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This technique is known as Ciphertext stealing. Ciphertext stealing avoids padding, but only works if the total message size is bigger than one block. Ciphertext stealing secure in principle, but as @mikeazo already pointed out using ECB and using 64 bit block ciphers is generally a bad idea. There are fancier length preserving encryption schemes. FFX mode ...


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At its simplest, to encrypt a message for $n$ different recipients, you could just make $n$ copies of the message, encrypt each one with a different key, and join the encrypted messages together into a single long ciphertext. Of course, the disadvantage of this scheme is that the ciphertext length grows linearly with the number of recipients. To avoid ...



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