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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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, airgapped 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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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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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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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 ...
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Importance of password strength with secure element?

Greetings SE security community. Background: I have a number of items like certificates, databases, and encrypted file systems that require private keys. In order to avoid having duplicates of these ...
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How is the Premaster secret used in TLS generated?

I believe that it uses some combination of the random values sent in the hello messages. From RFC 2246: (TLSv1.0) RSA encrypted premaster secret message Meaning of this message: If RSA is ...
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pci compliance and temporary files

Does storing temporarily a non-encrypted file containing some PANs violate pci requirements? (for example because it is being processed by an application, or to open it on a file editor)
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PHP/Ajax Data transmission security

I'm learning about web security mechanisms. I have developed the following system in PHP and JavaScript: assuming that I have a page named: messages.php which is a real-time chat system. first when ...
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How to generate a superkey to decrypt strings

I'm working on an application where users have a key or password generated by me that is used to encrypt a string. Each user has their personal key, and no user should be able to decrypt another ...
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Can any ECC field element be safely serialized as “compressed” and then restored as uncompressed?

I have a library that stores all its ECC Field Elements in uncompressed form, in a bloated Base64 XML format, and storage has become a concern. (We want to support QR code as a form factor,etc) ...
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Safety of using web based proxy?

Lets say for example I have to use a public online proxy like https://www.zend2.com to load a PHP webpage controlled by me containing sensitive data over HTTPS. How would I make sure that the proxy ...
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GPG encryption and signing

Why don't the commands gpg2 --armor --sign file.txt and gpg2 --clearsign file.txt have the same output? Also when I use just --sign I get a bunch of binary gibberish surrounding the message in ...
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What are the benefits of encryption for everyday people?

In addition to the fact that encryption systems like PGP are notoriously difficult to use, and that encryption doesn't always jive with cloud-based services like webmail, the fact is that most people ...
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What Linux software can I use to explore entropy of a file?

I've heard of tools that could be used to graph entropy of a file. Is there a graphical Linux program that I could use for this job that would let me conveniently explore which blocks of a file have ...
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Identifying stream cipher algorithm based on encrypted content

Is it possible to identify the algorithm used for the stream cipher based upon analysis of an encrypted stream?
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Would it be possible to add additional files to a password protected zip 2.0 file

So the scenario is this: I don't have the ability to determine/recover the master password for a production system that uses zip 2 archives. However, I need to be able to add new files to existing ...
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In TLS1.2 AES-GCM mode, what happened when input is not exactly the multiple of its block size?

I know that AES-GCM mode does not need padding, and its output are exactly the length of input data plus the tagging. But I am a little bit lost, as AES itself is block cipher, it could only operate ...
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can I trust Boxcryptor closed source software? Encryption of files for cloud hoster

Boxcryptor https://www.boxcryptor.com is not Open Source. Can I trust this? Is it secure? No government backdoor? Because there is no alternative for OS X and iOS.
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Using ECC like RSA, to Encrypt/Decrypt

Is there any way to implement encryption/decryption using ECC, like RSA does? For example, say some user wants to send a message containing a symmetric key to user X. Then, in RSA, I could just ...
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Traveling abroad with encryption software on my computer [closed]

I have software installed on my computer that has encryption capabilities. This is the case both for things like VPN/SSL, and also GPG. I don't really use GPG (there are not that many people I can use ...
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Sector of small data encryption and transmission

I'm not sure my question is right for this site but still, since its information security so here it goes, I really want to know is there any sector of data encryption that allows or deals with very ...
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Is it theoretically possible to decrypt a file without the key/password?

Hear me out ... On TV shows like Criminal Minds they make it out to appear that any encrypted files can be easily decrypted, even without a key. The character, Garcia, just simply "pushes some ...
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Are files hosted on cloud servers/websites/databases manually checked by people?

I was wondering ... when I upload a file to, say, Dropbox, does anybody personally check it to see what it is? Say I upload a copy of my Blu-ray movie to cloud storage ... will anyone check, and ...
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What is the strategy used by the itunes store and Google Play to protect and securely install applications on eligible devices?

The requirements for a system like itunes store or google play are as follows; identify and authenticate the user determine if the user has paid for a given app if s/he has, securely transmit the ...
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Properties of AES Encryption

First of all, I apologize if these questions can be answered using a web search, but I'm sort of a crypto noob and don't know what to search for. Given N AES encrypted messages (where the message ...
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How to store a hexadecimal string representation in C++ for use in cryptography

Homework question The full question is the following: Suppose you are told that the one time pad encryption of the message "attack at dawn" is 09e1c5f70a65ac519458e7e53f36 (the plaintext letters are ...
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Encrypting data within SQLite database in JAVA - How to store key?

So, a bit of context before I start may be handy. I am developing a JAVA desktop application which will use an SQLite database to store/process data. The application will utilize authentication to ...
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How to decrypt a file when I have its key?

How could I decrypt a file (encrypted with AES-128) using openssl ? I do not remember the passphrase I used to encrypt it, but I saved the key generated and used to encrypt my file. How could I use ...
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How can my employer be a man-in-the-middle when I connect to Gmail? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand SSL/TLS. What follows are a description of a scenario and a few assumptions which I hope you can confirm or refute. Question How can my employer be a man-in-the-middle when ...
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How to identify an encryption algorithm [duplicate]

I have found a small encryption in a programm and would like to identify it, in terms of the public name. I have been programming with a DES and with TEA, but what i have here is not even similar with ...
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PBKDF2 hashing over TLS for encrptig password [closed]

i wanna use PBKDF2 hashing over TLS for encrypting password and session and that way stop hackers from breaking into my connection. How to do it in java.
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Why run ondemand scanners in failsafe mode when the virus could have encrypted itself?

The internet is full of guides of how to remove malware on already infected computers. Normally, step 1 is to enter failsafe mode, so that the virus can't interfere with the anti-virus program that ...
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Is amazon S3 secure enough to hold personal documents?

I have a client who is looking to hold personal information such as Driving Licences and Insurance documents in order to verify if a user of the site is who they say they are and lives where they say ...