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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Does prepending a salt to the password instead of inserting it in the middle decrease security?

I read somewhere that adding a salt at the beginning of a password before hashing it is a bad idea. Instead, the article claimed it is much more secure to insert it somewhere in the middle of the ...
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Can I use AES CTR mode to encrypt files with same key and nonce?

I want to encrypt the files stored in SD card and I am using the CTR mode of AES to encrypt it. The key and IV are fixed. So each time I encrypt/decrypt I use the same key and nonce. Most of the ...
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Crypto for penetration test [on hold]

I'm a newbie but I want to become a penetration tester. I'm taking a course on cryptography but I'm wondering... how useful is crypto for penetration testing compared to other skills like operating ...
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Does TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV provide blanket protection against downgrade attacks?

The TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV flag was touted as a way to prevent POODLE, which abused the potential to downgrade to SSLv3 from TLS. Does the implementation of this flag prevent similar downgrade attacks ...
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How can the parallelization in CTR mode be attained?

I am using CTR mode to encrypt/decrypt files. Theoretically CTR mode is faster than CFB or CBC because of its individual operations on blocks. In my case CTR mode takes almost as long as CFB. How can ...
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Topics to start an interest group at our company [on hold]

Good afternoon everyone, I'm looking to start a Communities of Practice at my job. Our company is largely involved in application development for our customers but we also want to get into, what my ...
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What is the difference between XOR and poly-XOR? [on hold]

What is the difference between XOR and poly-XOR in encryption?
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What steps can you take to make offline cracking of SRP harder?

In the aftermath of the Blizzard hack, what steps can I take to make offline cracking of SRP more difficult? My question assumes that your database is already gone and that you implemented SRP more ...
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Cryptowall encryption files

This is a question concerning the way the Cryptowall ransomware encrypts files on the victim's computer. Someone knows if it is possible to recover the encryption key comparing the encrypted file and ...
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Sharing a common public and private SSH keys for a cluster of machines

I guess this is way to settle an internal debate I am having with myself. In my provisioning process, I am wanting to share a common public and private ssh keys for each machine in a clusters, ...
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Prevent padding oracle attack on key exchange process

I found in my searches that the padding oracle attack can be used against the RSA with PKCS1PAdding or OAEP padding, and I used this algorithm for a symmetric key exchange. How can I prevent a padding ...
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Can the intended recipient be derived from a public-key encrypted ciphertext?

Assuming you have a list of possible recipients' public keys, and a ciphertext encrypted with one of those public keys, would it be possible to determine which public key?
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How can I explain “zero knowledge proof” to an end user?

A ZKP allows proof of knowing the answer to a secret, without actually disclosing what that answer is. Is there any analogy that can help people put this concept into everyday practice? A "lie to ...
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How does combining SHA256 with RIPE-MD160 compare to SHA256 + SHA-3?

Bitcoin stores its addresses as a combined SHA256 + RIPE-MD160 hash. Is it correct to assume this is done to prevent a failure in the algorithm? Since SHA3 was designed to be an alternative to ...
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Encrypting string in JavaScript and decryption in Java [on hold]

I would like to know if there is any library to do encryption in JavaScript and decryption in Java. I have already tried many APIs, but am not getting the same values in Java. I want public-private ...
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RSA: same symbols in plaintext give same symbols ciphertext?

I just started studying Information Security, but I just ran this program: http://www.sanfoundry.com/cpp-program-implement-rsa-algorithm/ and faced this strange thing. For small keys (don't try to ...
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Asymmetric vs Symmetric Encryption Benchmarks

I have found these benchmarks in Crypto++'s site. http://www.cryptopp.com/benchmarks.html But I am, quite honestly, not entirely sure how to interpret them. I am really looking for a set of ...
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Designing a security system for road pricing

It's my first semester with Information Security and I still feel a little lost. Sorry in advance for stupid mistakes I may have made. the examples in round brackets below are my own ideas, wrote ...
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can multiple encryption of data with multiple keys increase the security?

I mean: does encrypting data multiple times have an effect on diffusion and confusion? Does it increase security, or does it have no effect? Is it useless? Does it make it harder to break the secret, ...
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Is Telegram secure?

There is a new WhatsApp-killer application called Telegram. They said that it's open source and that it has a more secure encryption. But they store all the messages in their servers and WhatsApp ...
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Encrypting USB traffic: Is RSA necessary for AES session key exchange when using pre-installed secret keys?

I need a solution to encrypt USB communication between device A and device B. I was thinking about configuring each device with a secret RSA-2048 key, which would be used to exchange an AES-256 ...
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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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Is this symetric or asymetric encryption?

I’m at the beginning of my journey into the world of security. I am reading about the most fundamentals topics and I have encountered something unusual that has thrown me. The Conundrum: I have come ...
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Requiring 2 keys to access a content

I need to use an external service that can only be accessed by password. I don't like the idea of storing the plaintext password on the server, but AFAIK there's not much I can do. Considering this ...
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GnuPG symmetric encryption yields different output

I have a use case where I want to commit symmetrically encrypted source code using GnuPG (think of Coursera assignments for backup and collaboration). I encrypt/decrypt all sources in a batch with a ...
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Why shouldn't we roll our own?

Why shouldn't we create our own security schemes? I see a lot of questions around here about custom crypto and custom security mechanisms, especially around password hashing. With that in mind, I'm ...
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What type of hashing method is used for the private key to encrypt for signing messages?

To use RSA for signing, Alice takes a hash of the message, encrypts the hash using her own private key, and appends the result (this is the signature) to the message. Eve can of course still ...
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Is it dangerous to use the same key (RSA) for both encryption (PGP) and authentication (SSH)?

Alice wants to send an encrypted message to Bob, but she also wants to connect to Carol's server. Are there any dangers associated with using the same RSA key for both PGP and SSH (other than a lack ...
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InvalidKeyException using ECPublicKey [migrated]

I'm getting the following exception when i try to encrypt a byte array with a EC public key : java.security.InvalidKeyException: No installed provider supports this key: ...
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Is it okay to sign a PGP key without an IRL meeting?

[PGP] can get paralyzed by excessive analness. — Phil Zimmermann Preamble I am in the process of building my own web of trust. That is, I want people (PGP users…) to be—fairly—sure that, by ...
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Client authentication with a collection of open source distributed servers

With a collection of open source distributed servers, all sharing every users data. How can the user authenticate with any server, without the passwords being compromised by a malicious server? ...
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Analyzing a TLS connection?

Suppose I want a secure TLS communication between me and myschool.edu. Which of the following should I trust to preserve confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. Here are the options and my ...
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Most secure password hash algorithm(s)?

What is/are currently the most cryptographically secure hashing algorithm(s)? (available in PHP) Speed is irrelevant, because I'm iterating the hash over a fixed time (rather than a fixed number of ...
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Prevent CryptoLocker on Server

A quick question, which may have a not-so-quick answer - Are there any ways to prevent files associated with CryptoLocker, to be propagated to a data server, by means of a back up? We use Cobian as ...
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How do some sites (e.g. online banks) only ask for specific characters from a password without storing it as plaintext?

I thought How can a system enforce a minimum number of changed characters... would answer my question, but it seems this is a different case. When I sign on to my online banking account, I'm prompted ...
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At what point can you you implement crypto algorithms? [migrated]

First off, this feels like it should be a common question, so I'm sorry if I've missed an older thread. Note that in my question, I'm talking about "implementing AES" rather than "designing AES2" or ...
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Can you recover the password from ZipCrypto encrypted ZIP file?

I know that "legacy ZIP-crypto" is not secure and you can get at the contents of the file quite easily. Now the question is, can you also get at the password (assume this is a very long, very high ...
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What are the differences between TPM and HSM?

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and HSM (Hardware Security Module) are considered as cryptoprocessor, but what are the differences exactly? Does one of them have more advantages than another?
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Crypt-analysis methods for breaking or finding weakness in an encryption algorithm? [closed]

How cryptanalysts work on an algorithm related to diffusion/confusion factors in order to find a weaknesses in an algorithm, for example how cryptanalysts could find weakness on DES? is there methods ...
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Google Chrome “Your connection to website is encrypted with obsolete cryptography”

Google Chrome is showing new information in the certificate section. Is this a big deal? If so how can I fix it on the server end? EDIT: Thanks for the answers but I'm not skilled in cryptography ...
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Vigenere Cipher - help with decryption (by hand)

So this is a Vigenere cipher-text EORLL TQFDI HOEZF CHBQN IFGGQ MBVXM SIMGK NCCSV WSXYD VTLQS BVBMJ YRTXO JCNXH THWOD FTDCC RMHEH SNXVY FLSXT ICNXM GUMET HMTUR PENSU TZHMV LODGN MINKA DTLOG HEVNI ...
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Does publishing the md5sum of a private key compromise the private key in any meaningful way?

If I have a 4096 DSA private key used for signing binaries, and I want to ensure that a partner has an identical server using the same private key, can I send the md5sum of the private keys over an ...
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How does PKI work for the client side?

As I send this question as a request to yahoo's server, the information in the request will be encrypted with yahoo's public key (which is available for everyone). Then the information will arrive at ...
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How to get my GNUPG Elgamal private key exponent?

I have tried googling around. The closest solution I get is: private.key contains the private key file. $pgpdump -i private.key But this only gives me the following: ElGamal p ElGamal g ElGamal y ...
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In theory, can a restricted-use ToR network be created with “Verifiable Encryption”? How should I approach learning it?

I have mobile devices (low power, low bandwidth) need to act as a proxy for certain types of P2P encrypted data, such as voting, bitcoin payment, or other specific-purpose usage, and I want to make ...
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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 a Tor exit node know the public key of the client?

When the Tor exit node executes the client's request and receives a response from the server, it must create an onion cell that can be reversely decrypted along a circuit through the Tor network. ...
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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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Cracking a linear congruential generator

I was recently listening to the security now podcast, and they mentioned in passing that the linear congrunential generator (LCG) is trivial to crack. I use the LCG in a first year stats computing ...
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Untraceable Digital Cash?

I have read some articles regarding digital cash that is untraceable (Here). Their protocol is provided below Withdrawal: Alice creates an electronic coin and blinds it. Alice sends the ...