# 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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### AES(CBC) XOR properties

I cant for the life of me figure this problem out, and I am having trouble understanding the XOR properties of CBC. I have input which is padded with PCKS7 and then encrypted using CBC. A hash is then ...
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### Splitting Secret Key

If I split a key $k$ into three pieces as $k1, k2$ and $k3$ how should I distribute the keys among three people such that any two of them are able to evaluate PRF, but be secure from any one of them ...
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### Can I encrypt a message by swapping bits in the text?

I have tried out an encryption method, in which I swap bits in the text. The text length is N bit, then I generate several random number pairs in the range 0..N-1, as [n,k] pairs. After that, I swap ...
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### plaintext attack with binary files [closed]

I am trying to do a plaintext attack by XORing the plaintext with ciphertext to find the key used for encryption. However the files are in the form of binary files, and when I XOR them I end up ...
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### Using Hadamard Form of a Matrix in the Block Cipher

Definition: A matrix A of size $2^n$ is a Hadamard matrix, if has the following form $$A= \left( \begin{array}{cc} U & V \\ V & U \end{array} \right)_{2^n\times 2^n}\, ,$$ where $U$ and $V$...
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### Need help finding keysize for Vigenere cipher

I am doing a crypto challenge for breaking a Vigenere style repeating XOR encryption (https://cryptopals.com/sets/1/challenges/6). I have looked at similar questions asked here, mainly this one: ...
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### How hard is it to find plaintexts whose hashes satisfy $h(a)\oplus h(b)=h(c)$?

Given a cryptographic hash function $h$, for example SHA256, how hard is it to find plaintexts $a,b,c$ such that $$h(a)\oplus h(b)=h(c) \text?$$
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### Formula for bits of entropy per bit, when combining bits with XOR

Assume that bits $A$ and $B$ each have .5 bits of entropy per bit. The two-bit result of the concatenation $A‖B$ has 1 bit of entropy total, and it retains the entropy density of .5 bits of entropy ...
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### Potential weaknesses when combining hash functions?

For consistency's sake, M is the message, H1 and H2 are separate hash functions. I've heard that concatenation or XORing hash outputs together do not provide improved security against preimage and ...
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### Using sha3 as a deterministic source of psuedo-random bytes for xor encryption

The following code generates a deterministic stream of pseudo-random bytes, using SHA3. ...
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### Is it safe to XOR-combine hashes by rotating them first?

I have a small number of hashes. I would like to combine them into a single hash. XORing the hashes ignores their order, which is important. Also, it could lead to a result of zero if there were an ...
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### Using xor encryption in the following use case

I use an encryption scheme based on a symmetric cipher, with the corresponding symmetric key encrypted with RSA/OAEP using the public RSA key of the recipient. I now want to use ECC crypto in ...
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### Generating a XOR Hash function for a given group of numbers to maximise collisions

Given $x$, a vector of $m$ distinct bit vectors of bit length $N$, I want to use an XOR-hash $h$ such that all $x_i$ collide to the same value. I define an XOR hash $h$ which takes bit vector $q$ as ...
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### XOR cipher with fixed key and known relation among plaintexts

I have three messages, each known to be XOR-encoded, with the same key used for each message of this XOR cipher. Encoded message 1: $e_1\,=\,00100111010$ Encoded message 2: $e_2\,=\,01001110110$ ...
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### Assignment: XOR-cipher [duplicate]

I am currently attending a IT-Security course at the Tel Aviv University and I stuck with the an assignment task. Please DO NOT post the solution if you know it. But I would be very grateful for any ...
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### Can i XOR an array of bytes with an equal length key securely

If i have say 64 bytes, can i XOR those bytes with another 64 random bytes, and have two new arrays, where both are needed to reconstruct the first? Intuetively i need some symmetric encryption like ...
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### Approach used with XOR cipher in black box scenery

What's the approach used in cryptanalysis to make an decrypter for a simple xor stream cipher in a Black Box scenery with only the output?
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### Secret sharing scheme WITHOUT Shamir Secrete Sharing

I am planning to use the following XOR scheme to divide a secret into only 2 shares (I do not want to use Shamir Secret Sharing for different reasons that are beyond the scope of this post). Here's ...
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### Weakness in a CBC-like XOR cipher

A simple symmetric encryption algorithm can be written as follows: Input message M and 64 bit key $K$ Divide M into 64 bit size blocks $B_1...B_n$ Get first block $B_1$ and perform bit-wise $\oplus$ ...
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### Boolean XOR function a valid way to verify the integrity of a message

Does the Boolean XOR function represent a valid way to verify the integrity of a message ?
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### GMW Multiplication AND for 2 parties

I am looking into the GMW protocol's evaluation for multiplication in 2 parties. I have referred to different materials on it but I didn't exactly understand how $a_i b_j + a_j b_i$ is calculated in a ...
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### How to reverse this simple xor encryption function? [closed]

this code decrypts encrypted rom code from an arcade game pcb (it is from source code of Mame emulator) for each byte in rom... ...
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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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### Dining-Cryptographer Net (DC-Net) Scheme that Handles Collisions?

[Question edited at the request of Mods] I recently became fascinated with the elegant and simple solution that Chaum proposed for the Dining Cryptographers problem. If you are unfamiliar, please ...
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### Solving a system of equations using both arithmetic and bitwise operations

At first I asked this question on Stackoverflow, where I was advised to ask here. So there is the question: I have a system of pretty simple equations: $x + y = A$ $f(x,y) + y = B$ $A, B$ are known....
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### XOR PSK with random buffer

I need some guidance here: assuming I have the following: (PreSharedKey of 32 bytes) XOR (one time Random Buffer of 32 bytes) The only way to crack this should be brute forcing, correct? One of the ...
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### Break an encryption made with XOR of a key and a known Nonce

My questions is general, but in my case regards the Kerberos protocol and the communication between the client first message and the KDC. Is there some problem in encrypting using a: (secret key XOR ...
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### Is there any security issue if an attacker recovers the key stream generated by a stream cipher?

I've learned that a stream cipher like ChaCha20 generates a key stream that gets XORed with the plaintext to get the ciphertext... If an attacker knows the plaintext, he could just simply XOR that ...
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### XOR of 16-bytes variables gives a result of size not equal to 16

I'm trying to write a XOR code for implementing CBC mode of operation from scratch but i seem to have some problem.The function takes two byte variables of 16bytes and the expected output should be ...
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### PRNG XOR Pipeline

For an OTP I need the 'best' random data I can acquire. Please check if my thinking for stacking PRNGs together in a pipeline can only make the output statistically better, never worse?! So take a ...
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### Is there any vulnerability in this scheme?

We want to design a symmetric encryption scheme. Note that the following things are true for our system: The plaintext P will change every time for a given user. A user will choose a password which ...
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### How secure is XOR-CBC?

How secure would this be? To be clear, I mean replacing the block cipher encryption step in the Wikipedia diagram explaining CBC with plain old XOR? EDIT: Replace ...
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### Why is the second XOR operation in OCB mode necessary?

In Rogaway's OCB mode, the offset (derived from the key) ist XOR-added twice: Once to the plaintext block, and a second time after the Encryption. I am wondering, why the second XOR operation is ...
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### What are the vulnerabilities of XOR in the following scenario?

What are the security vulnerabilities of the XOR operator in the following scenario: The Key, The Cyphertext and the Plaintext are the same size in bits. The Key is only used once and it's secret The ...
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### Stream cipher - Many time pad

I understand the concept that when you xor the cipher texts you get the XOR messages cause the keys get XOR-ed and cancel out... This is at least the case when both the messages are of equal lengths. ...
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### OTP Random Pad Renewal Without Extending Message

So I recently learned about the concept of a One Time Pad; and I from what I understand it means that if a XOR key is completely random and equal to or longer than the plaintext, it makes it so that ...
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### Key size of a repeating key XOR-encrypted message using Hamming distance

To find possible key sizes for an encrypted message, I break the message into blocks with length s, ...
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### XOR a set of random numbers

Basic question about XOR and entropy - given a set $S$ of pseudo-random numbers in the range $[0,b]$, will XORing them produce a new pseudo-random number in $[0,b]$ or will the operation decrease the ...
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### How strong is XOR encryption of 256 bit plain text with 256 bit key?

I was wondering if we take just 256 bits of plain text and simply XOR every bit with a 256 bit key, how strong can it be ?
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### Would XOR'ing two Argon2 keys add extra security?

When a user registers on the app, they need to provide a password they create and we provide them with a randomly generated passphrase (e.g. Apple Cat Ladder Fire). We then use Libsodium's ...
I came up with this concept, which I thought would be pretty secure. So the idea is this, you have a message $M$, which you split up in blocks of each 256 bits. You generate a random (pseudo-random ...