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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Is a pre-shared secret enough for encryption?

Suppose: A and B are initially configured to possess the same key. -- the key is only known by the pair -- no key needs to be public A has an algorithm, a, that takes a message(plain ...
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Why has Convergence stalled out? [closed]

Convergence is a well-thought out system to replace certificate authorities built by Marlin Moxiespike back in 2011. Since it's debut, it seems to have largely stalled out, with no additional major ...
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HTTPS still NSA-safe? [closed]

There are exerpts, that say that using https can be broken by the NSA by now. So is https still a solution for secure web-browsing? source: ...
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Is the lack of https reason enough to abort form submission?

Preamble: Am in awe about the quality of both questions and answers on https / SSL on this site. My humble question below pales in comparison. Both on professional and amateur websites I've ...
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How digital certificate works? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the digital certificate concept , but I am confused , Below goes my understanding & question, We are using Digital certificate because if Bob & Alice share their ...
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TrueCrypt alternative (encrypt partition)

I need to encrypt a partition, truecrypt could use keyfiles, (images and other) Is there any other encryption tool with GUI which can encrypt entire partitions and not only files/folders?
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Decrypt Passwords based on using a user's password

I am creating a database to store our client's information at work (a heritage center specializing in DNA based genealogy). Once the results of a test come back, we have people that use the ...
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How can I tell if my ISP account password is encrypted?

How can I be sure my ISP encrypts my account password? I found out accidentally that mine did not. I had called to report an interruption in service, and in the process of "troubleshooting", the ...
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Using GPG or PGP for symmetric database encryption/decryption in c#

I am looking to symmetrically encrypt/decrypt information in a database. This info consists of short pieces of information, which need to be individually encrypted when a specific method is called. I ...
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How to do Rijndael MixColumns step

I am trying to go through all of the the steps in the Rijndael Encryption Algorithm using pencil and paper. I have been using ...
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Encrypt-function inside PHP code that you have to publish

If you write a PHP application, where you have to deliver the compiled code to the customer, how could you include a functionality to send encrypted data from that application to others, and include ...
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Is it Safe to Copy a Private Key Using SCP?

Is it safe to copy a private key from one computer to another over SCP? Does this depend on whether you use the same key to authenticate the transfer?
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How can I separate two OS's files with encryption without using TrueCrypt?

I want to create a dual-boot such that the content of each OS is separated from the other using encryption. The main point point would be to to test out potentially harmful software on one OS, and ...
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Is XML encryption actually broken?

I recently stumbled on this post: XML Encryption Broken, Need To Fix W3C Standard I was expecting to find lots of information online about it, but there isn't actually all that much detail. Since I'm ...
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Automate the process of giving a user access to his encrypted messages, when the user loses his password [duplicate]

I'm implementing a way for users to share messages with other users. All users and admin-users has a key pair. A message can be sent to multiple users. Admin-users, who always have access to all ...
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What is the problem with multiple encryption and how do you know if you have decrypted a cipher?

I have 2 questions that are somewhat related: 1. When you try and guess the key in a program (in a brute force way), how does the program know if it got it right and it had deciphered the message (I'm ...
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Monitoring user use VPN

If there is an employee uses the internet through an internal proxy in his company, and he use a paid VPN service to browse safely, can IT side be able to monitor his behavior?
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What are the advantages/disadvatages of hashing over encryption?

I know that hashing is a one way function and encrypted messages could be retrieved if you know the corresponding key to which you encrypted the message. Other than the ability to retrieve, what ...
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Is 7-Zip's AES encryption just as secure as TrueCrypt's version?

The main difference being TrueCrypt creates containers and 7-Zip encrypts the file itself, so file sizes can be guessed. Now let's just talk about the strength and breakability of the encryption. ...
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How to detect whether my network's key is being attempted to be cracked?

I use WPA2 encryption. But I know even that can be cracked with the aircrack suite. And a lot of users may not use strong passwords. I've read that while cracking WIFI keys the only noticeable ...
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Does using the same encryption algorithm multiple times make a difference?

In TrueCrypt I noticed the option to encrypt a volume with multiple encryption algorithms i.e. AES-Twofish-Serpent. Would it be useful to encrypt something with the same algorithm multiple times? For ...
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Are there HIPAA requirements to encrypt our database hosted in AWS

I'm developing Medical Billing & EHR Software. On completion we are planning to use AWS for hosting and thus provide SAAS. Do we need to encrypt the MySQL database in order to keep HIPAA ...
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Should HMAC key be changed regularly? Should it be kept secret at all times?

I am doing an HMAC of some cipher-text, IV and encryption algorithm. Right now I am using a hard-coded key that is known to both sender and receiver. I was wondering if the key should be changed once ...
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How does the TCP/IP lack security? [closed]

I already know that some concerns of lack of security in TCP/IP are that TCP/IP does not support strong authentication of packets and no encryption of packets. What other weaknesses are there in the ...
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Only one entry in No-SQL database needs encrypting

So I have the document format as follows: { id : plaintext, date-created : plaintext, data : binary } The data entry needs encrypting and decrypting. My idea was to have a private key, ...
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What encryption does Apple use?

With their iOS devices, Apple allows people to block certain applications through "Restrictions". I recently had an issue with my iPhone where I'm positive that I entered the correct passcode on my ...
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Encryption in Linux: covenience and security [closed]

I was using TrueCrypt until recently, until one of two options has happened: either it was discontinued or its web-site truecrypt.org was hacked. Any option implies that I don't trust it anymore. So ...
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Is Mumble encryption end to end?

Is it possible for a Mumble server operator to monitor or record users' conversations? Or are Mumble conversations encrypted end-to-end?
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Algorithm to Transaction Data Signing

Transaction Data Signing I need an idea to develop a very secure algorithm to authenticate online operations using PHP in the server and an Android app in the user's device. What is the idea? The ...
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How Safe Are Encrypted Websites Really?

I was at a coffee shop and had to (I mean had to) check something on my bank account and another account. I figured since the two websites I was viewing were encrypted, and because my computer (I'm on ...
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Truecrypt compromised? (Coldboot attack)

In light of recent developments in computer forensics and "password recovery" utilities, can encryption technologies such as TrueCrypt still be relied on for a high degree of protection? It would ...
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Where to store a key for system wide encryption/decryption?

I have a web application where (among other things) customers can upload files and administrators can then download those files. The uploaded files are stored on ServerA and the web application used ...
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Why are hash functions one way? If I know the algorithm, why can't I calculate the input from it?

Why can't a password hash be reverse engineered? I've looked into this ages ago and have read lots on it, but I can't find the explanation of why it can't be done. An example will make it easier to ...
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OpenSSL encrypting small packets bandwidth overhead

I have an c/c++ program used for encrypting data for communicating between two ends. Encryption is done using OpenSSL (0.9.8d-fips, Sep 2006). Think it'll be worthy to mention that I'm not much ...
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TrueCrypt -vs- MacOS encrypted sparse image - equally secure? Other alternatives?

I'm currently trying to find my personal best solution for storing passwords and other sensible data. Recently I've used 1Password on iPhone and Mac but I'm not really satisfied with its predefined ...
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How to determine what type of encryption has been used? [duplicate]

i play an android game which seems to send the player's high score in an encrypted format . some thing like (f11cca35236eebbdc26a0ce45876d117) a 32 character code tried MD5 but no result found. i ...
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Are there other ways to encrypt files other then TrueCrypt and BitLocker [closed]

I don't trust BitLocker. Probably backdoored and relies on TPM which can be hacked according to DEFON. It also does not allow for hidden partitions or other advantages like TrueCrypt. With TrueCrypt ...
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Why should one not use the same asymmetric key for encryption as they do for signing?

In an answer to a question about RSA and PGP, PulpSpy noted this: It is possible to generate an RSA key pair using GPG (for both encryption and signing -- you should not use the same key for ...
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Using a TPM with Linux

I have the need for a company laptop (Dell e6540) that contains our java application on it to go out for evaluation purposes. For this reason I would like to make sure that the HDD is protected from ...
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What does these warnings mean on an SSL connection by firefox (only)

I am connecting to a secure site and firefox mentions about identity: Owner: This website does not supply ownership information Verified by: Not specified Technical Details: Connection ...
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How to handle private key encryption/decryption for web application

In the process of designing a web app that handles public/private key pairs - a Bitcoin web app, specifically - I've had a lot of thought on how to securely handle the storage of the private key, ...
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Secure process threads

I was pondering my computer theory and this question has been bugging me for a while . Is it possible in some way to have a running process with its memory "encrypted" on an insecure system ? If ...
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Cisco/Juniper IOS hacking?

I am a University student and i'm currently working on a paper of ethical hacking. I have already investigated a lot about Web based attacks(SQLI,XSS,...) and about two months ago I started learning ...
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What is the best way of securing a website logon without SSL or preshared keys?

Today I sniffed some unencrypted wlan traffic during class and I found quite a few passwords by a simple search for "pass" and "user" in wireshark. Turns out about half the sites we use for school ...
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How to secure an embedded linux image

I'm building an image with openwrt sdk and i want to secure my image (by encrypting filesystem for example).. How can i do that to prevent anyone from seeing my sscripts or programs running ?
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Car Remote App Security

Car manufactures like BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz all provide mobile applications to control your car. All apps share really critical functions like remote lock/unlock or the ability to find your car ...
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Definitely safest password storage scheme?

I already asked this on StackOverflow but I was suggested this would be a better suited place and I found no way to "move" the question so I have to copy it. Believe, I know, there are hundreds ...
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Is all data sent over SSH encrypted?

When you are connected to another computer over SSH, is all data transferred between the two computers encrypted? Or is any data sent in plaintext or any other "easy to intercept" format?
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Whenever an unhandled exception somehow makes it into production, is it safe, viable, etc. to print an encrypted stack trace to the end user?

Whenever an unhandled exception makes it into production somehow - whatever the reason - there's generally an option (especially with .NET programs) to print out a stack trace to the end user before ...
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encryption for short messages [closed]

Are there any algorithms/modes that work particularly well for shorter messages? (hundreds of bytes at most, usually < 100 bytes). I am looking at it from both security and performance point of ...