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In Asymmetric cryptography, is the number of Private Keys limited?

My question is a bit of a leading question, because I assume that the number of Private Keys is a finite number. However, it is possible that the number is such a large number that it would ...
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Hiding both public and private keys for private communication between 2 servers

I've been trying to learn about deeper info security past abstract words like "tunnels" and "networks", and would appreciate some enlightenment on the following scenario: 2 servers are set up to ...
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Using plain-text phrases as public/private pair?

I'm working on an application that'll be used by relatively non tech-savvy users, and while the machines will have internet access, the app can't have any sort of hosted intermediary. The app allows ...
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ssh/scp from server to server — set permissions (no root)

I have access as a regular user (not as root) to two servers. Server A is accessible via ssh with a username and password, Server B can only be accessed using a keycard and pin. I need to set up a ...
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What to do when you can’t protect mobile app secret keys?

We have a mobile app for iOS and Android available in the Apple and Google Play stores. The app communicates with our server’s Web Services over HTTPS. We have attackers able to spoof the app ...
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Are VPNS vulnerable to active man in the middle attacks?

I know that with SSL/TLS, man in the middle attacks are not possible. For example if Alice and Bob are trying to communicate and Trudy is trying to perform a man in the middle attack, then when Alice ...
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How to establish a random OTR remote party as a specific individual?

In reading Glenn Greenwald's 2014 book No place to hide, one thing stood out to me as a bit odd. Greenwald details how Edward Snowden was insistent that Greenwald install PGP in order to communicate ...
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How is it possible that people observing an HTTPS connection being established wouldn't know how to decrypt it?

I've often heard it said that if you're logging in to a website - a bank, GMail, whatever - via HTTPS, that the information you transmit is safe from snooping by 3rd parties. I've always been a little ...
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Why is brute forcing DH private key harder than calculating public key?

Assuming shared parameters: prime p base g Alice's private key is a and her public key is A, which is g ^ a mod p Calcuating A requires g * g * g... a times. Modulus is applied whenever necessary. ...
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Is (safe) encryption over compromised line impossible?

I realize something like this would be the holy grail of communications security and have never heard anything to suggest it has been done. Am just wondering. A lot of mathematicians and computer ...
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What public GPG key do I have to publish?

I just created a master key and two subkeys. The first subkey is used for encryption, the second one for signing. Now I am wondering what public key do I have to publish on my website. Does is ...
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Sharing Derived Unique Key Per Transaction (DUKPT) Base Derivation Key (BDK) with a partner

Assumptions: We have devices out in the field injected with keys derived from our one and only BDK. The devices encrypt data using the injected derived key. All our devices connect to our server ...
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Combinations of key exchange and signature algorithm in TLS

Let's say that one does not trust ECC a lot, and values confidentiality over authenticity (perhaps simply for the reason that MitM is more difficult than passive eavesdropping and decryption later ...
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Why can't I MitM a Diffie-Hellman key exchange?

After reading the selected answer of "Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange" in plain English 5 times I can't, for the life of me, understand how it protects me from a MitM attack. Given the ...
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What are the OpenSSL standard Diffie Hellmann parameters (primes)?

I recently generated some custom Diffie Hellmann parameters which are basically just long (in the below case 4096 bit) primes. Those are then used in the key exchange process. I used the following ...
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Security without TLS certificates

after getting an answer to Security over multi-streaming such as SCTP i have found that i do not have the capacity to give a public key or certificate to the other end securely (to be sure MitM cannot ...
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How ECDHE is signed by RSA in ECDHE_RSA cipher

About ciphers that use ECDHE as Key Exchange and RSA as Authentication: How exactly this two algorithms work together, is ECDHE process encrypted by RSA public key? What are the DH parameters? ...
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TLS 1.2 Handshake: How is the ECDHE public key signed by server?

I am dealing with a situation where a cipher option, such as ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-SHA, is chosen for establishing a TLS connection. In this case, a server, when sending the ServerKeyExchange message to ...
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Where do I get prime numbers for Diffie-Hellman? Can I use them twice?

I realise it's very hard to generate suitable prime numbers and generators for the Diffie-Hellman key exchange. What is the best way to generate them? And if I have one, can I use it twice? ...
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What steps can you take to make offline cracking of SRP harder?

In the aftermath of the Blizzard hack, what steps can I take to make offline cracking of SRP more difficult? My question assumes that your database is already gone and that you implemented SRP more ...
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Prevent padding oracle attack on key exchange process

I found in my searches that the padding oracle attack can be used against the RSA with PKCS1PAdding or OAEP padding, and I used this algorithm for a symmetric key exchange. How can I prevent a padding ...
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Can symmetric key cryptography provide identification?

I understand that PKI uses digital certificates to link a public key to an entity, but is there anything similar for symmetric cryptography. If, theoretically, PKI didn't exist, how do you know you ...
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Are open wireless networks unencrypted?

When you connect to an open wireless network (that is, a wireless network without any symmetric password set) is there any sort of secure key exchange going on, or is data sent back and forth ...
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how IKE (Internet Key Exchange) protocol reacts to the replay attack?

I mean how IKE in any mode (quick,aggressive, main) responds to an attacker that tries to replay one or more messages?
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Authenticating client without hardcoding key?

A basic question, but I'm not a master and this is puzzling me- How is it possible to authenticate a client from the server's perspective? i.e. imagine you're the server, and you want to give the ...
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Best practices for encryption from web<-> specific client

If we want to allow sensitive data between a web server and specific client only, is there anything more that can be done besides the following? Note that this is potentially a duplicate of ...
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What is the difference between DHE and ECDH?

I learned that perfect forward secrecy is implemented through DHE and ECDH but what is the difference between these 2 key exchanges? Also can someone explain how perfect forward secrecy works? I've ...
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Is it possible to perform one-way OTR MITM?

Here's something that is bugging me recently: suppose that me and my friend establish an OTR session and - as a result of that - DH key exchange is performed. My friend verifies my key, but I cannot ...
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Is End to End security possible without physical contact?

I noticed that a lot of messaging start to provide "End2End" security, but I wonder how this can be possible without a key exchange between the the two clients. To my understanding to provide real ...
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User Key pairs and Man-in-the-middle issues

I'm trying to wrap my head around how to exchange user's keys with a server. Maybe during sign-up a JS applet generates a key-pair for the user. These keys would be used for signing subsequent ...
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Is Diffie-Hellman key exchange the best way to securely exchange SSH keys?

I'm designing the communication mechanism for end user devices that will communicate with a row of servers. My current plan is on first run, a device will generate its own SSH key pair (RSA and ...
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Https certificate change effects on established secure channels

I've a question regarding https certificate changes. Does anyone know any side-effects to changing the certificate, one signed with RSASHA1 to one signed with RSASHA256 for ex, while users already ...
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Diffie Hellman and exchange of public key for signature

Let's assume an insecure channel. Is it safe to exchange Alice & Bob public keys first then apply them to sign communications during the DH process? (then encrypt+sign all future communications)? ...
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Distribution of key by server

I have read that in asymmetric cryptography, a system admin can generate key pairs on the server. After that, the users will be given the generated key pairs and this is an efficient way of doing this ...
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Does Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman require a certificate?

In Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman, the key pair is generated every time. In practice, does this mean I never need a certificate? Or that means I need a new cert every single time?
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How to incorporate the man-in-the-middle

I am designing a web-based back-end for an online service. The service could support web based portals and mobile apps as front end. But I am stuck on how to support third-party, i.e untrusted, web ...
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How does SSH use both RSA and Diffie-Hellman?

SSH protocol 2 allows you to use DSA, ECDSA, ED25519 and RSA keys when establishing a secure connection to a server. (Keep in mind for this question that I'm only familiar with the procedure and ...
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Why should the dh keylength match rsa length in tls?

A few sources state that the DH keylength (bits of the prime) should match the keylength of rsa for TLS. For example SSL_set_tmp_dh(3) from openssl has example code on how to match the dh parameters ...
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How can I generate some public and private keys on both sides with low overhead?

We have an Authority Center (CA) generating some public and private keys for each client (more than one pair for each client). One method for sending keys to client is sharing a secret key between CA ...
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What is 0xXXXXXXXX.asc.sig and how can I generate this?

When I am exchanging PGP keys with someone, I receive the regular 0xXXXXXXXX.asc file and regularly receive a file called 0xXXXXXXXX.asc.sig. What is this file? How can I generate one and send it ...
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Why do we encrypt ephemeral Public key in Encrypted Key Exchange

Encrypted Key Exchange can resist off-line dictionary attack Protocol : A ---> B : Ep (PK) B ---> A : Ep(Epk(K)) K is Session Key generated by B PK is an ephemeral public key ...
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Authenticated Diffie Hellman Key Exchange

It appears that the textbook version of Diffie-Hellman is susceptible to man in the middle attack and the use of digital signatures could prevent this attack from occurring. Digital signatures could ...
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Is the Station-to-Station protocol secure?

After I've read a lot about key exchange many sources state that the Station-to-Station is secure, since it also verifies the entity on the other side. Well how is that true, if an active Man in the ...
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How do I store Diffie-Hellman parameters in a X.509 certificate?

In there paper Authentication and authenticated key exchange Diffie, van Oorschot and Wiener recommend to insert the DH parameters into the certificate of Alice. As a result an attacker can not change ...
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How could SSL certificate affect the symmetric key length?

This article in GoDaddy support knowledge base says All of our SSL certificates support high-grade 256-bit encryption How would they not support it? The SSL certificate contains keys for ...
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Is a Diffie Hellman Ephemeral key good material for being used as a symmetric cipher algorithm key?

I am designing a secure protocol (for academic/learning purposes) and I am at the point where I need to (re)design the key exchange step. In my previous implementation, I used to rely on RSA to ...
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rolling code & keyless entry system [closed]

The security industry typically uses rolling code algorithms to authenticate sender & receivers in keyless entry systems, which is called RKE (ex: KeeLoq). In key-less smart key car system, The ...
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Key Exchange using RSA

I'm trying to do key exchange using the following scheme. Server generates an RSA-2048 key pair and sends the public part to the client Client generates an RSA-592 key pair (I have to use RSA-592 ...
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Verifying the owner of a signing key

I'm using elliptic curve cryptography (curve25519 and ed25519) for key exchange and signing. The signing and key exchange keypairs are independent. I need two users to be able to verify each other's ...
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GSM A5/1 encryption: Key management

I'm currently studying the A5/1 algorithm used for GSM encryption. I understood how thanks to the symmetric private Key and a public counter frame one can encrypt the communication between A and B. ...