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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Given a hash, salt, charset and password length, how do you get the password without brute-forcing it?

I got that question on an exercise and I'm not sure what to answer. Without conventional brute-forcing and without a rainbow table, how could I find out the password? An improved brute-force ...
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What are best practices to adhering to HIPAA encryption requirements?

As HIPAA's language is somewhat vague when it comes to actual technical requirements, what are best practices for PHI encryption for HIPAA compliance? I've seen varying levels at different ...
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Are smart watches secure?

My Pebble smartwatch, like many (most?) other smart watches, uses Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart, BLE, BTLE, etc) to communicate with my smart phone. There's some security in the link, ...
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What does hardware full disk encryption imply?

I read the wikipedia article and few others, however I still don't have some things clear. The main question would be what does hardware full disk encryption imply for the user, however I have more ...
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Vigenere polyalphabetic cipher [closed]

A Vigenere polyalphabetic cipher has a repeated keyword length of k, and encrypts any of 26 letters using a rotation cipher. What is the keyspace of this cipher?
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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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What are the main security considerations that must be taken into account if you intend on creating a (localised) whistleblower website?

Also: Is it something that can be achieved with limited funds? I ask because I am intrigued by the obstacles that are in place.
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How do you protect strings in code from users decompiling them and seeing them [duplicate]

For an example say we have an application such as a client based application which connects to an API using an api key. We are saying for this purpose there is no OAuth. How would a string or in this ...
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Which is the Best Cipher Mode and Padding Mode for AES Encryption? [closed]

As per PCI-DSS 3.4 requirement: For storing Credit Card Data Strong Cryptography should be used. I decided to use AES Encryption which is a strong and mostly recommended crypto for encrypting ...
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Designing a security and encryption strategy for MongoHQ

I'm trying to design the best strategy to achieve the following goals: Securing data-on-the-wire between my server and MongoHQ. Encrypting all data-at-rest with MongoHQ (possibly key values as ...
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How to store Initialization Vector securely for AES Encryption? [duplicate]

I'm using AES Encryption for encrypting credit card details and so I will store my DEK in Ecnrypted form and do we need to encrypt the Initialization vector for storage?
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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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How to decrypt the Encrypted DEK using KEK which are separated in servers?

Decrypting the DEK using KEK under PCI-Standards, which are separated by Servers: Let say for example we have server1 and server2 Server1: It is in East US, called it as Application Server. ...
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How to use encryption on proprietary software

I wonder if it's possible to develop a secure point to point encryption application (a pgp message application for example) on a proprietary software. If such an application was developed, let say on ...
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Are there Ciphers designed to be slow?

To safely store a passwords, it is better to store them hashed using a hashing function designed to be slow like bcrypt. The goal is to trump brute force attacks. Are there any ciphers slow enough to ...
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Are post requests secure?

If a post request is sent from a client on a website without SSL, is the request secure? For example, I visit a site badsecurity.com, and I login using a password: Will this password be encrypted ...
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What is a good rebuttal to users who wish all data WITHIN Db be encrypted?

I am building an application in VB.NET (WinForms) utilizing SQL Server 2008 R2 as a Backend. The application is to track employee's money they defer each paycheck, or month, to deposit into separate ...
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How is it on some removable media, when enabling/disabling password protection the changes happen immediately?

For example I have a WD Passport external hard drive. After installing WD security I can enable and disable password protection, however the settings basically get applied instantaneously. Does this ...
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NaCl: US Export Regulations

I'm in charge of a product security in our US based startup and I plan to use NaCl for encryption (well, Sodium, actually). I'm trying to navigate the labyrinth of US export regualtions - something I ...
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Theoretical key encryption question

I have a question regarding encryption and message sending. There are 2 hosts, A and B with their own secret key kA and kB (assuming this is not PKI). It is known that when A wants to send a message ...
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Does restarting an encrypted session increase security and deter attacks?

When a user initiates a SSH connection for example, keys are exchanged and a session is established with a new "passphrase" each time. If an attacker were to attempt to brute force this connection, ...
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Is it possible to restrict USB keys to only certified ones, and block that key's access on other computers

I am working on security for an organisation, we have purchased some encrypted USB keys but wanted to stop any employees leaking data. is there any way to stop their laptop accepting any key but the ...
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How do I decrypt an Adobe Triple DES ECB-mode encrypted password?

So as you may have heard, the Adobe user database with 130 million records was leaked recently. I want to find out what password I used for the Adobe account I created to make sure that I'm not using ...
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Storing original length of encrypted message

Does storing the actual length of the message in metadata make an encrypted message more vulnerable to attack?
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Questions about RSA/asymmetric key encryption?

I've been reading a lot about quantum computers and RSA. I know RSA security relies on the difficulty of factoring an extremely large number with just two prime factors. Apparently quantum computers ...
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What are the steps to take in order to securely transmit credit card information via a standard web form?

I have a client who wants to be able to have new customers who sign up with them online for a delivery service to be able to submit their credit card information as well. Once the information is ...
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Where to keep key file used as composite key for Keepass 2

I used to use a master password and "Windows User Account" to get into my password datasbase with Keepass 2. Then I realized the "Windows User Account" option is garbage because if you ever want to ...
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TLS Renegotiation Indication Extension vulnerability

I am trying to understand the TLS Renegotiation Indication Extension from the RFC. I can understand that it is related to the fact that the renegotiation is sent under the encrypted stream, but I ...
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How can it be possible to have encrypted communication between a server and a client if the server has only a public key [duplicate]

If only the server has an electronic certificate (User ID, Version, Public key), how can be possible the encrypted communication between the client and the server?
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Server Encryption - Best practice [closed]

Q: For servers running Windows 2008 and up, what would be the most reliable whole disk encryption? We want to protect our data from unauthorized access. Right now, we used BitLocker. However, the ...
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Why are PSTN lines not encrypted?

While reading this article: Does Skype use encryption? I came to know that PSTN do not have encryption. Why it is like that? More so since we have our PSTN phones now more powerful (in terms of ...
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Best practices on securely storing access tokens

What would be the best practices for storing access tokens of another api for your users? In particular I'm developing an application with some friends that let's user log into Facebook to both ...
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Should I encrypt Long-lived Facebook Access Token when storing them in my DB?

I own an application that grabs some Long-Lived Facebook Access token, in order to be use later according to the corresponding logged user. Should I need to encrypt them before storing them, to avoid ...
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How secure is EncFS compared to TrueCrypt?

If I choose the paranoia option for EncFS and for TrueCrypt I create containers using the encryption algorithm AES-Twofish-Serpent and the Hash Algorithm Whirlpool. Are both methods equally secure, ...
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Snapchat clone: How do I secure pre-downloaded notifications so that they cannot be opened outside of the app?

Say I'm making a snapchat clone app for Android and iOS. Let's say that I get a snapchat from Baz. I want to pre-download the audio for this snapchat. However, as the developer, I want to secure this ...
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Is encryption less resistant to brute-forcing compared to hashing?

I understand that a hashing algorithm like bcrypt uses several rounds of hashing to make it computationally expensive for a brute-force attack. How does encryption work against a brute-force attack? I ...
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How to store user credentials like Mint.com [duplicate]

If you have a website that need to store user's credentials for other sites, how do you store those credentials securely? An example is Mint.com where you give them your username/password for your ...
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What does Windows's built-in encryption do, if I can seemingly always read my encrypted files?

I'm playing around with certificates and encryption on a Windows system, but either it isn't working or I don't know how it should works. When I encrypt a file its name changes to green. But then, I ...
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In regards to GPG4Win, what does “use NAME as default secret key”?

1- what does "use NAME as default secret key" do in Kleopatra tool options? The reason why I ask this, is I have a looooong password for my certificate. And apparently this becomes a hassle when ...
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How to simply and efficiently generate different keys from one password?

I saw here that using the same key to encrypt and mac (in that order) a message could eventually be unsafe. What is the best way to generate two different keys from the same password (using a PBKDF ...
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How does a third party file encryption get along with OS native file encryption?

I sort of understand what is meant by no security level beyond "cannot break it" but I have a much more involved question about having more than one form of encryption on a computer at once. Suppose ...
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How do you know if blowfish key is correct?

Encryption novice here so maybe this question makes no sense... Obviously if you know what the clear text is and it decrypts right, you have it. But if someone is running through keys to break the ...
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Password prompt before en-/decryption to prevent Side Channel Attacks on FPGA?

When we are using a FPGA for file, container or full-disk encryption, we need to input a password for encryption/decryption process. How can we prevent side channel attacks to steal password for a ...
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Is my approach to anonymous certificate based HTTP(s) authentication and secure private messaging sound?

I'm trying to work out a somewhat anonymous secure messaging system, and was hoping someone could validate my overall approach. Keep in mind, this all takes place over HTTPS. Authentication While ...
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Security Measures For Banking Information

I am creating a site that will allow users to input their banking account number so I can pay them for their services. I am far from a security expert and would like some insights into the best ...
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Are there any fast Homomorphic Obfuscuation techniques available?

Assuming that cryptography falls into one of three areas: Awfully weak protocols and algorithms, that are trivial to break with a low amount of effort and resources Cryptographically strong ...
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in which format this code is encoded ? and how i decode it? [closed]

"jmHMRWncShQ%3D" this is my encoded text , i want to know that in which format , this text was encoded , and also want to know that how i decode these types of code ??? this password may be ...
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WPA2 enterprise credentials involved in encryption?

Since encryption keys are session-based in WPA2 enterprise, if person A obtains person B's credentials, will person B's encryption key still be safe? Is there any way person A could use person B's ...
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Key-Exchange Algorithms VS Local Key Generation?

I was wondering the difference in term of Security, Computational cost and Network overhead between the use of : A Key-Exchange Algorithm (e.g. Diffie–Hellman) to set up a symmetric key. The ...
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Hash the signing key of an authentication token in database

I have clients which are all browsers. All clients render just a single page application getting data from a Web API. The design of the API follows REST principles. I use token-based authentication ...