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Just a small question: I know it is common for one to use asymmetric encryption in order to encrypt his private key, when using symmetric encryption. Is there a name for this process/method of encryption?

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Why would you do a asymmetric encryption of your private key ? Unable to understand your question can u please rephrase –  Arun Dec 13 '13 at 13:49
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@Arun: The "private key" up there refers to the symmetric key. –  Jan Schejbal Dec 13 '13 at 14:10

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It's usually called hybrid encryption. However, sometimes this is referred to simply by mentioning the asymmetric part - e.g. "encrypting a file with an RSA key" usually means the file will be encrypted with AES or some other symmetric cipher, then the key will be encrypted with RSA.

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thanks for the fast reply :) –  Michael Dec 13 '13 at 13:56

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