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Yes, we need symmetric cryptosystems, for many reasons; to give three of these: We need a hash function to make most asymmetric cryptosystems secure (e.g. we simply do not have a secure signature system based on RSA without a hash), and current hash functions are (or are built from) symmetric cryptosystems. All asymmetric encryption cryptosystems are bound ...


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Scroll to the end for tl;dr. Regarding your contrived example: Alice doesn't have Bob's keypair, but sends a message in such a way that only Bob can read it, eg. puts it in a dead-drop. So she takes out her pen and writes Hey Bob, could you sign and send me $X$ along with your public key? Here's mine: $P_A$ Signed, Alice Bob has no way of knowing if ...



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