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revised Can we ensure the security of a crypto-algorithm and -implementaton against acoustic cryptanalysis?
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comment Can a salt for a password hash be public?
Salts aren't there to prevent pre-computation. They prevent multi target attacks. Rainbow tables are one particular example of multi target attacks, and a rather useless one.
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revised Where does the $\varphi(n)$ part of RSA come from?
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comment Usability of padding scheme in blinded RSA signature?
Padding adds a redundancy of a particular form. A random value almost certainly doesn't have that form and is rejected.
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comment Security Level Estimate when Cascading/Compositing Ciphers?
Nowadays the reason for cascading is guarding against cryptoanalytic advances against one primitive ensuring that the whole system is as secure as the strongest primitive. It's not a good way to raise the security level.
Dec
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comment Off-the-record communication
@RickyDemer Different browsers and operating systems render text differently which leads to line breaks at different points. For example I'm using Opera, and all of your answers/comments contain large spaces in inappropriate places. Html is a dynamic format where you can't control the output precisely, unlike say PDF.
Dec
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comment Can we ensure the security of a crypto-algorithm and -implementaton against acoustic cryptanalysis?
@PaŭloEbermann I haven't looked for one yet, since I'm mostly using ECC. But it shouldn't be too hard to write one. mpz_powm_sec from GMP has a promising description, but I didn't look into the details.
Dec
22
comment Can we ensure the security of a crypto-algorithm and -implementaton against acoustic cryptanalysis?
Didn't investigate the details, but does the attack still work with standard constant time code? These techniques cost a bit of security but not that much. (no secret memory access, always executing the very same instructions, only with different data)
Dec
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comment Forgery Attack Against RSA Digital Signature
First of all, I want to emphasize that this is textbook RSA, not RSA as it's used in practice. For real RSA signatures an important step of signing is a collision resistant one-way hash. When using such a scheme, finding a message for a given x is practically impossible.
Dec
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comment How to use HKDF to combine two keys
@user10988 Hashing is better than xor-ing, for the same reason that HKDF is better than xor-ing. HKDF with a constant salt is a hash.
Dec
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comment Is a Mersenne-twister cryptographically secure if I truncate the output?
You're a beginner who has no experience in cipher design and cryptoanalysis. You're inventing your own stream cipher which has seen no cryptoanalysis and hope that it's secure. Why do you think that's a good idea?
Dec
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comment Is a Mersenne-twister cryptographically secure if I truncate the output?
Why do you want to use a MT when there are plenty of strong and fast standard CSPRNGs? AES-CTR can output gigabytes of data per second on a modern CPU. What can be simpler than calling a function "Give me n cryptographically secure bytes*?