Key exchange protocols

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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 to treat/hash ECDH shared secret to use as keys for AES?

I'm doing some studies/development for a security system that would use ECDH with ephemeral keys. In my code I'm currently using a 256-bit EC, so when the two parts compute the shared secret, I get a ...
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Are there any systems out there that use a one-time pad?

I'm still new to information security, but I have read a bit about the one-time pad. The point that sticks out to me the most is that it is supposedly unbreakable. Has this method of encryption ever ...
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How to secure API (private key) for mobile apps

I am building a web service that has to be only accessible for iOS apps. In the future I want to expand to a mobile website to make my service also available for other mobile operating systems. Now, ...
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SSL/TLS : Authentication mechanism

I have these doubts regarding authentication in SSL/TLS : Will there be an authentication involved for all SSL connections ? For eg. when I browse the internet, using the most up-to-date browser, ...
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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. ...
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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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Which is better in “DH-group14-sha1 with hmac-sha2-256” and “DH-group-exchange-sha256 with hmac-sha2-256” from performance and security perspective?

In our product (embedded system), so far we were using diffie-hellman-group1-sha1 with hmac-sha1. But due to security concern we are planning to use diffie-hellman-group14 for key exchange and ...
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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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Does Diffie-Hellmann (DH) key exchange protocol lower Off-The-Record protocol (OTR) security level?

Off-the-Record protocol employes Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol (DH). DH protocol does not provide authentication of the communicating parties and, according to many sources, is vulnerable to ...
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Key-Exchange Algorithms VS Local Key Generation?

I was wondering the difference in term of Security, Computational cost and Network overhead between the use of : A Key-Exchange Algorithm (e.g. Diffie–Hellman) to set up a symmetric key. The ...
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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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What are the MitM implications of a stolen client-side private key?

Many VoIP handsets support client-side SSL authentication for auto-provisioning. Unfortunately, some devices must be programmed with their client-side keys. (Keys generated on low-entropy devices are ...
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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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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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Key Exchange algorithm to be used for REST framework

I was required to create key exchange module for custom Rest framework which supports document level security in REST requests. Framework has its own security module which allows to encrypt parameter ...
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does a public key work with all encrypted programs

let us say, I use program "x" for my e-mail security. through them I have a public key and a private key. My friend uses program "y" for their e-mail security and consequentially have a public key ...
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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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“Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange” in plain English

Can someone explain to me what is Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange in plain English? I have read in a non-tech news page that twitter has just implemented this technology which allows two persons to ...
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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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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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Any Suggestion Exchanging shared key between process via port in untrusted machine (infected my malware)?

I am trying to get shared key between Firefox extension and a java program running in same machine. I am communicating both application via socket. My assumption is that malware is running in ...
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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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Why Qualys SSL Server Test is giving me 80 and not 100 in Key Exchange?

My openssl ciphers -v 'CIPHER' output is the following: ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384 TLSv1.2 Kx=ECDH Au=ECDSA Enc=AESGCM(256) Mac=AEAD ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384 TLSv1.2 Kx=ECDH Au=RSA ...
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Optimal variable sizes in the Secure Remote Password protocol

I am implementing the Secure Remote Password protocol: U = <username> --> <-- s = <salt from passwd file> a = random() A = g^a ...
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Implementing Secure Remote Password: Constructing the verifier

The SRP protocol as described in RFC 2945 generates the password verifier: x = SHA(<salt> | SHA(<username> | ":" | <raw password>))` v = g^x % N I have three questions: why use ...
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Using Secure Remote Password without sending the username in the clear

To initiate a key exchange using the SRP protocol the client sends the username so the server can look up the salt and password verifier. Is there a simple way to change this so that an evesdropper ...
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Using Secure Remote Password without embedding the modulus

The SRP protocol as described by the author assumes that the large safe prime modulus and generator are embedded into the client and server rather than being transmitted as part of the protocol. ...
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Website: Pre-Shared-Key Authentication

We have this web-application with high valuable (business) data. All communication is encrypted through TLS/SSL. While i consider this a really safe protocol, it can stil be compromised if someone ...
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ECC Brainpool Standard Curves and Curve Generation with Bouncy Castle which seed to use?

I want to implement a ECC Key Agreement with a Brainpool curve brainpoolP512r1 or brainpoolP512t1. I'm not clear about whichseed value to use (and how). In this document ...
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Is there a way to negotiate a secret between 2 parties with no prior knowledge?

Is there a way for 2 parties to negotiate a shared secret (for example, a session key) without having a pre-shared knowledge? SSL does this by using asymmetric encryption. Is there any other way to ...
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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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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 ...
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Can manual hash verification defend against a DH MITM attack?

I understand how DH key exchange is vulnerable to a MITM attack. When Alice sends Bob g, p and her public key, if she also sent a value H that was a hashing of the values g,p, and public key all ...
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Which authentication at the end of the Secure Remote Password protocol?

For the the client and server to prove to each other that they have the same premaster shared key, the original author suggests this: M = H(A | B | K) --> <-- H(A | M | K) ...
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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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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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Why was ECMVQ dropped from NSA Suite B?

I've found two mentions on Wikipedia that Elliptic Curve Menezes–Qu–Vanstone (ECMVQ) was dropped from NSA's Suite B however they seem to imply different reasons. One mention is preceded by talk of how ...
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Is there a known vetted alternative to this key-exchange protocol?

I have three participants: A client A in possession of the public key Kpub A login server S in possession of the private key Kpriv Game servers B (B1, B2 etc) S and all B may share a finite number ...
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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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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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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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Understanding a key establishment protocol

I'm studying a one-pass key establishment protocol. Let be A client and B the Server. A sends to B: E_w(t,b,k) where t is a timestamp requested for freshness, k is the ephemeral key that will be ...
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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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Is there any particular reason to use Diffie-Hellman over RSA for key exchange?

I often see RSA being recommended as a method of key exchange. However, the Diffie-Hellman key exchange method appears to be secure as well. Is there any considerations one should take into account ...
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The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel Exception

Let me explain my situation. I created a self-signed certificate and installed it in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities section in MMC. I then created two certificates using the self-signed ...
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Diffie Hellman - how large should the random number be?

When using the Diffie Hellman exchange with the second Oakley group 1024 bit Prime per RFC 2409 (*), how large should the random numbers generated by both sides be? In RFC 2631 this is called the ...
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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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ECDH and Forward Secrecy

I just read about ECDH and while getting a overview over the process, I noticed that this key exchange method does neither provide any forward secrecy, nor does it protect against replay-attacks, ...
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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 ...