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Why using AES in ECB (Electronic Code Book) mode a bad idea? [duplicate]

Why using AES in ECB (Electronic Code Book) mode a bad idea? is CTR mode better? Given only these two can be used for parallelization.
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Should we MAC-then-encrypt or encrypt-then-MAC?

Most of the time, when some data must be encrypted, it must also be protected with a MAC, because encryption protects only against passive attackers. There are some nifty encryption modes which ...
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Can someone explain the ECB Penguin?

I've seen the ECB Penguin used to demonstrate why ECB is not a recommended method of encryption, but I do not understand how this translates to text or passwords. Aren't the people who create these ...
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Is it possible to find the key for AES ECB if I have a list of plaintext and corresponding ciphertext?

Assume I have a list of plaintext text and its corresponding ciphertext which was created using a specific key with AES in ECB mode. Can I recover that key? If, how big does the list of plaintext ...
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Are there any benefits to using ECB over CBC?

From what I have understood about ECB and CBC, CBC is far better as it doesn't reveal any pattern. There have been several questions here about how ECB is bad: Should I use ECB or CBC encryption mode ...
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Soft question: What are examples of beautiful proofs in cryptography? [closed]

These may include any proofs, reductions, constructions, etc. For example, simple solutions to problems which at first sight seem difficult. Elegant construction that hide deep mathematical concepts, ...
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Using ECB as RSA encryption mode when encrypted messages are unique?

As I understand, ECB should not be used as encryption mode unless you are encrypting single blocks of data which are always unique and only are encrypted once. I have a collection of ids represented ...
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Why is padding used in CBC mode?

I am newbie to CBC crypto: When I try decrypt the cipher text to recover the plain text, things are not going smoothly as I face some issues in the decryption process with padding and not obtaining ...
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Is ECB mode safe to use with RSA encryption? [duplicate]

Firstly, bear with me, I'm relatively new to cryptography. In a recent static analysis scan of our application, one of the findings complained that we are using ECB: A mode of operation of a block ...
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Is it possible to decrypt the 2nd byte of AES-256-CFB-8 ciphertext without decrypting the 1st byte?

I am stuck with AES-CFB decryption. Assume I encrypted plaintext helloworld (10 bytes) using AES-CFB. Now I want to decrypt the second byte ...
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AES encryption without salt and IV

I need to encrypt blocks of 16KiB with AES256. I have only one requirement to satisfy - If one day a hacker gets the data without the keys, he will not be able to decipher the data. According to the ...
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How does blocksize affect security?

I have recently read about how blockciphers and how stream ciphers work, and although I think I finally got everything right, I'm still wondering how increasing blocksize increases security.
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Finding key of AES in ECB mode

How many plaintext-ciphertext pairs would be needed to guess with probability, say $p=0.5$, the key $k$ of AES under ECB mode? Most of the articles that I found tried attacks on single plaintext-...
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Brute force, get AES keys by multiple plain-texts with their cipher-texts

I know that the encryption is AES, and I have multiple plain-texts with their cipher-texts, I don't know the encryption mode (ECB, CFB, etc ...) actually, but I know that the keys and the IV Key (if ...
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Key recovery when AES ECB is used for short but repeated messages

My question is based on the specification of the protocol LoRaWAN and especially on the part 6.2.5 Join-accept message. It is said that the join-accept message is encrypted using AES ECB. This is (...
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Could a larger block size increase the security of the block cipher?

I want to know if a larger block size increase the security of the block cipher?
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Encrypting decimal values with AES

I have a column in a database table called "Amount" that will store decimal values encrypted with AES. It's highly likely that the same amount will exist in multiple rows in the table and be encrypted ...
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Decrypting ciphertext that is missing a block

In the AES encryption, suppose that the key is known. The ciphertext is also known except for a block of the same size as the key. For example, the adversary knows $k, c_0, c_1, \dots, c_{n - 1}$; ...
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Using a block cipher with timestamp instead of counter

I have a system where machine A sends updates to machine B. The updates are sent over the internet, where each update is a single UDP datagram. Machine A sends a local timestamp in each update (we can ...
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Multiple AES/ECB encryptions of different data with same key all end with same pattern

We have used "AES/ECB/PKCS5Padding" with a 256 bit key. We encrypt different streams of data (blockwise) with the same key. Each encrypted stream ends with same pattern. What is the reason for this?
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Is predictable ciphertext/plaintext bad?

I have a cryptosystem that I'm using for secure chat. It is using AES 256 (with RSA 2048 for key exchange). Would a predictable, and repetitively sent ciphertext plaintext compromise the ...
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AES-encrypted 128-bit null block: lookup table?

Let's say a 1MB file has many many consecutive null-bytes 128-bit blocks. Then, as AES works with blocks, the encrypted file will also have recurrent 128-bit-long patterns of ...