I know that NMAC is mathematically proved with two different keys with length $L$.

But, if I choose to implement a MAC this way: $$H(k \operatorname\| H(k \operatorname\| msg))$$ with a key $k$ of length ​$2L$, ​am I vulnerable to some attacks?

  • $\begingroup$ But you'd still use the same key both times in there? $\endgroup$ – SEJPM Dec 6 '16 at 9:44
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I think this way i'm vulnerable to length extension attack (if implemented with markle-damgard), Am I right? $\endgroup$ – Abmen Dec 6 '16 at 15:37
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    $\begingroup$ Length-extension attacks don't apply here, given that the outer layer has constant input length. This construction is equivalent to the $\text{NMAC}_3$ construction studied in eprint.iacr.org/2011/649. Its exact security is unknown. $\endgroup$ – Samuel Neves Dec 6 '16 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ @SamuelNeves In that case it's an answer :) We're not supposed to do original research to get to an answer here. $\endgroup$ – Maarten Bodewes Dec 6 '16 at 22:22

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