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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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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Gmail Voicemail Encryption

I want to listen to my voicemails in a secure but convenient fashion. I plan do this by having my PBX encrypt the voicemail using openssl aes 256 cbc with salt and a single static password. The ...
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CBC-R Cookie Encryption

I would like to start by saying I'm not looking for someone to write a script for me, or even tell me how to do so. I just want to have a good understanding as to how CBC-R works with Laravel cookies. ...
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Checklist on building an Offline Root & Intermediate Certificate Authority (CA)

Microsoft allows a CA to use Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) and advises of incompatibility issues for clients that do not support this suite. Here is an image of the default cryptography settings ...
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A Suitable Replacement for MCrypt?

I hope this is the appropriate audience for my question. I'm rewriting a legacy PHP web application that makes heavy use of MCrypt. It's on a shared host and handles payment data as well as personally ...
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Encrypting a symmetric key or Small File using TPM and Windows (TBS?)

I'm looking at encrypting a small (500bytes) file using the TPM. This is either doing assymetric encryption with the TPM directly, or using the TPM to store a symmetric key for decryption. This needs ...
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Why use 256-bit symmetric encryption in TLS when 2048-bit RSA doesn't even offer 128-bit strength?

I've noticed that websites start to use 256-bit symmetric encryption, but often still end up using 2048-bit RSA keys. http://www.keylength.com/en/3/ The link above displays the ECRYPT II ...
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Is a long salt usually sufficient for security purposes, even with MD5?

I always hear that MD5 is too fast for effective password crypto because you can crack up to 6 characters very quickly (or is this number higher now)? But what if the salt you use is really long and ...
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Android's Encryption mechanism

Well, according to my Android smartphone, it says the phone has been encrypted. Should I be worried if it has a malware or if I get hacked because I once clicked a link on a certain website then I ...
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Encrypted code file (.vbs) hide all my files and shows .lnk files

I am using Windows XP Professional and what happens is that when I try to connect any gadget like a pen drive or a mobile through USB, all my data got hidden and it shows a 1 kb file which is a .lnk ...
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iMac Keylogger and other hacks

Ok so I have someone hacking my computer, this person lives in my home. I know i have a key logger and a few other things that are making my computer vulnerable etc. My question is how do i get rid of ...
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Phone Applications having SSL/TLS enabled behind the scenes?

Please Note: This question is slightly based on me being a tin foiled hat with the issues that has arisen from the leaks, documents, and questioning trust thanks to Edward Snowden. Thanks to adding ...
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Encrypted offsite storage using sshfs and cryptsetup/dm-crypt/LUKS

I'm interested in an encrypted offsite storage scheme, but I don't want to depend on the vendor for encryption. I have an idea for doing so by combining sshfs with cryptsetup/dm-crypt/LUKS, but I'd ...
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Protecting encryption of outdated software with a server

I have a 1st generation iPad, and I usually use it for web browsing when I'm home. The 1st gen iPad can't run newer versions of iOS (I'm stuck with iOS 5). I went to a website that tells if your SSL ...
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How to safely store sensitive data like a social security number?

I am looking for a way to safely store personal information with low entropy safely. I have the following requirements for the data: Must be able to search (i.e. to look up an existing piece of ...
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Mcrypt: is a long key more secure than a short key?

I use MCRYPT_RIJNDAEL_256 in CBC mode using mcrypt in PHP. This supports key sizes of 16, 24 or 32. Is a key size of 32 more secure than a key size of 16 or 24? If it is, does it really matter or is ...
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Are there commercially available hardware encryption devices over USB? [closed]

I'm designing a system where some combination of hardware and software (lets call it an appliance...) sends asynchronous secure archival to the cloud. By secure, I mean, AES-256 encrypted, with AES ...
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Proof that client app is using the recipient's public encryption key

I'm trying to implement a web app(lication), which allows to share data automatically with connected users. Data will be encrypted end-to-end asymmetrically on the clients. My first plan was to share ...
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Why middleman cannot capture the encryption key of https/tor traffic? [duplicate]

When we use Tor or https traffic , the encryption- decryption key has to be exchanged between the browser and the website server. Why somebody who can capture entire traffic , say ISP or somebody who ...
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Is cryptography possible without volatile memory?

AFAIK, our current disk encryption methods (dm-crypt) preserve the key (as well as decrypted data) in RAM while the computer is running with an implicit assumption that the memory is volatile and key ...
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Way to decode an encoded payload [closed]

I am facing an XSS vulnerability in my ASP.Net Web application where the malicious code may be encrypted and html encoded Bottomline: I am trying to prevent XSS via code obfuscation. Question: I ...
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Can I save & store a user's data in a way that proves that the information has not been altered, and that the timestamp is accurate?

There are many situations where the validity of the timestamp attached to a certain post (submission of information) might be invaluable for the post owner's legal usage. I'm not looking for a service ...
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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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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 ...