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Why has the NSA had a hand in deciding on encryption standards?

The NSA has had a large hand in the design of at least two significant encryption standards: the Digital Encryption Standard, and its successor, the Advanced Encryption Standard. Because of their ...
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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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When did development on various TLS versions begin? [closed]

What I'm looking for I'm looking for an approximation of the date that the development on each TLS or SSL version started (so the development start date). So I do not want to know the date when the ...
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Origins of the “man-in-the-middle” analysis

Who first formulated communication security in terms of the "man in the middle" attacks? The earliest source I have so far is: Larsen, Gerald H. “Software: A Qualitative Assessment, or The Man in ...
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When Shellshock was introduced, how bad was it **then**?

The shellshock bug, and the underlying feature allowing Function Import from the Environment (I'm calling it FIE), have been in bash since at least 1993, before the rise of CGI. At that time, the ...
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Why is the *-property in BPL security model named “star”?

I am just looking for the meaning of "star" in this property
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Old Tool: S.A.T.A.N. (a.k.a. S.A.N.T.A.)

Years ago computer security analysts Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema wrote the security program S.A.T.A.N.. Does anyone know what happened to it (or if it just went out of style) and what people ...
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What is the technical rationale behind intermediary email servers?

EFF's Survelliance Self-Defense (SSD) project has an illustration of how email over SMTP goes through intermediate mail exchange servers: AFAIK each intermediate servers is expected to add its own ...
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Which is considered the first Cyber Security incident? [closed]

No matter we are talking about Information Security, or cyber security or IT security... I always hear first about "the moth" being the first security threat. But I don't believe it is when talking ...
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What was so dangerous about PGP that its creator was charged in court for it?

I was reading up on the history of the PGP encryption software when I realised its creator was under criminal charges for munitions export without a license for releasing the source code of PGP. ...
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Company Laptop and iTunes/iPhone

With their permission, I am selling a company laptop that I used, but I had been using iTunes and syncing my iPhone on that PC. Is it possible for a forensic tech to retrieve any of the browsing ...
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Where did common “minimum password length” guidelines originate?

Not long ago, the common wisdom was that passwords should be at least 8 characters long. These days, the most common minimum is 12. Where did these common values originate? Interestingly, 8 is ...
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What was SSL 1.0?

What was SSL 1.0? SSL 2.0 and 3.0 are well-known and well-documented. But what did the SSL 1.0 protocol look like? Wikipedia says there was a SSL 1.0 but doesn't say anything about how it worked. ...
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Password length limits in history of operating systems and popular web sites

I heard that many years ago for example passwords on linux systems were limited to 8 characters. Or rather, you could type in more than 8 characters, but only the first 8 characters mattered. ...
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Notable XSS attacks in 2011 [closed]

I am wondering what notable events in XSS attacks we saw in 2011. What big events hit the infosec community in regards of XSS? I am thinking of specific events like for example the Samy worm in 2007 ...
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NSA crypto Suite B - historical

I'm looking for information on what NSA suggested for use in commercial systems in past times. 90's and early 2000's. I'm mainly interested in PKI and symmetric cyphers for SSL and file/disk ...