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How does Random Oracle and Standard Model differ? [duplicate]

I am new to Crypto field. Many papers are boasting of not using Random Oracle model. Instead, those prove security in Standard Model. I am surprised how do these models differ. Can anyone please ...
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Understanding the length extension attack

I have been trying to understand exactly how a length extension attack works on SHA-1. I'll detail below what I've understood so far, so that I can convey my understanding of the same and hopefully ...
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Random oracle model proofs and programmability

Proving the security of a scheme with the random oracle model (ROM) involves two steps: first you prove that the scheme is secure in an idealized world where a random oracle exists, and then you ...
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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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What are standard cryptographic assumptions?

I am struggling to understand what is meant by "standard cryptographic assumption". The Wikipedia artice on the Goldwasser–Micali system (GM) reads "GM has the distinction of being the first ...
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Is it theoretically possible to construct a string that contains its own hash value?

After saw the xkcd comic Self-Description, I wonder if it is theoretically possible to construct a self-descriptive string that contains its own hash value? Let's say the string's MD5 value is ...
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How many bits in the resultant hash will change, if the x bits are changed in its the original input?

I came across a question stating: We have a message consisting of 10,000 characters. After computing its message digest using SHA-1, we decide to change the last 19 characters in the original ...
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Mutual verification of shared secret

Is it possible to develop a scheme where two parties, unsure if they have the same secret, can verify that the other does or does not share the same secret, without one party being able to cheat and ...
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Using a Hash as a secure PRNG

I was just looking at some NIST PRNG recommendations, specifically at Hash_DRBG. I read briefly through the algorithm, and even though it is not overly complex, it still seems unnecessary to me. I ...
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Is it possible to build a CPA-secure encryption scheme which remains secure even when the encryption of secret key is given?

How can I design a CPA-secure encryption scheme which is secure even after the encryption of secret key is given in the training phase? I.e., in the training phase, $\mathit{Enc}_{\mathit{pk}}(\...
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Constructing a block-cipher from a hash function

It is possible to use a hash function to construct a block cipher with a structure similar to DES? Because a hash function is one way and a block cipher must be reversible (to decrypt), how is it ...
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How much entropy is lost via hashing when you add known or low entropy data?

(I updated the title, as I think there was some confusion as to the question) Here's the question: For example, if I have a bit stream that is 64K bytes long and there is about 16 *8 bits worth of ...
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Does the position of the salt improve its effectiveness when hashing?

Seems most documentation I have read suggests the salt should prefix the value to be hashed. Is this just for consistency, or is the salt more effective when prefixed?
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How can I create a fixed length output in my hash function?

I've been recently looking into the creation (and theory) of hash functions, however I just can't figure out how to turn a message into something of a fixed length. At the moment, my theory of a hash ...
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Are cryptographic hash functions perfect hash functions?

For a cryptographic hash function and input values of shorter length than the hash function output, it's pretty obvious that there should be as few collisions as possible. But are there guaranteed to ...

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