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It's meaningless nonsense. I would be inclined to avoid spending any money with these people. If you scroll down on this page, you'll find a table labelled key size vs. time to crack, according to which their $2 \times 256$ bit encryption takes $3.31 \times 10^{112}$ years to crack, making it (apparently) superior to ordinary $256$-bit encryption (which can ...

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In short: You must authenticate the IV. Which particular attacks apply if you don't depends on the block cipher mode; I will give two common examples. In CTR mode, an attacker who fiddles with the IV can forge authenticated messages, but the content of the corresponding plaintext is beyond his control (since he doesn't know the key). Depending on the ...

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TL;DR No, the approach is not secure. Use a standard like CMAC instead. Or even better, check your AES accelerator module to see if it supports any AEAD modes of encryption like GCM, CCM, EAX. Long Version In order for a message authentication code (MAC) to be secure, an adversary with oracle access to the MAC (basically this means the adversary can send ...

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It actually leaks information. You are sending: Encrypted IV: $AES(k,IV)$ First ciphertext block of CBC: $AES(k, M_1 \oplus IV)$ Eavesdropper can observe whether the two blocks are equal, which happens iff $M_1$ is all zeroes.

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Both an AES-128 key (as defined by FIPS 197), and a TDES Keying Option 2 key (as defined by FIPS SP-800-67) are 128-bit bitstrings. Similarly, both an AES-192 key and a TDES Keying Option 1 key are 192-bit bitstrings. The differences are: In AES, all bits of a key matter to the result; in TDES, 1 bit out of 8 (the lower-order bit of each byte in ...

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What makes crypto code vulnerable to timing attacks is data dependent timing variations. Branching according to a round counter, or to the key size, does not create a vulnerability. Most implementations of AES make no branch according to key or data value, and supressing other branches won't help. The main source of data-dependent timing variations in AES ...

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Yes, AES-128 is intended to be the standard block cipher for building a secure and efficient symmetric cryptosystem using some block cipher operating mode, like CTR for encryption or GCM for authenticated encryption; efficiency can be particularly good when there is hardware support for AES and GCM. There might be better choices in the case at hand, like ...

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If your software needs to decrypt the data and you want to prevent even those with physical access from decrypting without your software, you are basically out of luck. It is impossible to achieve purely in software, since even if a good white-box algorithm existed, an attacker could copy it into their software and be able to decrypt (without directly ...

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I assume you mean AES-GCM. Nonces must be unique for any use of a key. Given that $n = H(k)$ is constant for constant key $k$, this implies that such a nonce may only be used once, ever. Nonce reuse is particularly catastrophic in GCM mode (as with any other CTR-based mode), as it causes the keystream to be identical. Essentially, you wind up with two (or ...

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DES is slow in software because it was designed back in the early 70's even before the 8086 processor existed, and uses several bit oriented operations that are just not implemented efficiently in a processor with a word oriented instruction set. Its intended product was ASIC hardware designs, in which DES runs quickly. DES hardware processors are quite ...

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What you are looking for is called white-box cryptography. In short white-box crypto aims to make an implementation of a cypher (for example AES) in such a way that it is impossible for an attacker to extract the key, even if the attacker (the user of the computer) has access to the source code and a debugger. Up till now all academic white-box ...

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SIV is a mode specially designed for this purpose. SIV-AES would be a good choice, but it has the same issues as AES-wrap; not many implementations. If you use a GCM you should make sure that the IV is unique (if your plaintext is ever not random you would otherwise be in problems). As for the password based key derivation function: yes, PBKDF2 is good, ...

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AES-CTR is a stream cipher, of a particular kind where the keystream is obtained by encryption of a counter. So the question reduces to: what are drawbacks of AES-CTR compared to other stream ciphers? The main ones compared to ChaCha20 are: Without hardware support, AES can fail to cache-timing attacks. Without hardware support, AES is slower. Without ...

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DES is slow compared to AES including in hardware because for comparable security we must use 3DES, which triples the number of rounds per block, to 48 for 3DES versus 10, 12, or 14 for AES; DES's block size is 64 bits, half of AES's 128 bit; so when encrypting a sizable block of data, 3DES does more rounds that AES by a factor of 96/10, 96/12, or 96/14; ...

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I'll answer in order: Output size = input size That's correct, GCM uses CTR internally. It encrypts a counter value for each block, but it only uses as many bits as required from the last block. CTR turns the block cipher into a stream cipher. IV of any size For GCM a 12 byte IV is strongly suggested as other IV lengths will require additional ...

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Given the choice, it is preferable to use the block encryption operation of AES, since it often faster than block decryption (never slower AFAIK). For this reason, AES-CTR is defined to use the block encryption operation of AES exclusively; that's both for AES-CTR encryption and AES-CTR decryption, which are the same operation except for IV generation/input. ...

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Yes, this is exactly what a message authentication code is for. Its job is to prevent an attacker from tampering with your message, or from forging completely bogus messages. For a secure MAC, it should not matter what these messages contain. (And no, a secure MAC cannot compromise your key; if it did, it would by definition not be secure, since an ...

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An important principle in cryptography is "key separation" which holds that one should "use distinct keys for distinct algorithms and distinct modes of operation". Violating key separation often opens up avenues of attacks that may break confidentiality, integrity, or even recover the key. You can use a KDF to derive cryptographically independent keys from ...

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I'm using it as a one way encryption on plaintext values such as SSN, names, dates, etc. I suggest rethinking your approach. None of these values have much entropy, so it would be straightforward to bruteforce the original plaintexts (just like cracking a password hashed with a fast hash function). If you're planning to use these values for ...

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First, it's not said that AES is unbreakable, merely that none of the currently known attacks reduce the computational cost to a point where it's feasible. The current best attack on AES-128 takes 2^126.1 operations, if we had a computer (or cluster) several million times more efficient than any current computer and could operate at the thermodynamic ...

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Yes, Poly1305-AES can safely be modified to use AES-256 rather than AES-128; but if AES is implemented in software beware of not introducing a timing vulnerability in the implementation. Change of the cipher in Poly1305-AES is explicitly endorsed; quoting D. J. Bernstein's The Poly1305-AES message-authentication code There is nothing special about AES ...

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I add my whitebox AES implementation on GitHub in: C++ Java C++ version implements both Chow's (mixing bijections, input/output encodings, external encodings) and Karroumi's (dual AES in each column) whitebox AES scheme plus Billet's key recovery attack on both schemes. Java implements Chow's scheme only. PS: Due to low reputation I post links to ...

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There are two things here: Encryption uses mode of operation, and not "AES alone". Some of them are randomized by an initialization vector - that means the encryption of the same text under the same algorithm is still randomized and not deterministic. The encryption methods take care of that. You only need the correct key to decrypt. Passwords are not ...

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This begs the question, why would you in any real-world circumstance wish to reduce the difficulty for an attacker to break your cryptosystem? To answer your question practically, the only reasonable way I can think of to accomplish this is to simply reduce the entropy in the key. At 100%, all 128 bits of the key are used. At 50%, 64 bits of the key are ...

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The most likely rationale to change the AES design is political. It's a NIST standard, designed in Western Europe. It's a bad idea! How much scrutiny has it received? Almost none. How much will it receive? Almost none. Bad idea.

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At a high level, the major flaw is that you are rolling your own crypto protocol. You should strongly consider using a standardized protocol like DTLS. Some specific problems: Symmetric key distribution is left unspecified. Keys must be changed occasionally to thwart distinguishers. No way to recover from symmetric key compromise. Your message ...

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If we take some randomly generated key of AES-128 and we change any random 1 byte of that 16 byte key, will this make huge difference in the AES cipher text generated over same input string? Yes. The outputs with different keys differ greatly. If you pick two random keys the outputs must look completely uncorrelated, or an attacker could gain an ...

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AES has a block-size of 128 bits in all its variants. The number in AES-128/192/256 is the key-size. Rijndael, the block-cipher that became AES, also supports 256 bit blocks, but that part was not standardized as AES. Since the block-size is 128 bits, GCM works exactly the same way for AES-256 as it does for AES-128.

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I think the flash implementation is wrong: (using Linux, OS X terminal etc.) not true, see below echo 328831e0435a3137f6309807a88da234 | xxd -r -p > plain.dat openssl enc -e -aes-128-ecb -iv 00 -K 2b28ab097eaef7cf15d2154f16a6883c -in plain.dat -out plain.dat.out -nopad yields hd plain.dat.out 00000000 57 16 aa fa ...

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I am assuming that you wish to consider this for standard encryption tasks, and I am going to ignore the specific reference to AES and talk about general block ciphers (pseudorandom permutations). The answer is that small block sizes are very problematic. In particular, they break when used for encryption of any reasonable amount of information. I will ...

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