10 questions linked to/from Why does HMAC use two different keys?
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### Is $H(k \operatorname\| H(k \operatorname\| m))$​ with double length $k$ like NMAC? [duplicate]

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 ...
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### Using the same secret key for encryption and authentication in a Encrypt-then-MAC scheme

Is it a weakness to use a single shared secret for protecting messages using a Encrypt-then-MAC scheme? Assuming a system is using AES-256-CBC and a SHA1-HMAC and the same secret key for both ...
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### Cycles in SHA-256

Let's say I start with a particular 256 bit value. Call this $v$. I then hash that value, and get another 256 bit value. Call this $\text{SHA256}(v)$. I take this value and get another 256 bit value. ...
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### “Weaknesses” in SHA-256d?

According to this answer, "SHA-256d" was proposed in one of the Ferguson/Schneier books like so: SHA-256d(x) = SHA-256(SHA-256(x)) Apparently, the motivation for ...
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### How many trials does it take to break HMAC-MD5?

I know that you can find collision in MD5 with 2^64 trials using Birthday paradox. Now everyone is saying that HMAC-MD5 is significantly more secure. How can I ...
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### Keys in HMAC and NMAC

I'm quite new to this topic and have several questions concerning HMAC and NMAC: Why does NMAC need two keys? How can it be attacked if we just used some sort of initialization vector instead of the ...
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### Proof that MAC and hash composition is insecure

Let $F$ be a secure PRF and $H$ a universal hash function. How can I exhibit a pair $(F,H)$ whose composition $$S'((k_1, k_2), m) = F(k_2, H(k_1,m))$$ is an insecure MAC (or an insecure PRF, since a ...
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### Under which conditions would it be OK to use “H(pass||data)”?

I understand that the main motivation for HMAC is extension attacks. If data always has content-length either implicit in the app or even explicitly put into the hash, I get the impression that HMAC ...