Encryption is the process of transforming plaintext using a cipher to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing the key.

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Encryption test failed [migrated]

I am facing a problem when attempting to send an encrypted email via Enigmail (Thunderbird) in Ubuntu 14.04. I was following the Email Self-Defense guide https://emailselfdefense.fsf.org/en/ ...
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Are digital signature algorithms subject to the same types of attack as public-key encryption algorithms?

I understand that digital signatures are usually implemented by encrypting a message digest with a private key, decrypting the resulting signature with a public key, and verifying that the message ...
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ECDSA ciphers and forward secrecy question about key exchange

I have heard that with forward secrecy that the ECDSA ciphers generate different keys for "each session" because they are not dependent on the private key of the server. My question is how is "each ...
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How to build the End-to-End GPG extension for Chrome [on hold]

In June 2014, Google announced work on a Chrome extension for Gmail to provide End-to-End email encryption using GPG. Has anyone managed to build this extension? I've followed the build instructions ...
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Can my IT department read my Google Hangouts chats while at work?

Is Google hangouts encrypted? Would my work's IT guys be able see pictures and text I send while on a work computer? Yes I know I shouldn't be sending stuff I don't want them to see while at work, but ...
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Possibility of using CA as an attack point by governmental organizations under their pressure

I was always concerned about the model of trust behind CA stuff we use . Well, for most of us, it is OK to trust them, since they are reliable organizations with a bunch of solid experience. ...
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Security margin of a winzip, Winrar password of 64 characters against GPU cracking

what s the longterm security margin of of a winzip or Winrar file encrypted with aes-256 and a password consisting of 64 completely random characters set a-z 0-9 and other printable special ...
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Is encrypting something more than once safer than hashing more than once?

I am aware of the implications that hashing something more than once correctly will increase the security of a system, but doing it incorrectly will decrease it, as noted here and on various other ...
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How are secure hashing and encryption algorithms proven? [migrated]

Given that: You should always use proven secure hashing and encryption algorithms, rather than attempting to write your own. What's the process for criteria for an algorithm being proven? Is ...
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Identifying/decrypting hashed/encrypted data [on hold]

This weekend I took part in an security challenge. I had great fun doing it but i found a huge gap in my knowledge that I'm really keen to fill and hope someone here can help get me pointing in the ...
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Extract AES key by comparing plaintext and encrypted data

Is there a kind of analysis which would enable me to get AES key which was used for encrypting arbitrary data while I have both original and encrypted version of data ? The problem is that the AES ...
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Drawbacks to only using TLS 1.2 ciphers in OpenSSL

I understand you would not want to do this as it would limit compatibility for older devices and platforms. However if someone were in an all TLS1.2 environment, say a very well managed internal ...
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Why do we use such a redundant language (English) for network communication? [on hold]

I have heard throughout the internet that English is incredibly redundant. So why do we turn English messages in to a cipher which is then, from my understanding more vulnerable to letter frequency ...
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Choosing right way to secure access to server access via socket

I have an application running on a server, that has an exposed socket to the Internet to communicate with client that is/are application(s) on a phone. How would one go about properly securing the ...
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Why can't you decrypt an encrypted message with just the public key? [migrated]

How does asymmetric crypto work? For example, if you use PGP in emails, you generate a private key that is known only to you and a public key, which is available to everyone. Is there a simple way ...
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How are HSMs used in payment processing on the server?

I came to know recently that HSMs are used in credit card processing on the server side but since I don't work in that space and stumped as to why its needed. I can see it used in an ATM machine - ...
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Truecrypt Password Problem, Have Recovery Disk [migrated]

I am trying to log in to a laptop that has not been used since the end of last year. The laptop has Truecrypt 7.1 along with Windows 7. I am 99% sure i am using the correct password. On entering the ...
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Is there a secure way to create and distribute Shamir Secrets?

This Shamir Secret sharing utility consumes the secret key, and then generates N keys that must be manually distributed to each person. This is probably fine for most low-security situations, but not ...
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Easiest solution for automatic encryption of files on Dropbox?

I don't trust Dropbox to keep my files secure. In fact, the same goes for all the other file clouds. What I'd like is a easy and cross platform means of encrypting files that I add and read from ...
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Using different algorithms to slow down GPU password cracking

I have some job related files I have already compressed with 7Z. I have protected each with good 10 character passwords consisting of upper, and lower cases, numbers and special characters. And I ...
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Using AES as a Stream Cipher

I need to send a lot of small messages that are usually between 128 bits and 256 bits long, and each message is encrypted with a separate 128 bit AES key. Therefore, to send each message with the key ...
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Entering payment information in Android Apps

I'm concerned how android apps that integrate payment processing deal with secure financial information.When purchasing through these apps the apps show the Webpage of the bank asking for credentials. ...
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Are all TCP connection protected by IPsec?

I hope this question fits this stackexchange: From what I understand, IPSec takes care of encrypting everything above the IP layer (transport, application). Does that mean that if I open a socket ...
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Some http requests are not send encrypted by vpn! Why?

I subscribed to a VPN service recently, and installed wireshark to take a look at the traffic sent from my computer. Practically all of it goes through UDP protocol, encrypted. But there are two HTTP ...
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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 to identify Encryption algorithm for data coming in field/attribute values of an xml

I have data coming in the form of XML with certain XML attributes being encrypted. I am very new to encryption/decryption. So I would like a detailed explanation on how to find the encryption ...
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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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What's the most secure way to send information from one device to another?

I need to send sensitive information from one piece of hardware to another. I was thinking wifi, but if someone obtains the password, it wouldn't be encrypted. I don't think you can use ssl unless ...
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How is ZixCorp able to provide email encryption without a password?

I am trying to understand how/if an email I received is being encrypted. A financial institution sent me a verifiable email (i.e. not phising) asking me to fill out a pdf form to complete a ...
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Adding photos to Truecrypted, gapless laptop from camera safely

I have a Truecrypted, airgapped (no internet connectivity at all) laptop that I use as a completely secure computer for sensitive files. I want to add images from my iPhone (I know), camera or other ...
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How to combine a key and a password in practice

Alice wants to encrypt her data. She is not comfortable with using only a password. While she prefers to use a properly random crypto key, she isn't confident she can protect the key file from theft ...
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What else do I need to secure my data in an encrypted non-system drive?

I have to use an almost seven years old laptop running Windows 7 ultimate and want to encrypt my hard disk to protect my private data (e.g. documents, pictures, Dropbox, etc.). I encrypted a ...
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Locking a partition/drive [migrated]

I am working in an environment where people share the same PC running Windows 7. I would like to put my private files in an encrypted partition so that I can lock it when I leave the PC, yet leave the ...
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Composing and Inverting Symmetric Encryption Keys

First Question: Using a symmetric encryption algorithm E on a message M, users usually send E(M) to the recipient and then the recipient will compute E^-1(E(M))=M to retrieve the message. If M is ...
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Is there a secret-sharing public-key-encryption-based service? [closed]

I need to share some sensitive information with someone else who can only communicate via E-mail. I don't love the idea of sharing this information freely over email in plain text, so I was ...
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Will an IP packet to the own IP address ever leave the computer? [duplicate]

I am working on a system that consists of several applicaitons communicating with each other. Some of these applications will run on the same server and some will run on a different one. So there is ...
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How can DH provide a known secret to two parties over an unencrypted connection without it being intercepted via MITM?

Without using Private and Public keypairs, i do not understand how Diffie-Hellman is able to generate a secret key between two parties on the internet without passing something between that could be ...
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HTTP vs. HTTPS- detailed procedure to implement HTTPS [migrated]

I have a third party system deployed on Apache web server and Jbose application server, but no SSL implemented. Please tell me the detail procedure on how can I implement the HTTPS feature on my ...
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Can ISP use MITM attack to “break” encrypted traffic?

Use connection of A and B as an example. Their communications were encrypted by Public Key Encryption. Before they exchange their public key, ISP MITM attacked. A got "B"'s public key (ISP generated) ...
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Is server-side access control sufficient or should I encrypt querystrings

I've got an ASP Classic system that passes around sequential ids corresponding to keys in the database. I had gotten an encryption module (chilkat, an activex control) that I was using to encrypt and ...
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Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM?

Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap partition/file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM by an application?
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A folder lock/encryption program that can do this? [closed]

I am looking for a program that can lock or encrypt folder, but in case if my laptop is stolen and C drive is reformatted and reinstalled, and i have locked folders on D drive, these folders to remain ...
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XTS vs AES-CBC with ESSIV for file-based filesystem encryption

In a blog post I recently read called "You Don't Want XTS," the author explains some of the pitfalls of using XTS to encrypt filesystems. Specifically, he recommends against ever sharing encrypted ...
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Break the popularity contest crypto

There is a very interesting puzzle on the Programming Puzzles and Code Golf site to Rearrange pixels in an image so it can't be recognized and then get it back. I understand that this is not ...
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VPS Privacy: OpenVZ vs KVM vs Xen

Considering OpenVZ, KVM and Xen: Which VM technology is the most difficult for the host's administrators to access given an encrypted root partition? Can I have a reasonable expectation that rogue ...
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user defined counter increment function for blowfish CTR in java [migrated]

We did some research but couldn't find the answer. The javax crypto blowfish counter increment function seems to be fixed ( standard inc by 1? ). How to change the increment function, say by 4? Or ...
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Hacking machines using internet packets [closed]

I have a friend (X) who hacked the whatsapp account of someone (Y) using iphone. He told me that he sent a packet to the iphone of Y that appears as a normal whatsapp message but now he can see all ...
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PCI compliant transparent data encryption at disk/folder level on windows?

Is there a way to achieve pci compliant data encryption at disk/folder level in windows in a way that is transparent to applications(they must be able to write/read to encrypted folders/disks as if ...
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Encryption mechanism

I want to send data over the Internet securely. For that, I am using an public key of the receiver to encrypt the data. In this case, if an intruder in the network modifies the data, like placing the ...
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Database compromised and some passwords cracked

I run an MMORPG game and today while moving from one server to another, apache failed and listed some of the data on the server including a back-up of all the source code + database which a few people ...