Questions tagged [cryptocurrency]

A cryptocurrency is a digital currency powered by cryptography. This tag is applicable only to Q&As about the cryptographic mechanisms used by a currency, not for questions about economy, usage, or acquisition of any particular currency. Please note that Stackexchange has dedicated websites for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, etc.

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How does Libra work? [closed]

I'm searching how Libra works and I didn't find any technical detail understandable for me in the web. In particular, I don't well understand the concept of a "blockchain" here, because I understand ...
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Where is the AES-256 key/ IV pair stored in wallet.dat file? [migrated]

I have created an encrypted bitcoin file. I know the password and I see the mkey in the hex dump. I would like to know where the AES key / IV pair are located in the wallet.dat file?
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would parallel crypto mining work

Hi everyone I was wondering would it be possible to mine a cryptocurrency like bitcoin in parallel. I have read a little about mining pools https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mining_pool , But that's not ...
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Bitcoin mining nonce and birthday attack

Having read the basics of mining and this about SHA256 (probabilistic?) partial preimage possible? and SAT solving - An alternative to brute force bitcoin mining, I have the following question: ...
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How is the PRIVATE KEY actually created in the first place? [migrated]

How is the "Private Key" created in the first place? I understand that once you have your wallet, you will also gain access to your public key and private key... But in order to have a wallet ...
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Public Key VS Wallet Address - What is the difference? [migrated]

I am seeing a lot of contradictory information on why we now use Wallet Addresses rather than Public Keys. Some say that due to additional level of hashing (double hashing), Wallet addresses are ...
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How to accept USDT payments the right way? [migrated]

We are developing an e-commerce solution and consider USDT to accept payments. At the moment as I understand we can generate many addresses (1 per transaction) with BIP32 spec approach. Based on Omni ...
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Double hash question

I would like a valid Bitcoin address (derived from a private key created by rolling a pair of hexadecimal dice 32 times) to be the private key of any private / public cryptography. So if I encrypt a ...
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Modifying Elliptic Curve Parameters

For context, I was watching this bit of the video: which goes over this source code. The piece is about elliptic curve cryptography and how it works. I want to use some of this knowledge to make my ...
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What is the cryptography involved in the initial setup of a cryptocurrency?

I keep hearing that when a cryptocurrency is created it goes through an initial setup phase wherein cryptographic parameters are created that are used by the cryptocurrency network throughout its ...
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Time locked cryptography using Bitcoin difficulty param and/or smart contract?

Outcome: Create a message with a count down timer. Once a top level password is entered, a countdown timer starts. Once timer expires, the message is decrypted. Known methods: Proof of work. ...
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Is the following non-interactive zero-knowledge set membership protocol provable secure?

Given the following Zero-knowledge set-membership protocol https://infoscience.epfl.ch/record/128718/files/CCS08.pdf]. That is given in the following steps (Please refer to page 9). The Verifier -...
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Whats wrong with my El Gamal signature example

I'm trying to digitally sign a message m using El Gamal. So far I've been unable to verify the digital signature ive made using El Gamal. I am using prime number, p = 8369. prime root g = 3031. ...
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Monero Ring CT sj calculation

For a university project, I am currently implementing the RingCT Ring signatures as used in Monero (before the introduction of Bulletproofs) as laid out in this paper. To close the ring we calculate ...
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Is it possible for a hash in SHA-256 to have more than 8 digits? [closed]

Is it ever possible for a hash to have more than 8 digits in SHA-256?
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19 out of 24 words of BIP39 passphrase (brute-force last 5?)

I have managed to lose 5 words of my 24 word Ledger Nano S recovery phrase. I have words 1-19 but I am missing words 20-24. I have significant holdings on the wallet so would very much like to recover ...
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Problem with e-cash system with multiple banks

Say that many banks issue electronic cash of a particular type. If there is a malicious bank and user collusion, the malicious bank signs electronic cash for a particular user. This user then takes ...
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How to forge a Proof-of-Stake blockchain?

Suppose a node in a proof-of-stake blockchain network wants to forge a blockchain. I'm wondering what should this node do to forge it? Assume this node has a certain amount/fraction of money (but no ...
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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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Block chain and storage issues

On reading about block chain technology, it was observed that it leverages the distributed ledger technology through P2P, here integrity is ensured through hash computed by miners, and then is ...
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Question on using endomorphism on secp256k1 and negative results

I have read section 3.5 (algorithm 3.7) in "Guide to Elliptic Curve Cryptography", and have been trying to implement endomorphism on secpt256k1 to speed up calculating $kP$ by changing it into 2 point ...
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Can you tell me why doing scalar multiplication of a point on a Elliptic curve over a finite field gets to a point at infinity?

I am reading Programming Bitcoin. The author said: Another property of scalar multiplication is that at a certain multiple, we get to the point at infinity (remember, the point at infinity is the ...
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Why is ethereum not using threshold signatures like dfinity for randomness? What's the drawback?

So Ethereum goes for RANDAO. The disadvantage with RANDAO is that the last validator in the commit-reveal scheme is able to hold his contributed value back and thereby influence the random outcome. ...
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Explanation of Gallant-Lambert-Vanstone method / Endomorphism speedups [duplicate]

Can someone explain how the Gallant-Lambert-Vanstone method works (or which literature explains it)? It is also unclear to me how the Frobenius endomorphism can be used in some cases for a speedup. ...
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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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Concrete examples / tutorials of how blockchain/bitcoin works

I want to understand the crypto details behind the blockchain (at least in the form that bitcoin implements it). Can you point me to some page or documents that show the details with examples? I ...
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The Secp256k1 curve is used in cryptocurrency. Can someone generate a private key with a different curve?

Many cryptocurrencies use Secp256k1. Every cryptocurrency library comes with its own redundant implementation of Secp256k1, ECDSA, RIPEMD160, and SHA256. So, there can be some inconsistencies across ...
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Time-locked deposit protocol?

I am designing a protocol where a user A sends a time-locked deposit to user that if the user B within time t provide a proof that he exists in a location x (this may be obtained by third party like ...
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How does Diffie Hellman protocol work in Bitcoin Blockchain Transactions?

Greetings to all! Please explain how the Diffie-Hellman protocol works in Bitcoin? That is, in Blockchain Transactions, there is also a total number of "K" recipient and sender? "K" the recipient and ...
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Do I need to provide entropy to secp256k1_ecdsa_sign() ?

using secp256k1_ecdsa_sign() I noticed the same data signed multiple times, coming back with the same signature. I always thought that signatures are different because random data is somehow involved....
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Does the One-Time Hash-based Signature Scheme render Ring Signatures useless?

On the Bitcoin community, to maintain privacy, they recommend using one-time spend addresses. CryptoNote, Monero et al. prefer Ring Signatures to maintain that privacy. There are some issues regarding ...
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Blockchain without cryptography

Because blockchain is decentralized, what would happen if there was no cryptography anymore to protect the blockchain? I know it would not be used anymore but why? "Hackers" could reverse transactions ...
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How might one create a system of election by lot (sortition) that is both secure and verifiable?

I've been puzzling recently over sortition, a democratic method of selection for public office which I find very fascinating. Basically, instead of choosing candidates like Hillary Clinton or Donald ...
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Post-quantum SNARGs with near-constant verification?

We're building a private computation platform similar to Zexe, where nested proofs are used to preserve the privacy of the programs being computed. We may use different proof systems for the inner and ...
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Economically Rational as a security proof

Is it possible to prove the security of a cryptocurrency payment protocol by saying that the actors will seek to maximize their profits. Would I need to set this up as a game and prove it that way or ...
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The use of Elliptic Curves as part of a blockchain transaction

As I understand it, Elliptic-Curve Cryptography is used in the verification step of a transaction (i.e. when creating a digital signature), but not in the creation and security of a 'block' (when ...
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Can the precompiles in Ethereum Byzantium for pairings be used for implementation of BBS group signature verification?

I'm currently implementing a group signature verification on Ethereum and it seems that the Pairing check can only return a boolean. According to the BBS algorithm, to validate a signature $s$, you ...
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ChaCha20 - How confidentiality is lost if reusing nonce? [duplicate]

I read that (key, nonce) pair should be used only once for encryption of a message. My question is how confidentiality can be lost if two peers using a shared key use same (key, nonce) pair to encrypt ...
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POW with Linear time to solve it?

Any suggestions for A Proof-of-Work algorithm in literature so that the time required for solving it is linear with the puzzle difficulty ??
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Can I use a blockchain to lock access to some information before a certain amount of time has passed, without relying on third-parties?

Picture the following (the example is very similar to the real scenario): I have a physical item in possession in which I want to lock myself (don't ask [1]) from accessing it until a ...
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How do I convert KECCAK-256 to FLOPS? (Ethereum)

I wanted to know how much one Ethereum KECCAK-256(hash) is in FLOPS. I know bitcoin is 12,697 flops per hash.
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Half of any bitcoin (crypto) public key - (public key half) is possible

I found a topic on bitcointalk Public key x and y == Double(Half of the Public key x and y) half any public key is possible how that possible , in crypto there is subtraction and multiplication ...
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Are there known special cases where the first 160 bits of keccak256 can be null ? Or does finding a collision is required?

In the Tronix contract code (a large ICO listed on many exchanges) lies this modifier which is used for all token transfers : ...
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Does an anonymous signature hide the sender's identity from the receiver?

Does an anonymous signature hide the sender's identity from the receiver, or simply just hide the sender's identity from an eavesdropper or third party?
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ECDSA vulnerability related to recovering private key using same r

I'm considering this for bitcoin transaction as it uses ECDSA so if the signer generates two signatures suppose s1 and s2. where: I get it that any attacker who have s1 and s2 can recover its private ...
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How can I generate a deterministic evenly distributed random number in a blockchain

Here's the hypothetical. There's a blockchain, which for the sake of simplicity, is modelled around Bitcoin and proof-of-work. My goal, is that for each mined block, rather than a set reward (12.5 ...
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Could RSA keypairs be used for cryptocurrency addresses?

A bitcoin address is created from an ECDSA keypair. It is common to use use a hashed version of the public key as the shared address, but the original bitcoin implementation also allowed for using the ...
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ECC private key generation collision

I am generating ECC private keys. however I noticed that since ECC private key is just a BigInteger. e.g. spec256k1 says private key is anywhere between [0~2^256-1]....
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How to decrypt using public key?

Can anyone decrypt ciphertext using a public key? I always thought we can only decrypt using a private key. In that case, what does this line in the RLPx documentation mean? ...
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Zencash uses your passphrase to identify AND unlock a wallet - how is this secure?

When looking into Zencash I stumbled into myzenwallet.io (by the Zencash creators), which gives you the option to enter a passphrase to generate a wallet (seems normal), but then after creating your ...