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Private and secret keys consists of secret information used as input to various kinds of cryptographic algorithms such as encryption, signature and MAC to select the concrete transformation done by the algorithm.

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Is Keystore a file, a database, a specification?

What exactly are keystores? I understand they are used to store things like private keys, certificates etc. But how exactly is that done? Is it just an encrypted databases where you put all these ...
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Rivest Cipher 6 (RC6) Key Scheduler

I am trying to understand the Key Scheduler used in RC6 and I have a total of 3 questions. The RC6 Wikipedia page says that the only difference between the RC5 and RC6 key scheduler is that more words ...
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Is it safe to use the same seed phrase for different cryptocurrency protocols

I want to use the same seed phrase for severl cryptocoins (Bticoin, Ethereum, Nano, etc.). I understand that each protocol has its own phrase length and possibly a different way of generating the ...
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Encoding salt as hex before hashing bad practice?

I was reading a question about symmetric keys here and found the answer quite interesting. It mentions: Be sure to pass in the raw bytes, and not, e.g., a hex-encoded string Can someone elaborate on ...
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How To Read Encryption/Hashing Notation

This is very basic, but what I'm wondering is: I have a few notations of hashing/RSA encryption that I'm unsure of when reading. PKE(PW, K) With PW representing a password, K representing a 128-bit ...
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If a Pseudorandom Function (PRF) is supplied with a key with the same size of output block, can 2 or more keys generate the same output for a input?

There a 2 examples: A block cipher with 128 bits of block size taking a plaintext and a 128 bits key (AES-128). A keyed hash function with 1024 bits of block size in its output, taking a message and a ...
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Number of Legitimate Bitcoin Wallets from unsequenced set of 24 Words

If someone found a scrambled BIP-39 24 word sequence how hard would it be to determine the correct sequence that yields someone's wallet. Are there multiple different unique sequences of the same 24 ...
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Can an arbitrary physical image be a key?

Assume an arbitrary secret physical image¹, such as a privately made chemical Polaroid™ similar to this Is there a feasible and secure way that this physical image could be used as cryptographic key, ...
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Encryption of data with multiple possible decryption keys

I'm new to the Cryptography Stack Exchange, so my question might be very naive. What encryption algorithms are out there that will allow different decryption keys to decrypt the same piece of ...
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Designing your own Algorithm

I have been told to design my own algorithm as a college assignment. What I could have come up with was a random cipher. For example: Suppose my plaintext is: AND ...
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CBC mode, fixed Key and IV but unique plaintexts

My transport channel is sufficiently tiny that I don't want to give up 16 bytes for an IV (AES block size). My environment is also resource constrained such that I have no RNG. I have read over and ...
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decryption in IDEA if the encryption was made without the output transformation

I'm implementing IDEA encryption and decryption and I'm trying to implement it in different variants(e.g if we didn't do the output transformation or if we don't do full 8-round encryption). I got the ...
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Secret key expiration

I am looking for suitable techniques through which secret keys can be expired after a certain time limit. Is there any such method in cryptography?
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What are the explicit usage of different keys derived from SKEYSEED in IKE?

We have seven different keys derived from DH key and nonces via PRF in IKEv2 as skd, skai, skar, skei, sker, skpi, skpr. Why different keys are generated for initator and responder for encryption? ...
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Is PRF XORed with its key still a PRF? (always)

$\forall k \in \{0,1\}^n,m \in \mathbb{M},F_k(m)$ is defined as follows: $F_k(m) = F'_k(m) \oplus k$. It is known that $F'_k$ is a PRF. Note: 𝕄 is the message space and it's assumed that the key $k$ ...
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How to protect a non-extractable Secret Key in indexedDB?

I have encrypted data in AES-GCM with the crypto API. The initialisation vector is then ...
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Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM)

If a company uses Domain Keys Identified Mail ("sender adds a special signature which includes author name / date signed by RSA Private Key. Receiver verifies the signature by looking up the ...
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How to generate keys from a 56 bit using DES

First I just want to apologize for my lack of knowledge in this system. The professor kind of gave us an exercise to solve before even going through the lessons. I tired to look at videos online but ...
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Why is it not possible to attack an AES by creating a function to model the substitution that occurs in a s-box?

I realise that s boxes are able to make the transformations done in AES non-linear. However I am unsure how this makes AES secure. For instance if we had no s box then it is possible to calculate the ...
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CrypTool RSA Features [duplicate]

I am attempting to manually encrypt a plaintext message (message = MI) using RSA. I receive an answer of: 33,264 and 21,164. When I enter the same plaintext into CrypTool to confirm that my ...
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Am I Doing RSA Correctly?

I am trying to figure out how to complete RSA manually. I am trying to encode a simple block message (Mi). I used CrypTool to determine the encryption. When I "manually" computed the ...
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Key stream instead of key schedule

Let's consider a block cipher in CTR mode. And let's consider a keyed PRNG or just a good PRNG with a seed as the key. The PRNG has to be very fast. Is it a good idea to put away the key schedule and ...
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Online AES Calculator

I am currently looking into how AES works and found a calculator online: http://testprotect.com/appendix/AEScalc I understand that the AES process has 10 rounds of calculations. Does this mean that ...
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Why is this DES key considered weak?

I understand the premise of weak keys in DES and cryptography. From searching online, I understand that keys that are comprised of all zeroes / all ones / alternating ones and zeroes / alternating ...
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Why do you need to apply hash over DH shared key? [duplicate]

I`ve read multiple times that it is not safe to use the shared key resulted from DH key exchange directly and that you need to do a KDF or hash over it and then use the result as a key. Why is it not ...
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How does a forward search attack work? [duplicate]

I just came across this term “forward search attack” while reading about Interchange key and Session key. The book mentioned that using session key helps to prevent attacks such as forward search ...
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Equivalent keys in Hash Functions

Let's suppose I want to use a (keyed) hash function as a stream cipher, I provide a key and a message to be hashed as a counter (like a nonce), and so, XOR each hashed output block on the plaintext. ...
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Assistance with Permutation Cipher (Columnar Transposition) [closed]

I was wondering if someone could provide some assistance with understanding a permutation cipher. I have both the cipher text as well as the plaintext but am having some difficulties trying to find ...
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Is using /dev/hwrng for raw key material secure?

Is using /dev/hwrng for raw key material secure (as long as you trust the hardware)? I tested it using the rngtest tool and it has good output.
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Are there any cryptographic algorithms, which lets the user apply some modifications on the encoded data, without decoding it?

I would like to encode some data with a key, and send it to a third party. They don't know the key to decode it, but I would like to make it possible for them to apply some modifications on it. Then ...
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Can SHA256 hash be considered as a secure key proof?

I want to use PBKDF2 with 1,000,000 iterations (I don't know yet exactly how many I will choose) to derive a 256-bit symmetric key K from a password provided by a user (at least 40 bits of entropy). ...
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Is it possible to increase the encryption security of a short key?

If I encrypt a file with a short 4 digit pin is there any way to make it more secure. I've thought about hashing the 4 digit pin and using the result as the encryption key. I think this would work as ...
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key length considerations

Learning about cryptosystems and basic cryptology and I have a sort of vague understanding of key sizes/key space and think I may have done something wrong in my calculations, can someone please ...
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CNG/BCrypt/NCrypt Import an ephemeral AES key wrapped with a persistent RSA key

I will write some kind of security client/server pair: The server part provides wrapped AES keys. The client part, based on CNG win32 API (ncrypt.h+...
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AES Password Based Key Derivation Iterations

I have been writing my own implementation of the Advanced Encryption Standard with cipher block chaining in python3 for the last several months, mimicking the OpenSSL command line interface. I can ...
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How much data can we encrypt using AES 256 before changing the key?

Although this question has been answered in this link (After How Much Data Encryption (AES-256) we should change key?), I am not satisfied with the answers because the Recommendation for Block Cipher ...
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How do I encrypt a bunch of messages by different authors, shared with that group of people?

I'm still getting my head around public/private key cryptography, and I can't quite work out how to ask the right question to get an answer for this problem, but here goes! Alice, Bob, Carol, and ...
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How Secure Is Splitting A Bitcoin Private Key?

NOTE: This question cannot be posted to Bitcoin SE because it will not render there due to the mathematical notation. Since the mathematical notation is part of the question, this is the more ...
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Using same key pairs in several different encryption tools and version

can we use the same key pairs created by an encryption tool, for encryption decryption, in another encryption tool ? for ex, created by hypercrypt, but being used in cryptermite, or maybe within the ...
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Decrypt the same ciphertext to multiple messages of my choice if I can use any key I want to decrypt

In a modern secure encryption scheme, is it possible(both theoretically and practically) to encrypt a message using a key to get the following ciphertext c = Enc(M1,k1) and later find another key so ...
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How are ECC keys stored?

I am trying to figure out what typical formats and sizes, etc. are, for storing ECC public and private keys. Some quick research turned up X9.62 (to which I don't have access) and SEC1. But then there ...
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Randomizing output of HKDF for the same input key material [duplicate]

Given HKDF and a master input material key $k$, I would like to derive ephemeral keys that cannot be linked together. If I understand correctly, the specification of $HKDF$ adding a unique random $...
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Is PyCryptodome's export_key with passphrase secure?

When exporting a private key with PyCryptodome, DER format, PKCS#8 and a suitably strong passphrase, is the resulting exported key secure enough to place somewhere that you would not normally want ...
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How do I multiply two points on an elliptic curve?

Tell me if there is a way to multiply two points on an elliptic curve? For example, as in secp256k1 ...
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Proving I can solve an equation without disclosing the solution (zero-knowledge proof)

Given a (potentially multivariable) equation $f(x)=0$, Peggy wants to prove to Victor that she knows a solution $x^\star$ to it without actually disclosing anything information about the value of $x^\...
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RSA key requirements so that it can decrypt a DES key

I came upon a solved exercise that uses a client's RSA key to encrypt a DES key. It has the following phrase: value of n for RSA key generation has been chosen accordingly so that the DES key can be ...
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Does a man-in-the-middle attack apply in this scenario?

Disclaimer: I am aware that the question's title does not adequately describe what I am asking, but it is the best I could come up with. Any improvement is welcome. I am a university student studying ...
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How to calculate number of possible key pairs in RSA

What determines the number of possible RSA key pairs for a given $n$? Is it because $\varphi(n)$ produces the number of values that are less than $n$ and coprime with $n$? Is it as simple as $\varphi(...
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Unilateral authentication with implicit key authentication

Is it possible to design a cryptography protocol with achieving unilateral authentication of one party A by party B using implicit key authentication? Key authentication is the property whereby one ...
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Is there a secure way of allowing users of my app to selectively share data from an external service?

Is there a secure way of allowing users of my app to selectively share data from an external service with my app? In order for the users of my app to get their personal data from the external service ...

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