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AES key expansion vs. a hash

Is there something special about the AES key expansion algorithm that makes it secure, or it is a compromise between security and speed? For example, say with a key I expand it by taking pbkdf2(key) ...
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Why is an Encrypt-and-MAC scheme with deterministic MAC not IND-CPA secure?

I'm preparing myself to exam, but I have a lot of troubles with rigorous proofs. It's the task from two-years ago exam. At the bottom I reminded one definition. Let $(Gen_E,Enc,Dec)$ be an IND-CPA-...
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What is the strength of unpadded RSA?

I would like to use unpadded RSA for homomorphic encryption in a toy P2P game, for things like fair coin flips and shuffling. How many bits of security does unpadded RSA have, in relation to its key ...
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Can we trust digital signatures?

Consider that Alice wants to send a digitally signed message to Bob. Mallory might be able to publish his public key under Alice's name and then impersonate Alice to send a message with an apparently ...
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Padding for the TEA

Sorry if this is a noob questions, but I finally figured out how to implement the Tiny Encryption Algorithm in C++. My question is what to do about padding the key and the plaintext? I know that ...
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How hard is to find the operators of an addition knowing the sum of them?

I want to learn whether or no there is a cryptographic primitive,scheme assumption that is based on the following hard problem if it is hard . By hard we mean that we have a polynomial adversary: The ...
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How to sign a message using RSA?

Assuming I already have a D, P, Q, etc of an RSA key: How do I now sign a message? If it matters – the message is around 100 bits. I don't know much about cryptography, but I can get these numbers ...
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Symmetric vs. Asymmetric cryptographic approaches to data security

I know the basic differences between Symmetric vs. Asymmetric cryptography, but I'd love to know more details: Exactly why is the asymmetric approach slower than the symmetric? Why does it make ...
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Rapidly changing passwords?

Suppose you need to authenticate yourself to a program with the password - but the program's source code is public, the program doesn't have access to any private information and all your ...
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Realize a MAC using a Pseudo-random function?

Given a pseudo-random function and assuming that we do not have any other tools, How can we construct a MAC? I believe this can be done. Would like to know if there is more than one way of doing ...
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Secure way to transfer data over NFC?

I am currently writing a payment system to accept payment details from an NFC enabled smartphone (BlackBerry 9900) to a Windows client (C#.NET) I am currently having two issues relating to security: ...
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Is EKE attackable by a brute-force password search?

So I'm trying to properly implement the EKE protocol and I'm using C# with the Windows CNG and ECDH key exchange. I need to use this because it's FIPS certified and all that jazz. So what I'm ...
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Forgery attack against Textbook RSA with simple redundancy

I know how to forge vanilla Textbook RSA message signatures (easy). I've learnt that by adding a good redundancy to the message, it cannot be forged anymore. How can one add redundancy so that the ...
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Why is it that most messages seem to be expanded?

Whenever I have seen a more secure version of a message, the message seems to be expanded by some factor. One example is RSA encryption, but whenever a message does not appear to be expanded it is ...
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Do I need to use a CSPRNG when creating salts for user accounts?

I'm not sure about the need of using CSPRNG to create salts for each user account. I found “Cryptographically Secure Pseudo-Random Number Generator in Qt/C++ (Cross platform)” (at StackOverflow) with ...
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An example of of an information theoretically secure protocol that is not cryptographically secure

Does there exist a protocol $\pi$ for some functionality $F$ which is information theoretically secure protocol that is not cryptographically secure for some threshold number of corrupt parties? ...
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How to prove a symmetric encryption scheme provides perfect secrecy?

I learned in class that in order to achieve perfect secrecy, the source of the plaintext $\mathcal{P}$ needs to be independent from the source of the encryption key $\mathcal{K}$. We also learned that ...
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Is “reused one time pad” safe to encrypt a message like “random number + mod”?

I want to encrypt a message that contains a fixed length random number and a long mod. i.e. 1234564284 (created like this 123456 + (123456 mod 9931)) I assume that reusing the same key is not a ...
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Entropy calculation

I calculated the entropy for "variable", "property" and their concatenation "variableproperty" (with e.g. the Shannon Entropy) and got $2.75, 2.5$ and $3.33$ respectively. These are all entropy per ...
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Can one passively load-balance HTTPS traffic based on TLS SNI?

Is it theoretically possible to passively snoop into the HTTPS traffic, reliably detect whether or not TLS SNI is attempted to be used by the client, and, if it is, redirect the stream of the ...
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Is $H'(M) = 5M + 9H(M) \pmod{2^n}$ a secure hash function?

theorem: For arbitrary $i≥0$ there exists $m,n≥0$ such that $35+i=5m+9n$. We can use this theorem for constructing simple hash function. Let $M$ be message and $H(M)$ be its hashed value with hash ...
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Which values are used for an elgamal cryptosystem public key?

I know that – within the elgamal cryptosystem – the values of $a$ and $b$ are public. But which values are used to create public keys?
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textbook RSA signature scheme security

Are textbook RSA signatures secure if an Adversary does not have access to ask signing oracle queries?
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Three party coin flipping protocol with only 2 active participants

Is there a coin flipping protocol where: Alice, Bob and Carol don't trust each other, and The coin is flipped only by Alice and Bob, and The result must be trusted by all three participants.
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Is it possible to recover an RSA modulus from its signatures?

Let's say that you have some small number of RSA signatures of known data: you know some pairs $(m_k, c_k)$ such that ${c_k}^e \equiv m_k \pmod n$. If you know $e$, because probably it's one of $\{3, ...
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regular expression matching on encrypted data using secure multiparty computation

Lets consider Secure Multiparty Computation based on Secret Sharing schemes (rather than Garbled Circuits approach). If we have to do regular expression matching on secret shares of words of texts. ...
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Is there an additively homomorphic encryption scheme that supports calculating a square root on the ciphertext?

I need an additively homomorphic encryption scheme that satisfies: $D(\sqrt{E(m)}) \approx \sqrt{m}$. It seems that the lifted ElGamal satisfies this, but it is hard to do decryption if the message ...
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Is pseudorandom function also a one-way function?

Can I assume this? Specifically, I want to know if the following two cases are valid. Suppose $prf_k(m)=c$ One-wayness: Only given $c$, we cannot reveal $m$. Without key $k$, even given $m$, cannot ...
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Stream Ciphers and cycling questions

For all PRNGs (including CSPRNGs) lets say there is a sequence x, y, z, then when the PRNG cycles back to x, then the sequence following it will be exactly the same as before. Is this true for all ...
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Practical benefit of using a KDF?

I see that KDFs should be used in systems that rely on PSKs, but what practical benefit does it provide? For instance, suppose the system relies on a shared secret for AES encryption and decryption. ...
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Is it secure to use order preserving encryption in practice?

When I read papers, I often see the comments, "order-preserving encryption is deterministic and it is not IND-CPA secure", or in general "it is not secure enough to be implemented in practice". So I ...
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Why is ECIES complex?

Wouldn't encrypting a message with AES, then encrypting the (randomly generated) AES key and IV with the EC public key suffice? What attack vectors does ECIES protect against, that an AES-then-EC-...
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Crypto-period for keys used in PRF

I am wondering about the crypto-period for keys used in pseudo-random functions. For example, let's say I am using HMAC-SHA256 with a secret key $K$. After how many computes do I have to update $K$?
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PRF and pairwise independent hash function

I'm confused with the concepts of pairwise independent hash function and pseudorandom function. They seem identical to me. A family of hash functions $H=\{ h:U \to [m] \}$ is $k$-independent if for ...
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Privacy and Integrity in Public Cryptography

I'm trying to figure out which is the best way to get privacy and integrity together in public cryptography. Alice needs to send multiple files $f$ (may be big) to Bob. I've thought: Alice computes ...
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In $\mathbb Z/p\mathbb Z$, is $(a+b\cdot r)$ a random value for fixed $a,b$ and random $r$?

Let $p$ be a prime number. Consider two fixed values $a,b\in\mathbb Z/p\mathbb Z$, where $b\neq0$, and a uniformly random value $r\leftarrow \mathbb Z/p\mathbb Z$. Is $v=a+b\cdot r$ a uniformly ...
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Why the $IV$ used in Merkle-Damgard has to be fixed to a specific value?

I just can't figure out why on earth the $IV$ in Merkle-Damgard has to be fixed (that's what the Katz-Lindell book says)? Because even if you choose it randomly from say $\{{0,1}\}^n$ then the ...
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Why isn't a table used to solve the large number factoring problem?

Lots of modern encryption (RSA comes to mind) are based on the fact that factoring large numbers is hard. However, multiplying large numbers is much easier, and table lookups are very easy. Since ...
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What is this encryption system called?

Let's say you want to break down a message, for simplicity it is just a bit $0$ or $1$, $m$ into two messages $(m_1, m_2)$ as follows: If $m =0$, then $(m_1, m_2) = (0, 0)$ with probability $1/2$ and ...
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How badly does disclosing an M-bit prefix of an N-bit private key compromise security?

I apologize profusely for knowing nothing about cryptography, please go easy on me! I'm working on a project where I have a 2048-bit RSA private key and a public certificate generated from the ...
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Can we solve the Hidden Number Problem in $GF(2^n)$?

Is it possible to solve the Hidden Number Problem in extension fields? In particular in $GF(2^n)$? Let's suppose an attacker knows some least/most significant bits of $r_i = a_i \times k$ in a given ...
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Question about the key in RC4

I am planning to develop a more secure version of the RC4 algorithm. Since I´m not an encryption expert, I´ld like you to help me find answers to the following questions: Does the value of the key ...
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Why should the primes used in RSA be distinct?

The two primes $p$ and $q$ part of the public key need to be distinct. What's the reason for them to be distinct? Is it because factorization of $p^2$ where $p$ is a prime is relatively easier, or is ...
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Is One Time Pad considered Chosen-Plaintext Attack Secure?

If we're considering Chosen-Plaintext Attack setting, then the adversary has access to the Encryption Oracle right, and we know that OTP is only considered secure if we use the key only once. How ...
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RFID Protocol Cryptanalysis

Assume we have the following scheme for RFID: TAG & READER both have initially k keys. Every session the TAG computes $k_i$=F($k_{i-1})$ where F is a function which computes XOR of previous key ...
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How does the Blowfish algorithm key initialization work

I'm having some trouble understanding the Blowfish encryption algorithm. From the Wikipedia article... The secret key is then, byte by byte, cycling the key if necessary, XORed with all the P-...
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Hash functions to the power of two and three notation

I have found in a Wireless Sensor Networks security paper, operations where cryptographic hash functions are elevated to the power of 2 and to the power of 3 (i.e. $h^2(x)$ and $h^3(x)$). This might ...
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What is the difference between chosen-plaintext attack and adaptive-chosen-plaintext attack?

I've just dived in cryptography and would like to learn basics of this science. Currently I can't understand the difference between these two types of attacks. As I understood from Bruce Schneier's ...
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Can we reverse a hash when we know part of the input?

While I read that hashes are not meant to be reversible, but assuming we have part/half of the message/input of a hash? Is there any method that we can use to recover the remaining message via this ...

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