Cryptography is the practice and study of logical means used to achieve information confidentiality, integrity and authenticity. It covers, among other things, encryption (making some data unreadable except for those who know a given secret element, called a key), data hashing (in particular for ...

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Do DES keys have to be random?

In stream cipher (namely the OTP ) . The pad which the plain text is Xored with has to be random to achieve perfect secrecy , or psudorandom to ensure semantic security Dose this apply to DES or ...
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Did the “Malicious SHA-1” technique enable the NSA to insert a backdoor into SHA-1?

SHA-1 was standardized by the NSA. It appears to be possible to choose the constants in such a way that collisions can be derived easily. Yet, it is not easily possible to discover that the constants ...
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Public/Private key validation

Suppose I have this scenario: User --> Inputs License Key --> I validate it --> If success, good, move onto main window. If not, prompt the user to reenter the license key. The license key will not ...
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Payment Application Integration - Encryption or HMAC

Doing an integration with an online payment provider. Payment provider will be making a web request to my server to provide some information about the basket content. On my end there's no payment ...
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How does an insecure RNG affect cryptography, and how do I measure the corresponding loss of security?

Suppose a given random number generator has poor entropy, and is compressible by any compression algorithm (zlib, bzip2, lzma, etc). Specifically the issues with this RNG are: Bad entropy Bad seed ...
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Securing fingerprint templates stored on web authentication server

I have a multi-factor web authentication server, that in addition to regular passwords uses fingerprints for user authentication. Can anyone think of a security flaw in the following scenario: I ...
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Bitdefender Antivirus SSL Cert substitution

I am using Bitdefender AV 2013 ed and I have noticed that when the Scan SSL is enabled in the configuration BD will use a local certificate, as mentioned here. This modifies the cert chain with BD as ...
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Will obtaining password hash compromise derived encryption key?

I've been looking at how PBKDF is used to generate encryption key for AES. One thing I couldn't get my head around is that how those OS keep the encryption key safe apart from using hardware modules. ...
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Using a Public-Key-Encryption browser side to avoid PCI compliance

We're developing a web application in which certain not logged users (clients) need to send their credit card details to other users (merchants) - which, we'll assume, are PCI compliant. We are ...
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Uniqueness of name in cryptography

If I publish my public key (I think I understand how this works, I'm still learning encryption) and I have a common name, could this leas to problems at all? OR does the email part guarantee that this ...
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How does a SIM card prevent cloning?

I have read a few articles about SIM cards, stating that the chip inside them uses some cryptographic magic to prevent people from cloning your number. This to me seems borderline impossible, given ...
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Related-password hash security

Say we are given a strong cryptographic hash function hash(), a strong completely random password of 15 characters pass15, two single-character salt values salta, saltb. We compute the hashes hasha, ...
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Is there something similar to pseudorandom generators but in the opposite direction?

Pseudorandom generators (PRG) are functions that takes a random small input (called the Seed) and maps it into much larger output . However, the mapping process must be unpredictable in order for the ...
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How to generate a superkey to decrypt strings

I'm working on an application where users have a key or password generated by me that is used to encrypt a string. Each user has their personal key, and no user should be able to decrypt another ...
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How easy is it to crack this encryption algorithm? [closed]

When I was about 13 or 14 years old, I was a little interested in cryptography (which is, after all, an interesting field). I learnt quite a lot since that time (it has been about 8 years since then), ...
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Can any ECC field element be safely serialized as “compressed” and then restored as uncompressed?

I have a library that stores all its ECC Field Elements in uncompressed form, in a bloated Base64 XML format, and storage has become a concern. (We want to support QR code as a form factor,etc) ...
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Would it be possible to add additional files to a password protected zip 2.0 file

So the scenario is this: I don't have the ability to determine/recover the master password for a production system that uses zip 2 archives. However, I need to be able to add new files to existing ...
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What problem does ECC seek to fix compared to RSA?

Elliptical Curve Cryptography (ECC) is one of the newest encryption schemes to challenge RSA cryptography. What problem does ECC seek to fix compared to RSA? Would you have any qualms with using ECC ...
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In TLS1.2 AES-GCM mode, what happened when input is not exactly the multiple of its block size?

I know that AES-GCM mode does not need padding, and its output are exactly the length of input data plus the tagging. But I am a little bit lost, as AES itself is block cipher, it could only operate ...
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good books for learning network and web security? [closed]

I am reading "Hacking The Art of Exploitation" book . i have read till chapter 2 programming but most of it has gone above my head . I want to learn basically cryptography , network security and web ...
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Cryptography protocol suitable for two-way radio communications

Specifically talking about walkie talkie radio networks. Suppose there is a group of up to 16 persons, each equipped with such a unit. Typically, one person will be talking with one another ...
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Mobile App Processing Debit Card Transactions

I am creating a mobile app for iPhone and Android and the respective API that will be exposed to support the operations. This operations will require the customer to type the PIN to complete the ...
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What is the collision likelihood of MD5 when non-numeric values are removed?

Start with a unique identifier String macAddress = "CC:3A:61:24:D6:96"; Hash the identifier via MD5 implementation String hash = md5(macAddress); //bd37f780e10244cf28810b969559ad5b Remove all ...
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–°ompromised client.p12 file in OpenVPN

I'm not clearly understand technologies behind OpenVPN, so I have a question about OpenVPN security: What if I have client.p12 (PKCS#12) file and this file was leaked (with export password) to some ...
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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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What is the relationship between Suite B and FIPS 140-2?

What is the relationship between the Suite B algorithms and FIPS 140-2 certification? Does OpenSSL meet both criteria? From what I've read, it seems that OpenSSL's crypto library implements many ...
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What's the point of the nonce in CTR mode?

Does having a nonce in CTR mode actually improve security (vs. just using 1, 2, 3, etc. - basically a constant nonce of 0)? As far as I can tell, the best-case scenario security-wise is that the ...
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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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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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How to secure my REST API once user authenticates with Google on mobile client?

In my application, I build REST APIs so that user can interact with my application server. Since I do not want to maintain User/Passwords, my iOS app authenticates client using Google. This all ...
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Reversible Hash Function?

Is there any reversible hash function? The hash function like SHA and MD5 are not reversible. I would like to know if there exist some reversible hash functions?
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What crypto prevents & detects “invisible” CAs? (e.g. in X509v4)

For this question, I'm calling an "invisible CA" one that Is signed by a root ca and exists as a 2nd or 3rd tier Is valid, not expired or revoked Has a different Public key than one that is ...
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Linux SSH and GPG

Can anyone please give me a quick crash course on SSH and GPG? SSH: What is the difference between public and private keys? Should I back up my ~/.ssh/ directory, what are the security implications ...
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How does OTR's authentication using “Question and answer” protect against MiTM?

I've read that the answer has something to do Socialist Millionaire, but I still don't understand how can the user be protected against malicious Man In The Middle, which would capture the question ...
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What are the alternatives to ECDSA for an authentication protocol?

In an authentication protocol, S has a public/private key pair known to C, and S and C have established a secure channel (for example, using DH or ECDH, or any other key exchange protocol). C wishes ...
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Publicly Available API + Sensitive ID/Key Transmission Over HTTP

I've run into a predicament... I'm developing a mobile application that utilizes a server for various things. One portion is that it stores an id/key pair related to accessing and processing ...
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Bastion host that allows jailed users to SSH but protects private key

Basically, I'm trying to let the user use a private key without having read access to it. Use case: Employee needs to SSH to a server in the data center. There is 1 private key for all servers, ...
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How does signing work with Elliptic Curve Crypto?

So I have read up and have a decent understanding of how the crypto works with Elliptic Curve Cryptography. I also think I have an understanding of how signing works with things like Elliptic Curve ...
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Advice on using encryption and hashing

I'm going to rephrase a question I asked earlier, as I don't think anyone understood what I meant. Bascially I'm writting a web based password locker, which can have multiple accounts; so that users ...
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Using encryption and hashing

I'm writing a project to securely store and share passwords between users, I've been doing tons of research into encryption algorithms, CSPRNGs, hashing algorithms, key stretching etc... I just want ...
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Securing a Shuffle Algorithm

After reading about writing a secure shuffle algorithm, I realized that my module that generates a password is only as strong as my PRNG, which in this case is Math.random(). I'm confused as to how to ...
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When do governments allow export of cryptography software?

I see this notice in the TextSecure README: The U.S. Government Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), has classified this software as Export Commodity Control Number (ECCN) ...
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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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adding certificate that resides on smartcard to the microsoft store with private key ownership

how can we solve CryptAcquireCertificatePrivateKey fails with 0x8009200B when adding certificate from smartcard to local user store? in an enrollment system where users generate smartcard certificate ...
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Some questions about crypto

How to determine what type of encoding/encryption has been used? This link discusses in the first answer a "128 bit" value. How do you know that it is 128-bit and what is a 128bit value? If I md5sum ...
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What keeps the private key safe if an attacker has both clear and encrypted copies of a message and the public key?

Let's say someone obtained a message in both clear text and in its encrypted copy with asymmetric cryptography, like RSA-2048. He also has the public keys. Is the private key still undiscoverable? ...
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What are the enhancements of SHA1 compared to MD5?

I am looking for enhancements of SHA1 when its compared to MD5. But I am not talking about just heap sizes. I am talking about different enhancements than heap size. Also, I think md5 is faster than ...
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What cryptosystem makes the encrypted text look like random noise?

Suppose one wants to setup a cryptographic protocol in which 2 parties communicate using an encryption scheme that produces encrypted messages indistinguishable from random data (the desired property) ...
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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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How digital certificate works? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the digital certificate concept , but I am confused , Below goes my understanding & question, We are using Digital certificate because if Bob & Alice share their ...