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 A Random Salt Work? [duplicate]

I don't understand how using a random salt for hashing passwords can work. Perhaps random salt refers to something other than hashing passwords? Here is my thought process: The salt is used to add ...
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How secure is 7z encryption?

I have a text file in which I store all my bank details. I compress and encrypt it with 7-Zip using the following parameters: Compression parameters: Archive format: 7z Compression level: ...
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Doing a dictionary attack on RSA if you have the public key?

I'm trying to learn exactly how RSA works. Currently I have a very, very simplictic overview that goes like this. Having the public key allows you to encrypt things. Encrypting the same message "...
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Encrypting email for gmail

My friend who is an accountant was asking me what the best way to exchange documents with clients. He was trying to tell me that just sending via email was sufficient and I told him he was insane. I ...
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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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How to encrypt database connection credentials on a web server?

OWASP advise against storing DB credentials in plain text: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Password_in_Configuration_File However, they don't provide suggestions of how to encrypt the DB access ...
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Flaw in encryption through pseudorandom number stream (from PGP documentation)

I was reading PGP docs and came upon a part written by Phil Zimmermann (PGP's creator) that piqued my curiosity: When I was in college in the early 70s, I devised what I believed was a brilliant ...
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Is it possible to construct a passively self-destructing message?

Is it possible to construct a message that passively degrades over time without requiring an external factor to destroy it? Things that are similar, but not what I mean: A hard drive that degrades ...
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openssl: recover key and IV by passphrase

A large amount of files were encrypted by openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -pass pass:MYPASSWORD Openssl should derive key+IV from passphrase. I'd like to know key+IV equivalent of that MYPASSWORD. Is ...
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Are Playstation 4 communications really harder to monitor?

I have read on the net that authorities are having troubles monitoring Playstation 4 communications. As usual the news are very non technical. What makes the Playstation 4 network harder to intercept?...
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How secure is NTFS encryption?

How secure is the data in a encrypted NTFS folder on Windows (XP, 7)? (The encryption option under file|folder -> properties -> advanced -> encrypt.) If the user uses a decent password, can this ...
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SQL field level encryption, how safe is it?

I am considering encrypting my database and/or encrypting only certain columns in a few tables. Is it worth the time? I mean, how much of a burden would it be on someone if they were to get a hold of ...
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Is TrueCrypt safe enough to store clear-text-passwords?

The reason: I want to be able to use a portable USB drive to access my passwords on any machine and OS. TrueCrypt seems to be the only program that has sufficient support on all major platforms. So I ...
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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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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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Would an encryption scheme that generates an extra key to be securely stored offsite be a safe backdoor?

Let me be clear first and foremost: I do not think installing a backdoor in security algorithms is a good idea. They undermine the trust in the software and in the company that provides the service. ...
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How do I prevent copying of my PDF files?

One time while I was printing my documents at a copy center, I saw they dragged-and-dropped my PDFs from my flash drive to their desktop. How do I protect my files without using password? Is there a ...
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Is it dangerous to publicly share ciphertext?

Alice wants to share a message with Bob, but Alice and Bob can never be in the same place at the same time. We can assume they both know each others public keys (or agreed on a shared key, if that ...
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What are the realistic, and most secure crypto for Symmetric, Asymmetric, Hash, Message Authentication Code ciphers?

I'm interested in updating this two pronged question for 2011: What cryptology is most appropriate for low-powered devices (such as a cellphone), and yet still effective? What cryptology is most ...
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Is it safe to write the salt AND/OR the IV at the beggining of an encrypted file?

I want to encrypt a file with AES in CBC mode (maybe another mode is better for file encryption...I don't know, but suggestions are welcome!). What I usually do is that I first write a few random ...
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SSL/TLS - Distinction between self-signed cert and self-signed CA, and other questions?

I have a small personal website which I wish to serve securely over HTTPS. At the moment I do not wish to use a third party CA to sign my certs. I was reading this document on generating a self-signed ...
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In what ways does Full or Partial Homomorphic Encryption benefit the cloud?

Can someone explain, in plain English, the practical ways FHE and PHE can be leveraged in the cloud? Some interesting (and confusing) links include this Microsoft Research PDF and this wiki entry. ...
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The AES Crypt implementation hashes a password 8192 times to generate the key. Is this necessary?

I'm considering encrypting some small files (hundreds of kb apiece) using the AES Crypt reference implementation. Looking at the source, it seems that the encryption key is derived from the IV and the ...
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Is email encryption, as claimed by ProtonMail, possible?

Is it possible to create a Web service that encrypts all messages, such that only the writer, and the person to whom the mail is sent, can read it? In other words, is the theory behind ProtonMail ...
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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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Techniques for Writing Encryption Algorithms (Exclusively For Personal Use)

I'd like to preface this question by stating that I fully understand the dangers of writing your own encryption algorithms, and I would never, ever, use homemade encryption to secure the data of ...
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Storing passwords in reversible form - a genuine use-case

What's wrong with you, you crazy fool, you're not supposed to be able to retrieve a password in plain text! I know. Hear me out. Assume I've got a service that's similar to Mint.com. For those that ...
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Forced into using a static IV (AES)

We've had to extend our website to communicate user credentials to a suppliers website (in the query string) using AES with a 256-bit key, however they are using a static IV when decrypting the ...
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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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What's wrong with storing private keys in the cloud?

I know this sounds like a dumb question, but whats wrong with it? Assuming that all private data is encrypted (by the client) using PBE AES256, then is this scheme more vulerable than storing keys on ...
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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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Understanding HTTPS: why use both symmetric and asymmetric key cryptography? [duplicate]

As a Web Developer I recently realised my understanding of HTTPS is poor and am currently endeavouring to better understand it. After some initial reading I'm left a bit puzzled as to why initially ...
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Can Cryptolocker (Or Other Ransomware) Encrypt Files That Are Already Encrypted?

If you have already encrypted files, are they still vulnerable to being encrypted a second time by a program like Cryptolocker, or would this protect them?
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For users that does not use PGP, what would be the other channel to securely send them a document?

I would like to send a document that is confidential to users that have no clue what PGP is (so no point in teaching them how to install it etc...) via email. The real question is how to do that? ...
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Hide the fact of e-mail communication

Bob has a mistress. Her name is Alice. Bob`s wife Eve knows Bob is unfaithful, but she does not know who the mistress is. Alice does not know Bob is married. Bob needs to communicate with Alice over ...
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Future proof encryption possible in theory?

Let's say I have a message that I want to keep safe for the next 100 years. Is it theoretically possible? Let's say the message is unique (raw picture data, raw video video data, raw text data) and ...
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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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What's the difference between a hashed and an encrypted password?

Alright, so I know this may sound dumb, but I'm having a hard time understanding what an encryption would be since it's different from a hash. I've read up on it, but I'm still not quite sure. So, I ...
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Encrypting files on Google Drive

It's my understanding files kept on Google Drive are not protected. I would like to have them encrypted so that to be able to view or modify them one must enter a password. I foresee a potential ...
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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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CryptoWall 3 - how to prevent and how to decrypt?

My father's computer is now infected with CryptoWall 3, according to the link below. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/cryptowall-ransomware-information#CryptoWall Is there a way to ...
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Does the haystack theory work

The haystack theory is the recommendation to put repeated characters in your password in order to make it harder for brute force to reveal. Does this have any mathematical basis? Or is it snake oil?
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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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Which Cryptography algorithm is used in WhatsApp end-to-end security?

I have a presentation to make on Social Network Security. I have been doing some research regarding this. I did a lot of searching, but was unable to find the Crypto Algorithm used by WhatsApp for ...
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Does AES-192 provide better encryption than AES-256?

this wikipedia article describing AES says: Related-key attacks can break AES-192 and AES-256 with complexities 2^176 and 2^99.5, respectively. Does this mean that AES-256 is actually a weaker ...
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Doubling up or cycling encryption algorithms

I've occasionally read the suggestion to enhance security by either doubling up on encryption algorithms (encrypt a message once with one algorithm, then encrypt the ciphertext again with a different ...
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How (in)secure is POP/IMAP/SMTP

I'm making a few assumptions about basic email security, and I want to confirm or clarify some of these points to make sure I understand the big picture. Please correct me where I'm mistaken: The ...
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For LUKS: The most preferable and safest cipher?

I'm about to encrypt two of my hard drives using LUKS, since I can't really do it myself I use the guide on the Arch Linux wiki (which can be found here). In an example in the guide the cipher ...
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Is it truly possible to store passwords securely, but be able to see the password?

Every place I looked, people recommended that storing passwords via encryption is like storing passwords in plain text. But every place I've looked, everyone recommends using a password manager like ...
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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 ...