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What are the computational benefits of primes close to the power of 2?

Recently I was reading some article about the Bernstein's Curve25519. This is a particular Montgomery curve over $\mathbb{F}_q$ where $q = {2^{255}-19}$. What I missed or was unable to understand is ...
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Can I jettison MAC if I already have SHA1(M)?

I'm currently using SSL with AES-CBC and HMAC for a file transfer containing string M. Now suppose Alice already knows SHA1(M) (and the adversary does not), and she downloads M from Bob using only ...
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Idea for secure password hash-likes, is this feasible/usable/workable?

(Hand moved from stackoverflow.com,due to suggestion) Since breaking password hashes has become a new passtime for scriptkiddies, I thought of the problem and came up with a novel(?) idea. store ...
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Good enough deterministic PRNG based on hashes

Lets say I have a seed named iv which has a decent amount of entropy. Are there any glaring issues with the following? First 64 bytes are generated by SHA512(iv) Next 64 bytes are generated by ...
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Do all stream ciphers (and AES-128-CTR in particular) produce equal output size as the input size?

I'm particulary interested on knowing if the output of the AES-128-CTR ciphertext is always going to have the same size as the input plaintext, or it could be padded somehow. It seems so from my tests ...
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Encryption - How to find $\sigma$?

Alice communicates with Bill using an encryption system of type Feistel. Specifically, each block has a length of 128 bits, the algorithm has 4 rounds and the common secret key of Alice and Bill is ...
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Symmetric mutual authentication with client using a derived secret

I'm attempting to find a client/server authentication protocol that allows the client and server to authenticate each other when the client doesn't know the server secret but does have a sensitive key ...
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Is cryptanalysis of CTB-Locker really impossible?

It seems that CTB-Locker make a lot of victims nowadays, and yet, the full encryption scheme of it is now publicly known [1,2]. Would any of you could find a weakness to exploit in this encryption ...
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IV's for different AES encryption modes

I wanted to know if my understanding is correct! I have been reading up on aes encryption and modes(specifically CTR and CBC) and it took me sometime to understand the concept of IV. If the IV is ...
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62 views

Using hashed password as shared secrets. Good or bad idea?

I built a system that allowed users to generate an unlimited number of email addresses. Instead of storing each one in a db, I created addresses dynamically and made the address an hmac signed ...
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Anonymous Gravatar Problem

Gravatar is a service that serves avatars for users based on md5(email_address). The hash is embedded on websites, so it's public. One of the problems with this ...
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What is entropy?

We discuss a lot of topics and use measures of entropy to determine how difficult it is for an attacker to be successful. What does entropy mean in the context of cryptography? How is entropy ...
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Crack RSA with additional information [duplicate]

Suppose $N=3953$, Alice encryption key is $e_A = 337$ and bobs is $e_B=23$. Eve happens to know the corresponding decryption keys, $d_A=3385$ and $d_B=2663$. Can I use this information to find the ...
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1answer
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ECIES with AES-GCM

The Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES) describes how to derive a "temporal" key, encrypt a message (eg. using AES) and creating a MAC. However, from my understanding using AES in GCM ...
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How to store and use a Cryptographic Seed in a database [closed]

Companies such as Barclays use cryptographic seeds (for their PINsentry system), RSA do the same for RSA SecurID, but how do they safely secure the seeds in the database. With passwords you just hash ...
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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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154 views

Is it necessary to encrypt nonce in cryptographic communication?

Server and client have a pre-shared key K. Assuming that that pre-shared key is safe, so nobody other than server/client can encrypt/decrypt. Client sends a nonce N to server, server then sends back ...
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Pseudorandom number generators based on hard problems in mathematics

I know that Dual_EC_DRBG's security is based on the ellitpic curve discrete logarithm problem, Micali-Schnorr is based on the difficulty of factorization, and MQ_DRBG is based on multivariate ...
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Questions about updating the secret key of RSA?

I want to update the secret key of RSA. I understand there exists a common modular attack on RSA. Precisely, if adversary knows $(e_1, m^{e_1})$ and $(e_2, m^{e_2})$, where $e_1$ and $e_2$ are the ...
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197 views

Alternative sources of random numbers

Considering that algorithmic methods for generating unpredictable streams are hard to come by, I've wondered if any of these potential sources are good for making keys, seeds, and the like: stocks, ...
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1answer
56 views

How does the attacker include input before compression and encryption in CRIME?

I have read this article about the CRIME attack against TLS and SPDY. The article says that: What is not yet clear is how the attacker is including their input in the source material before it ...
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1answer
75 views

Requirement for the exponent generation during DH protocol [duplicate]

The setting is classic DH protocol. Alice computes $A = g^a \bmod p$. Alice then sends $A$ to Bob. Then Bob will send $B = g^b \bmod p$ to Alice. Are there any requirements for the values $a$ and ...
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1answer
177 views

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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1answer
231 views

Counter Mode (CTR) and mult-CPA

I am not sure if Counter Mode (CTR) encryption is mult-CPA (chosen-plaintext attack) secure or not.
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How easily could this be cracked?

I'm looking into encrypting files like this: First, I SHA-1 hash the password. Let's say the password is something normal like "hello123", and then hashed. Then I encrypt a file using this: ...
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2answers
351 views

Explanation of each of the parameters used in ECC

I'm having a very difficult time finding a clear explanation of the parameters used elliptic curve cryptography. I know for certain that $p$ is the number or order or whatever of the given field that ...
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1answer
104 views

Hashing - Digital Signing and Trivial Stretching

Two very basic questions: 1. Digital Signing Why is it not possible to just simply replace the hash value from the request? Examples: ...
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2answers
334 views

Can we say that if $P=NP$ there is no CPA secure public key encryption?

I've learned that public key encryption is based on the problem of Discrete Log (as regard to group theory) which believed to be hard. But, can we say that it doesn't matter on which problem our ...
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1answer
240 views

McEliece information set decoding attack vulnerability

Wikipedia states that McEliece is open to "information set decoding attack". What is an "information set decoding attack" and how serious is the vulnerability? (is it just a matter of choosing proper ...
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Does key derivation with known parameters add any security?

First up: this is a question about a concept that I try to wrap my head around; it is not about the specific implementation. Anyway… I have the following scenario (simplified to show the problem I ...
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1answer
179 views

Malicious DH groups

Can an attacker construct a DH group, large enough to be considered secure (say, a modulus of 2048-bits), such that the group appears safe, but the attacker is able to solve the DLP in the group ...
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1answer
461 views

What is the forward cipher function of AES-XTS?

We're using OpenSSLs EVP_aes_265_xts encryption on data (with unique, random, IVs for every new message encrypted) - which is working well. But, I've been asked; what is the forward cipher function ...
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1answer
79 views

Text in random image encoder: is it flawed?

I have created a small cryptographic programme: You input your text A random image is generated Random coordinate pairs in number equal to the chars of the message are generated. The red component ...
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1answer
76 views

How to construct the blind factors in practice?

I'm Implementing a protocol that uses masking techniques (or blinding factors), so we can mask a value $y_0$ as $m_0=y_0 \cdot r_0$ where $y_0 \in \mathbb{Z}_p$ and $r_0 \stackrel {R}\leftarrow ...
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If Blum Blum Shub is modified to use a prime modulus, is it still secure?

The definition of the Blum Blum Shub cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator is $x=x^2 \mod N$ where $N=p \times q$, $p \in \mathbb P$, and $q \in \mathbb P$. Supposedly, the security ...
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Is the complexity of Caesar (shift) ciphers “n * n!”?

Can we say that any shift cipher to be decrypted needs an algorithm of complexity “n * n!”? (where n is number of possible ...
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1answer
309 views

What is the importance of adding round key in AES

I know this may not be the place to ask this but I have found it difficult to find an answer to this question. I know the steps of the AES encryption algorithm but I am finding it difficult to ...
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1answer
423 views

Is this key management scheme secure?

I'm designing a scheme for management of a small number of cryptographic keys (< 100 at any given time) and I had an idea: rather than storing all the keys, could I just store one master key and ...
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1answer
454 views

How does partial key escrow work?

It is being speculated that one of the ways that NSA leaker Edward Snowden may have created his "insurance policy" – distributing sensitive documents to various individuals with instructions to ...
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243 views

Is symmetric encryption no longer necessary?

Here is it: Symmetric encryption is no longer necessary, because all security services can be implemented with public-key cryptography. Moreover, in public key cryptography the operations for ...
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1answer
126 views

Attacking multi block MAC constructions

For variable-length messages, there are three different ways to generate the tags. $Tag = MAC_k(\Sigma_i m_i)$. $t_i = MAC_k(m_i)$ and $Tag = (t_1, ..., t_l)$. $t_i = MAC_k(i||m_i)$ ...
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Analogue encryption algorithms

I have a basic understanding of how strong encryption works on digital data. Bits can be changed so that they appear completely random and map one-to-one back to the original set, given the correct ...
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1answer
94 views

Pseudorandom function library [closed]

I'm wondering if there is any library supporting pseudo-random function, so I can specify the key length and output domain. Is it correct that I need to use a block cipher for this purpose? Any ...
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2answers
132 views

Why not just encrypt the message and the hash of the message to achieve cryptographic integrity? [duplicate]

I've always seen MACs as a way to provide integrity and authentication. You would just append it to some message in clear. But this is clearly not the case when you're doing Encrypt Then Mac. When ...
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1answer
211 views

Diffie-Hellman Application

Alice and Bob want to perform a Diffie-Hellman key exchange using the group $G$, a primitive root $g$, Alice’s secret key $k_A$ and Bob’s secret key $k_B$. In each case below compute the element of ...
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1answer
627 views

CBC-MAC: is it secure to authenticate a fixed length ciphertext?

Suppose I have a fixed-length arbitrary ciphertext. To authenticate such ciphertext: I generate a random AES Key $K_{auth}$. Then I compute the CBC-MAC Tag of the ciphertext with $K_{auth}$. ...
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1answer
399 views

Security of SecRandomCopyBytes on OSX and iOS

How secure is SecRandomCopyBytes() (Apple's RNG)? Has anyone ever reviewed it?
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1answer
96 views

Is the key deducible with AES CTR when we know about the plaintext, IV and the ciphertext? [duplicate]

Simply as stated, with AES running in CTR mode, can somebody work out the key (without brute-forcing) given we know about the plaintext, IV and also the ciphertext. Assuming we also know about the ...
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1answer
63 views

Check if this cryptosystem is safe

Let $G$ be any group where group operations, as well as finding the inverse of an element, can be performed quickly, but the discrete log problem is difficult. Consider the following cryptosystem: ...

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