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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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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Determine private key size using public certificate [duplicate]

I have a public certificate in a PEM (.pem) file -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- MIICsjCCAZqgAwIBAgIJAMA1YIQ2JLXDMA0GCSqGSIb3DQEBBQUAMBExDzANBgNV ... 29V/R9RZOoSBHDzGPL84wm4qojMuwQ== ...
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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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Is it safe to generate a password for a user during sign up in a web application?

I'm working on updating a web application. It currently creates a password for a user during sign up. Is asking the user to create the password themselves safer than relying on a generated password?
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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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Calculate time taken to break AES key

A 256 bit AES key is required to be broken using the brute force method on a 2GHz computer. How long would it take to break the key in the best case and in the worst case situations? Assume that 1000 ...
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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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Online Activation Succeeds, Website Registration of same Serial Key Does Not [closed]

I need to ascertain the validity of software I purchased. It passes one check (online activation) and fails another (registration of a software title at the manufacturer website). I am a belated ...
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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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Public keys Quality

Is there any way to test the quality of generated keys from a public key cryptosystem? I've read about the common RSA attacks, but attacking the algorithm may not mean checking if the generated keys ...
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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 ...
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Generate a PGP key with more than 4096 bits?

I would like to know if generating a PGP key with a number of bits higher than 4096 is possible and if so how?
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RSA Key Pair generation with Javascript

I need to generate a RSA key pair with Javascript. This key pair will be used for encrypting a one time blob of data (20-100kb), then discarded. This data can be reduced to a couple of hundred kb or ...
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Is it possible to find CryptoKey from orginal password and hashed password?

WebsitePanel is a windows hosting control panel that uses a CryptoKey to hash passwords into the databases. We have lost WebsitePanel config file and lost CryptoKey. We have to reinstall WebsitePanel ...
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Can I generate multiple PGP key pairs for later use

I was just wondering if I can generate couple of PGP key pairs and save them for later use or backup. In addition can I be sure that other wont generate and use some of my key pairs in the meantime. I ...
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Is this adaptation of using a One Time Pad safe?

For example, lets say there are two people named, Bob, and Jim. Bob wants to send Jim a long secret message, and he decides to use a OTP to encrypt his message. Both Bob and Jim know a secret ...
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Can the human brain generate cryptographically secure random numbers?

A security conscious friend of mine was attempting to generate entropy using random dice rolls to generate a random password, and I became curious about the security of random number generators and ...
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What does the pgp public key length depend on?

What does the pgp public key length depend on? Does a long private key result in a long public key? The longer public key the better; or is it even the private key the crucial factor?