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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Are there any paper/human strong crypto systems?

Are there any paper/human executed crypto systems that have reasonable strength? I am aware of a few candidates so far Solitare from Cryptonomicon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitaire_(cipher) ...
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Secure Boot on Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (or modern PCs)?

Got a Surface Pro 3 today (it's awesome BTW!) and noticed in it's EFI that it's got TPM enabled, "Secure Boot" enabled (unsure what such an umbrella/catch all term actually covers) And then in ...
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Any audited cryptography library? [on hold]

Is there any open source crypto library (C,C++,Java,whatever) that has been audited by well known cryptographers and which is confirmed to be correctly implemented ? By correctly implemented I mean ...
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What is the difference between Key Derivation Function and (salted) Hash?

I see in this post that the main difference is that KDF outputs have "certain randomness properties", and I don't understand what does it mean. Suposing that that "certain randomness properties" are ...
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How secure is the TAP Windows Adapter V9? [duplicate]

I use Cyberghost to browse the web on public wifi. How secure is the network adapter? Cyberghost uses OpenVPN which utilizes TAP Windows Adapter V9. I am asking this, because I believe at the ...
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where to store a key for encryption

I am looking for a way to store a key used for password encryption. I am using a mysql db which would store a user name and an encrypted password that would be encrypted using ...
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Secure connection between two clients with shared secret

I am creating a system where there are multiple clients, each of which has a secure connection to a central server which could pass out shared secrets to each of them. I could be wrong, but I am ...
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Centralized local hosted web based password manager

In our company we have more than 100 employers and everyone use several online applications daily. To access all of this sites they need a password which was now stored very insecurely. so I'm ...
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Are DSA keys breakable?

Are the DSA keys breakable? If so, what is the maximum key size that is breakable with the latest technology ? Why are DSA keys not used during authentication? Can we use DSA keys for encryption?
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Is it secure to use pbkdf2 for both password hashing and key generation

I'm writing a password manager, right now for each individual site, I already used master password + random salt with PBKDF2 to generate encryption key to encrypt its password (each site has its own ...
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Any way to revoke old key pair?

There is a many-year-old 1024 DSA key in the public keyservers under my name. There is a 2048 ELG-E subkey for it. I didn't create these keys, they were created for me by a former employer without my ...
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How to store passwords in database so that they can be retrieved?

I'm developing a password manager web app. It's just for fun: I'm not exposing anybody's passwords. My idea was to use hashing+salting, and that's what I did for the master password. But then I ...
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How to really treat security between peers in WebRTC

Recently I've been implementing WebRTC in my project and would like to add security and privacy to the couple. I then decided to search on and found something if it is really necessary to impose ...
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UEFI and security implications for encryption

After my old PC kicked the bucket I now own my first UEFI board and I am already having trust issues. I utilized Truecrypt's system encryption for years now and really got used to it. My new board has ...
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Linux, TRESOR and XTS

I want to switch from using LUKS for full disk encryption to TRESOR. TRESOR tries to prevent cold boot attacks by storing the encryption key in the CPU's registers. It uses the kernel's crypto API for ...
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Safety of Encryption Keys

I'm trying to figure out the best way to encrypt passwords for a forums site I'm working on. I've decided I'm going to use an encryption such as blowfish. From my understanding, you have a key, and ...
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Is it possible to use S/MIME in the web client of Gmail?

I could not find any options in the web interface of Gmail. All I could find was a Firefox plugin to use S/MIME with Gmail, but it seems to be outdated.
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How to securely derive a second password specific to an user

I'm giving each of my users an unique Blocktrail wallet that is protected by two API keys (which the server knows) and one passphrase (unique to each wallet). I want the wallet's passphrase to be ...
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Use RSA Encryption With ASP.NET

My goal is to implement asymmetric encryption in an ASP.NET website to secure user-entered Social Security Numbers. I want to encrypt the SSNs with a public key, and only display a masked version, to ...
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In a browser web server communication, who decides which encryption protocol to use [duplicate]

My IE browser has SSLv3.0, TLS 1.0,1.1 and 1.2 enabled in the advanced settings. And (I was informed by my server admin) my web server can encrypt data in SSLv3.0 and TLS 1.0 Now which system ...
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how do we encrypt 100bits of plain text to get 100bits cypher text using DES?

We have a scenario like that we need to encrypt 100 bits of plain text using encryption algorithm like DES (algorithm takes 64bits plain text block and generate 64 bits of cypher text block, key using ...
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Is it okay if passphrases to KDFs are “predictable”

I'm looking to do file encryption for small amounts of text (8-100 characters for each item being encrypted). Here's what I have: A secret passphrase and a salt. I Use Rijndael to generate a key and ...
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Are TLS session keys cached in a browser?

For example, when authenticating to a TLS protected service, and then closing the tab, you can sometimes reconnect to the service afterwards without re-authenticating. In preservation of perfect ...
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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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How do browsers negotiate SSL/TLS connection parameters?

For the purpose of this question, let assume that an SSL/TLS connection has 4 parameters: protocol, symmetric encryption method, asymmetric encryption method, MAC. During the negotiation of SSL ...
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Is full disk encryption on a server in a secure data center pointless?

I am having a debate with several people regarding how much protection full disk encryption provides. dm-crypt is being used to encrypt data which is required by my company to be encrypted at rest. ...
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Is it possible for someone to read Gmail messages with a man in the middle? [duplicate]

Assuming these hypotheses: 1) Your account isn't hacked (hacker has not entered your account directly) 2) Gmail encrypts via SSL end-to-end 3) The hacker is not Gmail or Google 4) There is no ...
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How can I decrypt my files from “Cryptowall” encryption? [duplicate]

I just got infected with "Crypt0L0cker" malware,virus or whatever that might be. They gave me a link (http://bica3zjnvl6fxkqf.tor-area.org/jrrk14.php?%20user_code=94aya99&user_pass=2616, the ...
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Authenticated encryption (Symmetric encryption) for .NET applications [on hold]

Is there an implementation of Authenticated encryption for .NET applications? The AES API from .NET does not include mode such as GCM. In the documentation, I can only see insecure modes (ECB, CBC, ...
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is there a signature scheme for cramer-shoup cryptosystem? [migrated]

I have a project that I have to use cryptosystem and signature scheme for it, so I've read about cramer-shoup cryptosystem and I want to use it since it is more secure the elgamal cryptosystem, but, I ...
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Why is Chrome saying that “TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0x2f)” is an obsolete cipher suite?

When I go to this site, Chrome Version 44.0.2403.89 is connecting to the server with TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0x2f), and it states that this is an "obsolete cipher suite". For what reason is it ...
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Linux Plausibly Deniable File System

Is there any way to encrypt a linux filesystem in such a way to maintain plausible deniability? E.g. "Hidden OS support," the way Truecrypt and Veracrypt work, they only support Windows OS due to low ...
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Can high network usage be detected and prevented in Tor? [on hold]

I've already asked this question here but as of yet it has no views/answers. I was wondering if there is any way for Tor to detect high network usage in the context of transferring large files using ...
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Can you use ssh for secure inter app communication on the same device?

I use ssh to get an encrypted connection between servers and local machines all the time. It's fast, it's secure, and there's a way to do it in nearly every system programming language that I've used ...
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How to encrypt in PHP, properly?

How do I encrypt data in PHP, properly, using symmetric-key encryption? I have a message M and a secret S. I'm looking for a solution that uses cryptography properly without making any of the usual ...
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Biometric device instead of password - signature security

Lets assume that there is a biometric algorithm for user authentication which compares fingerprints with an user's signature saved in database (comparing function is not important here). Next there is ...
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Random characters and letters form obsfuscation

I know that this question has been asked many times, but would JavaScript encryption work if I just added 100 random numbers and letters to the password? That would be hard to reverse engineer, ...
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Do modern cryptographers / cryptoanalytics need the knowledge of historical cryptography

It makes a lot of sense for people to know the history of their profession from various points of view and I suppose especially in cryptography because people can still use old ciphers and no one ...
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GPG: Can't encrypt DSA 3072 keys

I would like to ask this question as I'm not the first person which has this behavior. I'm trying to encrypt a simple message using GnuPG using a public key I've received from a friend, he's using ...
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Attack on Androids Encryption called FROST

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/150536-how-to-bypass-an-android-smartphones-encryption-and-security-put-it-in-the-freezer I read this article about FROST and in the comments someone was stating ...
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Is there any reason to use AesManaged over DPAPI in this scenario?

I have a situation where my web application is going to be deployed on multiple web servers, and I'll be wanting to store some securely encrypted data on the DB servers (each web server has a DB ...
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Best way to store client side Encryption keys

I have different client applications running on different OS (iOS, Android, Windows Desktop, Windows Phone, Mac, Windows Store -All Native Apps-) I have to decrypt (AES-128) some files (thousands of ...
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Session Management for Private Key Passphrases in a Web Application

Use Case I would like to encrypt data in a database for a Web Application. The following requirements exist: Decryption should only be possible when a user provides a passphrase Encryption should ...
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Klein and PTW wep attack

I'm working on an implementation of Klein's wep attack. For that, I've set up a router with wep encryption and collected 50,000 unique IVs from it. I tried only calculating K[0], meaning - the first ...
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Encryption of settings/credentials in mobile apps - what threats does this protect against?

I have been decompiling Android apps recently. In a sample of 37 apps, 12 of these use some form of custom encryption/obfuscation to store settings and credentials on the device. By necessity, the ...
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How hard is it to intercept SMS (two-factor authentication)?

A lot of two-factor authentication mechanisms use SMS to deliver single-use passphrase to the user. So how secure is it? Is it hard to intercept the SMS message containing the passphrase? Do mobile ...
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Secure Software Architecture

I am designing a software architecture and i need some suggestion and clarification on few issues. This will be a server side RESTfull API for accessing data and multiple mobile/desktop client to ...
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Cryptowall encryption files

This is a question concerning the way the Cryptowall ransomware encrypts files on the victim's computer. Someone knows if it is possible to recover the encryption key comparing the encrypted file and ...
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Is there anything to worry about — worth putting security on a simple test site?

So I want to make a site, this site won't have users (so no one but me will be able to post to the site) or anything it will just echo out items from Mysql like title and text-body I was wondering if ...