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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Why can't I use the same key for encryption and MAC?

I wrote a simple file encryption program as an example of how to do encryption correctly, but after reading a questions about encryption + MAC, I think I made a mistake by using the same key for both. ...
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Why can't apple simply add the backdoor now and then remove it after the FBI is done?

Summary of the current situation by @TTT Apple released an open letter to the public outlining their reasons for not complying with the FBI's demands to modify the iPhone's security mechanism. ...
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Are powerline ethernet adapters inherently secure?

I have 2 Zyxel PLA407 powerline adapters. Router is downstairs connected to one adapter, other adapter is upstairs about 30 feet away connected to a desktop. I have a house, not an apartment or ...
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How secure are my passwords in the hands of Firefox using a Master Password?

I'm relying on Firefox to remember my passwords, using a Master Password of more than 25 characters. How secure is this set-up?
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Timing attack against HMAC in authenticated encryption?

In an answer to another question of mine, it was noted that a class using standard string comparison functions when checking the HMAC in authenticated encryption would make the class vulnerable to ...
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OS with encrypted RAM?

Are there any applications, JIT frameworks or operating systems that focus on encrypted virtual memory, or perhaps virtual machines that do something similar? I know there are processors (albeit old, ...
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What is the difference between SSH and IPsec?

There seems to be similar encryption going into both. They both use asymmetric (RSA, elliptic curves, etc) for the initial key exchange, then go to some symmetric (AES, Blowfish, etc) protocol. I'm ...
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What should I know before configuring Perfect Forward Secrecy?

PFS has gained attention in our audit department because of its innate ability to limit our exposure if someone steals our private key. What pitfalls or common mistakes should I be aware of before ...
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Smartphone / GSM Sniffer

This question would be in the category of SmartPhone Sniffers. So we have sniffers that can show the packets that are being sent across a wired or wireless (802.11) network. I am just performing a ...
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Am I wrong to believe that passwords should never be recoverable (one way hash)?

I recently forgot my password for our cable provider online account, only to discover that they sent it to us via plain text in an email. I quickly sent an email to customer support asking them if ...
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Encrypting user data using password and forgot my password

I am planning to do a web application which stores a lot of personal stuff (info, photos...). And to give users a sense of protection, I want to encrypt the data before storing it to the database. ...
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sniffing/recording GSM 3G signals

Is it possible to sniff or record and process GSM 3G signals (from some reciever) given that there is no other signals interrupting etc (the most comfortable conditions) Update (with some supporting ...
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How do I securely store and retrieve a many-time use key?

I am performing some symmetric database encryption/decryption in .net. I am using a single 256 bit private key. (1) Where do I store this key when not in use? (2) How do I securely retrieve this ...
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Can a nation-state adversary perform a MITM attack by compelling a CA to issue them with fake certs?

As I understand it, with any encryption system based on a trust chain / CAs (eg SSL, TLS, S/MIME), it would be possible for a nation-state adversary (such as the NSA) to compel the CA to issue them ...
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Are the encryptions “broken” with great computing power?

http://www.dwavesys.com/en/pressreleases.html#lm_2011 Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) has entered into an agreement to purchase a quantum computing system from D-Wave Systems Inc. I'm ...
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Authenticated Encryption vs. contained and encrypted checksum/hash?

So I read through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authenticated_encryption and http://www.cryptopp.com/wiki/Authenticated_Encryption and I don't seem to be following the concept. From the simple ...
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How expensive is it to guess a 15 character password, and should I be worried?

I'm currently using AES encryption (at home) on GNU/Linux (one of LUKS AES-256 variants with xts) and on Windows 7 (Truecrypt) with a 15 characters password (alphanumeric lowercase only plus _). ...
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Chrome showing cryptography as 'obsolete' [duplicate]

Similar to this question, Chrome is showing the connection cryptography as obsolete. Opera, IE and Firefox seem perfectly fine with the connection. My guess would be the message authentication is ...
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What's the mathematical model behind the security claims of symmetric ciphers and digest algorithms?

Why can SHA-1 be considered a secure hash function? That's something I still wonder about. I understand the concepts of why modern asymmetric algorithms are deemed to be secure. They are founded on ...
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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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Without SSL, what vantage point does one need to MITM non-SSL'd HTTP?

OK, so there are two things here: being able to read the content of the requests and responses, and then being able to modify them. The former may depend on the latter, I'm not sure. But basically, ...
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What are private key cryptography and public key cryptography, and where are they useful?

I don't understand the real world usage scenarios of these cryptography methods. Can any one please explain how they work, with examples and also their usage in the real world?
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Is applying AES multiple times safer?

The KeePass security help page talks about preventing dictionary attacks To generate the final 256-bit key that is used for the block cipher, KeePass first hashes the user's password using ...
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Cascading Encryption Algorithm using mcrypt or GnuGP

I'm trying to a cascading cipher encryption algorithm to encrypt a textfile via mcrypt. I'm essentially trying to emulate the behavior of TrueCrypt, where it can cascade two or three different cipher ...
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What kinds of encryption are _not_ breakable via Quantum Computers?

There's the recent article NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption. Now I'm not surprised by the NSA trying anything1, but what slightly baffles me is the word ...
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stronger encryption for SSH keys

I configured my server to encrypt user passwords using 500,000 rounds of SHA-512. The question is, how does the standard AES-128-CBC encrypted SSH private key stack up to that, provided the same (or ...
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Which Instant Messaging services use or allow secure protocols, and what do those protocols cover?

We all know there's a myriad of Instant Messaging (IM) services out there. But, which of these services uses or permits protocols that actually secure your communications? For those that do, what ...
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Securing a laptop against attacks (article)

I came across this article when looking for ways of hardening my laptop, and this guide seemed extremely thorough. It is perhaps overly paranoid, but it will be good to have a guide I can trust should ...
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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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How to secure a WiFi network?

What do I have to do to secure a WiFi network? Is there any best practices? I have been recommended to use WPA2 encryption on the router, is that enough? What can I do to improve the security even ...
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Which SSL/TLS ciphers can be considered secure?

The OpenSSL website provides a long list of different ciphers available for SSL and TLS. My question is, which of those ciphers can be considered secure nowadays. I am especially interested in HTTPS, ...
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In PGP, why not just encrypt message with recipient's public key? Why the meta-encryption?

It's described very well by this diagram. It seems like the process used is convoluted and more round-about than it needs to be. Why is an intermediate random key generated for the payload's ...
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How to roll my own security mechanism - avoid SSL

I'm looking at implementing my own security mechanism rather than using SSL due to SSL being 'hopelessly broken' and also because it is an interesting exercise :) This is for a client-server internet ...
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When using AES and CBC, is it necessary to keep the IV secret?

If I encrypt some data with a randomly generated Key and Initialization Vector, then store all three pieces of information in the same table row; is it necessary to encrypt the IV as well as the Key? ...
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How to securely send private keys

What is the recommend way and best-practice to send private keys and SSL private keys? I was thinking of zipping up the files, then using gpg: gpg -c thefile.zip The problem then becomes how do you ...
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Using TPM with DMcrypt?

Is it possible to use TPM for storage of some private key? It's not a full-disk encryption , I want it to be compatible with existing LUKS, just add another key, and store it in the TPM.
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Can Skype chat be protected from snooping? Are there safe alternatives?

I use Skype a lot. With all of my clients, staff, contractors and friends, however, the acquisition by Microsoft worries me, as two of my clients are direct MS competitors, and I often work on long ...
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In a browser web server communication, who decides which encryption protocol to use [duplicate]

My IE browser has SSLv3.0, TLS 1.0,1.1 and 1.2 enabled in the advanced settings. And (I was informed by my server admin) my web server can encrypt data in SSLv3.0 and TLS 1.0 Now which system ...
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How can the impact of cold boot attacks be minimized?

Short of powering down and maintaining physical security for sufficient time, what are effective strategies for keeping keys from being disclosed by cold-boot attacks, and can anything be done without ...
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How should passwords be stored if they must be recoverable?

By "encrypting" passwords you are violating CWE-257: Storing Passwords in a Recoverable Format. But this is exactly what the French government wants. They want to be able to obtain the passwords of ...
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How secure is aSSL (javascript)? Does it effectively mimic SSL?

Some of you may be familiar with the aSSL project, which uses AJAX/PHP to mimic the SSL protocol. It uses RSA 512 or 1024 for the keys, and AES for the actual data. It looks impressive to me in ...
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When is it appropriate to SSL Encrypt Database connections?

Let's say I have a web server I setup, and then a database server. However, they are communicating locally and are behind firewall. In my opinion, no SSL is needed here right? The only time to use ...
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How can one secure a password/key in source code [duplicate]

If there is a need for source code to have a password in it, how should this be secured? This is purely an example, but say there is an app that is using an API, and you don't want to expose ...
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Securing an E-commerce site

I'm building a custom e-commerce site, and the user will input their credit card details on the site instead of being directed to the payment gateway's site. I'm confused as to what the critical ...
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Will double encryption increase the security of cipher vs bruteforce?

Assume I have a function encrypt(mes,key) where mes is the message, and key is the key. The length of key is 64 bits. Last but not least: assume the only way to crack my cipher is a brute-force ...
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Encryption and the “security time decay” of prior encrypted data

This question is on the assumption that any data once encrypted, may (eventually) be decrypted through Brute force (compute power/time) Exploits in the cryptography used Theft of private keys ...
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Where does SSL encryption take place?

I checked the data transmission of an HTTPS website (gmail.com) using Firebug. But I can't see any encryption to my submitted data (username and password). Where does SSL encryption take place?
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How would I implement “Broadcast Encryption”?

I have a stream that I want to encrypt for broadcast to 10,000 subscribers. I know I should encrypt this data using a symmetric key; and also intend that this symmetric key will be rotated every 30 ...
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What's the State of the Art of Homomorphic Encryption?

I get the impression from some internet resources I have skimmed that homomorphic encryption is yet computationally very inefficient. However, an Infineon press release from 2010 says that the CPUs of ...
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Is the same decryption key used for data on the server as locally with Lastpass?

Lastpass stores the password databases encrypted on the server. Does it give a database to anyone who asks? If no, then what authentication (i.e. password) is used? I use Lastpass on multiple devices ...