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Why does appending a message to a key before hashing not guarantee integrity? [duplicate]

I want to guarantee the integrity of a message $m$. My first thought is to append the message to an integrity key $k$ and hash it as $H(k\,||\,m)$. However, I have been told that this is not totally ...
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Difference between HMAC-SHA1(key, msg) vs SHA1(key + msg) [duplicate]

Is there any practical difference from using HMAC-SHA1(key, msg) vs SHA1(key + msg) as a way to verify the authenticity/...
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School exercise on untrusted channel comunication [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is H(k||x) not a secure MAC construction? I've the following problem: two parties, A and B, share a secret key Kab. M is a plaintext message, H an unkeyed hash function A ...
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HMAC vs MAC functions

I've read definitions of MAC and HMAC, but can't say I've completely grasped the differences. What are principle differences? When to use one and when the other?(Typical Use Cases)
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Is H(k||length||x) a secure MAC construction?

If $H$ is a typical secure hash function, then $(k,x) \mapsto H(k \mathbin\| x)$ is not a secure MAC construction, because given a known plaintext $x_1$ and its MAC $m_1$, an attacker can extend $k \...
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Why is h(m||k) insecure?

Here is the post that explains the failure for doing h(k||m) and I understand it. But I don't understand how h(m||k) is subjected to collison attack, or birthday attack. Please explain?
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Understanding MACs and why cleartext is sent over

Assume both Alice and Bob have a symmetrical key, let's call it $k$. They agree on a cryptographic hash function, let's call it $\mathsf{HASH}$. Now Alice wants to send an authenticated message. She ...
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Security difference between $\mathrm{Keccak}(k\mathbin\|x)$ and $\mathrm{Keccak}(x\mathbin\|k)$

$\require{begingroup}\begingroup \DeclareMathOperator{\keccak}{\mathrm{Keccak}} \DeclareMathOperator{\concat}{\|} $According to Keccak's website, $\keccak(k \concat x)$ is safe: Unlike SHA-1 and ...
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Is this DIY remote lock protocol secure?

I need your advice on following scheme of exchange protocol between remote lock and key. I'm planning to use following algorithm: Key generates unique value that never repeats (in reality it's just ...
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Authenticate a short message with redundant encryption instead of using a MAC?

I have a short message that’s exactly 128 bits of length. The message serves as a time-limited authorization token for a database. It contains a permission profile ID (64 bits) and an issue timestamp (...
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Possible problems in using a hash algorithm to construct a stream cipher

I'll define an example hash-based stream cipher as such: $H: \{0,1\}^* \rightarrow \{0,1\}^{256}$ is the hash function. $K=\{0,1\}^{256}$ is the secret key. $N=\{0,1\}^{128}$ is the nonce. $C=\{0,1\}^...
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Why is appending the key to a mesage and then hashing that insecure if the hash isn't weakly collision resistant? [duplicate]

Suppose I have H(M|K) and that H is not weakly collision resistant. If I have a message mac pair (M,MAC), how is it possible to find another message mac pair (M2,MAC2)? My thinking for this problem is ...
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Random unique key per message, safe to use key as IV?

The overall setup is that I am using RSA public key encryption, and because the messages are big instead of encrypting the entire message via RSA I am encrypting a random AES-128 key with the PK and ...
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Which is more secure? $\operatorname{AES-ECB}(key,\operatorname{SHA1}(data+key))$ vs $\operatorname{HMAC-SHA1}(key, data)$ [closed]

$\operatorname{AES-ECB}(key,\operatorname{SHA1}(data+key))$ vs $\operatorname{HMAC-SHA1}(key, data)$ Which is more secure? Which is faster? There is a similar comparison here; HMAC-SHA1(key, data) ...

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