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Whats the point of an IV if public? [duplicate]

What is the point of the initialization vector in cryptographic modes like AES-CBC when it is sent in the public? Cant any attacker just listen and reverse the IV? and as such defeating its purpose? ...
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Is it acceptable to write the nonce to the encrypted file during AES-256 GCM? [duplicate]

I've used AES-128 in CTR mode in the past and using the same key but different IVs for each file, I wrote the IV to the first 16 bytes. Is it safe to do so with the nonces used in AES-256 GCM? I'm ...
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how does an initialization vector work? [duplicate]

Can somebody please explain how an initialization vector works. My current understanding is that it is used to prevent 2 of the same messages looking identical after encryption, but isn't this the ...
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Use of IV in cipher [duplicate]

What is use of Initialization Vector in cipher? Initialization vector is being used in all the ciphers. What is the need of this initialization vector. Are we using standard initialization vector for ...
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Why use an Initialization Vector (IV)?

Why use an Initialization Vector (IV)? How are IV's used? What are the advantages/disadvantages of using an IV? Why use an IV instead of a longer key in which some section of the key is pubic? What ...
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Difference between a nonce and IV

I know the generic difference between a nonce and an IV. I am specifically looking for a clarification on these terms as used in the "Evaluation of Some Blockcipher Modes of Operation" by Phil Rogaway....
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Need for salt with IV

I have mainly referred to this question. Definitely in case of using a salt, IV has a use of adding randomisation to each and every key. But isn't it redundant in case of using an IV to use a salt? (...
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Picking a nonce in the context of CCM (CTR with CBC-MAC) mode

After having read the RFC 3610: Counter with CBC-MAC (CCM) and the Wikipedia article on CTR mode, I'm not sure how a nonce should be picked. The RFC says: A nonce N of 15-L octets. Within the ...
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Is it safe to reuse a symmetric key when using asymmetric encryption?

I've written a C# Library that I hope will be used for security purposes in a commercial application. The application will communicate through the internet and not on an internal network. I am using ...
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What do I use as the encryption key and initialization vector in AES cfb128

I'm writing a program that can encrypt a file using AES cfb128 (using Openssl and C++). The scenario of the program is this: Person A visits computer, encrypts a file they make, takes away a key (on ...
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What is the role of IV in Stream Cipher? Why is it needed and what is it's importance?

I ran into this problem when I read the stream ciphers and did not find a satisfactory answer. Why is an IV needed in stream ciphers, and what is the importance of using it?
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Nonce role on stream ciphers

Modern stream ciphers usually predicts the usage of a nonce (also termed as IV) in the cryptosystem. The cost of initializing the cipher with the nonce varies from algorithm to algorithm (for instance,...
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Two way encryption with random IV

I'm attempting to encrypt some information into our database to be later pulled back out and displayed to the user. Searching and reading up on different methods I found a post over at stack exchanged ...
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Question about IV/initialization vectors

I found some code to get crypto-js to encrypt data in the browser, and with a pointer from someone on SO, it now decodes data as well. My next question is about the use of an IV; is an IV like a salt ...
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Random Bytes in TLS Handshake

During the TLS handshake, there are random bytes sent from the server to the client and random bytes sent from the client to the server. Since these bytes are sent in clear text, what is the ...

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