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Questions about the meaning and proper use of specific technical terms or notation within cryptography.

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zk-SNARKs vs. Zk-STARKs vs. Bulletproofs: definitions

I have become quite familiar with Bulletproofs the last few months. Bulletproofs is the name given to a zero-knowledge proof system for arithmetic circuits, by Benedikt Bünz et al. It is a specific ...
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Definition of diffusion matrix

I've been studying this article and since I'm not studying cryptography in English and it is not my native language, I don't understand some of the terminology. More precisely: what are diffusion ...
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What is Reverse Trapdoor Function?

In wikipedia on Digital_signature: but rather, the message to be signed is first hashed to produce a short digest, that is then padded to larger width comparable to N, then signed with the ...
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Can I say "I have encrypted something" if I hash something?

As I understand it, a hashing algorithm is some kind of encryption, just a specific kind of it. So is it wrong to say "I encrypted this value." if I "only" hash it? I understand that it gives the ...
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What is labeled program

I've been studying homomorphic encryption. From their instantiations, i read Labeled Homomorphic Encryption (labHE) scheme 1 where it combines the notion of homomorphic encryption with labeled ...
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DLP instances for given number of congruences

Let $S$ be the set of $k$ congruences of the type $g_{i}^{x_i} \equiv h_i \pmod{n_i}, \quad \forall i,1\leq i \leq k$ What would be the best way to describe such set $S$ with a term in literature. ...
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What is the difference between "asymmetric key cryptosystem" "asymmetric cryptography" terminology?

What is the difference between "asymmetric cryptography" and "asymmetric key cryptosystem" terminology?
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The definition and origin of Schnorr groups?

Wanting to write something on Schnorr groups in a publication I realised how hard it is to find anything citable about them on the internet. Who can help me with the following questions? What (and ...
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What's the meaning of probabilities in differential privacy formula?

I don't understand what does it mean by "The probability is taken is over the coin tosses of K." Does it mean, the probability distribution is generated based on exactly same data but only the ...
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What is cryptographic sealing?

While revising my CAdES library I encountered some "sealing issue" in digital signatures. The Win SDK signtool.exe has a /seal ...
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Asymmetric Encryption - How is the Public Key Being Shared?

I've been reading up on the relationship between private keys and public keys (as well as hashing), and I watched a few videos, but I am still a bit confused. I don't have a programming background, ...
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Difference between hash functions and algorithms?

Wikipedia lists "Hash function algorithms" within the "Hash function" page. I'm wondering what are the differences and if I can use the terms "hash(ing?) algorithm" and "hash function" interchangeably....
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Term for non-ARX symmetric-key cryptographic primitive design strategy

What's the term for describing designing symmetric-key cryptography primitive out of bitwise operations and shifts and rotations? The closest thing I've found is this Keccek team's page calling it ...
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How to use "mod" related words in technical paper?

Modular reduction is a widely used arithmetic operation. I found many "mod" related words such as modulo modulus modular Can anyone explains the difference among these words? Please give examples ...
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Why ``adversary'' and ``challenger'' and what are typical roles of those?

I'm confused with words adversary and challenger, that are used in proof of security of some cryptosystems. For example, adversary and challenger appear in the formal definitions of IND-CPA, IND-CCA, ...
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What is the opposite of embed?

We often embed items from one space into another space, e.g. embedding plaintext items from $\{0, 1\}^m$ into some ring $R_q/\langle x^N + 1 \rangle$ for RingLWE. What is the inverse of this action ...
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"Work factor" and "iteration count" nomenclature in adaptive functions

In adaptive functions like PBKDF2 / bcrypt I often read people refer to "iteration count" and others refer to "work factor", and they seem to be used interchangeably (even though they're not - the ...
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What does it mean by 'cost' in CS?

I've seen the word 'cost' being used several times in describing algorithms e.g. algorithm A costs more to compute than algorithm B. What does 'cost' mean in this sense?
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Are ephemeral keys symmetric or asymmetric? [closed]

My question is: Are ephemeral keys symmetric or asymmetric? If symmetric, can ephemeral keys be created based on a (UserID || nonce)?
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What is the origin of the phrase "Don't roll your own crypto"?

The phrase is well-known and widely used, it is often attributed to Bruce Schneier and is indeed relevant to his Schneier's Law. However, I wasn't able to find this specific wording among Schneier's ...
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Are multi move proof protocols still "sigma protocols"?

Conventionally, sigma protocols are defined as being a three-move protocol (1. commit, 2. challenge, 3. response). Reading papers like "Bulletproofs" (Bunz, Bootle, Boneh et al., 2018), it feels like ...
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Mutual Index of Coincidence

I can't seem to find a simple explanation of Mutual Index of Coincidence. I am finding explanations of Mutual Index of Coincidence not Index of Coincidence. I don't understand what the formula below ...
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Difference between decryption and deciphering?

Is there a technical difference between decryption and deciphering?
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Does classifying an integer as a discrete log require it be part of a multiplicative group?

This question is not a question about the discrete log problem, the generalized discrete log problem, or an additive group. The confusion is whether any integer can be considered a discrete log or ...
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Why was the term "discrete" used in discrete logarithm?

Is there anything especially "discrete" about a discrete logarithm? This is not a question of what is a discrete logarithm or why the discrete logarithm problem is an "intractable problem" given ...
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What do NM-CPA and NM-CCA mean?

When I've been researching authenticated encryption, the following terms keep showing up: NM-CPA NM-CCA ....without any definition as to what they mean. I've tried searching the web for their ...
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How should one refer to the smallest remainders generated by a modulus within DH or DLP?

It's my understanding that the integer base and exponents chosen to create the initial public keys in DH are from the remainders of a modulus. For example, if the value of the modulus is $N=11$, a ...
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What is meaning of the term "language"?

I don't have much formal background, and I could not find a suitable explanation for this after searching on Google/Wikipedia. What is the meaning of the term "language" as used in cryptographic ...
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Does GCM (or GHASH) only provide 64-bit security against forgeries?

In a recent comment a doubt was voiced about my answer, which claims GCM to requires $2^{128}$ for a successful forgery. The doubt was that the square root needs to be taken meaning the security would ...
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The meaning of formal and semi-formal in cryptography

The question is about "formal" analysis, proofs, etc... What is a correct definition of a formal proof, or a formal analysis? Is there a good way and a bad way to formally prove something. What is the ...
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Terminology: Is a block cipher in counter mode still considered a block cipher or is it classified as a stream cipher?

I'm confused about what terminology to use. I see people referring to such a cipher-MOO combination using both terms.
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What is a related key?

We talk of related keys and related key attacks, but what is a 'related key'? So in three related parts:- How can one key be related to another key? Is there a metric describing the degree of ...
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What is meant by the term “hostile environment”? [closed]

I come across many time a term called ”hostile environment” in cryptographic literature. What does “hostile” mean exactly? Is it unknown third parties which are responsible for handling and routing ...
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What is modulo switching, in a nutshell?

Coupled with the terms bootstrapping and relinearization, the term modulo switching appears a lot in the FHE literature. What is it and how does it relate to the other two?
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What is an accurate definition for a 'Monoalphabetic substitution cipher' and why does it provide a poor level of security

From my research online, I am confused about the difference between a 'monoalphabetic cipher' and 'monoalphabetic substitution cipher'. However, I have got my answer from the websites Kifanga and ...
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What is a Pedersen commitment?

I couldn't find any answer providing a high-level overview on what Pedersen commitments are or what they are used for.
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What does the term “nontrivial rotation” mean?

The paper “Gimli: a cross-platform permutation” contains the following information: Occasionally (after rounds 24, 20, 16, etc.) Gimli adds an asymmetric constant to entry 0 of the first row. ...
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What is the difference between TRNG and CSPRNG?

I understand the output of a TRNG is almost impossible to reproduce, such a flipping a coin 100 times to produce a 100-bit sequence. However, it is also my understanding that a CSPRNG produces an ...
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What does "seed" mean in cryptography?

I have come across "seed" many times, and at each time, it confuses me more and more. I think it has a well-known meaning in cryptography, so what is it? They can usually use the limited number of ...
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Hybrid Symmetric and Asymmetric Encryption

Just looking for a bit of an explanation on the concept of hybrid symmetric and asymmetric encryption. My understanding: Client requests public key from https://site1.com The client receives the ...
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Why every access structure is a multipartite access structure?

The set of authorized subsets of participants is called an access structure. In a multipartite access structure, the set of participants is divided into several parts and all participants in the ...
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Which of these deductions are true about the simulator and the adversary?

Which of these deductions make sense? The simulator is actually being run by the adversary. It makes sense that the adversary initializes the simulator (which is just a program) with the input that ...
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Key transport vs key encapsulation?

What exactly is the difference between key transport and key encapsulation? Either they seem to be used interchangeably or I'm mixing stuff up.
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In "Lecture Notes on Cryptography" what does "PTM" mean?

I came across a handbook named "Lecture Notes on Cryptography" from Shafi Goldwasser and Mihir Bellare and I read their definition 3.1 about poly-time indistinguishability: Let $X_n,Y_n$ be ...
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The Collision Differential for MD4 - a question on notation (Wang, et al)

In the paper "Cryptanalysis of the Hash Functions MD4 and RIPEMD" the authors introduce the following notation (paragraph 4.1): $\Delta$$H_0$ = 0 $\xrightarrow{(M_,M')}$ $\Delta$$H$ = 0 What exactly ...
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OCB-AES: Ambiguous definition of "Encipher" in RFC document

I'm implementing an OCB-AES cipher (which is described in RFC 7253), now I have to call the AES encipher function (I'll refer to that as AES-256, described in FIPS 197) Pre-summary: I'm not sure ...
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Non-repudiation isn't a part of cryptography?

According to the "Handbook of Applied Cryptography" by Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. van Oorschot, and Scott A. Vanstone (CRC Press, 1997; p.4): Cryptography is the study of mathematical ...
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What kind of information in cryptography is called semantic information?

I have been studying cognitive cryptography from this article. Its definition of cognitive cryptography is: Cognitive cryptography is a division of cryptography within which any information set ...
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What is difference between an identification scheme and a digital signature scheme?

It seems we can use every identification scheme to sign and verify a message and vice versa. I am right or not? What is difference between an identification scheme and a digital signature scheme?
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Asymmetric encryption property required in an authentication protocol

We want to choose an asymmetric encryption scheme for use as follows: A device holds its private key, with the corresponding public key known and trusted by all. The device also holds a small $b$-bit ...