Key generation is the process of generating keys for cryptography. A key is used to encrypt and decrypt whatever data is being encrypted/decrypted.

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New certificate but what about the keys?

One of our SSL certificates has expired and along with that so has the keys. I have a re-newed certificate but no re-newed keys. The posting Should I change the private key when renewing a ...
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keytool -genseckey -alias TDES -keyalg DESede -keysize 128 works within jre/bin folder but not when the keytool.exe is on another location

I would like to create a TDES key with size 128bits and 2KTDES key with 192bits for authentication in a Desfire smart card. Hence I have used the keytool to generate the jceks with the following ...
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What is the DUKPT Key Derivation Function?

I'm tasked with decrypting ciphertext acquired from an encrypted card reader. The card reader utilizes DUKPT(derived unique key per transaction) scheme and 3DES encryption. I don't have a problem with ...
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Safenet iKey 4000 RSA key pair generation in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode

I need to generate RSA key pair and show the public and private key on screen (in a secured room). The algorithm must be FIPS approved. So I would like to use iKey 4000 which is FIPS 140-2 level 3 ...
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Using HMAC to generate secret keys

I am developing a platform that uses several secret keys for several usages: key1 for hashing passwords (using pbkdf2-hmac-sha256), key2 to generate non-repeating unpredictable uuids (using aes-128 ...
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Javascript web-based key derivation [closed]

Is there a website with a key derivation function running entirely in client-side Javascript? The string which is used to generate the key cannot be seen outside the client. It shouldn't use a ...
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Guessing the whole PBDKF2 output from 1 half

If I use PBDKF2 with a good enough password and salt to generate a 2n bytes key, does knowing the first or last n bytes make it any easier for a 3rd party to guess the other half of my key than using ...
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How bad an idea is intentionally using short RSA keys for signing CloudFront private-content URLs?

While pondering a question on SO about efficiently generating signed private-content URLs for CloudFront I decided to check what sorts of savings could be found by using a shorter RSA key. With the ...
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How to properly transition from standard PGP keys to using subkeys?

When I initially set up PGP, PGPTools didn't prompt me to create separate subkeys, as explained in the article "Creating the Perfect PGP Keypair". Now that I've learned a bit more about PGP, I'd like ...
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Is there a cryptosystem that allows a set of auditors to confirm that they have valid Shamir or Group signatures?

Suppose I have a client that generates and sends a Shamir key (or group signature) to a set of Auditors. This key is essentially an unverified set of bytes. Each auditor wants to somehow verify that ...
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Create Public Key using OpenSSL instead of PuTTYgen for PKCS#8

I'm trying to create a public key pair for ssh-rsa authentication. If I'm using puttygen.exe, the "OpenSSH authorized_keys file" string looks like this: "ssh-rsa AAAAB3 ... 6yIK9Nbw== ...
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Which default encryption does OpenSSL use?

If I create a private key via: openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -out cert.crt then OpenSSL writes the private key to the file privkey.pem and if you do not provide the -nodes parameter it will ...
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output from CryptGenRandom [closed]

Can we capture the output of Windows CryptGenRandom function. Suppose an application is utilizing CryptGenRandom, as a user can we know what is the Random Number generated and given to the ...
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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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Sharing RSA keys between PGP and SSH protocols: Does this pose a security risk?

If I generate a PGP subkey that only has the authentication capablity and use this to generate an SSH keypair to authenticate Git for example, does this pose a security threat? When I do, should I ...
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Symmetric key generation

Assume I have a source that generates symmetric keys. This source could be a very solid HSM device, somewhat reliable PRNG, a compromised key generator or a hardcoded value which returns the same byte ...
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PKI/Why does Microsoft require my cert before encrypting an email?

Microsoft doesn't allow sending public-key encrypted messages using Outlook 2003-2012 on Windows 7-8x environments without first creating your own Digital ID or private key for signing. Per ...
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Guidelines for time for encryption key regeneration

I am looking at using a third party key distribution protocol. I do not have much details of the internals itself. However I am required to configure the time for regeneration of the (128 bit ...
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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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Are there any security implications in creating an SSH key for the root user?

I've written an install script on a server to quickly set up new sites in the /srv directory. It needs to do a git clone, and has to be run via sudo in order to have the permissions to do all the ...
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Does AES 256 encryption support a master key and generated (time-bombed) keys?

I have a scenario where semi-sensitive [1] data for a corporate web application is to be stored in the browser's localized storage (Indexed DB to be specific, via JavaScript). The intention is to ...
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JSON Web Tokens - How to securely store the key?

I was building a RESTful Web Service when I came across JSON Web Tokens as an alternative to traditional cookies for authentication. The concept core of this method is that the server is the only ...
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Create RSA public, private key pair having numbers generated already

I want to know to to generate working RSA key pair, with correct syntax. Let's say i have already generated somehow my numbers for 512bit key, which are: e = 00065537 d = ...
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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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Session key renewal between two constrained devices

I'm not keen on encryption and security overall, so please forgive my ignorance. Let's assume the following: We have two nodes which are constrained devices (resources not sufficient for asymmetric ...
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Generating secret keys with secret keys

Hydra is a secretive organization. It is comprised of several Directors at the top, and many Agents underneath them. A Director sends Agents on secret missions. During these missions, communication ...
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Is it possible to make a more secure random number generator algorithm by XORing two or more less secure random number algorithms?

Is it possible to make a more secure random number generator (e.g. for cryptologic purposes) by combining two or more less secure random number generator algorithms using XOR? Here is an example of ...
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Safely encrypting data received through HTTPS

I am receiving sensitive data over an HTTPS connection and need to store this on disk, encrypted so no one can tamper with it, but for reading later on. Each user in the system has a password. The ...
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RSA key generation: gpg vs openssh

When I generate RSA key for ssh (both server-side and client-side): dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server ssh-keygen the key generation is completed instantly. However, when I generate RSA key for gpg, ...
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PCI compliant RSA key generation and getting value of private exponent

Is it possible to generate RSA key and get its private exponent in clear and to be compliant with the following PCI requirement?: Keys must be generated so that it is not feasible to determine that ...
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How should API keys be generated?

I want to make sure requests can't be forged and sent on to my server. In order to do this I need to generate an API key per user on my system. The purpose of the key will be to sign requests on the ...
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Why is the entropy of a session key approximately half the number of bits in the key? [duplicate]

From this OWASP page on "Insufficient Session-ID Length", it states: Assuming that the session identifiers are being generated using a good source of random numbers, we will estimate the number ...
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How is Tresorit client-side encryption key stored and managed?

I am using Tresorit on Mac OS X and iPhone. When I am using it there is always applied client-side encryption before posting the file to cloud. The key used for encryption is AES-256 and CFB mode of ...
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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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Same RSA key pair for all users

Let's say in my computer running Debian i have an RSA key pair generated by user foo and copied the public key to server_A for allowing key based authentication in ssh for foo. Now my question is can ...
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Should you notify software vendors that their software has been cracked?

Apologies if this is not the right place to ask this question, I will happily move it to another Stack Exchange site if need be. Before I explain the rationale behind the question, let me clear up a ...
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What is the point to the IPEK in DUKPT?

I'm trying to understand the DUKPT (Derived Unique Key Per Transaction) system used for PIN devices, but I'm getting hung up on the IPEK. This blog post has an image where the sequence is: BDK ...
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Looking for a way to encrypt/decrypt data using a generated key that works in Windows and Linux

I am looking for a way to encrypt/decrypt data on windows and linux platforms. The data gets encrypted in windows and the same data needs to be decrypted on linux/windows and vice versa. I understand ...
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Question regarding RFC7296 (IKEv2) PRF+

In RFC 7296, in section 2.13 What do the "K", "S", and T# represent? And my follow-up question is, in section 2.14 What would be the K, S, and T# equivalent in {SK_d | SK_ai | SK_ar | SK_ei | ...
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Key generation: Differences between GnuPG classic, stable, modern?

I plan to create a 4096 bit RSA&RSA key pair: gpg --gen-key --personal-digest-preferences SHA512 --cert-digest-algo SHA512 Is there any difference in generated key quality between versions 1.4 ...
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Generate cryptographically strong pseudorandom numbers in Javascript?

Is there any good way to generate cryptographically strong pseudorandom (or true random) numbers in Javascript? The crucial requirement: if a.com's Javascript generates some random numbers, no one ...
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Why OpenSSL can't use /dev/random directly?

I couldn't find the answer for the reason anywhere, even the wiki page doesn't explain it. This seems like using a PRNG for seeding an another PRNG. The first one (/dev/random) may itself be seeded by ...
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How should I organize my keys?

Suppose I have a set of computers with variegate level of trust (for example): I fully trust my own desktop pc at home I trust a bit also my smartphone, but I know it could be stolen I trust a bit ...
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Long passwords and key derivation functions

Not being a security expert, I have a rather theoratical question that I have been thinking about for quite a while now: Let's imagine an encryption software that takes a user-provided password, ...
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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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Running openssl s_client with an aes encrypted key fails

I'm trying to verify a 2-way SSL connection using the openssl s_client command openssl s_client -connect localhost:8883 -CAfile ca.pem -cert client.crt -key client.key The openssl s_client fails ...
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Creating user specific authentication methods in SSH

I have configured sshd on an Ubuntu server to use key authentication and it is working fine. I had to disable password authentication for key authentication to work. Server is always accessed via ...
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Is your PGP passphrase used to decrypt an encrypted private key, or needed in conjunction with the private key to decrypt the message?

If the former, then if the private key can be used to digitally sign messages, why doesn't your client offer to encrypt this highly sensitive piece of data? If the latter, then if someone had access ...
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Why is using [x] to generate random keypairs a bad idea?

Anyone who has generated large GPG public/private keypairs has come across this annoying message: "Not enough random bytes available. Please do some other work to give the OS a chance to collect more ...
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What are the typical ways to generate a One Time Password?

I'm looking for the typical ways to generate a One Time Password. I know about the HOTP and TOPT. But, in my case, the problem is that the "server" only has a display as interface and the ...