My own understanding (possibly wrong of course) of RSA-OAEP encryption scheme is that it provides plaintext integrity (in addition to confidentiality) due to MGF function which for encryption operation, applies to maskeDB sequence which value directly depends of input M (plaintext) message, and is further checked during decryption operation.

However in previous post on that subject, the answer indicated that no public key encryption scheme can satisfy INT-PTXT (nor INT-CTXT) requirements

So is it possible to have confirmation if rsa-oaep insures integrity of input symmetric session key to be encrypted or if it is recommended with rsa-oaep to encrypt a symmetric session key appended with a hash or eventually crc value for insuring integrity ?


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RSA-OAEP does not provide "plaintext integrity in addition to confidentiality". ​ By the definition of PKE, anyone with the public key can encrypt whatever plaintexts they choose. ​ In particular, encrypting "a symmetric session key appended with a hash or eventually crc value for insuring integrity" doesn't help. ​ To get integrity, there has to be something [the honest party knows which the adversary doesn't know] or [the honest party can do that the adversary can't do].

  • $\begingroup$ Wouldn't that constitute a "no" instead of a "yes"? $\endgroup$
    – Maarten Bodewes
    Jan 3, 2016 at 2:54
  • $\begingroup$ Good point. ​ ​ ​ $\endgroup$
    – user991
    Jan 3, 2016 at 3:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Ricky Demer : thks I understand your answer, as anyone can encrypt anything using public key, there is no valid reference to insure plaintext integrity following decryption- I have been a little bit confused by following EMC/RSA [document ](lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-xmlsec/2009May/att-0032/…) which claims integrity with rsa-oaep in page 5. May integrity have another meaning in that case ? $\endgroup$
    – william_fr
    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:51
  • $\begingroup$ They presumably mean non-malleability. ​ ​ $\endgroup$
    – user991
    Jan 3, 2016 at 21:24

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