The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a symmetric-key encryption standard adopted by the U.S. government. The standard comprises three block ciphers, AES-128, AES-192 and AES-256, adopted from a larger collection originally published as Rijndael.

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AES256, repeated IVs and mostly-costant payload: how ok/bad is that?

I recently came across an application that more or less does this: starts from a (supposedly unknown to others) key generates a random IV encrypts some smallish (~ 160 bytes) payload with the key ...
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What block ciphers and algorithms are now safe? [closed]

I work for a large non-US based international organisation. Regarding the recent leaks about the NSA breaking most encryption on the internet, we now know the US and UK governments are actively ...
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When do I use NIST AES key wrapping?

Key Wrap constructions are a class of symmetric encryption algorithms designed to encapsulate (encrypt) cryptographic key material. The Key Wrap algorithms are intended for applications such as (a) ...
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Extract AES key by comparing plaintext and encrypted data

Is there a kind of analysis which would enable me to get AES key which was used for encrypting arbitrary data while I have both original and encrypted version of data ? The problem is that the AES ...
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Using AesCryptoServiceProvider in C#, should using an incorrect IV mangle just the first block?

This question was also asked on StackOverflow, but with no answers, and I thought this may be a better exchange, since I have the same question. ...
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How X509 Certificates are used for Encryption

I have small doubt regarding the process of X509. I am aware of OpenPGP Encryption/Decryption, where we generate the public key and private key. We can share the public key to vendors and they can ...
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Key size difference between AES and RSA

Can I say that 128 bit using AES provide more security than 1024 using RSA?
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Securing AES 128 encrypted ZIPs against brute force attacks

How long would it take to brute force decrypt an AES 128 encrypted zip file if the password is 8 characters long in the range of A-Z, a-z, 1-9? Does it make any difference if .NET's System.Random ...
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How much does unknown PBKDF2 iteration count improve security?

We are crackers who get our hand on an encrypted file. We know the whole file is AES-256 encryption of the original plaintext file. We also know that PBKDF2 was run 1000 times on the original plain ...
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How to correctly implement AES in a backup application

I am writing a back-up application which should have the feature of encrypting the back-up. It must encrypt file data, paths and filenames. The application is being written in C# (.NET). Target is ...
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Incrementing Initialization vector by 1

Suppose that we do not generate initialization vectors randomly (using AES in CBC mode). Instead it is initially all zeroes and we increment it by 1 each time a message is encrypted. How can this ...
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Why do the banks all use weaker TLS suites? [closed]

I've been checking out various TLS certificates lately and noticed that most of the banks seem to have the following two issues: 1) They do not offer perfect forward secrecy 2) They are still using ...
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How did SSLv3 get AES?

IANA maintains a registry of TLS cipher suites at TLS Parameters. TLS provides TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA, its value is {0x00, 0x2f}, and its available in TLS 1.0 and above. The AES cipher suites ...
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Using PBKDF2 with AES and SHA2

I use the following inputs to encrypt using AES: UserPassword (plain text) SecretKey RandomIV I use the following inputs to encrypt using SHA512: UserPassword (plain text) RandomSalt I'd ...
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How are chosen plaintext attacks against ECB implemented in the real world?

Reading up on attacks against AES i have seen countless examples of why ECB is bad, and the logic behind it i can understand, but i can't get my head around how these attacks actually work in the real ...
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question on hashing an aes-encrypted file

I am storing multiple sensitive data on a server that I do not own. The data is encrypted using aes-256 using cbc mode. The keys are only with me, and are stored securely. I am worried about the data ...
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Where do I securely store application-specific symmetric key?

I am writing an application App1. This application uses SQLite database and I plan to encrypt it using AES256. For symmetric encryption I need a key, which I need to store somewhere. From a similar ...
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AES Key Generation Strategy/Algorithm For Offline System

Let say I have several application that aren't connected to any network, and I have one requirement that says each application could produce a token from an input that other application could validate ...
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Asymmetric crypto: Decrypt own messages without having private key

I have built a messages system for my website. Users can send the admin messages which are stored in the DB after being AES-encrypted. I think that using asymmetric crypto (RSA through openssl) ...
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How to securely share key between two remote devices?

Assuming I have a server/client topology, currently I'm facing the problem that I want to generate some key on the client side and somehow make the remote server get it securely. I'm using AES on ...
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Is it safe to have the salt equal to IV?

If I'm using AES-256 CBC to encrypt, getting the 32 byte key using multiple iterations of the PBKDF2 function with a 16 byte salt, is it safe for me to let IV be equal to the salt? (Edit: The salt is ...
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Decryption on AES when the same key and IV are used

Let's say that I have three messages being encrypted by AES-128 with the same key and IV every time. Is it possible to decrypt the key being used? And more importantly, is it possible to decrypt the ...
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User authentication + database encryption with same password

I'm working on a private project where I need to store a users financial data in a database. I'll encrypt this data using AES, and I'll be using scrypt to generate a AES ecnryption key from a more ...
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AES encryption do I need to use a Mode?

I am currently working on a file encryption program using Java Cryptography Architecture. My plan is to have a number of encrypted files where each file has a different AES key. To keep track of the ...
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Is splitting up an AES Key a problem?

I'm wondering if it would be a problem to split up a 256 bit AES-Key into two 16-Byte blocks and distribute it, to implement some kind of a four-eyes-principle (you need two persons to decrypt a ...
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How to simply and efficiently generate different keys from one password?

I saw here that using the same key to encrypt and mac (in that order) a message could eventually be unsafe. What is the best way to generate two different keys from the same password (using a PBKDF ...
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Why would you need a salt for AES-CBS when IV is already randomly generated and stored with the encrypted data?

I was looking at this code and came across these comments which says encrypting without a salt is insecure. Why would it be insecure when you are already using a random IV for each value? I think the ...
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Confidentiality and integrity for web session

When the client authenticates with our service, he is issued an opaque "token". This token includes the information, that identifies the client and some other information about the client ("payload"). ...
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Salt usage for Spring security?

I use the Spring security for Java web applications and I have written an authentication provider which is working without salt and now I want to either add salt or alternatively use the built-in ...
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LastPass One Time Recovery Passwords--How?

The LastPass password manager stores One Time Recovery Passwords locally in each browser you use the plugin with: http://helpdesk.lastpass.com/account-recovery/ My question is, how can you have more ...
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Key length and hash function in PBKDF2

On this page: http://www.ruby-doc.org/stdlib-2.0/libdoc/openssl/rdoc/OpenSSL/PKCS5.html they make a statement that strikes me as rather weird: Key Length Specifies the length in bytes of ...
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User data encryption/decryption in a database (PHP)

I was wondering which is the best way to encrypt and decrypt user data in a database, to make it much more secure as it is possible? I was reading about AES but I would like to know if is really the ...
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Where can I find information about how to implement Intel embedded AES256 encryption?

I heard this can really speed up encryption performance, but I can't find any good information about how to implement it.
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Is AES(Rijndael) faster than Blowfish?

I know theoretical that blowfish is much faster than aes. But I benchmarked several algorithms including aes and blowfish for 1MB, 5MB, 10MB etc. files in java 8 platform and bouncy castle library. In ...
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Remedy for not having filled the disk with random data?

Filling a large HDD with /dev/urandom prior to encryption can be extremely slow (even with netcat, multiple instances in parallel, etc) and for this reason I'm sure a lot of users skip this advice ...
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Hybrid key management doing it wrong?

I'm currently working on a project that needs be as secure as possible key-management. My experience with encryption, decryption and key-management are none whatsoever so i did some research on the ...
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When to use HMAC alongside AES?

One of my clients wants to provide an URL to each of his customers to register in a system. This URL would contain a query string parameter with some data (e.g. code, email and name) from his clients ...
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Using AES to encrypt user data

I know next to nothing about cryptography, and I'm basically just looking for someone to look over what I'm doing and tell me if I'm screwing up. I have the user entering in some sensitive ...
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static IV and random keys using aes-256-cbc

Are there any security risks in using a static IV if I generate a new random KEY for each set of data to encrypt? If I understand correctly what the purpose of the IV is in Cipher-block chaining mode ...
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Encryption and HMAC with the same password

I need to send authenticated ciphered messages by using a single password. Reusing the same (derived) key for the block cipher and the HMAC is not a good practice, I know. My initial idea is to ...
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Is there any security gain / risk by adding additional padding (beyond what is required) when using AES-256 to encrypt very short strings?

I would like to encrypt some authentication tokens using AES 256 (not tied to this algorithm but it seems to be a reasonable choice). These messages are usually very short at 128-256 bits. I'm ...
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Do we have to take algorithm substitution attacks seriously?

Bruce Schneier's blog drew my attention to algorithm substitution attacks which may leak symmetric keys through IV or padding or other covert channels, encrypted with escrow keys. The major premise is ...
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aes cfb 128 decryption /encryption problem between Erlang and PHP

Update 2 - it works Thanks to Tom Leek for his answer. The CFB mode of mycrypt for Rijndael uses a 8-bit feedback loop and not a feedback loop the length of the key/iv. You have to force it to use ...
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Keyboards using 2.4GHz with AES

I got a Microsoft Sculpt keyboard, as it seems to be a small improvement over the much loved Ergo 4000. (What I'd give to have an Ergo 4000 with CheryMX Blues...) On various sites, they have this one ...
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Is it a good idea to do double AES encryption with 2 different keys, when one is held by the user and one stored on the server?

I'm building a web app. The app needs to keep certain data within the database very secure. Please assume for the moment that I don't have a HSM or Key-Management facility and can't afford to ...
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Is AES encryption vulnerable?

I was reading weaknesses in AES encryption. Unfortunately, I have a website that uses AES: Its database is almost entirely AES encrypted. Is there a real threat? Would it be worth to refactor the web ...
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Confused about symmetric 128,256 key and the secret provided

I have searched and searched but cannot locate an answer to my question so I am hoping the experts here can. When I read about symmetric encryption like AES I see mention of the key and key size such ...
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Using GPG or PGP for symmetric database encryption/decryption in c#

I am looking to symmetrically encrypt/decrypt information in a database. This info consists of short pieces of information, which need to be individually encrypted when a specific method is called. I ...
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Hardware encrypted external HDDs

I'm planning to buy an external HDD with hardware encryption, namingly the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB. On the WD website the information about the encryption is sadly scarce so I'm asking here. How ...
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Remote System Administration of an Encryption-Switch-Encrypted Infrastructure

I can't seem to find a decent explanation anywhere of the practicalities of remote system administration (e.g. SSH) of an encryption-switch-encrypted SAN-stored infrastructure. The environment will ...