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# Questions tagged [one-way-function]

A function which is easy to compute but hard to invert (i.e. find preimages for). The existence of one-way functions implies the possibility of many useful cryptographic schemes. No one-way functions have so far been proven to exist, but many likely candidates exist.

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### Composition of one-way functions and private keys

Are there any functions f, g and h, such that: f is one-way and is used to generate an encrypted message c when applied to message m with a public key (c = f(m, N)) Original message m can only be ...
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### Cryptographic hash function to map interval onto itself

Is there any existing approach to construct perfect hash function that map [0, M) to [0, M)? It should be one to one mapping and ...
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### Suppose there exists a one-way function, show that there exists a one-way function with none of its input bit is a hardcore bit

I just learnt the definition of hardcore bit, and I have no intuition about this. I want to know what are the possible approaches to this problem.
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### Are pseudorandom generators, pseudorandom permutations and hash functions all keyless?

In Katz's Introduction to Modern Cryptography, Chapter 7 Practical Constructions of Symmetric-Key Primitives In previous chapters we have demonstrated how secure encryption schemes and message ...
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### Is a mapping of a k bit string to another k bit string containing 1's a one way function?

I'm new to cryptanalysis and I saw in another answer to a question that $f: \lbrace0, 1\rbrace^{\kappa}\to \lbrace0, 1\rbrace^{\kappa}, f(x) = 1^{\kappa}$ is a one way function. Why is this the case? ...
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### Deterministically produce an array of indexes based on input number

Please see the Reference section below for terms. Is there a known one-way method to produce an array of indexes, based only on two input elements: length of the resulting array number, used as a key ...
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### OWF from PRG and OWF

Let $f : \mathcal{U}_{2\lambda} \to \mathcal{U}_{2\lambda}$ be a OWF, and $G : \mathcal{U}_{\lambda} \to \mathcal{U}_{2\lambda}$ be a PRG with $\lambda$-bit stretch. Establish whether the following ...
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### The existence of OWFs vs $\mathbf{EXP} \neq \mathbf{BPP}$

In CRYPTO 2021, Liu and Pass published a paper with title "On the Possibility of Basing Cryptography on $\mathbf{EXP} \neq \mathbf{BPP}$. One of the main results of this work can be interpreted ...
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### Is this construction a OWF?

Given the OWF function $f: \{0,1\}^{2\lambda} \rightarrow \{0,1\}^{2\lambda}$ and the PRG $G: \{0,1\}^{\lambda} \rightarrow \{0,1\}^{2\lambda}$, is the following function $f^*$ a OWF? \begin{align} f^...
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### One way function with fixed point

As part of an exercise in a cryptography course, I want to come up with a one way function for which it is "easy" to find a collision from a given OWF. To achieve this, I tried the following:...
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### Building an adversary for a OW-CCA game

Let K_rsa be a RSA genertor with associated security parameter k >= 1024. Let game OW-CCA_Krsa be as follows: How can I build a O(k^3)-time adversary A making at most 2 queries to Invert and ...
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### Prove: If there exist strong OWFs then there exist weak OWFs that aren't strong

Please help me to understand the proof of the following claim: Assume there exist strong OWFs, then there exist functions that are weak $\frac{2}{3}$-one-way functions, but not strong one-way ones ...
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### What are security reductions of symmetric-key algorithms?

I was reading Wikipedia page of post-quantum cryptography. It says that it is desirable for cryptographic algorithms to be reducible to some particular mathematical problem, that is intractability of ...
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### I am confused on how to solve this question about one way hashing

I know that I have to use decryption, but I am confused about how it breaks one-way (preimage resistance)
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### PRG implies OWF Proof

I got the idea of this proof, that since PRG expands from n to 2n, it cannot project to all {0,1}^{2n}, only to a neglible part which we can abuse to make a good distinguisher just by telling if A ...
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### Securely and Deterministically select a combination of objects from hash (cryptographic seed)

I am working on a project that is using a bit-commitment concept to authenticate information. I need to select a combination of objects securely from a secure hash, then distribute that hash later. ...
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### What's an algorithm for laypeople to make personal passwords

I'm going to be teaching an audience about algorithms. I'd like to give them one to create unique personal passwords for websites. They could start with the domain name of the site and their own ...
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### OWF and iO Correlation

What is the relationship between one way functions(OWF) and indistinguishable obfuscation(iO)? I know that iO exists even when P=NP and OWF don't exist. But does the existence of OWF imply iO?
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### Deciphering input from known output using SHA512?

Basic question. I'm doing self-study on hash functions. If I insert hello as input in a SHA512 hash function (e.g. using this) I get the following hash: ...
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### It is possible to verify the computation of a hash function without actually proving it in zero knowledge?

Let me first introduce the context: Let's say that we have a hash function evaluation: $$h = H(x, y),$$ where $x$ and $y$ are the public and the private input of the hash function $H$, respectively. ...
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### XOR of all bits of $f(x)$ a hard-core bit

Why consider a random $r$ in building a hardcore predicate in Goldreich Levin theorem? Why not consider just the XOR of all bits of the input?
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### Why is a fixed permutation not oneway?

This may not be a good question, but I am just start to learn cryptography. I would like to ask why a fix permutation is not one way. An adversary is given y=f(x) and try to invert y, x and y are n ...
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### Security of Hash Functions

Given a Hash Function H, how are the properties such as collision resistance, target collision resistance, one wayness, and non-malleability proved? I have read about hash function and stating that it ...
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### If $H(x)$ is a one-way function, is $f(x)=H(x)\cdot x^{-1}$ a one-way function?

Assume $S$ is a domain. $S' \subseteq S$ and all elements in $S'$ are invertible. $H:S'\rightarrow S$. If $H(x)$ is a one-way function, is $f(x)=H(x)\cdot x^{-1}$ a one-way function?
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### Provable Lower Bounds for some Algorithmic Problems?

Are there any problems for which we have known lower bounds? For example, for comparison based sorting, we know you need $\Omega(n \log n)$ comparisons. Edit: I'm aware that this requires restricting ...
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### Generator of one-way functions

Please pardon my question if it seems silly, but I am very keen on knowing: in applied cryptography, there is such a thing as a one-way function, which given an input would generate an output that is ...
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### Does this qualify as a one-way function?

First, we observe that the expression X*Y mod P (where X and Y are secret and P is a large public prime) reveals no useful information. Next we define an extending function E(U, M) which "somehow&...
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### Are there any public-key encryption schemes based on DLog?

There are public-key encryption schemes based on many different mathematical hardness assumptions, like the hardness of Decisional Diffie-Hellman problem, the hardness of the Factoring problem, the ...
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### Length Regular and Length Preserving

What does it mean to say a function is length regular and Length preserving? Does any one of them implies the other? Example if any could be useful
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### Do probabilistic one-way functions imply deterministic one-way functions?

Suppose $f$ is a probabilistic one-way function. Then my question is, does there exist a construction of a deterministic one-way function $g$ based on $f$? Or is it possible that probabilistic one-...
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### What one-way functions are there based on the Diffie-Hellman problem?

Mathematical hardness assumptions like that of the factoring problem, the RSA problem, and the discrete log problem all straightforwardly lead to one-way functions. But what about the computational ...
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### Is this really a universal one-way function?

This PDF supposedly gives a construction of a universal one-way function, i.e. a function which is one-way as long as there exists a one-way function: Recall that there are only countably many Turing ...
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### Does there exist a universal one-way permutation?

Leonid Levin constructed a universal one-way function, i.e. a function which is one-way as long as there exists at least one one-way function. But my question is, does there exist a universal one-way ...
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### Are there any universal PRG’s or PRF’s?

Leonid Levin constructed a universal one-way function, i.e. a function $f$ such that if any one-way functions exist, then $f$ is a one-way function. My question is, what universal pseudorandom ...
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### Questions regarding the one-wayness and collision-resistance of a hash function based on RSA-like problem

Problem statement: "Bob is a paranoid cryptographer who does not trust dedicated hash functions such as SHA1 and SHA-2. Bob decided to build his own hash function based on some ideas from number ...
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### Has anyone implemented a public-key encryption scheme using a universal one-way function?

There exists a function $f$ such that if one-way functions exist then $f$ is a one-way function. Such a function is called a universal one-way function. Now the public-key encryption schemes that I’...
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Let's say we got a one way function (OWF). Such a function takes 512-bit input and gives 256-bit output. And let's say we can easly invert some specific inputs. There is exactly $2^{256}$ such blocks ...
Is the following statement correct? Let $F$ be a OWP. Then the inverse $F^{-1}$ of $F$ is also a OWP.