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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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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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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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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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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RSA maximum bytes to encrypt, comparison to AES in terms of security?

What is the maximum number of bytes for encrypting a plaintext message using RSA that is reasonably secure and also efficient and would AES be better for the same size in bytes? The encryption doesn't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Salt usage for Spring security?

I use the Spring security for Java web applications and I have written an authenticationprovider which is working without salt and now I want to either add salt or alternatively use the builtin ...
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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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Is “Why Should You Avoid AES In MySQL?” true?

From a 2012 Smashing Magazine article quite a bold statement is made to avoid AES in MySQL itself. Or as they put it "Why Should You Avoid AES In MySQL?". However, if you search for SQL encryption, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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7zip AES encrypted archive, padding oracle attack

I created an encrypted but forgot the password. When I attempted a pattern based brute force it said it had over a 100 trillion passwords to check. And to my knowledge that could take a few years. ...
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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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Javascript Diffie-Hellman and AES protocols

I am using the BigInteger Javascript library to create a symmetric key using Diffie-Hellman protocol. I want to create 128,160 or 192-bit keys. After some research, I have found out that I should use ...
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Can I encrypt a file incrementally?

Is there any way to encrypt a file incrementally? The problem is that I receive a file a chunk at a time via Internet (it's a client-server application and I send byte arrays via a WCF service) and I ...
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Is 4096 bit good enough to encrypt data?

I need to store encrypted information in a mysql table. I would like to use the AES algoritm but I don't know if 4096 is supported and if it is a good length to encrypt data like: credit card, email ...
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Slow down symetric encryption

I'm developing a program in Java. In one step data should be encrypted and exported in a file. As of now we are encrypting in AES-256 I want to slow down a possible brute force attack as much as ...
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Is Aescrypt a valid tool for encryption or not?

I'd like to know if Aescrypt is a valid tool, or if for a very secure protection, the only choice is to use a software like gpg, or similar. More I've another curiosity, if one doesn't want to use ...
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Does padding an AES key hurt security (besides lowering the strength of the key)? [closed]

I've been reading about solitare and its weaknesses, and thinking about clever ways of hiding keys. It seems like you could encode an 52-bit AES key in the vertical orientation of cards in a deck (or ...
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Is OpenSSL AES GCM standardized?

I have been reading about the perils of not going the pages of my own encrypt-then-mac implementation, because there so many things can go awry. So decided to use EVP_aes_256_gcm. But some questions ...
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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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Should WPA2-AES be presumed insecure? (What is the “Hole196” vulnerability?)

I saw it mentioned in an answer here about firesheep, but I've never heard of it -- Should WPA2 be presumed insecure?
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Is there a widely used protocol which builds on AES/GCM, and defines serialization formats of A, IV, C and T together?

note: Title edited to make the answer more useful to a wider audience I'm reading source code for encrypting files with AES GCM and see the following binary output. AdditionalAuthData IV ...
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SSL vs Encryption

I am working on creating an android mobile application which needs to connect to a server from time to time. The application makes use of sensitive data which I would not like to get into the wrong ...
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What's wrong with using AES directly/“raw”?

When developing applications that require crypto routines, I know to use libraries like keyczar and libsodium rather than "raw" crypto routines myself. However, for the specific case of using AES-CBC ...
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What is the purpose of derivation of encryption and authorization keys from master key?

We're using AES-CBC and HMAC to encrypt and authenticate our messages (using encrypt-then-authenticate method). Sometimes I see solutions (like this one) which are deriving encryption and ...
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What to do with the extra bytes in ECDHE-RSA-AES-GCM-SHA?

I'm trying to implement, as an exercise, a protocol based on the cipher suite ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384. As I understand things, ECDHE is used for the key exchange, RSA for the authenticity of the ...
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AES key management

I am encrypting a secret in a db field. I am encrypting using AES with a 256-bit key and a random IV per encryption. They AES key is hard coded in the code. Each IV is stored in clear in another ...
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Is it safe to derive an IV partially from the secret data if it is hashed before use?

To help ensure uniqueness of IV's used in a CFB AES-256 cipher, software I know of gathers bits from various sources including the plaintext being enciphered, and runs that through an SHA-256 hash. ...
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AES in CTR mode with same random IV to create same ciphertext

I am currently working on a little project. I am trying to generate an AES key with that I would like to encrypt a private RSA key. I have to do it this way. However, I do not want to save the AES ...
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Design of Initialisation Vector

I understand that an IV (initialisation vector) should be both unique and unpredictable, but I have found little guidance as to which is most important. For an AES cipher I have a block size of 128 ...
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AES CBC over TCP - when is new IV needed

I am working on a project where two devices will be communicating with AES with CBC over TCP. We already have a secure mechanism for sharing the encryption/decryption key. I am not sure if we need to ...
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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 ...