# All Questions

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### What exactly does a key do?

I am getting to grips with cryptography as a total newbie, and am struggling with encryption "keys" and how to visualize them. From http://computer.howstuffworks.com/encryption.htm/printable: ...
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### Does adding a salt to the message before HMAC processing add any security?

An HMAC function is designed to verify message integrity, i.e., that the message has not been tampered with. It is generally (always?) implemented by using a hashing function ...
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### What curve and key length to use in ECDSA with BouncyCastle

I'm developing a client/server system in Java which is not interacting with third party software, so I don't have to worry about compatibility. At a certain point, I need the client and server to ...
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Skein is defined for three different internal state sizes: 256 bits, 512 bits, and 1024 bits – with Skein-512 as the “primary proposal”. Is there any advantage – other than potential memory or speed ...
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### Is either brainpoolP320r1 or brainpoolP320t1 a SafeCurve?

Not all elliptic curves are safe to use for cryptography, especially from an ECC safety perspective. The site http://safecurves.cr.yp.to/index.html shows that two tested Brainpool curves, ...
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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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### How does Web Cryptography API produce secure PRNG?

How does Web Cryptography API (eg window.crypto.getRandomValues) produce secure PRNG? Specifications: https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/webcrypto-api/raw-file/tip/spec/Overview.html#RandomSource-interface ...
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### Is HMAC needed for a SHA-3 based MAC?

HMAC does nested hashing in order to prevent Length Extension Attacks. Given that you use the SHA-3 hash (which is resistant against length extension attacks), would you still need to go through that ...
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I was researching about hash, and I thought, If sites store passwords with hash algorithms, then can't this happen: User A has the password 'hello' User B finds out the hash code of the password of ...
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### Condensed ElGamal + AES

In normal ElGamal encryption, the encrypted message is a pair (gb, gabM) - that is, the actual "encryption" is simply multiplication by the shared secret ...
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### Description of signatures with message recovery (as in ISO/IEC 9796-2 and EMV Signatures)

I'd like to get an overview of how the signatures with message recovery work, especially in case EMV and other smart card systems. Is there a nice overview available without being required to read the ...
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### How to convert projective to jacobian co-ordinate in ECC?

I am doing a small project using elliptic curve in cryptography. My doubt is, can I directly convert a projective to a Jacobian coordinate system without using the affine conversion in elliptic curve ...
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### Public Key Cryptography: Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

Please watch this video it's very short. If you already know cryptography and really good at it please start from 3:51. I didn't understand the step at 4:39, can someone here to explain? Why is ...
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### How to decrypt 3DES in ECB mode (using a wordlist)? [closed]

I have some encrypted texts (encrypted with 3DES in ECB mode without salt). My question: How can I decrypt them using a wordlist? (or without one) Example: Encrypted text: ...
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### Empty message Hash length

I am learning Hash Algorithms and in a presentation (PDF) about these algorithms I read that: Length of $h(m)$ much shorter then length of $m$. Now my question is: What if we talk about an ...
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### Large text file encryption per line

Some background: I receive data in text files of over 16 million records (lines). I need to be able to encrypt the first column in that file so that it cannot be deciphered. This process will be ...
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### moduli in SSL certificates [closed]

this is normally seen in a typical SSL certificate. For the modulus, I know that it is represented in hexadecimal form, but why is there a semicolon (:) after every group of 2 digits? ...