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I am actually preparing for a cryptography exam, and I found a question asked by the professor in the class, below are the lines that I copied from the slide :

Example: Let $Ek$ be the encryption transformation of one-key cipher and $h$ be a hash function. Then $hk := Ek ◦ h$ is a keyed hash function, where $◦$ denotes the function composition.

Security: It should have good properties if both the one-key cipher and the hash function are well designed.

Write down some design requirements for the underlying hash function and one-key cipher.

I searched a lot about keyed hash functions, but I couldn't find any good article about such a design.

Can anyone help me with that?

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  • $\begingroup$ the question seems to be asking about how to design hash functions and ciphers, the text before the question does not help answer the question, and the answer would not be specific to keyed hash functions $\endgroup$ Nov 27, 2013 at 6:34
  • $\begingroup$ What does "good properties" mean? Probably, this is an attempt to construct a MAC. The hash function requirements are fairly obvious, the encryption function requirements less so (in the sense that it will likely be non-standard). $\endgroup$
    – K.G.
    Nov 27, 2013 at 8:17
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    $\begingroup$ Related question: Is the encryption of a hash a good MAC? $\endgroup$ Nov 28, 2013 at 13:29
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    $\begingroup$ The hash function needs to collision resistant. The encryption is trickier. Authenticated encryption always works (but that's a bit of cheating). An unauthenticated stream cipher does not work. A raw blockcipher with same block size as the hash does work. $\endgroup$ Nov 28, 2013 at 13:33

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