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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MySQL AES Encryption - Is it good idea to store 3rd Party Auth Tokens using AES Encryption?

I need some advice on MySQL AES Encryption. I'm developing an application which connects to various 3rd-Party APIs and retrieves the Access Tokens for the application users. These Access Tokens are ...
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Oracle database privileges [closed]

I have a 10.2.0.5.0 Oracle Database and a list of users who i need to grant some privileges to (Mainly to generate reports and so on). I used impersonation, which means i created one Oracle user so ...
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Which products are affected by NSA's ability to crack pseudo-random-number generator Dual_EC_DRBG? [closed]

After reading this article about RSA advising its customers not to use the default random-number generator in its encryption products - amid fears spooks can easily crack data secured by the algorithm,...
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Storing email adress encrypted but deterministically

As part of an application I am developing, I am required to store user email adresses on a cloud DB. The email address is not required to be in plain text for the normal operation of the application. ...
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Does Google's SSL encryption for searches thwart NSA spying?

Given everything that is suspected about NSA (and GCHQ, DGSE, etc.) access to user data: Avoiding speculation, can and do we know whether Google's recent action to make all searches use SSL ...
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System for securely authenticating content acquisition

I'm having trouble designing a system for authenticated content from my site distributed by other people. I'm working in Ruby on Rails, but I don't think that at a theoretical level my question isn't ...
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Tools to perform benchmark of block/stream ciphers on Linux? [closed]

I would like to perform some benchmarking of different block and stream ciphers for general data (lossless and lossy data) encryption and decryption (with focus on power consumption). To get general ...
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Force browser to use higher security connection

How can I force my Chrome broswer (or even Firefox) to always use a higher security encryption?, for example 256bit (or more) encryption when using https. I guess it should be some flag to force the ...
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Algorithm to generate NTLMv2 Hash in PHP

I am trying to develop a PHP function to calculate NTLMv2 hash by providing server & client challenge, domain, account and password. The resulting hash appears to be not correct. Can someone ...
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Configure Asterisk for lan with SRTP enabled SipDroid [closed]

I want to have a secured call over internet between two android phones. I have found SipDroid which is an open source SIP client for Android. And also I have followed this to install Asterisk, Dahdi ...
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Main requirements to secure my Application in any database related features

I have an application which is hosted on a windows server on which an SQL DB exists. This server communicates with the clients and agents installed on host PCs through TCP/IP and SSL connections. I'm ...
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Permutation in Block Ciphers

I was reading some e-books to understand the basics of block ciphers and how it works in AES. As i understood, Permutation plays a big part in AES and Block Ciphers, Here is what i understood by ...
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Pad encryption against eavesdropping

In regards to security, Why is one-time pad encryption unconditionally secure against eavesdropping? Also, why does the triple DES use an Encryption-Decryption-Encryption combination rather than an ...
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How to fetch and update all my friend's keys? [closed]

Where can I upload a list of my friends and get a list of their keys found on keyservers? Here are some key servers: http://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371/ http://pgp.mit.edu/ https://keyserver.pgp....
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What are the features of Dual EC DRBG that are lost when using a different cipher?

Due to a potential NSA backdoor, the NIST is now recommending that implementor no longer use ECC-based PRNG Dual EC DRBG. (As described in Wired.com) this PRNG has certain features such as: ...
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Reading to Decide on a career switch [duplicate]

I have a strategy consulting and sales background, but what I read about IT and IT Security sounds fascinating as an outsider. I'm considering a career switch, but would need to know quite a bit more. ...
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How to tell what encryption is being used [closed]

How do you tell encryption algorithm used by reading its output? Here is the one I am trying to figure out Åbd$ý H5ù//°t¬Û)LbÒö©ÂO�…9#x<2L#š÷EaK§èìk¼ïö«��bu]÷ÌL~ž“s�O3¬ø2œ&@é(bÜ„À𶂢‘ÙÙÿ{@...
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Using multiple keyfiles in truecrypt

I have a truecrypt container who's main password is 20+ characters long. I don't know if the keyfiles are still necessary for further improving the security. But anyway, I have folder of some .jpeg ...
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Encryption - which are/aren't NSA backdoored [closed]

I prefer bcrypt because it uses a lot of "power" to decrypt. But which encryption can i use that is most likely safe for NSA (which knows a lot of backdoors) and is relatively slow to decrypt. I ...
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Does RSA encryption always pad small amounts of data to some larger size?

If I encrypt 160 bits (20 bytes) of data using an RSA 1024 private key, will the result always be 128 bytes? This seems to be the case in my experiements, but I want to be sure. For example, /bin/...
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Website: Pre-Shared-Key Authentication

We have this web-application with high valuable (business) data. All communication is encrypted through TLS/SSL. While I consider this a really safe protocol, it can still be compromised if someone ...
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Double encryption with different keys [duplicate]

I have a software development kit which packages the data for the finished program in a series of LZMA packages. I want to ensure that my software is the only program that can read the packages, even ...
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Is there symmetric encryption like AES or Camelia with keys longer than 256 bits?

I am wondering if is there any (secure!) cipher like AES or Camelia with keys longer than 256 bits (and offering higher security than 256 bits). I have not found anything except http://www.ciphers.de/...
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ECC Brainpool Standard Curves and Curve Generation with Bouncy Castle which seed to use?

I want to implement a ECC Key Agreement with a Brainpool curve brainpoolP512r1 or brainpoolP512t1. I'm not clear about whichseed value to use (and how). In this document http://www.ecc-brainpool.org/...
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How does a weakness in a random number generator lead to a compromise of the entire cryptographic process?

In the news, there are several articles (here, here, and the technical point of view) which have to do with a weakness in a random number generator. The question is somewhat twofold. What symptoms do ...
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What is a stub?

Would someone please explain in depth what a stub is? I understand it as a file created by a crypter to keep a program encrypted and undetectable by anti-virus software. It is attached to the ...
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What can a web application developer do to protect user information from powerful adversaries like the NSA or China

Some well funded intelligence services with potentially untrustworthy employees intercept and store encrypted data for years, in hopes of cracking it with future technology. What can I do to make this ...
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What block ciphers and algorithms are now safe? [closed]

I work for a large non-US based international organisation. Regarding the recent leaks about the NSA breaking most encryption on the internet, we now know the US and UK governments are actively ...
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Can a computer's contents be downloaded wirelessly?

So my calculus teacher, who also teaches computer science, claims that a computer's entire filesystem can be downloaded wirelessly by anyone on the same network? As a Ruby on Rails professional, ...
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Securely transferring data from service provider to client

Suppose a client C wants to transfer form a service provider P, who collected data on behave of C using a web-application. Additionally, suppose the amount of data is larger than 100 MByte and ...
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Explain real world symmetric key encryption

I'm new to cryptography. While reading about symmetric key encryption, it was mentioned that it requires secret key exchange so that 2 parties can decrypt the ciphertext. Now, using some encryption ...
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Protecting data through an XOR operation with sufficiently long keys

Suppose two parties S and D would like to protect a communication channel. Therefore, S and D exchange two sufficiently long key sequences SB und DB of random bits over a secure channel [e.g not over ...
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How much does unknown PBKDF2 iteration count improve security?

We are crackers who get our hand on an encrypted file. We know the whole file is AES-256 encryption of the original plaintext file. We also know that PBKDF2 was run 1000 times on the original plain ...
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How to interpret encryption round diagrams

I was thinking about implementing a symmetric cipher - just for the knowledge, no intent to use in my code in production. I often find diagrams like this: (From IDEA cipher wiki page) I can get ...
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PGP RSA key size - encryption/decryption time

From what I've read, PGP only uses the pub/priv keys for encrypting/decrypting a symmetric key used for actually encrypting/decrypting data. I'd reasonably assume that longer asymmetric keys wouldn't ...
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Does DUKPT support offline mode?

I have been working on the payment side with RSA and AES encryption which I got a fairly well technical understanding of encrypting credit card details. Recently, We adopted a new chip and pin device ...
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Why is Bruce Schneier recommending symmetric crypto over public key crypto

I just read the article written by Bruce Schneier, the crypto guru. In the article, he says : Prefer symmetric cryptography over public-key cryptography. But, he doesn't shed any light as to why....
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Which public-domain encryption framework to use with .NET

Which public-domain encryption would you prefere to use with .Net? I found http://www.bouncycastle.org/csharp/, but I don't how trustworthily The Legion of the Bouncy Castle is. I want to use DH Key ...
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SSL is cracked. What is the alternative? [duplicate]

According to Der Spiegel: SSL should be cracked Exactly how much the two intelligence agencies can actually read along from the encrypted traffic in the network, is not entirely clear. But ...
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Properly implemented strong crypto systems [closed]

I have read this article about the revelation that in 2010 major encryption mechanisms including big four (hotmail, facebook, google, yahoo) and other encryption mechanisms were broken by NSA and GCHQ....
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If we can no longer trust NIST, what are viable alternatives? [closed]

Regarding the Guardian article about NSA control over encryption, there was this gem deep inside: Independent security experts have long suspected that the NSA has been introducing weaknesses into ...
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Is it possible to decrypt a satellite TV signal without using a smart card?

And if it is possible, why has it been decided to keep using a smart card for this task? I will be grateful if you can provide some practical examples on how to bypass the use of a smart card (if ...
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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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How do poor-quality initialization vectors affect the security of CBC mode?

(If the consensus is that this question belongs on crypto, rather than here, please feel free to [tell me to] migrate it.) From what I have read (looking specifically at AES in Cipher Block Chaining ...
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Is Opera spying on its users when traffic conpression is enabled?

Correct me if I misunderstand the following quoted paragraphs, but basically to compress something it must be decrypted first. This seems to be the claim of the article but I don't see this as true. ...
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Ideal way to store unhashed passwords

I'm dealing with a 3rd party vendor that clearly does not understand security - to access their API from my back-end I have to supply the end user's ID/user/password for the 3rd party service with ...
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How to store an encryption key on shared hosting?

I am designing a simple online patient management system that is running on shared hosting. According to national regulation sensitive data should be encrypted when used online, so I have encrypted ...
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Reason for using Asymmetric encryption along with SHA256

I got a document with integration with another application. They mentioned I need to hash and then encrypt data with my private key before sending it over HTTPS. By doing this, they are making sure ...
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Devising encryption schemes and protocols

I am wondering how encryption schemes are developed and why certain decisions are made. For example. I have seen a company hash a string with SHA1 and then RSA encrypt it. Why? I've also seen the ...
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How can I implement DVD copy protection?

I want to make a DVD movie which will be playable on a standard DVD player, but I want to make it copy restricted. I know it is practically impossible, but I just want security to protect it from ...