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 secure is a partial 64bit hash of a SHA1 160bit hash?

So http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHA-1 SHA-1 produces a 160-bit (20-byte) hash value and As of 2012, the most efficient attack against SHA-1 is considered to be the one by Marc Stevens with ...
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Consider a “zero-knowledge” file host such as mega.co.nz. How can one prevent users to upload unencrypted content?

I am wondering how could a zero-knowledge host such as mega.co.nz prevent users to just upload files in clear, and, for example, to discredit the site by uploading a large quantity of illegal material ...
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What is this encrypted with or where can I find examples of encryptions to compare it with? [closed]

I have a hash thingy I am trying to decode and I have done relatively little with encryption, though I would like to try to learn some more. The hash is: 1YMTpavsFq7ykllC3CCsg3e1li31re1nROxuW1wqIqpk ...
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For someone who has a key and ciphertext, is it possible to find out what encryption algorithm was used?

For someone who has a key and ciphertext, is it possible to find out what encryption algorithm was used?
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Token authentication and storage / websocket issues

My application is running an API authentication that uses tokens rather than cookies. This leads me to ask a few questions : What is the most secure way to store the token ? By using random ...
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Challenges in authentications

I have a case where I have a set of low compute capable processors connected to a gateway processor. I need a way of authenticating these processors to gateway processor. The main things are: I need ...
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Does HTTPS encryption work when there is invalid or there is no certificate?

When I have a website run on https and there is no certificate, there is wrong certificate or out of date like here does encryption still work or not?
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Is there man in middle attack when using mobile phone calls?

My question is about the encryption between me and my mobile operator. My mobile operator uses A5/1. I use Samsung. Sometimes I see the symbol G on my phone which means GPRS. I don't know whether it ...
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Securely passing critical data to other domain

My company owns a domain A.com , and subsdiary is on B.com B.com redirects their users to A.com for accounts registrations. Post successfull registration , A.com logins that user ( User doesnt get to ...
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using asymmetric encryption to encrypt private key [duplicate]

Just a small question: I know it is common for one to use asymmetric encryption in order to encrypt his private key, when using symmetric encryption. Is there a name for this process/method of ...
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Encrypting content using same secret key as hash?

OK - I'm trying to design a system that can provide personalised/differentiated content at minimal expense to the server. One of the designs I'm currently exploring is where the request is somehow ...
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How To Recover EFS Cert From Backup?

I made a backup of the old Win 7 Pro then did a clean install. But I forgot to export my EFS encryption certificate, so when after I restored the encrypted files from backup I could no longer access ...
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Password algorithm to be integrated on a website

I have recently started a project to code a secure password protection algorithm to be used on both computers and mobile devices. As I have never done anything like it before, I am a bit unsure of ...
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TPM- Symmetric key storage

I understand that the TPM can be used to store an unlimited number of keys. However I am left with a few questions: Presuming the TPM is connected on the LPC what protects the data travelling across ...
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What does chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com mean for me?

OpenSSH just introduced a new protocol, chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com, which combines the two algorithms from DJB: ChaCha20 and Poly1305-AES. It was inspired by a similar proposal for TLS, which ...
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Metadata-free Email: How can SENDER directly, anonymously, and securely ask RECIPIENT’s mail provider to deliver a metadata-free email?

If I want to send emails to friends who use Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc., how can I currently use my local email client to send a metadata-free* email to them? E.g., is it possible to bypass my own mail ...
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Using public key infrastructure or hashing for personal identification privacy?

I've been reading about identity theft recently, and I'm wondering about some possible solutions using the techniques of asymmetric/symmetric/hashing in encryption. My idea is going to cross those 3 ...
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Can a zero knowledge proof of voting be made using a trusted auth server (without client side crypto)?

Questions: Can one implement a secure voting system having all the features described below? e.g. without disclosing any individual's vote to the government server (or the third party), preserving ...
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Is there an attack that can modify ciphertext while still allowing it to be decrypted?

Is there any way an encrypted file using AES-256 could be modified without alerting the file owner, ie., so it can still be decrypted with the same key? I know that without an initialization vector ...
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Putty Event Log

Can anyone explain me the Step by step process of Key Exchange that takes place while accessing Linux machine using Putty ? I found the Event Log of Putty but the Various Key Exchange didn't make very ...
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How do time-limited keys work for e.g. DCP files?

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_cinema under How Digital Cinema Works it states that the decryption keys are time-limited and expire after the end of the booked time. From a high ...
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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 SHA-256,...
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How are WPA Keys stored on a router?

Should the router only store a hash of my encryption key or is it stored as plaintext? I believe (but not certain) that the WPA key is itself an encryption key, buy shouldn't that be encrypted like ...
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Authenticate user without knowing their password

I'm working on a project where each each user will have a public/private RSA key-pair. Users will be able to send encrypted messages to each other using the each target user's public key so that only ...
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Advice on using encryption for self training app

I am self training on using encryption. I am a php developer and in my spare time I am building an online app that provides basic cms features to help me understand encryption design more. I am using ...
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Backup personal email on VPS - privacy, security and trust risks

FastMail.fm hosts my personal email account. Now they claim to have reliable backup services, but I'd like to have my own copy of my email archives. What I'd like to do is back up to my VPS, which ...
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PPTP and Split Routing

If I uncheck the "use default gateway on remote network" to be able to browse local shares and the internet at the same time, does that void encryption?
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MD5 Algorithms in web development

I am storing the passwords of my college website in our own server. I am storing the passwords using the MD5 encryptor. But the doubt I got is since the decrypter is there I can also decrypt the ...
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Difference between free ssl and non-free ssl? [duplicate]

I am making a choice between StartSSL and positiveSSL($4.99/yr). I want to know the difference between them. As I know, SSL is used to encrypted the connection between client and server so that data ...
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Layered email encryption with multiple private keys on separate media

I'd like to encrypt e-mail messages so that multiple physically separated keys are needed to decrypt them. For example, I'd like to have three private keys stored on different media, as in: key A ...
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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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Two-factor port-knocking via SMS (TXT)

It seems to me that a useful alternative or supplement to traditional port-knocking, fwknop, etc, for a system requiring only occasional access, would be to: Set up a one-time pad of keys, and a pre-...
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How does the MITM (Man in the middle) attack happen with respect to SQRL

I recently looked into SQRL and was intrigued by its simplicity. At first glance it seemed reliable and its author claimed it was inherently fail-proof against phishing and MITM attacks. But upon ...
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Encryption method and other security concerns for a simple password manager [closed]

I thought I would learn a little bit of cryptography programming by making myself a simple password manager program that I can potentially even use to keep track of my passwords. The idea is that my ...
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What are the risks if a weak ciphers are accepted by a technology that uses SSL

The TLSSLed tool found that the host that I use has SSL connection that accepts 8 different TLSv1 and SSLv3 ciphers that are weak by their length (40 bits). How can an attacker exploit this fact?
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Does the ordering of encryption and hashing matter? [duplicate]

I am now learning keyed hash function, where A and B share a secret key k. I want to know if the ordering of encryption E and hashing H matters? i.e. Is there any difference between H ◦ Ek (m) and Ek ...
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How to interpret these (en|de)cryption instructions? [closed]

I found this string on a forum HVrUyitih"fZnvWxbsQXrk6a61oxEWU0TvcagVKz1RvRTBbqpmuJ6zNWp5a5 ZO_ggA1ov6exdUTNREr"A5NthZt97Im60kBHn0sXUhwfN33ce5VvRfUItQyg yH4EeQx"pIH5I6oaaYT3"...
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Lost user password in Slackware 14.1, how to resolve encryption in /etc/shadow?

Usually I use my root account when working with my Linux server, however, I created a user account which I use far less frequently. However, I would like to use it for a task today, but I forgot the ...
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VPN Authentication over WiFi — Is it secure?

Count this question as part of my ignorance on how authentication scheme is done on your typical VPN session. But here goes: We often advise the security-conscious user that if one must use an ...
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Why don’t SMTP servers just require all senders to be authenticated before accepting mail?

Why don’t SMTP servers just require all senders to be authenticated before accepting mail?
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Evil maids in the server room [closed]

I am well aware of the fact that physical insecurity in principle means no security. But let´s say I own a root server with full disk encryption which is unlocked/booted via dropbear ssh. In which ...
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Is this good management of the Encryption Key

The site is to be hosted on a shared internet server, to store non-commercial data and it will be clearly labelled as not for sensitive information. I wish to offer a credible solution to the risks ...
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Does semi-sensitive information demand encryption / security? [closed]

Since it's been requested that this question be rewritten: Is SSL (or some other encryption equivalent) required in the below case? From a small local business website, is there any damage that an ...
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How do I verify exactly which cipher suite is in use for this Remote Desktop session?

You can configure Windows to use only certain cipher suites during things like Remote Desktop sessions. Cipher suites such as RC4 56 bit, RC4 128 bit, Triple DES 168 bit, etc. SSL/TLS is not in play ...
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Is “Why Should You Avoid AES In MySQL?” true?

From a 2012 Smashing Magazine article quite a bold statement is made to avoid AES in MySQL itself. Or as they put it "Why Should You Avoid AES In MySQL?". However, if you search for SQL encryption, ...
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S/MIME doesn't protect against a stolen password, right?

We're setting up S/MIME so that we can send encrypted emails. However, I have a bit of a stupid (and maybe obvious) question... If someone steals a password for either the sender or the receiver, ...
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Storing opened mail attachments unencrypted in /tmp is a normal thing?

So there is an E-mail client. I can encrypt its database with a few clicks in its menu. But it's storing the opened attachments unencrypted in /tmp/foo/bla.xls. The bla.xls has 644 UNIX permission (...
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How to Man in the Middle Internal AD Traffic

A coworker asked me why I thought encrypting internal AD Bind communication was important. I said because I follow a standard security practice, but couldn't actually articulate how an attacker would ...
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Secure storage/retrieval of data in a database

I'm doing some relatively amateur C# development for a small customer support team and working with the SalesForce API in my application. With SalesForce, login using the API requires you attach a ...
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encrypted emails and keyservers

I read that encrypted emails are secure, cause only who has your public key can decrypt it. I also read that it's a common thing to upload your public key on a keyserver. But if my encrypted email ...