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Jun
22
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Jun
22
comment How can I start the following crypto project?
This is a big question. Break it up into smaller chunks. Start work on one chunk. If you get stuck, ask again with a specific question about the particular chunk you are working on. Remember that you can ask your instructor for clarification or assistance as well as here. Repeat until you have completed all the chunks.
Jun
22
answered Which symmetric cipher is best for studying?
Jun
11
answered simple algorithm to encrypt/decrypt a text file
Jun
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Jun
7
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May
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comment Is it safe to derive two different keys with the same password and key derivation function using two different salts?
@fgrieu Agreed. This is crypto, so belt and braces (I am English) are often the default.
Apr
30
answered Is it fair to assume that SHA1 collisions won't occur on a set of <100k strings
Apr
30
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Apr
30
comment Is it safe to derive two different keys with the same password and key derivation function using two different salts?
In this situation I would tend to differentiate the keys by adding "-KEY1" and "-KEY2" to the initial master password before input to the KDF, YMMV.
Sep
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awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
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answered How hard to break a cipher if it has a different key for each word?
Apr
19
comment One time pad: why is it useless in practice?
Since the pad is at least the same size as the message, then if you have a secure channel to transmit the pad, you can often use the same channel to transmit the message itself, and not bother with the pad at all. OTPs are sometimes used when the pad transmission is simple (hand a memory stick to your spy) but the later message transmission is difficult (transmit the secret enemy plans).
Apr
15
comment Positioning of keys in encrypted text
Are you sure that you are not confusing the IV (Initialization Vector) with the key? It is common to prepend the IV to the cyphertext. It is an obvious error to prepend the key to the cyphertext.
Nov
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Nov
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comment detecting ROT13/base64 encryption
@fgrieu: technically, ROT13 is a cypher, albeit a very weak one. It is a Caesar cypher with a key (=shift) of 13. The problem being that the key is not really a secret.
Oct
29
comment “Padless” One-time-Pad encryption
And if the "secret algorithm" is shorter than the message, then you no longer have a One Time Pad. If the "secret algorithm" is longer than the message, then why not use a plain OTP?
Oct
29
comment Crack SHA1 hash code
Brute force will do it. How long it takes depends on how many bits there are in the constant value.