Questions tagged [cryptocurrency]

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Is secp256r1 more secure than secp256k1?

Curves secp256r1 and secp256k1 are both examples of two elliptic curves used in various asymmetric cryptography. Googling for these shows most of the top results are Bitcoin related. I've heard the ...
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Hashing or encrypting twice to increase security?

Over on the bitcoin forums I asked why the bitcoin client computes SHA-256(SHA-256(x)) as its cryptographic hash for a variety of purposes. The leading theory--since the bitcoin author has disappeared-...
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How can uniformity of hash functions (e.g. SHA-256) be proved?

In reading about the Bitcoin protocol I noticed how much its proofs-of-work apparently depend on uniformity of the SHA-256 hash function. And so presumably do many other applications. How do ...
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Optimized modular multiplicative inverse for Bitcoin (secp256k1)

I have written an application to brute-force attack Bitcoin addresses for OpenCL. It implements a simple exhaustive search starting from public key G (private key 1) and point increment (addition of G)...
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SHA-256: (Probabilistic?) partial preimage possible?

Currently busying myself with the Bitcoin "mining" algorithm, I am wondering if the process really cannot be simplified. For reference, the algorithm is basically SHA-256d: $$\mathit{success} := \...
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Does secp256k1 have any known weaknesses?

I am wondering whether there are any properties of the curve which would technically make it easier to attack than any other curves of 256 bits in size. I have heard that being a Koblitz curve, it ...
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Elliptic curve cryptography related key attacks [closed]

This question is an extension of Families of public/private keys in elliptic curve cryptography As described above, bitcoin "type 2" deterministic wallets use a root private/public key pair, where ...
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ECC partially blind signature scheme verification

Continued from Is there a flaw in this ECC blind signature scheme? The problem I needed a partially blind signature scheme for one of my projects, but couldn't find one on the internet, so I've made ...
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How to find at least one private key from a large list of compressed public keys secp256k1

Not long ago I saw a discussion on the Bitcoin Talk forum: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5060735.msg50736695#msg50736695 Please give advice and working methods? Is it possible to find at ...
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HD (Hierarchical Deterministic) Keys using Safe Curves?

Bitcoin's HD (Hierarchical Deterministic) Keys as described in BIP32 allow for a master key to be created (a private key and a chain code) such that a tree of both public and private keys can be ...
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Is there a guarantee that for each possible hash y there exists a number x such that with hash function H, H(x) = y?

Specifically talking about SHA-256 here and its involvement in Bitcoin, this was a question someone asked me which I didn't know the answer to. Yes, I am aware that SHA-256 can only have a hash from $...
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Simple digital signature example that one could compute without a computer?

I am working on a document to explain Bitcoin to students. But I am having a hard time translating the principle described in §2 of the Bitcoin whitepaper in layman's terms. There is a great question ...
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Can a digital money system exist, that's secure, anonymous and allows offline transactions?

I just read Offline anonymous electronic money systems and their cryptographical base , which asks for anonymous offline systems. The OP claims eCash is such a system, and the answer claims that ...
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Cryptocurrency for quantum computers that is physically impossible to double-spend?

Could a cryptocurrency running (at least partially) on a quantum computer (and/or on a quantum network) be developed in which it is physically impossible to double-spend? In other words, a coin in ...
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Is it possible to combine digital signature to provide message addition?

Let's assume we are using the textbook RSA where $Sig(x)=x^d$. Alice has public key $(e,N)$, and private key $(d,p,q)$. Now, if Alice sends $Sig(5)$ and $Sig(10)$ to Bob, where $5$ and $10$ is just ...
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Is there a flaw in this ECC blind signature scheme?

Recently I've found the following work on the internet: An ECC-Based Blind Signature Scheme The paper claims to be an ECDSA blind signature however it seems that their scheme has a flaw in it. The ...
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Can keys from Bitcoin's Hierarchical Deterministic Wallets be correlated (reducing privacy)?

I'm trying to understand if the feature "Hierarchical Deterministic Wallets" in Bitcoin allows for complete privacy of all derived keys, and if any of those keys can be associated with each other ...
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Can someone give me an example of a Merkle–Damgård transformation?

I started reading "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies - Princeton University" (coursera) and in the first chapter it talks about Merkle–Damgård transformations for SHA-256. I was trying to ...
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Offline anonymous electronic money systems and their cryptographical base

What anonymous offline electronic money systems exist and what are they based on? I know only one currently - eCash, based on RSA blind signatures.
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anonymous signature implementation and usage?

This is one of the question asked in my class. Implement a anonymous digital signature. So it means hiding signers information. i could not find any article in anonymous digital signing. Also another ...