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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Share certain information only after death

After your death, you want to make sure that a special someone gets a vital piece of information (like the password to your bank account), but: You don't want anyone else to be able to get that ...
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What is the difference between an HTTPS traffic setup with Stunnel and a SSL-VPN

We have a scenario where we cannot connect to our stunnel server running on port 443 on our network, which only allows access to Internet via a proxy server. On the contrary, when we tried a SSL VPN ...
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Problem with Encryption Protocol

I have a question about a encryption protocol, if it is good or not. Bob and Alice communicate over an insecure channel( a possible attacker can listen). An expert suggests the following protocol to ...
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Properties for cryptographic hash functions (preimage, second preimage and collision resistant)

While studying computer security at university I have been asked this question: There are three desirable properties for cryptographic hash functions: Preimage resistant, Second preimage resistant, ...
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What are the vulnerabilities of reusing passwords for generation of keys and encrypted files?

The main reason why reusing a password for different accounts is not recommended is that if the password is compromised, all accounts are compromised. This question is about vulnerabilities other ...
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Do keyfiles actually add any meaningful security in the presence of strong passwords?

In the context of protecting access to local encrypted files or devices against a determined (and competent) adversary, is there any reason to believe that the use of a key file actually presents a ...
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Why can a Tor exit node decrypt data, but not the entry node?

Me -> Node A -> Node B -> Node C -> destination The documentation on Tor always states that only the exit node C can see plain text data. How is this possible without me talking to Node C ...
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How can I determine the encryption used by knowing input and result? [duplicate]

Is it possible to determine the encryption or hash used if I know the original input and final output? There is a similar post here: Determine encoding/hashing methods used based on knowing the input ...
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the Informix password crack

I get some hash like: username sowainformix salt 7307821250330563328 hashed_password HaHvvzanjp_lPZgHLu0KHquN.Q4t98EF48csXk1QTJs hash_type SHA-256 updated flags ...
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Is AES more secure than Rijndael? [closed]

Which algorithm is generally considered to be more secure, and is AES-192/AES-256 still considered to be secure? After reading this it's lead me to belive that the Rijndael algorithm would be a more ...
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AES in CTR mode with same random IV to create same ciphertext

I am currently working on a little project. I am trying to generate an AES key with that I would like to encrypt a private RSA key. I have to do it this way. However, I do not want to save the AES ...
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Reason for writing Self-Decrypting Virus

What is the rationale behind writing a self-decrypting virus? By this I mean a virus that has it's payload encrypted, decrypts at runtime and runs it. How does this protect the virus from antivirus ...
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Is it possible to encrypt a virtual machine using virtualbox? [closed]

Is it possible to encrypt a virtual machine using virtualbox, and not leave accessible to the users of the machine where it hosted, and not allow any file to be extracted it with some program ? The ...
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Decrypt from cipher text encrypted using RSA

I am sniffing a client side application traffic and I found some encrypted data. I am not able to decrypt it. Information which I have is Public Key: ...
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Why standards organizations give so short protection times for 128 bit encryption?

According to this and this, seems even 128 bit encryption should remain secure for a much longer time than what security organizations say. I saw the standards with this: http://www.keylength.com/en/...
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Storing config securely in a semi trusted shared hosting environment

I'm looking for a pattern to store a config file containing sensitive information in a semi trusted hosting environment. Semi trusted in this case meaning I trust them in general, but not with this ...
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Known plaintext; What cipher is being used here? [closed]

plaintext: CANDY VERY CRANBERRY ciphertext: TXOtWjYhVk 8&O$4AmSA plaintext: http ciphertext: cZf. plaintext: http ciphertext: r5Hz This is definitely somehow decodable from ciphertext....
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What is the difference between Key Escrow and a Recovery Agent?

From what I understand Key Escrow is where a copy of they key is stored in a safe place so they can be recovered later. But in the context of PKI, a Recovery Agent can also recover private keys. How ...
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Salting in encryption (rather than hashing)

I am aware of the benefits of adding a salt to values that are hashed using a one-way function. Is adding a salt to a value that is being encrypted (using symmetric encryption) considered to be good ...
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Why isn't open WiFi encrypted?

As far as I understand, WiFi networks that require no password send traffic through the air unencrypted. Those that require a password encrypt each connection uniquely, even if they're all using the ...
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Cascading Encryption Algorithm using mcrypt or GnuGP

I'm trying to a cascading cipher encryption algorithm to encrypt a textfile via mcrypt. I'm essentially trying to emulate the behavior of TrueCrypt, where it can cascade two or three different cipher ...
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Does versioning an encrypted file make it less secure?

Suppose I use KeePassX as a password manager, and I store the kdb file in Sparkleshare folder as a way for backing up and syncing with multiple devices. The kdb file in itself would be encrypted, but ...
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Making undeterminable containers inside existing file system

Suppose, I have 1 disk partition (previously filled with random data) and create some file system on it (NTFS, FAT, EXT2, etc). I am going to keep some files here (i.e. visible files). Then i create ...
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Homomorphic encryption used for e-voting?

I was reading wikipedia about homomorphic encryptions, and one part got me a bit confused: "The homomorphic property of various cryptosystems can be used to create secure voting systems, ..." ...
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Is this Data Encryption/Storage Method Secure?

Let me first say that I know it is a bad idea to store sensitive information in a mysql database, so please don't respond by saying "DON'T DO IT" or something to that effect. I am building a website ...
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MPPE-Send and Receive key derivation from MS-CHAPv2

I am trying to get the MS-MPPE-Send-key and MS-MPPE-Recv-key from the MS-CHAPv2 challenge material. I am able to follow the RFCs 2548 3078 and 3079 to the step of getting the GetNewKeyFromSHA() it is ...
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Decrypting TLS in Wireshark when using DHE_RSA ciphersuites

How can I decrypt TLS messages when an ephemeral Diffie-Hellman ciphersuite is used? I am able to expose the premaster secret and master secret from the SSL Client. Using that, how to decrypt the ...
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Do honeywords add any real security?

This paper proposes the concept of honeywords for detecting if a password database has been compromised. As far as I understand it works like this: You save n password hashes for each user, one that ...
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Do the Owncloud clients use encryption when transferring files to and from the server?

Do the Owncloud clients use encryption when transferring files to and from the server? I understand that files are stored un-encrypted on the server, but I’m wondering if they are secured during ...
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Are phone calls on a GSM network encrypted?

When I make a call on my cellphone (on a GSM network), is it encrypted?
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Confidentiality without Encryption - A way to circumvent Internet censorship

Nowadays we see that countries like China and Iran detect and block all encrypted connections as a way to prevent their citizens from communicating over the Internet freely. Although encryption ...
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Database encryption or filesystem encryption?

Recently I've been working on some data which, although not directly governed by any infosec laws, is sensitive enough to warrant being encrypted. I'm interested in finding out about best practises ...
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How to interpret specific NIST 800-57 cryptoperiod advice?

We are uncertain how to interpret a specific piece of NIST 800-57 - to wit, how long a symmetric key cryptoperiod should be when originator usage and recipient usage begin concurrently. The short ...
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Can anyone determine what kind of encryption this is? [closed]

Here are some examples of the encryption: J01A062YLMP1 J01A06OEPMP1 J08A07GSVMP1 J08A0625YMP1 K01A06IE2MP1 K01A06GRKMP1 W08A06ZTYMP1 I know the first letter corresponds to a brand, the last 3 ...
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Security of Javascript in mobile browsers

Is Javascript on a mobile browser more secure than Javascript on other types of systems? For instance, if I have a site that includes some client-side (Javascript) encryption code, with the intention ...
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How to Verify the Identity of the Caller of a Web Service

I have a server which is composed of a page and a web service. The web service is intended to be used by a Windows Phone mobile application that I will develop myself. Now, my question is, how do I ...
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Windows Phone and Hardcoding Values

Let us say that I have a Windows Phone application. If I hardcode a private key in the Windows Phone application, can people extract it once the application is released to the public on the Windows ...
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Is an encrypted connection to MS-SQL Server really safe?

Quick intro: Small company, VERY limited resources. I pretty much do everything including coffe. I am a programmer, not a security guy. That's why i ask you... We have an MS-SQL 2008 Database ...
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SSL Communication and Proxy

Let us say that I have a client and a server communicating using SSL. If a hacker sets up a proxy between the client and the server, will he be able to decrypt the data which is being sent?
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What is a man in the middle attack?

My university provided me with the following slide which is confusing me: From my understanding, what is happening here is that Trudy (Person in the middle) is pretending to be Alice. Bob then ...
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Symmetric Key Cryptography vs Public Key Cryptography [duplicate]

I understand what the two are so need to go into detail about that, however what I'm curious about is in what kind of situations would we use one over the other? It feels to me as if Public Key ...
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Determine the Identity of Caller

Let me explain my situation. I have a provider which is made up of a registration page and a web service. Online vendors (clients) register with the provider by providing details such as username, ...
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Asymmetric encryption algorithms [closed]

What are the best asymmetric encryption algorithms out there? I am trying to use RSA in my project howoever I have read that it is not quite secure as other asymmetric encryption algorithms.
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Is ECDSA breakable by quantum computers?

Is ECDSA secure from quantum computers? Will quantum computers be able to calculate it's private keys from the knowledge of the public key once there are working quantum computers?
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Clarification on Digital Certificates

I used the makecert tool to create: self-signed certificate client certificate These are the commands I used: makecert -n "CN=MatthewCA" -r -sv MatthewCA.pvk MatthewCA.cer **for self signed ...
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Sending Digital Certificates

I used the makecert tool in order to create: a self-signed certificate a server certificate using the self-signed certificate a client certificate using the self-signed certificate I then ...
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Security Certificates - Tools to Generate Security Certificates

I want to create a self-signed certificate that will be installed as a trusted certificate authority. I then want to create another two certificates which are signed using the private key of the self-...
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Is the GTK or MIC in the unencrypted portion of a WPA protected frame?

In order to decrypt traffic you must have all 4 portions of the WPA Handshake. In WPA protected data frames, is there an unencrypted portion of that frame that has some sort of identifiable value to ...
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PCI 3.6.6 cryptographic key procedures include split knowledge

My question is, if you run your own company and there are no employees and you still qualify under assessment D what do you do in a case like this where it is requiring 2 or more people? On a related ...
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The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel Exception

Let me explain my situation. I created a self-signed certificate and installed it in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities section in MMC. I then created two certificates using the self-signed ...