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BigInteger in Java and Randomness

I'm looking for some PRNGs and – as I have been using Java for a long period of time – I thought that the BitInteger class, together with the ...
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suggestions for cryptography projects for an ece 3rd year student

I am an electronics and communication engg student currently doing my 3rd year second semester. i am interested in info coding and the security aspects of it. As an ECE student i want to know what is ...
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Creating a hash of XOR'd blocks

Suppose a message $m$ is divided into blocks of length $160$ bits: $m > = M_1 || M_2 || ... || M_l$ And define $h(m) = M_1 \oplus M_2 \oplus ... \oplus M_l$ Which of the three desirable ...
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What are the required security properties for salts?

I was recently thinking about password hashing (maybe caused by the PHC progression). I started to think a little more about it and got stuck at this question: What security properties do ...
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curious DHE implementation for key exchange

I have made some reverse engineering on proprietary software and came up with some DHE algorithm that works like this: First and foremost, the client and the server shares some public parameters (g, ...
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How much pre-hashing a password increase security against brute force attack?

I am wondering how much hashing a password used as key for a symmetric key algorithm helps preventing brute force attack on crypted text. Let's assume I want to crypt text A using key B using ...
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Fast PKI for embedded device

We are creating a device with a small microcontroller (20 MHz CPU 16 KiB RAM). We need some way to securely send signed files to device (only signature, no encryption necessary). An external company ...
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Is ECB mode safe to use with RSA encryption? [duplicate]

Firstly, bear with me, I'm relatively new to cryptography. In a recent static analysis scan of our application, one of the findings complained that we are using ECB: A mode of operation of a block ...
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What do these notations mean in the definition of Perfect Secrecy, if we read those in English?

If m: message, M: message space, k: key, K: keyspace, c: cipher, C: cipher space and $E_k$: encryption function, such that $E_k(m) = c,\ m,m^* \in M,\ k\in K,\ c\in C.$ Then, what do the following ...
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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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Of what use is my code for finding prime numbers of a certain size?

I've developed a bit of Mathematica code that can find primes within a range of numbers. For example, if I wanted all the primes between one million and two million, it could do that. Of what use is ...
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Is creating a own protocol safe or should TLS always be used?

The more I start to learn about cryptography the more I hear it is unsafe to 'create' your own cryptographic protocol. With this I mean combining cryptographic primitives like HMAC, AES and RSA ...
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Defence against timing attacks

I know this is a difficult subject but would a good defense against timing attacks be not sending a message if the decryption or authentication fails? So if the attacker provides a wrong HMAC for ...
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How difficult is it to get a key using simple XOR

Recently someone gave me an algorithm as follows: XOR = Key XOR Random1 XOR Random2. They think that in order for someone to extract "Key" from XOR they would need Random1 and Random2.. but looking ...
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What is the period of a cipher?

For the following explanation of RC4: It is a variable key-size stream cipher with byte-oriented operations. The algorithm is based on the use of a random permutation. Analysis shows that the ...
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Simplified Example of ECC to use in the classroom

I have come up with the following rudimentary example of how ECC relates to asymmetric keys. Is this a valid explanation of ECC and its relationship to asymmetry? To only be deciphered by the person ...
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Difference between Pseudorandom Function vs randomly chosen function

I am currently going through a course in cryptography. In this, I stumbled upon Pseudorandom Functions. I got a little idea of Pseudorandom Generators which map an input string (key) to an extended ...
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Attack an stream cypher using 2 XORed LFSRs

We know that the Key were generated by 2 16Bit LFSRs (output of both is XORed together -> key) I already extracted a 64 Bit key sequence, but how can I calculate the polynom of the LFSRs (and the ...
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Significance of 3mod4 in squares and square roots mod n?

Why do most literature while discussing squares or square root modulo a prime P, consider P to be congruent to 3 mod 4?
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N way collision of hashes

For a collision $H(A_1) = H(A_2)$, the number of queries is $T^{1/2}$ where $\log_2(T)$ is length of hash output. Then, what would be the number of queries requried to find an $n$-collision ($H(A_1) = ...
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In cryptographic protocols, what protects against an attacker dropping messages?

In some cryptographic protocols I have seen messages protected for confidentiality, authenticity, replaying attacks, reordering attacks, etc. What protects a protocol from an attacker in a ...
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Elliptical curve cryptography key generation time

I am currently trying to learn more about Elliptical curve crypthography and have finally started to get things working and undestanding the different pieces. I've written a small project in C# and ...
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CRC32 vs. low 32 bits of cryptographic hash

I was having a discussion with a colleague yesterday whose education and experience exceeded mine. He said something yesterday that sounded incorrect to me intuitively, but I don't have the knowledge ...
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Is it possible to demonstrate that md5(x) != x for any x?

I am looking for an easy to follow explanation, if possible, that demonstrates/proves the validity (or not!) of this assertion: for any X, md5(X) != X (being X any string of 32 hex characters)
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Number of keys for a monoalphabetic cipher

My teacher stated that… The number of possible keys (E) in a monoalphabetic cipher is $26$! My thinking: Every letter in the alphabet can be $25$ different letters hence it the number of ...
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Determining average number of hash calls to get a hash that begins with X

I have been attempting to find an answer to a self-study question: If I have a hash algorithm that outputs 256 binary bits, on average, how many times would I have to call the hash function so ...
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Fully Homomorphic Encryption over the Integers - perform an operation on an encrypted data

In Fully Homomorphic Encryption scheme represented here Fully Homomorphic Encryption over the Integers In the Evaluate process (see section “3.1 The Construction” of the paper): $$Evaluate(pk, C, c1, ...
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Key management for military GPS receivers

I wonder what encryption scheme is used in high-precision encrypted GPS streams (the so-called “P(Y) code”). If there's a master key needed, then it has to be in every device. Yet the master key ...
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How should I treat a new cipher release like Spritz?

I have been looking at both the paper as well as the sourcecode of Spritz — a spongy RC4-like stream cipher and hash function by Ronald L. Rivest and Jacob Schuldt. The paper states We have also ...
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RSA was rejected by which journal?

Is it true that first time RSA algorithm was rejected by a journal?
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Brute force RSA cracking

Suppose one had a complete list of primes up to $2^{n+1}-1$. Then wouldn't one be able to crack an $n$-bit RSA public key in time $O(\pi(2^{n+1}-1))$, making RSA insecure? Thanks, René
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Padding to increase entropy and size of (otherwise) small JSON objects

Maybe this better fits, the security stackexchange... I'm building a web API. We want to enable some relatively simple encryption, instead of going full-blown OAuth2 (which frankly, IMO, sucks). So I ...
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Correct way to read a given permutation cipher?

In some literature I am reading – where they are explaining the permutation cipher – they have two examples, which encrypt a small block of text. But they seem to contradict each other: First ...
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modulo operations in crypto algorithms

Am not a mathematician. Every crypto specification I see uses the modulo operation. For example RSA - If $e$ is the public key and $m$ is the plaintext with a modulus $n$ - the cipher text is $c = ...
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Why is Triple DES not vulnerable to meet in the middle attacks?

Consider the Triple DES encryption calculated as: $$C= E_{K_1}(D_{K_2}(E_{K_1}(P))).$$ For a chosen plaintext attack, given plaintext $P$, we compute the result of $D_{K_2}(E_{K_1}(P))$ and store ...
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About using mistakes as part of a code

Could a code be developed where one uses intentional errors say in english, as a text to encode? For example someone might have a message 'Agent X must report to station 5'. This could be distorted ...
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Encrypting the same message using different schemes

$E_1$ and $E_2$ are IND-CPA secure encryption schemes. $E$ is defined as: $k_1,k_2 \leftarrow K_1 \times K_2$ . $E_{k_1,k_2}(m) \leftarrow E_{1,k_1}(m)||E_{2,k_2}(m)$. Hope the notations are in an ...
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How does the key size per data bit influence the security?

The likelihood of breaking, for instance, an AES-128 cipher is 100% after $2^{128}$ tries in brute force, meaning that I've got to try $2^{128}$ keys to certainly break it. What if I (hypothetically) ...
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64 bit Elliptic Curve key?

For a simple proof of concept project i'm (attempting!) to do, i've started looking into openSSL elliptic curve cryptography. However instead of the standard key lengths, 160-512. I'm interested in ...
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How does TLS generate the shared secret?

From many readings, I got to know that TLS generates master shared secrets using pre-master keys and uses the DH algorithm to generate the shared secret/Master secret. What values during the hello ...
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Does a cofactor of an elliptic curve have to be an integer?

What are the implications of a curve having a non-integer co-factor for its generator point? Is that even possible?
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Encrypting firmware with AES and no IV [closed]

I have an embedded device with a AES CBC engine on it that is used to ensure the integrity of the firmware. I know that CBC mode requires unique IVs to be any good, but I'm unsure if it makes a large ...
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Hash 22 byte secret into 512 bit hash: Full entropy?

Does it make sense to hash a 22 byte secret (which may not have full entropy since it is chosen by the user) into a 512 bit hash (using Keccak-512)? More precisely, will the 512 bit hash have full ...
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Decryption honeypots

When performing a key search, I've always wondered how you reliably detect a successful decryption once you hit the right key. I assume that you have to analyze the data and look for patterns: words, ...
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Where is my private key stored when I communicate to a website that uses SSL/TLS?

If I communicate with a website that uses SSL/TLS, my browser will generate a private key. Would the browser store that key on the hard disk or would store just it in the RAM?
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Pollard’s Rho Method

I can't get my head around Pollard’s Rho Method for solving discrate log problem I have read in a book: The basic idea is to pseudorandomly generate group elements of the form α^i · β^j ...
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Outsourcing arbitrary computations securely

Consider the following scheme. Alice wants Bob to make some computations for her, but she doesn't want to reveal the data on which he's going to do it. So, she encrypts the data, sends them to Bob, he ...
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How does Google's “authenticator number generator” work?

I have two-factor authentication enabled on my Google account, and I have this app on my phone which generates a number I have to type when I'm logging in to Google-Mail. But I don't understand how ...
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Why does plain RSA not work with big messages ($m>n$)?

From what I can remember, RSA is something like this: Generate 2 distinct prime numbers $p$ and $q$ that have similar bit length. Compute $n=pq$ and $\phi(n)=(p-1)(q-1)$ Compute $e$ such that ...
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Encrypted query parameters via HMAC

I have an unsubscribe link, which needs to be passed a customer id, and a product id, producing a query string something like: ?cid=100&pid=2 I would like to ...

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