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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What is the SSL private key file format?

I was researching about how to encrypt with RSA. I understood everything but not the format of the private keys. In the phpseclib (RSA in PHP), you can import your private key (private.key format) ...
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What's the fundamental difference between Diffie-Hellman and RSA?

What is the difference in the purpose of DH and RSA? Aren't they both public-key encryption?
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Low Public Exponent Attack for RSA

I'm having trouble understanding the algorithm for finding the original message $m$, when there is a small public exponent. Here is the example I'm trying to follow (you can also read it in the 'Low ...
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Advantages using Diffie-Hellman or ElGamal

For what kind of usage should we prefer using Diffie-Hellman in order to exchange keys instead of ElGamal, and most important why should we use one or the other? I do not see a clear difference ...
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What is a trapdoor permutation?

Can anyone explain to me what a trapdoor one-way permutation is? Is RSA a trapdoor one-way permutation? Context: I was reading about ring signatures. On page 560, it describes steps to implementing ...
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Using a single Ed25519 key for encryption and signature

The libsodium documentation contains a function crypto_sign_ed25519_pk_to_curve25519 that converts an Ed25519 key into a Curve25519 one, so it can be used for both ...
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Deterministically generate a RSA public/private key pair from a passphrase (with sufficient entropy)?

Is it possible to deterministically generate public/private RSA key pairs from passphrases? Would giving the (key generating) algorithm data made from key-stretching the passphrase (instead of a ...
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What is the importance of Modular arithmetic in cryptography?

Why do we use modular arithmetic so often in Cryptography?
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Is it possible to validate a Public Key in RSA?

If I have a 1024-bit number, and someone is telling me that it is in fact a valid RSA public key, is there any way I can quickly validate that it is indeed so (without cracking RSA)? (I suppose I am ...
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How do I get the equivalent strength of an ECC key?

I know how to calculate the comparable symmetric strength of an RSA modulus: calculate the running time for a field sieve. This is how NIST gives approximate symmetric sizes for asymmetric algos in ...
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Hash-based asymmetrical encryption (not digital signature) schemes?

In the Wikipedia article or another article about post-quantum crypto there's a plenty of information about hash-based signatures. But where are hash-based ecryption with pubkey? But, over the long-...
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How are timestamps verified?

You put an input and the hash value comes as an output then when someone puts the input the hash function it is applied to see if it is the same hash original value is stored in some database , that ...
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File format of an $2048$ bits RSA public key

From here, there are $14$ bytes specifying the file format of the key. I am still quite confused about the format bytes. For example, the following public key 30 82 01 0a 02 82 01 01 00 8e a3 d1 c7 9c ...
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Can an RSA private key have several public keys?

Ok, so my cryptography lecturer in University posed this question at the end of the RSA key generation lecture as a brain teaser. I have been thinking about this and I think I have come up with a way ...
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What happens when a root CA has its private key compromised?

What happens when a root CA has its private key compromised? Then all children in the tree are compromised too? And then all certificates are compromised? What needs to happen then? Related: - How ...
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Is there a public key semantically secure cryptosystem for which one can prove in zero knowledge the equivalence of two plaintexts?

If Alice encrypts two messages $a$ and $b$, such that $x=E(a)$, $y=E(b)$. Can Alice prove (without revealing $a$, $b$ or the private key) that $a = b$? Obviously the proof must not be too long and it ...
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Using same modulus for RSA

I know that there exist some attack when using same modulus. Can two different pairs of RSA key have the same modulus? RSA cracking: The same message is sent to two different people problem But ...
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Difficulty of breaking RSA for a given key size

Is it true that breaking a 1024-bit RSA key is as difficult as breaking a 128 bit symmetric key (e.g. AES)? I know that breaking a RSA key is equivalent to factoring the modulus $N$. To factor it, you ...
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Symmetric vs. Asymmetric cryptographic approaches to data security

I know the basic differences between Symmetric vs. Asymmetric cryptography, but I'd love to know more details: Exactly why is the asymmetric approach slower than the symmetric? Why does it make use ...
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More than one private key for RSA

In an RSA-encryption scenario, Bob's public key pair $(n, e)$ is $(143, 43)$. An attacker Mallory tries brute-force and comes to $d = 7$ as the private key. The value of $φ(143) = 120$ is not known to ...
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Given enough RSA signature values, is it possible to determine the public key value?

Given enough RSA signature values, is it possible to determine which public key is required to verify the values? Could there be enough information to establish which key is required? Is there ...
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Why are key lengths in asymmetric algorithms typically longer than key lengths in symmetric algorithms?

Apologies if this is a duplicate question. I did search prior to posting :-) I think it may be somewhat related to my other question here but I think it's different enough to warrant a separate ...
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Computing p and q from private key

We are given n (public modulus) where n=pq and e (encryption exponent). Then I was able to crack the private key d, using Wieners attack. So now, I have (n,e,d). My question is, is there a way to ...
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Alice answering Bob without knowing the question

I'm a student and I don't know how to solve the following problem : Alice is proposing a 10 questions list to Bob. Bob choose only 1 question and wants to know the answer without Alice knowing the ...
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ECC vs RSA: how to compare key sizes?

I know and I have understood the details of RSA, elliptic curve cryptography, (EC)DH and (EC)DSA. I keep reading everywhere that (if we don't consider non-deterministic computers) "ECC can achieve ...
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Why is it impossible to find the private key from the public key?

From what I understand, based on the article A Beginner’s Guide: Private and Public Key Cryptography Deciphered, the public key is generated by performing $n$ tangent plus mirroring operations from ...
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Algorithm Design for only Mutual Information Sharing

Bob and Alice each have a bit string they want to keep private. They each want to know what the bitwise AND of their two strings would be without telling the other or anyone else listening to their ...
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Is it possible to perform a rudimentary asymmetric key encryption algorithm by hand?

I have at least three, distinct motivations for having a simple way to use asymmetric key encryption by hand or without modern computers. First, I was recently demonstrating to a 12-year-old how ...
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Can Paillier ,RSA or any other schemes be used for universal re-encryption like elGamal?

ElGamal, RSA, and Paillier cryptosystem have homomorphic property, and can be used fro re-encryption purposes. I want to use the encryption to re-encrypt ciphertext(as in proxy re-encryption but ...
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How do I encrypt with the private key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: RSA encryption with private key and decryption with a public key This wording is creeping everywhere (e.g. there): "I encrypt with the private key" and even sometimes, "I ...
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Knowing pre-encryption data, can we find the private key CryptoWall used?

I'm just repurposing a question already asked about Cryptolocker for CryptoWall: "If we know exact contents of some of the files prior to them being encrypted, would it be feasible to use those ...
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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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Why does RSA need p and q to be prime numbers?

Despite having read What makes RSA secure by using prime numbers?, I seek clarification because I am still struggling to really grasp the underlying concepts of RSA. Specifically, why can't we choose ...
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ElGamal: Multiplicative cyclic group and key generation

Here on the ElGamal wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ElGamal_encryption Alice generates an efficient description of a multiplicative cyclic group G, of order q, with generator g. How ...
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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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What is Identity-Based Encryption (IBE) and why is it “better”?

Most CS/Math undergrads run into the well-known RSA cryptosystem at some point. But about 10 years ago Boneh and Franklin introduced a practical Identity-Based Encryption system (IBE) that has ...
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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 (pk) - private (sk) key pair (Ed25519). In DB we store a public key. Is ...
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Is 128-bit security still considered strong in 2020, within the context of both ECC Asym & Sym ciphers

Given that much of our ECC crypto primitives provide “only” 128-bit security when defined over a 256-bit curve due to pollard-rho, is it then still safe in 2020 to consider 128-bit security safe for ...
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Is it bad to expose the public key?

I am studying about blockchain and have been focusing on encryption protocols that allow authentication. The digital signature of public and private key seems solid, I have focused on the algorithm ...
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Can two different pairs of RSA key have the same modulus?

Can $n=pq$ be part of two different pairs of RSA keys? If such keys exist, say $(e_1,n)$ and $(e_2,n)$, how are they related? What will be the security concerns for the two users?
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What's the difference between rsa_pss_pss_* and rsa_pss_rsae_* schemes?

I'm trying to understand the difference between rsa_pss_pss_ and rsa_pss_rsae_. The picture shows the extension of TLS1.3's ...
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Is there an intuitive explanation as to why only the private key can decrypt a message encrypted with the public key?

I have just learned about using PGP/GPG for email encryption and one thing bugs me: How is it possible that a message encrypted with somebody's public key can be decrypted only with that person's ...
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Is key size the only barrier to the adoption of the McEliece cryptosystem, or is it considered broken/potentially vulnerable?

A recent paper showed that the McEliece cryptosystem is not, unlike RSA and other cryptosystems, weakened as drastically by quantum computing because strong Fourier sampling cannot solve the hidden ...
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Families of public/private keys in elliptic curve cryptography

I'm looking for a related key scheme for elliptic curve cryptography. The basic idea would be that there would be a master public key and a master private key. From the master public key, you could ...
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Why is Diffie Hellman used alongside public keys?

I just read this post here: Why do we need asymmetric algorithms for key exchange? that asserts that in public key cryptography when asymmetric keys are used to secure communications, for parties to ...
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Why is RSA usually limited to messages up to 1 block [duplicate]

I'm wondering why RSA encryption usually is only used for messages that fit into one block. For larger messages hybrid encryption in combination with symmetric ciphers like AES seem to be the solution ...
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Alice trusts Bob only when Bob trusts Alice

some story first: Alice and Bob both have public/private key pairs. Now Bob wants Alice to sign his public key id. Alice agrees but only when Bob signs the public key id of her. Is this something ...
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Can RSA encryption produce collisions?

In RSA, a message is encrypted by $m^e \pmod N$. $N$ is the modulus, $m$ is the message and $e$ is the public exponent. (I know that $m$ should not be greater than $N$.) My question is, can $m^e$ be ...
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Why ECDSA has its form?

According to Wikipedia, if Alice wants to sign some message, she computes $s = k^{-1} (z + r d_A)$ then sends $(r, s)$ to Bob. I don't understand why they use this particular formula $s = k^{-1} (z + ...
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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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