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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Enigmail: Issue about sending to old key

So I have set up a new GPG key for myself. I previously had one under the same email, but it has since been revoked. I installed enigmail on my new system with this new key and It seems that it is ...
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How safe is this “Multidimensional-Encryption method” (includes xAES, familiar from Unseen.is)?

I would like to ask about this encryption method that I found: USPTO patent and it is related to this question here: A service that claims beyond army level encryption Didn't see any updates on this ...
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Securing data with three USB drives problem

Here is a problem. There is a single piece of sensitive data, which is subject to update and invalidate previous non-updated copies (think of password-protected Bitcoin Core wallet.dat). There are ...
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How to store data that the computer can read but not the user?

In the TV series The Office, Dwight says he uses a diary to keep secrets from his computer. I'm wondering if the opposite is possible: can my computer create a file that it can read but I can't? I ...
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How to crack encrypted disk (crypto-LUKS) in an efficient way?

I had a disk encrypted by crypto-LUKS but forgotten password. I read a question posted here. LUKS HDD Encryption crack But before that I want to know if there's some free software I can use to ...
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Does Oracle's GuardedString protect sensitive data against heap or memory dumps?

Oracle's org.identityconnectors.common.security.GuardedString states this in its documentation: The GuardedString class alleviates [the problem that string data is kept in memory as clear text] by ...
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How do I decrypt this unknown cipher text? [duplicate]

I got this unknow cipher text. Can you solve this? This looks like encoded PHP with base64/str_rot13/gzinflate eval. nI31RZG+Rxb1RZGzRMfsOdNql2K9RsesRLDVOdNqnLWtOdNqRtJtRtm1RZG8OdNrmxb1R/...
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Decrypting keys at the software application level [closed]

Does anyone know what the most common method of decrypting data is? I.e., if something is hashed and not decrypted at the firewall, how is it usually decrypted within a system? Is it integrated into ...
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Is using PGP/MIME or PGP Inline more secure?

Using Enigmail for Thunderbird, the setup wizard automatically sets itself to PGP/MIME and also disables HTML formatting. I am looking for security and have no idea which to use, though I do know HTML ...
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How to secure communications between a web front-end and the web server when/where the HTTPS protocol is compromised?

A country in the Central Asia has issued a law enforcing all the ISPs to decrypt the transit HTTPS traffic and encrypt it with a special certificate issued by the government. Every client is to ...
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Asymmetric key encryption that can have a public decryption key, but encryption key cannot be computed from that [duplicate]

Is there a way where I can distribute a public decryption key, but the encryption key cannot be computed from that key, so that anyone who reads one of my encrypted message, he/she can be quite sure ...
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Is sending a password encrypted or as SHA1 any safer than clear text?

It seems to me that if an attacker can intercept my login request (sent with HTTP POST), then he can replay it later, no matter whether I try obfuscate it or not. What am I missing?
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How would I brute-force a Bitlocker recovery key?

I have imaged a hard disk and used passware, but to no avail - it says Encryption key External key, and not the actual key. How do you think I would go about brute forcing it? Lets assume I had ...
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How are the disk encryption keys protected when a laptop is locked?

If you were installing such operating system as Ubuntu, you would have seen an option to encrypt your home directory or the whole hard drive with an AES 256bit cipher. When your laptop is totally ...
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GEA3 direction clarification

GEA3 (and 4) stands for GPRS Encryption Algorithm. It's specified in 3GPP TS 55.216 (at least used to, until some idiot forced them to hide it because of "export restrictions" or some crap like that). ...
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Where partially homomorphic encryption schemes like BGN are used?

Schemes like Boneh, Goh, and Nissim are interesting, because of support of polynomially many additions and one multiplication. The algorithms are indeed simple https://eprint.iacr.org/2010/182.pdf ...
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Why aren't there FIPS level 4 devices on the market?

While searching for a secure USB to use, I came across the Aegis secure key, which has FIPS Level 3 (140-2) security. I believe that it's the securest flash drive on the market. I found that the ...
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Recommended Crypto Security Setup (Implemented Algorithms)?

Firstly I'm not a crypto expert, however I know how to use algorithms that other people have defined before in practical usages, that is, as long as they live up to their promises. The thing is that ...
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Can I use disk encryption and track my device at the same time, in case it's stolen or lost? [duplicate]

I would like to encrypt a single user profile but have been told EFS isn't the solution. I have a laptop that I leave in my bag and use for work and private purposes. I want to secure data in case my ...
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How secure is a password protected file?

I have a password-protected excel file that stores other personal passwords. Obviously there have been a number of ways to crack the password. community.spiceworks.com Where do you guys store ...
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Encrypting text data by replacing characters?

I have been thinking on this method but did not really get into it because I thought it was stupid to do for some reason, maybe because I've never heard of it and it's pretty obvious. But today I got ...
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Question about AES-CBC IVs

I'm writing a Java program that encrypts strings with AES-CBC encryption. (Eventually I'm going to add steganography functions too). As you are well aware, CBC needs an IV in order to encrypt the ...
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How to safely store/process secret key for JWT

After reading this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30089604/jwt-whats-a-good-secret-key-and-how-to-store-it-in-an-node-js-express-app, on how to store "secret key" to assign JWT tokens. I had ...
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Key-exchange over the network with more than two peers

Me and my team is developing a multiplayer videogame with a Client/Server-Topology. This secures the match from clients who have the intention to cheat because of server authority but still allows the ...
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How to decrypt the below encrypted messages? [closed]

My friend was experimenting with the encryption methods (self-made) to encrypt text using ASCII map. He wanted to try this idea whether this encryption can be broken and so shared an encrypted text ...
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How can I create many-to-one keys in Doctrine/Zend/PHP?

I'm using Zend with Doctrine 2 to store data in a database. For a given user, I encrypt the data with a randomly-generated key specific to that user, and encrypt the key with that user's password ...
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PDF encryption anomaly; version 1.5 using AES

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to ask this question so please accept my apologies in advance if this is the wrong place. (I have already posted this in the Programmers section but I've yet ...
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Is it possible using a file level encryption in addition to TDE in Microsoft SharePoint?

For Microsoft SharePoint, TDE is a great encryption solution to keep databases encrypted. I've tried to find a possible solution to encrypt the files once more using an other level of encryption on ...
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ssh-keygen: How is the seed generated?

How is the seed for ssh-keygen generated? I expect it will take information from /dev/random and request supplementation with system activity if we have insufficient random bits. An Instructor ...
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Vicious circle with certificates - how to trust the server cert?

I have a java app on Android that needs to be able to communicate with a web server over ssl using an client x509 certificate (for encryption negotiation) - the private key is in the java keystore ...
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Securing data passed between two sites via a browser

I need to pass some data securely from one web site to another via a browser. A user visits site A and clicks a link there which takes him to site B; this could be just a link which would produce GET ...
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How can WhatsApp recover messages sent to a damaged phone?

My mom has an Android phone that fell in the water for a couple of seconds, around 16:30. She managed to disassemble the phone and turn it off. We both share a group that is end-to-end encrypted (all ...
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Roll your own encryption - with a twist

I am familiar with Schneier's Law: Any person can invent a security system so clever that he or she can't imagine a way of breaking it. I have read the many posts on this exchange littered with ...
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Ways to generate symmetric and asymmetric keys

We are using Beaglebone Black based custom board, and want to use hybrid encryption for encrypting firmware file, i.e. symmetric for encryption big firmware file and asymmetric for encrypting ...
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Security of an IoT network using AES (LoRaWAN)

I am studying the security of LoRaWAN. Here is a simplified architecture of the network: As you can see, there are two keys: one for the network security (no mitm, no modificatiof the messages). ...
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I want to encrypt certain entries in a database. Is this a good plan?

I'm working on a web app and want to offer the users the option to "encrypt" their account. This wouldn't encrypt everything related to them in the database. Just certain critical fields. I've ...
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Offline Javascript and encrypted secret

When using Javascript online with the server, The server can provide a unique Key and Initialization vector for use in AES-CBC available in Webcrypto API. Each user has key allocated to them. The ...
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Telegram Visibility Into Secret Chat VS Plaintext

Background Telegram Messenger offers an "End-to-End" encrypted channel, with their home brewed MTProto, called Secret Chat. They have "Link Previews" by default in all modes, but Secret Chats, in ...
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How to find out if my MBR has Evil Maid code?

If Truecrypt Bootloader will remain visually the same, how can I find out if it was infected?
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Store encrypted data locally on the phone that the Android and iOS app itself decrypts

I have an iOS and Android app where our "secret sauce" is a bunch of numbers (weights, actually) stored in a database. Our app uses these numbers to compare what the user of the app has given it, and ...
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Secure userserver authentication with authserver

So, lets say we have Bob, Alice and Peter. Peter is trusted by Bob and Peter has an authserver. Bob hosts a userserver and Alice wants to connect to Bob over an insecure channel. But Bob needs to know ...
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How to determine which form of encryption is used? [duplicate]

I have an application which is developed using classis asp. The password is encrypted in the following format - LHFJOJ1234 Can anyone tell me which format is this? I don't have the source code. So ...
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How to decrypt text when four first letters of the key are missing in Facebook CTF contest?

I am beginner in cyber security. Now I am participating on Facebook Catch the Flag contest. I have to solve following task: There is a key. But the first four characters of the key are missing: _ _ ...
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Which protocols exist for end-to-end encrypted group chat?

I am looking for existing protocols for a group chat with two things: End to end encrypted. Just what you would expect: messages are only decipherable by the chat members and message tampering is ...
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What encryption is used by 1password?

I use a password storage application on my Mac called 1password. I was wondering if it encrypts the data it stores on my computer and decrypts it using a key made from my "one password" or if it has ...
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Multiple PGP keys on one server [duplicate]

I have a server on which we are planning to expire the current PGP keys later this year. Now we have several clients which are currently using that PGP key. We want to have another new PGP key pair ...
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Why even use a one-time pad if the key distribution is fully secured?

I had a job interview yesterday where they asked what the only scenario where a one-time pad can be broken would be, my answer to which was "when the key distribution process is not secure enough". ...
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Ansible Vault - how does the encryption work?

I was looking at Ansible Vault which is used for encryption in Ansible playbooks. The Ansible documentation seems to be thin on details of how it works, apart from mentioning that the default cipher ...
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SSL Server-side certificate on client computer? [closed]

There is a server with WCF client, which periodically initiates communications over internet with many WCF services installed on our clients computers. WCF services and WCF clients are hosted in ...
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Protecting master password in memory

Assuming I want to enter master password only one time at the start of the program, how is this master password usually protected in memory after that? Is the encryption key after being derived from ...