qleji taiul rtwll rflrl laoat wsqqj atgac kthls iraoa twlpl qjatw jufrh lhuts qataq itats aittk stqfj cae I've done ...
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salsa20 is invertible, useless in CTR mode?

I'm reading the salsa20 spec (sorry for the newbie question, i'm really a newbie here). Every paragraph ends with : "this operation is invertible", I suppose the whole salsa20 algorithm is. If I use ...
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Skein or Keccak stream cipher construction

I am wondering if using Skein or the Keccak hash algorithm in this construction (as a stream cipher) is secure: $H$ = Keccak or Skein hash with a 256 bit output $K$ = The main 256 bit random key, ...
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Cryptographically Secure Hash Algorithm with Very Specific Property

First of all, I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I don't have any background in cryptography. I'm looking for a secure hash algorithm $H$ with the property $H(K_1+n)\oplus H(K_2+n)=H(K_1\...
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Adding points on Elliptic Curves

How do we add the integer points $P=(-1, 4)$ and $Q=(2, 5)$ on the elliptic curve of the form $y^2=x^3+17$ ?
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Why is MAC using nonce+message+hash(nonce+message+identifier) not the standard?

Given that we know that nonce + message + hash(nonce + message + mac-key) all inside the encryption makes it possible to detect if any bits of the message have been ...
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Polynomial representation of the affine part of the AES S-box

I have been reading up on the polynomial representation of the AES Sbox (PDF: “Essential Algebraic Structure Within the AES” by Murphy and Robshaw) and I can't get it to produce the correct output. ...
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Given $g$, $b$, $g^{ab}$, is finding $g^a$ a hard problem?

As in the title, given $g$, $g^{ab}$ are big elements in a prime group $Z_p$ and $b$ in prime group $Z_r$ ($p > r$, $g$ is one generator of $Z_p$). $a$ is unknown and also in $Z_r$, is finding $g^a$...
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How can a Vigenère cipher be broken if the message is short?

I was watching a Stanford lecture on Vigenère cipher and in it the professor said that – to break the cipher – we assume the length of the key is known. We then break the cipher into groups of this ...
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How is this affine function a pair wise independent permutation?

Can anybody explain how the below is true ? $I_n$ denotes the set of all n-bit strings, ${\{0,1\}}^n$. (..) Let $A$ be a finite field then the permutation $f_{(a,b)}(x) = a \cdot x + b$, ...
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Password-based encrypted key storage?

RFC 5959 specifies the encrypted storage of private keys based on PBKDF2-HMAC-SHA-256 and AES encryption (in ECB mode). Is there a particular reason AES is used, instead of simply XORing the key ...
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Is AES key length a size of the key or entropy?

While educating my self I'm having hard time to understand what an 128 bit AES key actually means? Is it a key length or entropy? Please explain to me trough following example (assuming AES): ...

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