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 there a length beyond which increasing password length provides no additional security?

Assuming that the password is stored hashed and salted, and that it is a string of random characters, is there a point where adding to password length doesn't add security? Since the hash will have a ...
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XKCD #936: under what assumptions is 1000 guesses/second over a network plausible?

In XKCD #936, a rate of 1000 password guesses/second is proposed as a "plausible attack on a weak remote web service". Under what assumptions is this rate plausible? It seems much too high to me. I ...
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Describe an example of indistinguishability obfuscation or functional encryption

As described in Perfecting the Art of Sensible Nonsense, a major breakthrough in cryptography research was published in the summer of 2013: Candidate Indistinguishability Obfuscation and Functional ...
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Multiple CAs signing a single Cert/CSR?

Just saw this suggested on Slashdot So I've seen quite a few people wanting a switch to self-signed certs (who IMO mostly don't understand what making that secure actually involves), and an idea ...
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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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Any risk in using the same salt for several hashes on a user?

Right now I'm storing a salt and password_hash on the users table (pretty standard stuff). The need arose to get a secure hash of another field for a user. Is there any risk in reusing the same salt ...
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Additional security of keyfile on top of a master password for KeePass

I use KeePass + Dropbox to manage and synchronize my passwords across my devices. This system works really great and I trust KeePass' security model. However my biggest remaining concern is the ...
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Why do PGP master keys only have a single subkey, and tie certification with signing by default?

After learning more about PGP subkeys and how to split apart the roles of (S)igning, (E)ncryption, (A)uthentication and (C)ertification, I discovered that in most cases(?) a default master key has a ...
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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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Strength and length of Symmetric vs Asymmetric keys [duplicate]

There are many questions surrounding the differences between symmetric and asymmetric encryption keys. I think I've read them all at this point. But I'm still left wondering: Why does a "secure" ...
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Question of importance of FIPS in security implementations

I am by far, no security expert but I experience on the subject working in Java (JCA,JCE and JSSE). Anyway, recently there was a discussion about FIPS compliance. I looked into this and SUN's ...
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Security of SHA256 and Bitcoins

The Bitcoin network use SHA256 as a core component to it's design. I'm no expert on cryptography, but it seems to me it usually is only a matter of time before security vulnerabilities are discovered ...
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Prevent denial of service attacks against slow hashing functions?

I've been thinking about bcrypt recently, and what I wonder is if there's a way to deal with the inherent (D)DoS problems with slow hashing functions. Namely, if I set up bcrypt so my machine takes ...
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How can I audit which type of Block Mode encryption is being used when no source code is available?

Given that there are clear advantages to using some block modes of encryption over another, and I would like to ensure that all software used in the enterprise uses a certain "level" of security I'd ...
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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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Should we configure all devices to never request SSL 2.0, and reject it if offered?

In an effort to reduce man in the middle attacks, when will it be (or was it) an industry accepted practice to reject SSL 2.0 connections on the client and server side? Is configuring this on a proxy ...
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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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Are there really functioning quantum computers?

I saw this video on youtube on quantum computing. It says that a company called dwavesys has already made commercially available quantum computer. I checked on the website and it exists. I thought ...
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SSL handshake failure modes

In SSL if the handshake is not succesful, does it always end with a handshake alert? Or are there other ways to finish the SSL connection (acceptable by standard). I am asking this, because in an ...
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Cryptographic Security of Dynamically Generated, Non-Random Salts

So when it comes to security, when I have an idea that seems good, but no one else seems to be doing, I try to assume that I'm overlooking something obvious or otherwise significant. This is one such ...
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How much security is compromised if we accept other characters as login (other than the original password)?

I've just realised that facebook accepts 3 forms of a password: Source: Facebook actually accepts three forms of your password: Your original password. Your original password with the ...
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Recommendations for a Certificate Management tool for Linux [closed]

A client is looking to roll out OpenVPN to all its mobile employees and will use certificates on both the server and all clients. This creates a new challenge to manage all these certificates and ...
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What was SSL 1.0?

What was SSL 1.0? SSL 2.0 and 3.0 are well-known and well-documented. But what did the SSL 1.0 protocol look like? Wikipedia says there was a SSL 1.0 but doesn't say anything about how it worked. ...
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In the recent DKIM vulnerability, how did someone determine key length by looking at headers?

Having read this recent article : Wired-DKIM vulnerability, I have a couple of questions. How can one determine the key length that is being used simply by looking at the headers ? And I'm assuming ...
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Is there an organization that reviews/approves crypto implementations?

As I understand it, NIST approves crypto algorithms but doesn't cover specific implementations. I think I've read about IEEE approving hardware implementations of, e.g. AES, but I can't think of any ...
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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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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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Where do I get prime numbers for Diffie-Hellman? Can I use them twice?

I realise it's very hard to generate suitable prime numbers and generators for the Diffie-Hellman key exchange. What is the best way to generate them? And if I have one, can I use it twice? ...
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What are the practical uses of large asymmetric keys?

The Windows CNG supports keys of varying sizes, e.g. RSA up to 16384 bits: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb204778(v=vs.85).aspx. My understanding is that in crypto today we ...
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Is it preferable to perform encryption using database functions or code?

Several databases I am familiar with provide functions or modules for encryption. Examples include dbms_crypto for oracle databases and built-in functions for MySQL. Most of the commonly used ...
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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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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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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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Is Changing a File Type and Name an Effective Security Solution?

Is renaming folders & files and changing file types an effective solution for file security of a PC? I am an application programmer and have an extensive background in it. I have written a ...
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Whenever an unhandled exception somehow makes it into production, is it safe, viable, etc. to print an encrypted stack trace to the end user?

Whenever an unhandled exception makes it into production somehow - whatever the reason - there's generally an option (especially with .NET programs) to print out a stack trace to the end user before ...
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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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At what point does adding more iterations to PBKDF2 provide no extra security?

If my true passphrase is used only to generate a hash which is used as the cipher's actual key, doesn't that mean it's possible to try and brute force the cipher itself? I know it would take an ...
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What does “key with length of x bits” mean?

I'd like to know what it means to say "the cryptosystem C uses keys with a length of x bits". I do not understand what the bits length means... doesn't it depend on the encoding? The same word encodes ...
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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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Now that it is 2015, what SSL/TLS cipher suites should be used in a high security HTTPS environment?

It has become quite difficult to configure an HTTPS service that maintains "the ideal transport layer". How should an HTTPS service be configured to permit some reasonable level of compatibility while ...
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Why triple DES used in EDE mode?

Why is triple DES is calculated in encrypt decrypt encrypt mode? Why a decrypt in the middle? And isn't decrypt = encrypt since DES in a symmetric cipher?
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Encryption decryption time

Does the encryption / decryption time of rsa algorithm vary significantly with a change in key length? For example, is there a noticeable difference in encryption/decryption time between 512 bit and ...
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Consequences of tampered /etc/ssh/moduli

What are the consequences if an attacker is able to modify the /etc/ssh/moduli file?
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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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SSL Certificate revocation check

In the SSL protocol I don't see where the certificate is checked for revocation status. https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Introduction_to_SSL Is the Certificate Revocation and Status Checking not ...
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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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How can I mitigate the threat that DPAPick poses to my DPAPI protected data?

The Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI) is the suggested method for storing secrets on Windows systems (such as database passwords required by ASP.Net applications). DPAPick was presented at BlackHat ...
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How does the padding scheme impact the security of encryption

After digging a little deeper into cryptography I am wondering what impact the different padding schemes do have an the security of an encryption algorithm. Lets take AES-128 in CBC mode as an ...
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Tool for public key cryptography where password is the private key?

Is there any free & open source tool for public key cryptography, where the private key is just a chosen password? Here is what I need: I want to make backups every hour using a script I want ...
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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, ...