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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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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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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Can active attacks really decrypt a particular AES-256, CBC, PKCS#7 encrypted file?

I recently found out that active attacks are a threat against AES-256, CBC mode, padded with PKCS#7 (the CBC mode in particular. I should supposedly change to EAX to guard against these attacks). ...
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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 ...
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Properties of AES Encryption

First of all, I apologize if these questions can be answered using a web search, but I'm sort of a crypto noob and don't know what to search for. Given N AES encrypted messages (where the message ...
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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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What can I do with private 128 bit AES Keys?

For my studies, I am required to do an investigation on a fictional criminal VMWare image. The image is suspected of participating in DDoS attacks and other illegal activities. On this PC TrueCrypt is ...
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How safe is Money Toolkit?

Money Toolkit is a smartphone app that can alert you to your balances and transactions across multiple accounts. I was reading their site and whether their practises are as secure as they claim to ...
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How safe is the new iOS Keychain that stores credit card numbers?

iOS7 includes iCloud Keychain which syncs your stored passwords across devices. Not only that but it also syncs credit card numbers. The only information I can find about encryption is that they are ...
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Login system using authenticated encryption without storing user password

I'm not a security expert, so I might be asking a silly question, but let me describe what I am thinking about. First, I know that a lot of web sites store hashed/encrypted passwords which could be ...
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Storing encryption keys on a server using Node.js and MySQL

I am writing a web backend/api for an iOS application using Node.js and MySQL. In my database I have a table for posts. I would like the posts content to be encrypted. Let's say I'm using this AES for ...
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HIPAA compliant blob storage architecture

There is a task to design a system to store sensitive data securely (should be HIPAA compliant in the future). It's just a draft - this will not be used in production in a foreseeable future. I have a ...
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An attacker got a few 128bit TrueCrypt keys from a RAM analysis. What can he do?

I'm trying to simulate a possible attack scenario for my studies. I've got a image, which has a encrypted disk, encrypted by TrueCrypt (confirmed). TrueCrypt is installed on the image itself too. ...
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Kik | WhatsApp - Encrypted? iOS / Android Message encryption tips [closed]

Kik says that their client is using ssl etc. But it's kind of hard to tell if the messages is actually encrypted between the devices. What i can understand is that they don't got device-to-device ...
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Condensed ElGamal + AES [migrated]

1: In normal ElGamal encryption, the encrypted message is a pair (gb, gabM) - that is, the actual "encryption" is simply multiplication by the shared secret gab. 2: A common pattern with public-key ...
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Using GPG or PGP for symmetric database encryption/decryption in c# [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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 ...
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Is applying AES multiple times safer?

The KeePass security help page talks about preventing dictionary attacks To generate the final 256-bit key that is used for the block cipher, KeePass first hashes the user's password using ...
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Is symmetric encryption vulnerable to known plaintext attack?

If Bob sends some plaintext to Alice for encryption before sending the ciphertext to Carol, can Bob deduce the key by comparing the plaintext and ciphertext assuming only Alice and Carol knows the key ...
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Expiring AES Key

Is there any way to make an "expiring" AES key? Here's scenario to give a better picture: Say Bob has some data which he would like to share with Alice. Alice has a public and private key, let's say ...
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Are RSA 2048, ECDSA, and the SHA uncrackable in the sense that AES-256 is uncrackable?

The answer http://security.stackexchange.com/a/25392 has seemingly shown that AES-256 will not be directly cracked for at least the next 200 years (unless we manage to harvest the energy output of ...
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256 Bit Key into AES 128 same output as 256 Bit Key into AES 256

I have two different crypto libraries I created, one is in java and uses the standard built-in java crypto libraries. The other uses openssl and has been wrapped in java through the JNI. I'm ...
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How can I encrypt compressed data safely?

As mentioned in this particular answer, compressing data before encryption may lead to the CRIME attack, especially if the hacker has collected many similar versions of the transmitted data. Let's ...
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Why does openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -a -salt increase the file size?

I'm using openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -a -salt for automated differential backups to Amazon Glacier. But I noticed that using this command increases the file size almost perfectly by 35%. In my ...
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Why is GPG file encryption so much slower than other AES implementations?

Correct me if I'm wrong: When encrypting a file, GPG creates a one-off AES encryption key and encrypts that key using RSA. This is supposedly to take advantage of AES's superior performance when ...
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RSA and encrypted authentication

Symmetric algorithms such as AES provides modes such as GCM which can be used for authenticated encryption. Assuming that I'm using RSA instead of AES, does it still make sense to add authentication ...
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Protecting passphrases within an application

First off, I'm not very familiar with encryption best-practices. My use-case is simple: I'm creating an application that will be reading encrypted documents and decrypting them dynamically to do some ...
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How to check for a key *and* store encrypted data?

I wish to create a system wherein I store encrypted data. Users can access this data if they have the key. If they give a wrong key, they don't get access at all. If they give the right key, they get ...
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Which AES key length to choose for OpenVPN?

I plan on using OpenVPN on client devices which are small embedded machines, so I must balance between speed and security. The OpenVPN documentation says that it is "general wisdom that 1024-bit keys ...
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Cryptanalysis of encrypted data at rest

Imagine I have a file encrypted using AES CBC mode with a key and a random IV. The attacker access to the encrypted text and the IV used but not the key. In this scenario there is no vulnerability ...
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Do I need to salt PBKDF2 when it's used for AES encryption

If I'm using PBKDF2 to stretch a password into a suitable key for use in encryption with AES, should I be using a random salt (for PBKDF2, not the AES IV)?
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Is there symmetric encryption like AES or Camelia with keys longer than 256 bits?

I am wondering if is there any (secure!) cipher like AES or Camelia with keys longer than 256 bits (and offering higher security than 256 bits). I have not found anything except ...
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Crazy Finished Message in TLS

I've tried to understand the content of the Finished Message of TLS. I'm using wireshark to capture the traffic between my browser and the internet. I noticed a "stangeness" when the chosen ...
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openssl aes 256 cbc strange bug

This is extremely strange but I have already tried this twice and am completely sure it is openSSL and not me doing the bug. I am encrypting the data 'Hygiene' with the password '*' (sorry can't tell ...
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Is Salt, IV and Key necessary when encrypting password in a database using AES? If so, how should they be used?

Imagine I have a website with user accounts. I want to authenticate users, so I need to know if the password they provide matches the one stored in my database. To protect the passwords from prying ...
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Using SSL for a single request

I want to use distributed cluster configured like: xx.resource.server.com. xx - can be anything from aa to zz, most of the requests will be one time. I need the connection to be secure between client ...
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Questions towards my application that uses bouncy castle crypto

I am implementing an application using bouncy castle crypto API it uses AES-CBC to encrypt files and i have some questions regarding the development of my application. I dont want to use a static ...
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Questions to hybrid encryption. RSA with AES

I want to use a hybrid encryption in my application, so after reading a lot of lines I ended with this implemantation, please critizie it ;) (I want to stick to .Net) byte[] aesKey = ...
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How does Cipher Block Chaining relate to AES?

I was reading FIPS197 for a class (found here: http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/fips/fips197/fips-197.pdf ) trying to find some sort of specific relation between CBC and AES. I guess my problem is ...
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What is default mode for AES encryption [closed]

What will be the default mode for AES encryption if we don't use any specific mode like ECB, CBC, OFB, CTR, etc. and just carry out the encryption without specifying any AES encryption mode.
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How to treat/hash ECDH shared secret to use as keys for AES?

I'm doing some studies/development for a security system that would use ECDH with ephemeral keys. In my code I'm currently using a 256-bit EC, so when the two parts compute the shared secret, I get a ...
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Sending Salts For Key Generation

I am working on a project that uses a combination of a web based framework (Django) and an installed app (Python) for the purpose of data entry/upload. I will have to send medical records over the web ...