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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Is TDEA (TripleDES) invulnerable to the weak keys of DES?

The key space of DES includes some keys that are weak, which results in a ciphertext that is extra vulnerable to cryptanalysis. Is TDEA (also known as TripleDES) invulnerable to those weak keys? Or, ...
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When brute-forcing DES, does knowing something about the plaintext help?

Data Encryption Standard (Wikipedia) I know that with brute force there are 2^56 possible keys to check (56 bits, each either a 1 or 0). But let's say I know the message itself is only made up of ...
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Securing a prediction about a future event

I want to make a prediction about a future event, but only reveal that prediction after the event occurs lest knowledge of my prediction affect the outcome. For example, suppose Alice predicts that ...
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Question about dictionary attacks on GnuPG symmetric encryption

They say algorithms like AES can't practically be broken given a long enough key length (> 128 bits). If I use GnuPG to encrypt a file using AES: gpg -c --cipher-algo AES secretfile it asks me for a ...
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TLS replay attack - requirements of the serverHello nonce

As you all know, the SSL/TLS protocol requires both client and server to exchange (in clear text) a random number or nonce. This is presumably used to prevent replay attacks. It is not clear to me ...
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Suitable cipher for SMS encryption

I would like to create application for encrypting SMS messages. After long enough discussions I decided to use symmetric encryption, since handling public/private keys issue is too difficult for most ...
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AES using derived keys / IVs. Does it introduce a weakness?

I'm looking for an efficient way to encrypt multiple fields in a database with AES using a single global key, used throughout a large web application. Obviously in order to re-use this key, a unique ...
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SSL replay attack when client/server random is missing

Hey studying the SSL protocol, I'm wondering how can someone be able to do a replay attack if the server nonce is missing? All the material I find says that nonces prevent it, but theres no examples ...
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Renewing Microsoft Certificate Services Root Certificate

We currently have Microsoft Enterprise Certificate Server installed on a domain member machine which issues 1 year certificates to users for authenticating to VPN. We'd like to start issuing web ...
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Where is the salt on the OpenSSL AES encryption?

I'm interested in knowing how and where OpenSSL inserts the generated salt on an AES encrypted data. Why? Im encrypting data in Java classes and need to guarantee that I can use OpenSSL to decrypt ...
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Are there any smartcard/hardware-tokens for certificate-based authentication which are easily destroyed?

It's all very well to use multi-factor authentication, but supposing you want to 'destroy a factor' so that in an situation where you are likely to be coerced to provide your passphrase, you can ...
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How do new security and cryptography techniques/protocols avoid the chicken-and-egg problem?

. . .better solutions have been proposed and will be worth considering once they have withstood the test of time (i.e. “5 to 10 years in the field, and not broken yet”). -From Thomas Pornin's ...
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Data Encryption and Key Management in C#

Which route to take, what are the pros and cons, which is more secure.. Generate AES key, encrypt the data with it and then encrypt the AES key with RSA, save the encrypted data and encrypted AES ...
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If I am obliged to store a password/certificate on a client side, how can i make sure that it is protected?

In certain cases we need to establish a key/password/certificate as a first timer and then as a client we need to use this key/password/certificate to get authenticated. Therefore the ...
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Estimating the size of a rainbow table

What are rainbow tables and how are they used? Gives a very precise answer about what rainbow tables are and how they are used. I had always confused hash-tables and rainbow tables. My question is ...
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Optimal variable sizes in the Secure Remote Password protocol

I am implementing the Secure Remote Password protocol: U = <username> --> <-- s = <salt from passwd file> a = random() A = g^a ...
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Atypical DRM situation: distribute pictures to select partners, then prevent them from reusing them

We want to distribute digital content (think pictures) to a select number of partners (around 1000, worldwide) to use as visual reference. We would like however to prevent them from copying or in any ...
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Certificate authorities for a PKI

Some people think the certificate authorities for a PKI should be the government, but others think certificate authorities should be private entities, such as banks, corporations, or schools. What are ...
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License key / Serial number generator and checker

I need a serial number generator and accompanying checker. I would like to be able to set a salt (and maybe a length). The generator should only produce serial numbers that pass the test of the ...
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What can one do when encryption methods fail?

I'm in search of an expert to answer my curiosity. Suppose that methods like AES/DES, SSH, PGP, RSA, etc. can be cracked or fail somehow. In other words, suppose that it's possible to determine one ...
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What common products use Public-key cryptography?

I want know what common use products are there that use public key/private key cryptography?
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time to crack file-encryption password - more than just iteration

I have often seen that takes x amount of time to crack a certain length password. But this just seems to be the amount of time it takes to iterate through all the possibilities. What about the time it ...
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Why is WPA Enterprise more secure than WPA2?

In personal mode WPA2 is more secure than WPA. However, I have read that WPA Enterprise provides stronger security than WPA2 and I am unsure exactly how this is achieved.
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What is the DUKPT Key Derivation Function?

I'm tasked with decrypting ciphertext acquired from an encrypted card reader. The card reader utilizes DUKPT(derived unique key per transaction) scheme and 3DES encryption. I don't have a problem with ...
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What Partial Homomorphic Encryption implementations exist and how do I leverage them?

It appears that only Partial Homomorphic Encryption(P.H.E.) is practical for modern day (2011) use. However I'm having difficulty locating libraries (FOSS or otherwise) that enable me to leverage ...
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How does an SSL server prove its identity?

This document says that a challenge response authentication proves the servers identity. But is a man in the middle attack still possible if the client does not verify domain name ? Please help me ...
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has scrypt withstood the test of time?

I've always heard that scrypt was better than bcrpyt... because of memory causing GPU a very difficult time to crack. However, the notion always was that scrypt hadn't been tested, it was kind of a ...
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Can the numbers on RSA SecurID tokens be predicted?

My workplace uses these SecurID tokens which provide you with a temporary password, the code will expire after a short time. I have always been fascinated by the things, because it seems as though ...
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Is using HMAC to transmit a password OK?

I'm writing a small webapp and I don't want to transmit login passwords as cleartext. As I don't have SSL available I've written a one-time challenge system which sends a random string with the login ...
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Save private messages encrypted in database

I'm not sure if this question fits better in StackOverflowSE or CryptoSE but i think this is the right place. In an online community portal I want to save users' private messages encrypted in a ...
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Whats the difference between MAC vs hash

What is the difference between the two algorithms? One difference that I know of, is that MAC is keyed and hash is not.
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Is Schneier's “Applied Cryptography” current?

I've been recommended Bruce Schneier's 1994 book Applied Cryptography as an introduction to the use and the inner workings of cryptography. Is this book still current and a good introduction?
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What SSL key should I make for IIS: RSA or DH? What bit length is appropriate?

I'm creating an SSL cert for my IIS server and need to know when I should choose the Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider or the Microsoft DH SChannel Cryptographic Provider. Question 1 Why ...
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zero knowledge proof and its protocol

In Zero-Knowledge Proof where we take the analogy of Peggy (Prover) and Victor (Verifier): In this story, Peggy has uncovered the secret word used to open a magic door in a cave. The cave is ...
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moving from MD5 to SHA-512

This question is more of a security policy than a technical security question. Many years ago I developed an asp.net site, implemented Forms Authentication, and stored the user passwords as MD5 ...
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Most widespread use of PGP after 20 years

Phil Zimmerman released PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) on June 5, 1991. As we examine the legacy of that far-sighted and brave act 20 years later, what are the most widespread and helpful uses of PGP ...
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How do RSA fingerprints protect from MITM attacks?

I understand that RSA fingerprints are used to verify that you are really connecting directly to who you want to connect to, and not someone else posing as that site. Like when you do a git push, it ...
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Is 1024bit Diffie Hellman key exchange secure?

My system uses AES-256, 4096bit RSA CA key and 2048bit RSA keys for servers together with SHA-256 signing. Does using 1024bit DH key exchange lower its security? I read on one mailing list that ...
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Is there a way to negotiate a secret between 2 parties with no prior knowledge?

Is there a way for 2 parties to negotiate a shared secret (for example, a session key) without having a pre-shared knowledge? SSL does this by using asymmetric encryption. Is there any other way to ...
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How does a weakness in a random number generator lead to a compromise of the entire cryptographic process?

In the news, there are several articles (here, here, and the technical point of view) which have to do with a weakness in a random number generator. The question is somewhat twofold. What symptoms do ...
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Security implications of storing the password hash along an encrypted AES key

I am using the PKCS#5 standard to generate a key using a random and unique salt and the user's password in input. Consider this key as the "encryption" key. The "encryption" key is used to encrypt a ...
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Howto seed the PRNG in OpenSSL properly?

I am creating an application which runs on a mobile node with Ubuntu, which does not generate enough entropy bytes to the /dev/random, and does not always stay connected on the Internet to use typical ...
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Location to store an encryption key

I'm building a secure system which stores messages on a server in a Postgresql database. The messages are stored encrypted with PHP's openssl_encrypt() function with the AES-256-CBC method. At the ...
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What is a cryptographic puzzle?

On the wikipedia page on TCP under Denial of Service the following paragraph is found: By using a spoofed IP address and repeatedly sending purposely assembled SYN packets, attackers can cause ...
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Which authentication at the end of the Secure Remote Password protocol?

For the the client and server to prove to each other that they have the same premaster shared key, the original author suggests this: M = H(A | B | K) --> <-- H(A | M | K) ...
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Does the SSL encryption strength of a website really matter?

When looking to get an SSL certificate one is presented with a lot of options. For example lets take Network Solutions since they have a nice comparison chart. Immediately there seems to be 4 major ...
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Is a 2047-bit prime weaker than a 2048-bit prime?

I have a safe prime generator I'd like to speed up. I can benefit from a significant performance gain if the high order bit in the returned prime can be either 1 or 0. The returned prime would be ...
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Stretching a hash, many iterations versus longer input string

I have been reading up on various password hashing schemes, for example the SHA-based Crypt proposed by Ulrich Drepper and used in some Linux versions. A recurring theme here is to 'strengthen' or ...
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HMAC Based Request Signing - Storing the Salt

I'm working on a (non high security) project that currently isn't live but might go live at some point. We have a REST API (implemented using Restlet and Neo4j) running on a server and an Android ...
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3DES vs DES for VPN connections

I'm trying to get Android 2.1 phones to connect to our corporate VPN, but it would appear they only support DES rather than 3DES for encryption. Is it safe to use DES, am I going to get hacked if I ...