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Questions tagged [xor]

XOR, often written ⊕, is one of the basic operations on bits and bit-sequences. It is a building block of many cryptographic primitives (and some higher-level algorithms, like modes of operations).

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How to attack a “many-time pad” based on what happens when an ASCII space is XORed with a letter?

I've already sent my correct solution to a homework exercise from Dan Boneh's Introduction to Cryptography class on Coursera: "Let us see what goes wrong when a stream cipher key is used more than ...
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Hash functions to generate one time pad

Newbie question... may be... Stream cypher, will XOR message bits with one time pad bits Suppose I have a pseudo random number generator, like a Mersenne twister or sort of. I could use the speudo-...
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Why Addition Mod 32?

I was looking at the algorithm for Twofish, and I noticed that in some places a XOR is used, but in others, they use "addition modulo-32." What makes modulo-32 special? Why not always use XOR? Why not ...
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Reason why “XOR” is a linear operation, but ordinary “addition” isn’t?

I'm new in cryptography and try to read some articles in this field. Many of these articles talk about non-linear S-boxes, and nothing more on what they mean by their non-linearity. I have a simple ...
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Combining several symmetric ciphers using XOR

I have seen a talk by Rüdiger Weis, where he says that you can combine two symmetric ciphers using XOR. According to him, that has the effect that its sufficient if only one of the ciphers is secure. ...
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Cryptanalysis of XOR cipher with repeated key phrase

My assignment is to cryptanalyze cipher text that we know was encrypted with a stream cipher (bitwise XOR of plain text and key stream), and decrypt to plain text. We know the key stream is a repeated ...
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How to break an arbitrary XOR and Rotation based encryption?

I heard encryption based purely on XOR and Rotation is inherently weak. The paper Rotational Cryptanalysis of ARX says: It is also easy to prove that omitting addition or rotation is devastating, ...
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Why is XOR preferred over XNOR?

The XOR operator seems to be a frequently used building block inside many cryptographic primitives. As far as I can see, its most desirable properties seem be that for the XOR of two bits $a\oplus b=...
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With sufficient randomness, is XOR an acceptable mechanism for encrypting?

I have heard criticism of various cryptosystems saying that "at their heart, they were just XOR." Is this just ignorance, or is there something inherently wrong with XOR based ciphers?
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Solve System of Equations including XOR and Modular Addition

A Dummy cipher is shown in figure below. Plaintext is 16 bits ($X_1$ and $X_2$ are 8 bit each). Ciphertext is computed after two rounds using two round keys $K_1$ and $K_2$. Can the round keys $K_1$ ...
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repeating-key xor and hamming distance

I read that to break repeating-key xor you can do the following: try a keysize $n$ and compute the hamming distance between the first $n$ bits of the encrypted string and the bits $n+1$ to $2n$ of the ...
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Help understanding how to decrypt cipher

I am trying to create a padding oracle attack to decrypt a cipher that is encrypted with cbc and PKCS#7 padding. My first step is just to try and decrypt the second block. I have read a lot about it,...
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Can I safely replace XOR with ADD in a stream cipher?

In a stream cipher, the bytes of the plaintext are usually XORed with the keystream to produce the ciphertext. Would there be anything wrong with adding the bytes instead (with overflow), if adding ...
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How can I find two strings $m_1$ and $m_2$, knowing that I know $m_1 \oplus m_2$? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one attack a two-time pad (i.e. one time pad with key reuse)? I recently started to follow the cryptography class of Dan Boneh on coursera.org and the first part is ...
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Is all of encryption based on xor?

For a long time I've been under the impression that all of encryption uses xor at its basic level. Is this true? What other method could be used to encrypt plaintext with a key? Asymmetrically, as ...
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What is the name of this kind of protocol

There is a communication protocol that I believe creates the equivalent of a one time pad, with the downside that the secret message must be transferred multiple times. The protocol is so simple that ...
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Using Whirlpool hashing function to encrypt data

I've read that the Whirlpool hash function can produce footprints that could be used as a pseudorandom generator. Is it "OK" to use it to encrypt some data using something like the following? ...
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How safe is XOR with multiple independent but non random keys?

I will approach the question from practical side. All the examples are not real, but for illustration purpose only. I have a message, the secret Bitcoin key, which I want to store safely. MESSAGE = ...
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Decrypt simple CBC message with known IV using XOR encryption

I've been given a ciphertext message, encrypted using CBC. I know that the block size is 12 bytes and I know the plaintext value of the first block. I also know that the encryption function is a ...
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Confusing XOR notation in textbook sample solution

I am preparing for the midterm exam in my Data Security class so I am trying to read and understand the textbook's exercise questions. The sample solution at the end the textbook makes this problem ...
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XOR Encryption with bcrypt password de-biasing

Objective: To have a very simple to verify, but very secure small message encryption. Idea: Message ⊕ bcrypt( Password). We remove password biases with bcrypt ...
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Memory hardness of key derivation function through XOR-ring multiple matrix values

For theoretical purposes in order to enhance my own understanding, and NOT in order to create my own cryptography, I am asking a question about the memory-hardness of a key derivation function ...
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Decrypting two XORed compressed messages?

If through a previous attack, cipher misuse or two time pad etc. I receive $c=m_1 \oplus m_2$. Where $m_1$ and $m_2$ are compressed messages, for instance GZIPped English text documents. Can we ...
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XOR cipher with three different ciphertexts and repeated key, key length known. How do I find the plaintexts?

Let us say we have three different plaintexts (all alphabets, A-Z): $x$, $y$ and $z$, each of length $21$. Let the key, $a$, be also of length $21$. Now, what we have is $x \oplus a$, $y \oplus a$ ...
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Is this an effective obfuscation technique?

Long ago I created a simple program which obfuscated a file by taking the first byte, then XORing it with the second, taking the (original) 2nd byte and X-ORing with the 3rd, etc, down the line. The ...
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Reusing a one-time pad?

I have an embedded device. It produces larges files (200 MB). I want the device to encrypt the file before writing to disk, so I gave them all a 16-byte random key. How can I transform the large ...
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What does it mean when two encrypted files, encrypted with the same method but with different keys, when xor'd together, produce a repeating pattern?

Let's say I have fileA and fileB, both encrypted somehow, but in the same method with different keys. If I xor them together, they will make a repeating pattern of 32 bytes length. What does that ...
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Key length requirement in a simple XOR implementation

I don't have much previous experience at all with cryptography, this is pretty much the first time I've tried anything similar. I'm trying to implement an extremely simple XOR encryption system in ...
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Multi-Embedded Xor for Perfect OTP

I am looking for a perfect OTP design, so let's see if this design is good. There are 2 issues when it comes to a good OTP system, the key and the plaintext, we will use XOR as cypher: If the ...
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What's the number of unique possible Cayley tables in a 16*16 grid for XOR'ing single hex characters? [on hold]

A few days ago, I designed and s-box then derived the following Cayley table of all possible XOR outputs of hex digits in the range of ${2^4}$ and was curious how many such "valid" possible ...
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Practical solution to store a highly valuable message: what am I missing? [closed]

The answers to my previous question (How safe is XOR with multiple independent but non random keys?) revealed quite a few problems, to a degree that a new approach had to be developed. I took the ...