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Share or not share public key for servers?

In order to encrypt communications from our (custom) client to our (custom) servers our current scheme is a bit like this: Client uses the bundled public key A to encrypt some random key material. ...
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Purpose of key confirmation

Among the requirements for a secure key exchange is the key confirmation. I wonder why is this step required. Even if the other party hasn't computed a correct value for the shared secret, it doesn't ...
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How do I share my S/MIME public key?

I have setup S/MIME encryption for my email address, and I'd like to allow people to download the public key from my website, rather than having to first receive an email from me. I want the public ...
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TLS server key: possible to sign another TLS server key?

If I have a valid (verifiable) certificate C_K_s that links the server key K_s to "www.example.com", is it possible to : use K_s to sign K_d, and let S_K_d be this signature use K_d as the TLS ...
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DEK, KEK and Master key - simple explanation

This article is intended to be a simplified explanation sans drill-down for people wanting to understand these concepts/terms. What are DEK, KEK and MEK/Master key?
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How many keys are used in this specific TLS 1.2 connection?

That shows the mechanism of the connection. How many keys are being used in this connection? What are they? Who knows them? What is the purpose of each key?
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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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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 would I give an encryption key to only one person?

Let's say I have an encrypted message. I want to make it so that someone is able to decrypt it. The only way of giving it to them is online. For the purposes of this question, I can't call, mail or ...
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Is symmetric encryption with one time pre-shared key secure?

Suppose I have a secure channel between client and server, with proper certificate validation etc (actually, ssh session). I want to establish a secure connection between my own application on a ...
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Does the hash change the security of the Secure Remote Password protocol?

I'm implementing the Secure Remote Password protocol, and similar to this question, I'm wondering if I can use the SHA-512 hash function instead of SHA-1 currently being used. Would this help improve ...
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What is the best method for key exchange?

I have application working between server and client. All messages must be encrypted and decrypted. I use AES algorithm and I want method to hide the key. I found Diffie-Hellman algorithm, but my ...
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Encryption in peer to peer chat

For a homework assignment I'm developing a chat service that will be able to communicate within a single network. The communication channel should be encrypted with RSA. Should I generate keypairs ...
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3rd party requires my server's public key for a secure connection?

I'm trying to integrate with a 3rd party service and they have requested our server's public key. I've sent it to them and they said they have configured it on their end. In order for me to make ...
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Why should an IKE responder change the cookie secret 'frequently'?

IKEv2 has the concept of a COOKIE mode, to attempt to prevent state exhaustion from floods of initiation requests from non-existent IP addresses: Two expected attacks against IKE are state and CPU ...
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What is the message called someone sends to verify a key?

Suppose Alice wants to check if Bob has a certain keypair. Alice could send some random payload to Bob and let Bob sign that payload with his private key. Alice is now able to check if the signature ...
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Can we build a key exchange protocol without certificates?

Assume that the server and the client both has some secret key K. Is it possible to have a key exchange protocol with authentication between them such that MITM attack cannot hold and if the key is ...
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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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Transferring of keys from key servers to recipients

When I download PGP keys from keyservers like so: gpg --search-keys steve@openssl.org How are the public keys transferred down to my machine? Is there a possibility of a MITM attack to serve me the ...
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Would a predefined shared secret key be good here

I'm a software developer working with hardware devices that are deployed on the field. Every now and then, I would need to update the hardware's firmware (upgrades, patches, etc) I'm thinking of now, ...
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Differing scrambling parameter generation methods in Secure Remote Protocol

RFC 2945 (The SRP Authentication and Key Exchange System) states, The parameter u is a 32-bit unsigned integer which takes its value from the first 32 bits of the SHA1 hash of B, MSB first. ...
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Security of Web Game over WebSockets?

Project that I'm working on depends on WebSockets to communicate between the server and client browser for all interactions within the game. I'm attending university for Computer Security, but I'm ...
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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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Encryption key exchange for Tor

I've been studying how Tor works - including the great QA "Why can a Tor exit node decrypt data, but not the entry node?". I understand the concept of onion routing and multiple layers of encryption....
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OpenSSL's EVP functions, more specifically EVP_SealInit

Reference: https://wiki.openssl.org/index.php/Manual:EVP_SealInit%283%29 I want to securely share a symmetrical key between two endpoints using OpenSSL's EVP interface. Transferring the encrypted ...
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Main difference between Yahalom and Needham-Schroeder key exchange protocols

I am just wondering what is the main difference between the Yahalom and Needham-Schroeder key exchange protocols? Which protocol uses less computational power?
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Diffie-Hellman key-exchange: securing prime and base

As we know DH algorithm based upon 2 large prime numbers, which are used to be called as prime and base I am writing app which implements DH key exchange algorithm. From security point of view should ...
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Which is better for SSL: TLS_EDH or TLS_SRP?

DH is vulnerable to a man-in-middle attack due to no server authentication; and RSA does not have forward secrecy. People suggest used Ephemeral DH but what are the differences between Ephemeral DH ...
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Given a large enough sampling of public keys could one begin to identify a private key?

For example, an ISP or government capable of tracking millions of keys being exchanged. Would that provide a sample large enough to be able to identify the private key on either end?
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Secure device pairing protocol

I need to implement secure pairing between two devices based on a short shared PIN code with no trusted third party. If you think about the way bluetooth devices pair you won't be far off -- my ...
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Any obvious flaws in this protocol?

Are there any particular flaws in this protocol? (Yes I know about SSL) Three participants: Login Server LS Game Server GS Client C Asymmetric key-pair Kpriv Kpub Shared 128bit secret key Ksec ...
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Inner Workings of Public Key Encryption

After watching this video explaining PKE with tennis balls (interesting), it left me with a few particular questions that I'm having trouble finding answers to: I assume that they keys used to ...
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Mutual Anonymity in key exchange

If Alice (sender) sends a private message embedded with public key of the Bob(recipient) through onion network, so in this key exchange, does Bob remains anonymous to Alice as Alice knows about the ...
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Establish a secure channel with mutual authentication given pre-shared public keys

Suppose I have a system whereby parties are identified by their public key (with some pre-selected asymmetric key algorithm). Suppose I have a party PUB1 which wants to establish a secure channel with ...
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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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Is it a good practice to include a download URL of my GPG public key in my email signature?

I was wondering if I can put a download URL for my recipients to get my GPG public key easily in my email signature. Is this a good practice? If not, what's a good alternative?
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Key distribution and key exchange for simple secure FTP implementation

I'm developing a simple secure file transfer protocol for a University project using openssl. I have a Client (let be C) and a Server (let be S). C will send to S messages like get, put, cd, … and S ...
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Why is random DH group recommended over a standard group?

I know in light of logjam there have been recommendations to generate your own DH group (https://weakdh.org/sysadmin.html). It seems to me that leaving this task up to the end user is much more likely ...
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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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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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Picking exponents for Diffie-Hellman

I'm taking a class on Cryptography and the professor mentioned that given mod N and base g with a certain order, you should pick powers m and n such that they create a certain property with the order ...
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How rf remotes for “cloning” rolling code find matching codes?

I've been tinkering with a rf (garage door) remote control that has a scanner mode (google JMA SR-48 for details). This mode works for Mutancode and Erreka which I assume would be similar to KeeLoq. ...
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Can a user verify the quality/safety of pregenerated SSH moduli parameters?

Many tutorials about how to mitigate the Logjam recommend regenerating Diffie-Hellman moduli. This is a resource intensive operation, especially for high-bit groups. This made me think if it made ...
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Can SRP be implemented using libsodium

I am using libsodium for cryptography and I want to use SRP for key exchange. The wikipedia page lists a python example, but I am not sure if and how I could convert this to libsodium function calls. ...
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Cryptography key gathering tool [closed]

I am wondering if there exist a tools which can return the value of the one of the private key if the following are known: 1) Encryption Algorithm 2) Public key 3) Plain text 4) Cipher text Or may be ...
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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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Can you generate Diffie-Hellman parameters quickly [closed]

I am working on an android project for school and I am supposed to do a DHKE(Diffie Hellman Key Exchange). Everything works well, the problem is that it takes a lot of time (really a lot) to generate ...
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How do key servers resolve conflicts?

According to the PGP network FAQ While a number of key servers exist, it is only necessary to send your key to one of them. The key server will take care of the job of sending your key to all ...
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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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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 ...