# All Questions

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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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### How can I solve this modular equation? [on hold]

I want to know what's the most efficient way to solve following equation: $5 \times x \mod{13} = 2\\ x = ?$ This is just an example. I am looking for a way to solve any equation of this kind.
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### RSA with modulus n=p²q

I've been wondering what would happen if the RSA modulus would be $n=p^2q$ instead of $n=pq$. I feel like there is an obvious security flaw (as there is with most modifications). Would this choise of ...
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### MAC using a modified CBC mode of operation

I'd like to know whether the following modified CBC-MAC is secure (given a fixed IV). Source: an old course on Network Security Are there some obvious attacks I can't see?
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### Is my implementation of a PRG at least intuitively secure?

I've devised a PRG using Bezier curves , constructed with Bernstein polynomials, and I was wondering if you guys could help me with some suggestions or constructive criticism. Basicly I take a random ...
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### AES CTR rekeys rapidly, does this produce patterns? [on hold]

I have made an AES CTR based DRBG, the details of which are in a codeproject article The DRBG rekeys/counters at a rate of about 1000 times per Mib. Given that the keys and counters are sufficiently ...
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### Publicly Verifiable Authenticator

I am working on a Block Storage system, where I have the need to encrypt and authenticate blocks by a client, but also want the server to be able to detect bit corruption while minimizing the work ...
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### Lowest number challenge scheme

Suppose Alice knows a secret number $a$, and Bob knows a secret number $b$. Is there a simple way for Alice and Bob to know who has the lowest number, without Alice & Bob exchanging their numbers ...
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### Validity of authentication scheme?

Here's an authentication scheme I had in mind that combines the simplicity of HTTP Digest Authentication and the security of real crypto primitives. I have in mind the user-level authentication, ie ...
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### Different Diversify key, every time with AES-CMAC [on hold]

I am using the following code and class to generate a diversify key from AES_CMAC. The doFinal method returns different key every time given the input and masterKey are constants. Any suggestion would ...
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### PGP message integrity : How can receiver of an email check the integrity using the sender's public key?

PGP message integrity: Basically, only private key can decrypt message encrypted with public key. But in the message integrity service in PGP does the reverse, where the Hash of the message if ...
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### How do we operate IV+1?

This may be a very simple question, but I have not found info about this in any place. My question is about CTR mode: When it says $IV+1$… How do we make this operation? For example, if I have the IV ...
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### Use AES-256 Or AES-CTR-256 For One Block?

I am have one block of data to encrypt that is 32-bytes long. Is it better to use the AES-256 primitive for this single block (not a stream) or AES-256-CTR, and also would there be any cons or pros to ...
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### understanding the proof of knowledge

Recently I've been reading the paper “A New Family of Implicitly Authenticated Diffie-Hellman Protocols”. It's very hard for me to go further. Especially when it comes to the proof of knowledge. ...
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### AES multiple devices to server communication

I have multiple devices connecting to a server, whose communication needs to be encrypted. At the moment I have an AES library doing the job (possibly inadequately): I am using a database of keys on ...
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### How much bit encryption is this DES code using? [on hold]

I am a newbie to cryptography, I got this code from a site and understood how it is working. It is using in built Java's cryptography library to encrypt and decrypt files. I just wanted to know how ...
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### Is there a generic attack on encrypted CRC32 when used as a MAC?

I am examining a protocol that uses CRC32 as a MAC (see note 1) the weaknesses of this method but I would nevertheless like to see if it is just weak or actually relatively easily to break. The ...
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### AES-CTR-256 Sub Keys With Encrypted Sub Key Index

I was working with some encryption and I decided to put a spin. To preface this would be used to encrypt multiple files. You start with a key file generated from random data. For example you could ...
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### How to create new PGP key? [on hold]

I'm using GNU GPG. I want to replace my old keypair with a new one, and I have a couple of specific questions as I haven't done this before! My keyring currently contains both the new and old ...
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### Allowing multiple password reset tokens, and a question on random number predictability

I have a few requirements for a password reset system, along with some questions at the end as to its security. Requirements The aim is to provide a password reset mechanism satisfying the following ...
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### Security equivalent to Diffie–Hellman problem?

I've been doing the security proof for one of my Theorem. Basically, given $g^a$, $g^b$, $g^{cb}$, $g$ and $c$ as known values. Is the problem of computing $g^{acb^{-1}}$ equivalent to the Diffie ...
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### Video encryption at server, decryption on mobile using AES [on hold]

There are lots of videos which I'm encryption in PHP server. Now users play them on phone. So basically decryption on phone and playing. I'm targeting Android, iOS, blackberry, windows phone. ...
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### Spoofing protocol nonce

Amy and Betty have a shared key $k$, and the protocol below is to provide a mutual authentication for both Betty and Amy. A sends B : $n_a$ B sends A : $n_b \;\|\; E(k, n_a)$ A sends B : $E(k, n_b)$ ...
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### Rate my idea: is that a stronger GPG-like algorithm?

I came up with a simple idea but I don't know if it is really secure or not. I know that you shouldn't create any algorithm on your own. I'm just curious, that's all. Algorithm explanation: First ...
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### Process of dividing 168bit key into 56bit keys in TripleDES

I used TripleDES so many times but never thought about this. In TripleDES it requires 168bit ...
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### Cryptolocker 2.0 ransomed #1.23 btc [on hold]

I have just received a screen capture of the malware. It turns out it's ransoming \$not BTC. The ransom demands \$750 to be payed in full within ~ hours. The English is broken and many of the ...
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### Turning PRPs in PRGs with a counter

I am following the Coursera Cryptography I course and I have the following question, I am a bit perplexed by the statement, in week 2 lecture "What are block cyphers?" that a counter-mode PRF is a ...
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### Sectors of small data encryption [on hold]

This may not sound a straight cryptography question and I'm also not sure where to ask or whether its the correct place to ask. Well, I really want to know is there any sector/workplace/software of ...
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### Can a EC private key be derived from a public key?

I understand that the public key does not expose the private key. That is not the question. The question is: Given a EC public key, can a different, but plausible and functional private key be ...
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### KDF based on HMAC-SHA-256

Is KDF based on HMAC-SHA-256(Hashed Message Authentication Code, Secure Hash Algorithm) algorithm a suitable option to generate symmetric key from the secret key? What is the basic funda, behind ...
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### Importance of salt when deriving an encryption key

I'm very curious to know this and a bit confuses too: Suppose, I have two files encrypted using AES-128bit with keys PBKDF2-derived from the same password and the same salt. If an attacker does ...
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### Can anyone explain in super simple words how RSA & other algorithms work? [on hold]

I decided to study cryptography just for fun, but I can't really understand how modern encryption algorithms work. I know that (most of them) are based on huge prime numbers because, even knowing the ...
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### Questions about self-signed Certificates' Fingerprints and Client-Server Interaction through SSL [migrated]

I have some questions about how the fingerprint function is performed. First of all, I have some knowledge about cryptography. However it seems to do not be good enough to understand hundreds of ...
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### Are HMACs based on hashes with larger bit-lengths also more secure?

When doing encrypt-then-mac, I can choose to use a hmac as the MAC. For example, I could use a hash like SHA-256 or SHA-512 (by using it as a keyed hash) to create that HMAC. Does it increase ...
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### Is it safe to seed a random number generator from system time?

It seemed to me that the Bouncy Castle SecureRandom class for C#/.NET only uses DateTime.Now.Ticks as its seed by default. I ...
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### Advantages of making streamcipher stream depend on plaintext?

Most descriptions that explain how streamciphers work (like the one on Wikipedia), tend to describe a model that boils down to a simple “$ciphertext = plaintext \oplus stream$”, where the stream is ...
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### OCB nonce usage

I've just come across this piece of code in Bouncy Castle's implementation of OCB Mode: ...
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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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### Is TripleDES 168bit vulnerable to Differential Cryptanalysis?

I was reading this paper. In the table-1 of the paper it says TripleDES (showing both 128bit and 168bit keysize) is vulnerable to Differential Cryptanalysis. It also says that AES (showing all three ...
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### Attacks on Full TripleDES [on hold]

I have been reading about attacks and many of them work on specific rounds of TripleDES but not on full TripleDES. Is there any attack except brute force that works on full TripleDES? (theoretical)
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### Is it possible to deduce the value of a string when given its hash and multiples hashes of the string + other known strings?

To be clear, I have access to $H(S)$ and as many $H(S||K)$ as I want. Every string $K$ is known. Can I use the extra information to my advantage and try to deduce $S$, without requiring bruteforce? Or ...
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### Storing encryption key

It's my first time using stackexchange! So, I am doing a password manager in Java. But now I am VERY confused because of the encryption. There will be the program login, where the user types its ...
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### Modes of operation that allow padding oracle attacks

It seems to me that padding oracle attacks are mainly a concern for users of CBC mode encryption. Question: are any other modes of operation vulnerable to padding oracle attacks? And if so, why? ...
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### Test PFS / EC-DHE authentication support [closed]

Can someone give me examples of testing of a website for PFS/ECDHE authentication support? I was hoping I could do it with cURL first and then OpenSSL, but I am open to any cli tools. On one guys' ...
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### How secure is using a pad (using xor) on a encrypted data, for the purpose of obfuscating/hiding the underlying encryption?

Edit: I know this isn't really a one time pad (as pointed out), though I don't really know what to call it aside from just a pad, I guess. I have been reading around (mostly various stackexchange ...
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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 ...
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### Are there any reasons for using SSL over IPSec? [migrated]

is it recommended to use both protocols together? In which situation?
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### Generalized Merkle Signatures, SHA-3 and Sakura

Sakura specifies a tree hash mode for e.g. Keccak (SHA-3). Are there any reasons to use the Sakura tree hash mode in a Generalized Merkle Signature Scheme? It seems to me Sakura primarily solves a ...