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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Open source WhatsApp client [closed]

As a follow up to Whatsapp encryption keys discussion and from WhatsApp security whitepaper, it seems that most of the components to a fully secure end-to-end encryption are already there but what ...
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Idea for an encrypted pastebin NON-web application

I have an idea for an app that might be useful (though if it isn't, I've still learned in the process, which is what matters). There are a bunch of encrypted pastebin web apps out there (e.g. defuse....
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Hide data from user, but process it in application

Is there a way to hide the data that's received somehow from the user? In particular, I have some data that gets send from a webserver to an application. I want the application to process the data, ...
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Is this good/secure method for client-server communication encryption?

Something came to my mind, and I wonder if this is proper method for client-server communication, and if this method is wide-used. On connection, client generates seed, encrypts it using asymmetric ...
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How does WhatsApp's new group chat protocol work and what security properties does it have?

By now everybody has noticed that WhatsApp rolled out full end-to-end encryption recently, for direct communication, for media attachments and for group chats. I've read their white-paper (PDF) and ...
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How is WhatsApp sending end-to-end encrypted messages in push notifications?

WhatsApp implemented end-to-end encryption (whitepaper) in their latest update. How is it possible for WhatsApp to send push notifications with message contents to the Apple Push Notification service?...
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WhatsApp end-to-end encryption verification [closed]

IS there any way to verify the encryption from remote or so? Like my friend is 1000 miles away from me the physically QR Code scanning is not possible. So is there any way to verify the same?
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Break encryption by applying accidental-overwrite techniques

I read that there are ways, at least on mechanical drives, to sometimes recover data that was overwritten (not just deleted). Now I was wondering if it was theoretically possible to break a fresh ...
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End-to-end WhatsApp vs Telegram [closed]

What do you think about the latest WhatsApp update? Is now WhatsApp as secure as Telegram? Which one should be trusted? Which one has the strongest and most secure encryption?
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How would one verify that the public key from WhatsApp's servers belongs to the person I expect it to?

WhatsApp had recently announced end-to-end encryption on all communications. While that's an impressive move, I still have a big open question mark. The articles and this white paper suggest that the ...
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WhatsApp end-to-end encryption for all devices [closed]

The news is out, WhatsApp switched on encryption for a billion people. It supports all devices and encrypts texts, photos, videos and calls. There are so many questions that just came to my mind ...
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Is appending plaintext to salt equally safe as appending salt to plaintext

Is using hash(salt, plaintext) equally secure as using hash(plaintext, salt), i.e. can the plain text be appended to salt in place of appending salt to the plain text. Why or Why not? What kind of ...
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Does EMV protect against sniffing PAN data from untrusted network?

I have received conflicting information in regards to the security of PAN data on the wire. Can this be sniffed with properly configured EMV at an atm? To quote from the link below: http://www....
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Stronger Password-based File Encryption on OS X [closed]

I am wondering if there are any better alternatives than the zip command on the OS X terminal. My intention is to add a password to a compressed file. I have been using: zip -j -e -pMY_SECRET test....
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Is the RSA private key useless without the password?

I notice whenever I generate a new gpg key (using pgp) I always have to assign a password to it, which makes perfect sense. But if I'm not mistaken, gpg is based on prime numbers. How is this ...
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Does TLS authentication encrypt username as well as password?

I connect to my VPN provider using openVPN. The server uses a combination of username / password and TLS authentication. If I am on a public wifi and connecting to my VPN, is my username encrypted? ...
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Encrypt existing SSH key

I've created an RSA keypair for ssh access to a remote server. This all works. When creating the keypair, I didn't enter a password. Now I would like to encrypt the key, secure it with a password. Is ...
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Why is calculating the checksum of an IP Datagram header and then encrypting it not appropriate to provide Data Origin Authentication?

So assuming Alice and Bob have agreed to use a particular symmetric cryptosystem and share an appropriate key, they want to achieve data origin authentication by computing the header checksum of an IP ...
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Why can passwords be used to encrypt data, but are less strong for authentication?

Encryption software is often password based. Even if the adversary gets your computer they can't get the data without knowing the password, and bruteforcing is infeasible. Websites use passwords to ...
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How does GnuPG encrypt secret keys?

When creating a secret key with GnuPG, you are asked for a password to protect it. Which encryption algorithm is used to achieve this? The handbook only says that a symmetric encryption algorithm is ...
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How to check and trust call encryption software

There are lots of software for mobile operating systems providing end-to-end encryption. What is the best way to decide which one is trustworthy if their source is not revealed? Reverse engineering ...
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Replay attacks and PGP email encryption

From my understanding of PGP email, the following is possible: Alice sends a message to Bob. Then Bob can take that exact same message and send to Carol while making it seem to Carol like it is from ...
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Android full disk encryption

I am using Android 4.4.4. There is an option called phone storage encryption. From what I have read the crypto is secure. However, I read this article which said Google is able to reset passwords: ...
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Public key encryption for initial challenge-repsonse

I understand public key encryption, public key authentication, how digital signatures work and challenge-response authentication, but what confuses me is when they are all combined, and the question ...
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Veracrypt options to protect against multiple versions of an encrypted volume

I'm planning to use rsnapshot to backup a veracrypt volume as it changes. This means I will have multiple versions of the same volume, with slight differences in data. It is my understanding that ...
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What's the most secure way to circumvent encryption to enable password recovery?

I have a web app (which I've talked about here before). Users can use it to save people's contact details. These contact details are encrypted to ensure that they are difficult to get at if they're ...
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OpenSSL's EVP functions, more specifically EVP_SealInit

Reference: https://wiki.openssl.org/index.php/Manual:EVP_SealInit%283%29 I want to securely share a symmetrical key between two endpoints using OpenSSL's EVP interface. Transferring the encrypted ...
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How can i read the source code of this encoded powershell script from the registry?

I get this line by ProcessExplorer C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -noprofile -windowstyle hidden -executionpolicy bypass iex ([Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetString([...
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Creating accounts on sites with no security?

I'm sort of confused about security on some sites. Here on stackexchange.com, for example, seem to have no security normaly, but as you log in or create an account, it uses keyexchange and an ...
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How does PGP grant authenticity?

I'm using the website https://www.igolder.com/PGP/encryption/ to encrypt/decrypt PGP messages and create public/private key pairs. I get that when I send somebody my encrypted message only he can ...
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Is it not advisable to add a 2nd level of encryption to an already encrypted external hard drive?

In a separate post regarding the security level of "WD My Passport 2TB" external hard drive's built-in password encryption, Tom Leek answered in incredible detail that left the enquirer of the ...
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How could online encryption ever work? [duplicate]

I have recently read about the german enigma machine in WW2, It worked in a way that every day the machine configuration was sent per mail to the different operators. (I couldn't find official sources ...
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Handling “forgot password” functionality with encrypted data without security questions

As a sort of follow-up to this question on handling password-reset functionality when dealing with encrypted user data, is there any good method for resetting a user's password in an encrypted web ...
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Is symmetric encryption with one time pre-shared key secure?

Suppose I have a secure channel between client and server, with proper certificate validation etc (actually, ssh session). I want to establish a secure connection between my own application on a ...
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When encrypting cloud-stored data, is it acceptable to use the user's account password?

I'm developing a web service that stores sensitive personal information (such as telephone numbers, addresses, full names, and email addresses) in a database, such that it can be accessed from ...
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Best way to encrypt data using php - I am not sure if I doing it correctly [duplicate]

I want to encrypt some data within my php file when I add the stuff to my mysql database. This is how I do it. I create a static key like: $key = md5("pass"); Then I have two functions called ...
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Is any systematic method that can detect weak cryptographic algorithm in source code

Weak cryptographic algorithm should be removed from source code to avoid a false sense of security(for example: MD5. Of course, there is possibly the algorithm in source code, but it doesn't use the ...
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Does LUKS actually fully encrypt data on a disk?

Why does TrueCrypt and similair applications take hours to fully encrypt a 1 tb drive, while luks takes a few seconds? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I don't fully understand how that works.
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What is “NAND mirroring”, the alleged technique that the FBI will use to crack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone?

According to Ars Technica, Jonathan Zdziarski, a leading independent Apple iOS security researcher and forensics expert, has a theory about the FBI's newly discovered potential route into the ...
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Implications of the proposed Burr-Feinstein senate bill? [closed]

It has been rumoured (I guess it is more than a rumour) that senators Burr and Feinstein will be introducing legislation requiring companies to provide the government (with warrants) access to encrypt ...
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How are private and public keys different?

While reading about DKIM I saw that the sender's private key is used to encrypt a hash, later decrypted by the recipient using the sender's public key. This is exactly the other way compared to ...
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when/how does an encrypted volume .dmg change to reflect the file system it stores

I'm trying to verify that storing a .dmg file stays encrypted while only the mounted file system is unencrypted (see here). My thought was to create a .dmg containing a text file, make a copy of the ....
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Is an encrypted .dmg file decrypted on the dropbox server? [closed]

I'd like to use built in tools to create an encrypted drive in OS X that I can sync with Dropbox. To this end, I've created a 'sparse bundle' encrypted volume (.dmg) that remains in ~/Dropbox. My ...
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How secure is AES-256-CBC with user provided password and initialization vector

From my understanding the IV is used as a previous block for the first block only. But since each block is used by the following this adds significant security is a IV is provided and not based on the ...
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Are Playstation 4 communications really harder to monitor?

I have read on the net that authorities are having troubles monitoring Playstation 4 communications. As usual the news are very non technical. What makes the Playstation 4 network harder to intercept?...
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Decryping a RAR file with same password

I came across a problem very similar recently and wondered if anyone knew how to solve this. So say for example I have an RAR archive called archiveA.rar and a password to protect it the password is ...
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Multiple email addresses connected to same PGP identity [duplicate]

I am setting up PGP (using GPGTools GPG Suite for OS X) and I use multiple email addresses daily. It appears I have several choices on how to do this, and I am wondering what is most secure/most ...
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How can I safely store a password during a user session

I am writing an Java application that is using OAuth to authentificate against a server API. The server is offering the OAuth secrets for users to copy from its website. Because each request needs ...
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How To Prove That Client Side Javascript Is Secure?

Imagine that you have a web application that encrypts the user's data, such as a note or spreadsheet, on both the server and client. The normal process for a user using this web application is ...
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How to test TLS handshake process?

I need to test the handshake process of TLS. I thought to use inter-process communication in Linux. Is it possible or not? If not, what simulator could be used for this purpose? If yes, what do I ...