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A cryptographic attack tries to theoretically and/or practically attack the security properties of a cipher and/or algorithm.

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How much more secure is $c = mg_1^r + g_2(g_1(g_1^r-1)/(g_1-1)) \mod p$ compared to just $c = mg_1^r \mod p$ (dis. log), all known but $r$?

To encode a message $m$ to a cipher $c$ you can use the only hard solvable problem of computing the discrete logarithm with a generator $g$ in base over a prime $p$. $c = mg_1^r$ mod p If an ...
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cryptographic hashing - tinyHMAC

Anette and Bernard are using the $\newcommand{\tH}{\operatorname{tinyHMAC}}\tH$ for protecting the integrity of communication. To reduce the success chance of the attacker, they are considering ...
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Example of product cipher more secure than its components

Can anyone give me an example of a product cipher which more secure than its components. Here is how the explanation should proceed. There is cipher C1 which can be attacked with the technique A1, ...
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How you find the unpadded short plaintext using RSA?

I am currently trying to understand how you find the unpadded short plaintext when you are using RSA. Please help with explaining the process and so I can understand this topic more.
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RSA encryption extremely large public exponent

I'm trying to do learn a bit about RSA by doing CTF's and now I am doing one problem probably more than 7 hours so I would really appreciate a hint here from an expert. I have an encrypted message $c$...
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Weak/Vulnerable AES Implementations [closed]

I'm trying to complete a cryptography CTF challenge in which I have a cipher I'm supposed to attain the original plaintext from. I have reason to believe it's been encrypted using AES, but I'm unaware ...
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Prove that a given signature scheme is secure under random message attacks

This is a follow up to my previous question. Consider the following signature scheme: $\operatorname{KeyGen} (1^k$) : On input of a security parameter $k$, choose a symmetric bilinear group with $...
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Prove that a signature scheme is RUF-NMA and not EUF-CMA

I am working on the following exercise: Now, assume the following signature scheme: $\operatorname{KeyGen} (1^k$) : On input of a security parameter $k$, choose a symmetric bilinear group with ...
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LWE: does using only a small subspace of the plaintext space influence the security of the encryption scheme?

Regarding LWE schemes where the encryption is performed this way: for $m \in \mathbb{Z}_t$, compute $c = LWE_{\mathbf{s}}^{t/q}(m) = \{ \mathbf{a}, \mathbf{a \cdot s} + m\cdot q/t + e\} \in \mathbb{Z}...
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Is chosen ciphertext attack used to obtain a key? [duplicate]

I don't understand what the goals are of a Chosen Ciphertext Attack. What I've read from Wikipedia is that it is an attack one can use to obtain the key that the crypto algorithm uses. However, I ...
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Can Shamir’s Trick crack the cryptographic strength of ECDSA?

Recently stumbled upon a discussion in the forum "MyMathForum" What is Shamir’s Trick used for? Are there any such examples?
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Caculating Correlation for CPA attack on AES

I am having some trouble understanding how to calculate the correlation coefficient for CPA attack on AES. In the article Study of Deep Learning Techniques for Side-Channel Analysis and Introduction ...
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Is there a feasible preimage attack for any hash function (no matter how deprecated) today?

Has there ever been a hash function that was actually used in the field, no matter how long ago, for which there is now a feasible preimage attack? All hashes that are nowadays considered 'broken' (...
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show that G' is not a secure PRG even if G is

Hello I'm trying to show that the function G'(s) = G(s) || G(G(s)) is not a secure PRG even if G is. My first question is that in this case, how do I know what G ...
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How complex must round constants be to resist slide attacks?

A key schedule that generates round keys by XORing a round constant with the key is linear and can be vulnerable to related key attacks, but let's ignore that for now. Constants are necessary to avoid ...
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Associative Multivariate Permutation

Popular multivariate schemes are constructed by having a several easy-to-invert functions/maps as parivate key, and their composition as the public key. When signing, the hash, or a padded form of ...
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Need tips on how to break Fiat-Shamir sigma-protocol (programming challenge)

I'm completely stuck on an university programming challenge and I need some tips to get me out of the valley I'm in, you don't need to give the full answer if you do not wish to. What we have: Fiat ...
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One-round feistel network (DES) attack

I can't find out how to break 1 round of feistel network (obtaining the key). I understand why this equation takes place: $R_1 \oplus L_0 = f(R_0, k_1)$ EDIT: The function f looks like this: But ...
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Interlock Protocol for Preventing Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attack

Trying to turn bookish knowledge to practical: Alice sends half of the encrypted data to eve, eve eavesdrop and tries to decrypt the data and fails as eve has only half of the encrypted block. So, ...
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Why is Diffie-Hellman Insecure If Order of the Generator Has Only Small Prime Factors?

In this post from security SE, Tom Leek mentioned that, for Diffie-Hellman to be secure order of the group $g$ should have a prime factor at least $2k$ bits long, where $k$ is the security parameter. ...
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Non-exact substitution cyphers

Picture a simple substitution cypher of text with length $N$(spaces optional): Plain : ATTACK AT DAWN Encrypted: ELLETI EL HEPG Another way to represent the encrypted text is with an $N \times N$ ...
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To find nonlinear invariant of S box

I read a paper about a nonlinear invariant attack that is Y.Todo et. al's "Nonlinear Invariant Attack: Practical Attack on Full SCREAM, iSCREAM, and Midori64" In this paper's Appendix A., they said ...
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Determine RSA modulus from encryption oracle

Suppose we have an RSA encryption oracle $E(m)$ which basically just calculates $m^e \mod n$ for a given message $m$. Here $e=65537$ is known but $n$ is not. Can we determine the value of $n$ without ...
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Hash Collision Probabilities

Please give help! how can I calculate the probability of collision? I need a mathematical equation for my studying. Assume, I am using SHA256 to hash 100-bits. Thus: SHA256 {100} = 256-bits (hash ...
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ECDSA with common nounce?

I'm new to cryptography, and I've searching about ECDSA because I'm trying to solve a CTF. I've already check this site and Google, and I think I'm in the right path, but probably I am missing ...
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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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Recovering plaintext from AES-128 given round key 10 and ciphertext

I'm working on an old CTF challenge where AES-128 was used on a 16 byte block. I have the round 10 key and the ciphertext. What techniques exist for obtaining the plaintext?
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Are the Common modulus attack, Common Factor Attack, and Wiener's attack different?

Is there a difference between: Common modulus attack Common Factor attack Wiener's attack or are these just a different name for the same attack?
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Difference between eavesdropping and traffic analysis

I was wondering what is the conceptual difference between these two passive attacks on a network. I was reading about them on Wikipedia and they seem quite similar to me. Is there a difference?
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Fault attack on RSA-CRT

I am trying to understand fault attack on RSA-CRT, and I found some example, which I don't know how to solve it. I know public modulus $N$, public exponent $e$, a value of faulty signature (where ...
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Attack on RSA when I know $e$, ciphertexts $c_1, c_2$ of the same message $m$ with 2 coprime modules?

I know that the same message $m$ was sent to two people resulting in ciphertexts $c_1, c_2$. The public keys are $n_1$ and $n_2$, $gcd(n_1, n_2) = 1$. And $e=3$ in both cases. How can I retrieve the ...
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RSA: Should the generation of random data used for primes include zero

When generating random data that is later tested for primality, should the random data include the value 0x0? I would have thought that primes that do not include zero's are a subset of the set of ...
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Is forward search attack is the same as dictionary attack?

Currently, I started to learn about secure passwords in password file. The password file contains the hashed values for passwords. I know that the forward search attack for a password that if an ...
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Can perfect forward secrecy introduce vulnerabilities?

Is it always a win or could PFS algorithms introduce new attack vectors or weaken the level of secrecy vs not being used?
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What is the name of an attack where the compromise of one key compromises the whole system?

Consider the following: A whole system depends on the security of one private key and if this key is, for any reason, compromised, the whole system will be compromised. What's a suitable name for ...
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Regarding Lattice atttacks on ECDSA with a portion of known bits of the nonce k

I am new in the field of cryptography, and I am having some troubles understanding a concept regarding the lattice dimension needed in the attack on ECDSA using several messages with L known bits of ...
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How to prove that a rainbow table is complete?

Passwords that are hashed but not salted can be cracked using the rainbow table. I went through this and this which explains the logic behind rainbow table very well. But I am missing something about ...
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side channel attack on RSA

A side-channel attack is any attack based on information gained from the implementation of Encryption protocol and by monitoring security-critical operations. Almost every encryption had a side-...
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what can attackers do between two end hosts

I have one question that I couldn't come up with a nice solution. So let's have this analogy, I have a box full of money and I want to deliver to this my friend. Here if we think of a potential ...
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What is the difference between a forgery attack and an user impersonation attack?

I'm new to cryptography, so I was searching for a forgery attack, but unable to find anything. Can anybody tell me the difference between forgery attack and user impersonation attack?
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Cryptographic Attacks [closed]

I've been asked to write some course materials on cryptography and included in the objectives are some vulnerabilities/attacks. Most of these I have nailed but there are three that I don't seem to be ...
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What (if any) information can an eavesdropper infer in this scenario when using DES in OFB mode?

Assume that a company wants to use DES in order to encrypt messages to remotely control its manufacturing machines. The company uses different messages types of 8 ASCII characters length each. The ...
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What will happen to existing cyphertext when today's encryption is broken? [closed]

Even optimistically, I think we can all agree that many encryption algorithms that are widely used in production today will be "broken" sometime in the next decades. With "broken", I mean that (...
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Self signed certificate for mobile app and backend from same company

My company's product is Android and iOS mobile app which connects to our own backend. All interactions of the mobile app are with backend developed by our own company. In such a situation, can the ...
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ElGamal with weak public key

Assuming this setup: A prime $p$, a generator $\alpha$ in $\mathbb{Z}_p^\ast$. Alice chooses her private exponent $d$ from $[2, p-2]$ and calculates her public key $\beta$ = $\alpha^d$. Bob then ...
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Bleichenbacher RSA1024 signature forgery, closed-form solution

Hal Finney's writeup (Bleichenbacher's RSA signature forgery based on implementation error) shows a formula for RSA3072. I tried to replicate the attack for RSA1024 and failed, since the first term of ...
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Statistical attacks on a list of MD5/SHA-1 hashes?

I have a list of MD5 and SHA-1 hashes where the input string is of the form secret1000 secret1001 … all the way up to ...
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Birthday problem applied to hash function with partition of the input set

I am not able to understand why if we consider a regular hash function, it is possible to say that we are partitioning the starting set and then apply the the birthday paradox/problem. Can anyone ...
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(Side channel) attack on a PIC18 micro controller

I'm trying to get some practical experience on (side channel) attacks. First I want to note all possible vulnerabilities. I thought about: Preset I have physical access and I own/wrote the software, ...
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Bellovin ESP Attack on UDP Packets

In Bellovin's ESP Attack, it is stated that: If $L_A$, $L_B$ are using UDP, attack is easier: Wait till session ends Allocate $L_B$'s UDP port to $X_B$ Replay all packets So, how ...