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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Why do I have to use multiple Keys for each direction and purpose?

I'm currently writing an examen about 'Lessons Learned in the IT-Security'. I already found some thing, which shouldn't be done. But right now I'm in trouble finding the reasons why not to do so. ...
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Storing encrypted data for offline use

A user downloads a file from a server. I want to store that file locally on the user's machine so they can view offline. For protection, it should be encrypted while not being viewed. My theory is ...
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Does Wifi encryption create a private tunnel between the adapter and the accesspoint?

When non HTTP/S data is sent over Wifi, can that data be seen by other machines that happen to also be connected to that same access point? Does the privacy of the HTTP data depend on the encryption ...
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How does firefox sync password recovery work?

According to Mozilla Sync-new-security-model, Firefox servers are not able to decrypt your sync data without your password. So I figured that, the browser generates a key from your password, encrypts ...
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Emulating Client by sending encrypted hexdump to dB server and getting response back [on hold]

So I used wireshark to retrieve a hexdump that has been encrypted with RSA. I need to figure out what the response to that would be when it comes back from the server. How I imagine it would work ...
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Decrypting packets with wireshark when you have the Algorithm [on hold]

Algorithm for encryption / decryption data transmitted over the network: Code: unsigned char encryptKey[264] = { 0x2b, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0xda, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x58, 0x24, 0x32, 0x6a, 0xc3, ...
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How The Sony Hack Was Traced, and So Quickly? [on hold]

What are the steps that are required to locate a source that have routed their traffic through multiple zombie hosts, spanning multiple networks/carrier/nations?
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Decrypting packet data without private key [on hold]

Firstly I am not doing anything illegal. How would I go about decryption a packet from the server back to the client and vice versa and get it in plain text WITHOUT using a private key. I have tried ...
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Does encrypting a file make it larger?

I encrypted a Word document using Winrar by setting a password. Surprisingly the archive was larger than the original file (631 vs 614KB). I then tested to see what would happen if encryption wasn't ...
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Are temporary files an issue when opening and editing an encrypted 7z file?

I am new to security and encryption. I want to store important information like passwords and pin codes so I don't forget them. So far I have been using LastPass but I would prefer a solution I ...
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Windows 8.1 full disc encryption

I have a zenbook ux302 that I want to do a full disc encryption on. I had no problem using bitlocker on my stationary computer, but the zenbook doesn't seem to have that functionality? I have the ...
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NaCL: Encrypt file to multiple recipients

I am trying to understand the Networking And Cryptography Library (NaCL). Consider i have a file that i want to send to multiple recipients. PGP or S/MIME supports multiple recipients by encrypting ...
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Making a bitcoin-like secure mail protocol, how to tackle public keys?

I'm making a new mail protocol (probably already exists, but I've learnt a lot of things about security and privacy on the way). Here's the summary(much simpler if you know bitcoin's inner workings): ...
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Does the entire AES encrypted dataset have to be present to be 'cracked'?

I am implementing an AES 256 algorithm on credit cards and I am wondering if I would be strengthening or weakening the encrypted dataset if I split the dataset and persisted it in two locations. I ...
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How encryption/decryption of RSA private key by passphrase works?

I would like to know how exactly the encryption of private key by passphrase works. I am a software developer with no background in cryptography and I know only some basics. When I open the private ...
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Protecting a statistics endpoint

When we download an application - it asks us whether it's ok to submit statistics, error reports to the vendor. Since this data is sent from the application to server endpoint - I am wondering how ...
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What's the best way to transform sensitive account numbers

I work on a web application that manages information about transmission setups and processes client transmission statistics to generate billing charges for the services used by these clients. The team ...
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Are powerline ethernet adapters inherently secure?

I have 2 Zyxel PLA407 powerline adapters. Router is downstairs connected to one adapter, other adapter is upstairs about 30 feet away connected to a desktop. I have a house, not an apartment or ...
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A secure way to encrypt a connection between 2 clients securing against both passive and active adversaries

Recently I got interested in encryption and the methods behind them. So for a fun / school project I am building a program in python to encrypt data between two clients (chat and files). I'm just ...
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How secure is NTFS encryption?

How secure is the data in a encrypted NTFS folder on Windows (XP, 7)? (The encryption option under file|folder -> properties -> advanced -> encrypt.) If the user uses a decent password, can this ...
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When do I use IPsec tunnel mode or transport mode?

I basically understand how tunnel mode and transport mode works, but I don't know when I should use one instead of another. Among the two parties who want to communicate, if one computer B doesn't ...
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How to securely store SSN details in a database while maintaining searches?

My question is very similar to this one, but in my situation I do not need to recover the real value. My concern with just hashing the value is that since there's a finite and (relatively) small ...
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can I trust Boxcryptor closed source software? Encryption of files for cloud hoster

Boxcryptor https://www.boxcryptor.com is not Open Source. Can I trust this? Is it secure? No government backdoor? Because there is no alternative for OS X and iOS.
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Standards for encrypting passwords in configuration files?

My workplace has a standard that plaintext passwords are not allowed in application configuration files. This makes enough sense on its face, in case someone gets access to the config files they ...
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Reverse Engineer this basic Hash using known answer?

Little background: I forgot one of my CCTV accounts password, so used the admin account to create a new one. However I can't access the old one as it's not possible to change a user account password, ...
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Decrypting arbitrary offset of encrypted file

I want to store encrypted files on some storage backend that allows me to fetch bytes X through Y of the encrypted file. I can obviously decrypt the entire file locally and send it back to the client. ...
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KakaoTalk message encryption [on hold]

I am trying to write a tool to decode the KakaoTalk chat application and the messages are encrypted with this pretty bizarre looking base64 'Lx7ZczQJ/sdOAw8DdFcauw==', That might possibly be a base64 ...
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Why are primes important for encryption [migrated]

Why are primes so important? Why can't we just use a random number? My guess is that it's because finding a random prime require more computing power, than finding a random number. Can anybody confirm ...
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Password Encoding/Encryption on ODC connection Strings

I'm interested to understand how passwords provided in ODC (Office Data Connection) connection strings are encoded or encrypted. The format of the connection string is ...
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How to determine what type of encoding/encryption has been used?

Is there a way to find what type of encryption/encoding is being used? For example, I am testing a web application which stores the password in the database in an encrypted format ...
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What are the risks of encrypting a database with a single symmetric key

An application is required to store sensitive data* on each user. Additional columns are added to the database which store cyphertext encrypted on the application server. The algorithm of choice is ...
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PCI DSS - Recorded Phone Conversations

I am using the using the following image from FishNet Security as a sort of guide for the data flow diagram required by PCI DSS as defined by: 1.1.3 Current diagram that shows all cardholder ...
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Is an anonymity network like Tor viable on top of the GPG web of trust?

The web of trust is a graph where the vertices are GPG users (actually, their keys) and the edges are cross-signatures. If we put issues of owner trust aside and assume that all participants only sign ...
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Can you get someone's IP if you have their Skype number?

I was reading about capturing packets during skype sessions to get the other person's IP address... sounds like you can do this mainly while in a live skype chat / call between skype to skype, but Is ...
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What real world benefits does PGP have over sending email with SSL/TLS such as with HTTPS?

I've been learning about PGP, and I asked myself, "Why?" For example, if I'm using https://mail.google.com, then what benefit would adding PGP offer that would justify it being used? I can ...
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Requiring 2 keys to access a content

I need to use an external service that can only be accessed by password. I don't like the idea of storing the plaintext password on the server, but AFAIK there's not much I can do. Considering this ...
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Can a virtual machine be used instead of the host?

I was thinking of using a Debian guest as my main 'host' instead of my actual host (Ubuntu). Do you think this will have any advantages in terms of making it difficult for digital forensics to ...
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Using TPM with DMcrypt?

Is it possible to use TPM for storage of some private key? It's not a full-disk encryption , I want it to be compatible with existing LUKS, just add another key, and store it in the TPM.
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how to convert mac address to floating value [migrated]

i want to change a mac address to floating point number. i tried using IEEE 754 converter online but it says "the value is out of range", how can i do it in a proper way?
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Asymmetric vs Symmetric Encryption

I am currently taking a principles of information security class. While talking about different encryption methods a large number of my classmates seem to believe that Asymmetric Encryption is better ...
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What information can be taken by submitting an online form?

Sorry I'm pretty clueless with this stuff.. I know that vpn hides your IP address when just browsing websites, but how about submitting an online form, such as when you send an inquiry? Would my IP ...
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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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Using my own encryption instead of https in app

I am writing a program that uses a webserver as a backend for communication between different users. Is it okay to use my own encryption (such as ...
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electronic voting system

Was looking at cryptocurrency and how, as a non techy, to get involved when I began thinking about the security of it being developed to undermine the stranglehold bankers have on economy and the ...
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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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How does non-ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key exchange become compromised in SSL when the RSA private key is leaked?

From my understanding, one of the major reasons we recommend Diffie-Hellman Ephemeral (e.g. DHE or ECDHE) over non-ephemeral DH, for SSL / TLS, is that compromise of the RSA private key (i.e. private ...
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Necessary components for PGP

I came across this question during an interview. I was asked: What are the two main components of PGP encryption necessary for it to work? I was thinking in line of Private and Public Keys but I am ...
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Is it possible to use the aircrack-ng tool to crack a WPA2 Enterprise network?

is this tool (aircrack-ng) capable of cracking into a WPA/WPA2 Enterprise network? This tool has major success cracking the passwords of WEP/WPA networks. If it can, how, but if not, is there another ...
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Hardware encryption for Flash Drives

Could someone tell me the difference between Hardware encryption and Software encryption? (With regards to flash drives, if it makes any difference). From what I understand, software encryption is ...
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Prevent a file from being encrypted

Is it possible to prevent a file from being encrypted, or at least being easily decrypted in case of encryption? For instance; with the Crypto Locker malware attacking users, could you set up a ...