# Questions tagged [public-key]

An asymmetric cipher is an encryption scheme using a pair of keys, one to encrypt and a second to decrypt a message. This way the encrypting key need not be kept secret to ensure a private communication. Similarly in public key authentication, the verification key can be public and the signing key private.

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### Sharing an encrypted file between a group of people

Is there any way to share an encrypted file with a group? In the other words, can I encrypt a file with a public key so that each person in a group decrypt it with his/her private key? Is there any ...
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### How to jusify {e,n} is a valid RSA public key?

I have a two set of key {36,77} and {50,117}, How can validate if it is a valid RSA public keys? Is there any simple method?
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### Inverse public-key encryption

I'm in the need of an inverse public-key encryption method where you encrypt with the private key and decrypt with the public key. In other words an asymetric encryption where you can't generate the ...
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### Paillier subtraction for negative result

I am trying to figure out subtraction on Paillier. From what I read so far, given $m_1$ smaller than $m_2$ ($m_1<m_2$) I can compute $E(m_2-m_1)$ as $E(m_2)\cdot E(m_1)^{-1}$ where $E(m_1)^{-1}$ ...
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### Emulate multisignature wallet

I have a blockchain wallet with a single signature wallet, is there a way of making this wallet "multi-signature"? F.e can we use some secret sharing scheme to distribute the single private key among ...
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### How can we get CA's public key?

To get a public key of some organization or someone we want to send an encrypted message to, we need to make a request to CA asking that organization's public key. CA then returns X509 certificate. It ...
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### Is there a feasible way to generate an RSA key manually the same way as it is for an ECC one?

In elliptic curves, a private key is just a random number, and one relatively small compared to other crypto systems (256 bits for ECC vs 4096 bits for RSA for example). Suppose I don't trust ...
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### RSA encryption/decryption process is not working correctly

I'm trying to apply the RSA cryptosystem to encrypt a byte M=72, using predefined modulus n, public key exponent ...
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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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### ECDSA vs ECIES vs ECDH

Recently I started studying Elliptic Curve Cryptography and I just loved it. I want to transfer some big data (like 3KB), What is the best method, ECDSA, ECIES, or ECDH (and why)? I am confused, how ...
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### Multi-party encryption algorithm

To give some foreground information: I acknowledge that I am a cryptography newb and not by any means an expert (and probably never will be). In a recent CS class we had several assignments writing ...
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### Why do we encrypt-then mac but sign-then-encrypt?

This question was asked in comments on my answer to should we sign then encrypt or encrypt then sign. I think posing the question as a separate entity is best, so: The general advice for applying ...
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### When to use RSA and when ElGamal asymmetric encryption

If i am not wrong in cryptography there are 2 basic cryptographic schemes for public key cryptography. RSA encryption whose security is based on the infeasibility of solving the factoring of big ...
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### Why does RSA need p and q to be prime numbers?

This is a clarifying thread after finding: What makes RSA secure by using prime numbers?. Despite the fact that this question was answered already, I am still struggling to really grasp the ...
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### Multiple private keys for single public key

I am currently working in security in mobile ad-hoc networks. I have several clusters, and I want to send some data encrypted with its public key, from the cluster head to the cluster members. I ...
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### Is it possible to derive a public key from another public key without knowing a private key (Ed25519)?

I have a following use case: User has his master public (sk) - private (pk) key pair (Ed25519). In DB we store a public key. Is ...
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### New quantum attack on lattices (or Shor strikes again)?

Lior Eldar and Peter W. Shor published a paper on arXiv.org in which they present a new quantum algorithm against a variant of BDD. They claim that their new algorithm can efficiently solve the ...
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### How does one verify a GPG/PGP key revocation?

After revoking a key and sending the revocation to MIT's keyserver, I noticed that the key is listed as such: ...
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### How can I remove my personal data from my PGP public key?

According to this Q&A-discussion it is possible to remove all personal data (name and mail address) that is attached to a public key. What steps do I have to follow in order to remove all ...
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### Is it possible to pick your Ed25519 public key?

Is it possible to generate an Ed25519 keypair that has a very similar public key as another keypair (fooling a casual visual comparison) or is this as hard as solving one of SHA-512 or the discrete ...
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### How is the message digest related to Signatures and Encryption?

I was studying about 'Data Security' and I found out this one thing confusing. What is a message digest? I got it is the hash of the message. Is the message here referring to the plaintext or cipher ...
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### Can or can not D-Wave's quantum computers use Shor's and Grover's Algorithm to find encryption keys? Why?

I read that a company called D-Wave Systems has and is manufacturing quantum computers of 128 qubits. Can they or can they not use Shor's and Grover's algorithms for finding RSA-keys? If they can't ...
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### Is there an algorithm to find the number of intersections of two sets?

Suppose both I and my friend have a set of integer numbers. We want to know the number of common elements in our two sets but without knowing elements of the sets of each other. So I don't want my ...
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### Why are asymmetric cryptography keys more vulnerable to brute force attack than symmetric ones?

I came across this paper which says that Asymmetric keys must be many times longer than keys in secret-cryptography in order to boast equivalent security. Keys in asymmetric cryptography are ...
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### Is my identity exposed when publishing my public key or encrypting with PGP?

Let's say I create my PGP keys with my appropriate name and email address. Will these personal information be exposed if I publish my public key? When I encrypt a message for sending it to my ...
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Suppose I want to keep a client's password database secure (not in plaintext), while still having access to the plaintext password. Now I generates a public/private keypair. Then I send the public ...
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### Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange with Authentication: Man-in-the-Middle query

I have been reading up on MiTM attacks, and the prevention of them using public key certificates. Recently I learnt about Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange with Authentication, and how it uses signed ...
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### Sharing a secret key between many users

I would like to know if there is any security issue in sharing a secret key (of an asymmetric cryptography) between several users. I know that this secret key is no longer "secret", so it's no longer ...
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 ...