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Key size is the size measured in bits of the key used in a cryptographic algorithm.

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What is the recommended minimum key length for ECDSA signature

I want to identify the proportion of certificates that use unrecommend ECDSA key length for TLS certificates based on some data I collected. By looking at a standard like NIST for example, I find ...
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Are short ElGamal keysizes acceptable (1024-bit or lower) in cases where security is only necessary in a short timeframe

I am working on an efficient mental poker framework. I have implemented a functional and secure commutative encryption scheme based on ElGamal as described in: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/cis/theses/...
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Is it required to use a random IV for AES-CBC with random key per message? [duplicate]

I'm developing a program to encrypt and decrypt a file with AES-256/CBC in Java. And I want it to be safe enough. In my case, I generated random AES key for each file to encrypt and decrypt them. My ...
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Do 2DES and 3DES2 have the same effective key length?

I am following the notes "Introduction to Modern Cryptography" by Bellare and Rogaway, and on the chapter about blockciphers there is the following claim (page 11 of https://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~mihir/...
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Is there any existing cipher capable of scaling from a 1 bit key up to a one-time-pad?

We have ciphers that handle small amounts of entropy, such as a 256 bit key for AES; and we have one time pads for enciphering 1:1 entropy, such as a 1GB key for a 1GB file if you could ever harvest ...
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What is the history of recommended RSA key sizes?

One can find up to date recommended key sizes for RSA at NIST sp800-131A for example. In short, it suggests a key size of at least 2048 bits. Is it possible to find a history of recommended key sizes ...
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NIST HMAC Test vectors

I am searching test vectors of the HMAC-SHA256 primitive to verify the correctness of an implementation. Without hesitation I go on the NIST website to see what they offer. While reading the ...
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Effect of longer key on DES security

I am reading a book on cryptography and the author states that one of the complaints of the research community was that DES key length was chosen to be too short. I am trying to depict how DES would ...
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Maximum security strength in bits of ISAAC cipher?

Wikipedia claims key length can be very big in this cipher, so I assume it can offer a million bits of security provided entropy of key is the same? Of course I can SHA-256 hash the key to allow any ...
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384-bit ChaCha20 / Salsa20

The standard Salsa20 core is a $\{0,1\}^{384} \to \{0,1\}^{512}$ random function with a 16 byte constant ($\sigma$ for a 32-byte key), an 8 byte nonce, an 8 byte counter, and a 32 byte key. The hash ...
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What size should the HMAC key be with SHA-256?

I'm trying to generate a secret key to be used for HMAC SHA-256 signature processing. I've seen many sample of keys with variable length from 32 characters to 96 characters. What is the ironclad rule ...
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Recommended key size for DKIM

What is the recommended key length for DKIM? I'm currently thinking about a 1024-bit key vs. a 2048-bit one. From the crypto point of view for RSA, 2048 or 4096 bits is clearly recommended--no ...
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Password entropy much lower than entropy of encryption keys. Why is this acceptable?

When talking symmetric encryption, a 56 bit key is known to be so weak. If you use it for your encryption, you are considered a goner. When talking passwords however, the standard these days is ...
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How to encrypt a small number of identities (which are related to each other)? / Which algorithm has the smallest bit-length?

I'm looking for an encryption with as small numbers as possible. Given a small group of identities ($G$) (e.g. numbers from $1$ to $N$). Given one entry (or a small number) $e_i$ allows to compute ...
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80-bit collision resistance because of 80-bit x87 registers?

This is just a curious question, and it probably doesn't belong here anyway, and I'm just being bold asking it here. 80-bit used to be considered an adequate level of security, Skipjack and SHA1 ...
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Security of ciphersuite and key

Is anyone able to cite resources that can be based on choosing a cipher suite? In my case, for a VPN server (OpenVPN) I chose a set of ciphers: TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 It provides 128 ...
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Why is the NIST recommendation for the private key exponent so much smaller than the modulus?

NIST recommends a 256-bit private key exponent for DLP with a 3072-bit modulus. This question answered how the modulus was chosen/calculated, however, why isn't the private key size closer to the ...
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How do I calculate a password space if the password only has eight alphabetic characters (not case sensitive)

I read this wiki article and saw this formula for random password's information entropy. Also the wiki article mention that the symbol count for non case sensitive is 36. Is there a way I can ...
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Is it safe to use fast/small hash for key identity?

I have to roll database access keys often, but it's important to know which key each system is using in order to avoid unavailability. I want the systems to report that without exposing the key itself,...
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Post-quantum candidates for asymmetric cryptography with small key sizes

One of the things that I have come to like about elliptic curve cryptography is that the key only needs to be twice as long as the desired security level. That's a very small expansion (I also like it ...
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When does the SIS (Short Integer Solution) Lattice-problem start becoming easy (According to the parameters size)?

SIS (Short Integer Solution) Problem : Given $m$ uniformly random vectors $a \in Z_q^n$, grouped as the columns of a matrix $A \in Z_q^{n.m}$, find a nonzero integer vector $z \in Z^m$ with $||z|| \...
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How big an RSA key is considered secure today?

I think 1024 bit RSA keys were considered secure ~5 years ago, but I assume that's not true anymore. Can 2048 or 4096 keys still be relied upon, or have we gained too much computing power in the ...
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How many possible keys are in a columnar transposition cipher?

In a book I am reading it says that the message "Common sense is not so common." (which has 30 characters, space and punctuation included) has a range of possible keys of 2 to 15, half the message ...
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How is the recommended NIST modulus for DLP chosen/calculated?

NIST recommends a 256-bit private key exponent for DLP with a 3072-bit modulus. From this answer it appears that the range of private key numbers is derived by calculating a prime modulus via $2⋅p$ ...
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Can I use XOR to establish a longer shared secret?

SIKEp434 can only be used to encapsulate a 16 byte (128 bit) shared secret key. Most encryption algorithms these days (specifically (X)ChaCha20) require a 256 bit key to be secure, especially in a ...
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Is 80 bits of key size considered safe against brute force attacks?

I came across the KATAN family of ciphers for small domain input blocks. They cipher arbitrary block lengths: 32, 48 and 64, but their key size is 80 bits only. Is 80 bits of key size considered ...
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Why does the recommended key size between symmetric and asymmetric encryption differ greatly?

In various articles it is mentioned that for secure communications, the recommended key sizes are 128-bit key size for symmetric encryption (which makes it $2^{128}$ possible keys?) and 2048-bit key ...
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Extending key sizes in Salsa20 and ChaCha?

I've written implementations of Salsa20 and ChaCha that accept 384 and 448 bit keys. It was fairly trivial to implement, the 'sigma' constant is replaced with key material, and the counter, (which was ...
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Does encrypting with MGF1/SHA-512/1024-bit seed equal to a 1024-bit key block cipher?

Suppose: Alice uses SHA-512 with MGF1(as in PKCS#1 V2) and a 1024-bit random seed to generate a mask, XORs the mask with a message(M), gets a cipher text (CT), and sends the CT to her old friend Bob....
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Key size vs output size of a MAC

What is more important, in terms of security, the size of the MAC or the size of the key that it uses? I'm asking this because I have to answer the following homework question: What is more secure? ...
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How Secure is gpg Command Using Symmetric AES-256 From Being Cracked

How secure is any data encrypted using the following command: gpg -o *encrypted_output_file_name* --symmetric --cipher-algo AES256 *file_to_be_encrypted* Can ...
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Guessing the key in AES256-GCM? [duplicate]

I assume that my case is weird but I've the following information: IV: 0x263e or 0x3e26 Auth tag: 0x25 AES256-GCM encrypted payload: 0x4eec96df534ade4c013a AES256-GCM decrypted payload: ...
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Do aes_256_gcm IVs just need to be unique for that key?

I'm using GCM (via openssl's EVP_EncryptInit_ex(ctx, EVP_aes_256_gcm(), NULL, NULL, NULL))). The IV's default length is 12 bytes. It says that the IV must be ...
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AES-256 password cracking time

My question is kinda simple. I want to use AES-256 encryption to encrypt my backup. Using a password like this: ...
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Is it possible to reverse Ansible vault data?

I would like to publish on github a full set of ansible playbooks. Some files contains sensitive data, so I have 'vaulted' them, encrypted. You can find the format description here and some relevant ...
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Why can't decrypt with OpenSSL if salt changed (for CBC and ECB)

A file encrypted with OpenSSL (with, for example, AES 256-bit mode CBC) using the Linux command openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -in texte -out encrypted_texte -k password ...
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Encrypt multiple files with OpenSSL securely [closed]

I wish to encrypt potentially gigabytes of data on my pc, and I wish to be able to decrypt and use those files. However, I am a noob, so bear with me. My idea is to use ...
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What are the disadvantages of XOR key derivation?

Assume a 256-bit Key and a 256-bit Salt, with uniformly distributed entropy, both fully independent. Assume ...
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Minimal secure index of quasi-cyclic codes for code-based cryptography

It is well-known that keys (generator matrices) of code-based cryptography are very large for its practical usage. To reduce them scientists propose to use families of quasi-cyclic codes. I remind ...
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Can you compress an elliptic curve private key in half?

According to this, a $n$-bit key offers about $n/2$ bits of security. That got me wondering, can you compress the key in half? At first blush, no, because the key is essentially a random number, and ...
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Getting a key size of DSA/Elgamal certificate

I've tried to get a public key size of DSA/Elgamal PGP certificate. Using the Cleopatra I find out that there is actually two public keys - one with DSA with key ...
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Security strength of JPBC Type A curve compared to SecP curve

I recently encountered some problems when learning about the JPBC library. Does the curve generated by (J)PBC using the method typeAcurvegenerator(160,512) and the ...
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I need help determining the best encryption options based on System.Security.Cryptography in .NET

I asked a question here, and received a great summary but was redirected here. Covering the answers of the post, it was noted and suggested that: Use of plain (CBC) mode. They suggested to use GCM ...
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Is it possible to successfully encrypt/decrypt in DUKPT using different sized BDKs?

We are having our P2PE Solution validated against the PCI P2PE standard. We currently use a TDEA 2-key based BDK, and IPEK in both the encryption and decryption environments. ANSI X9.24-1 (2009) ...
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Length of password requirement using openssl aes-256-cbc

I am using the following OpenSSL command to AES 256 encrypt a file: ...
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How much time does AES decryption take?

I am attempting to decrypt a 90 GB file that is encrypted using AES-256. I have the password. How long should this take to complete? I've had the process running for over 3 days with no progress.
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How many bytes of data does AES 256 encrypt at one time?

Since the block size of AES 256 is 256, how would we calculate the bytes of data AES 256 encrypts at one time?
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What is the maximum size of the plaintext message for RSA OAEP?

OAEP is an important technique used to strengthen RSA. However, using OAEP (or any technique that adds randomness) reduces the size of plaintexts that can be encrypted. Assume for instance that OAEP ...
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Why can't we give block ciphers larger keys?

I have limited math's knowledge so sorry if this question sounds stupid. I saw many people complaining about AES, Twofish and Serpent that these ciphers all could be crackable in the near future and ...
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Extracting Zip using Only the AES Key

I have set myself a little challenge, to see if I can decrypt my own text file from with a ZIP file... The AES Key from my encrypted ZIP is all I have managed to extract, how do I decrypt the ...