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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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 otp-...
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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?
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How to combine a key and a password in practice

Alice wants to encrypt her data. She is not comfortable with using only a password. While she prefers to use a properly random crypto key, she isn't confident she can protect the key file from theft ...
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How does encryption/decryption work when one generate random key?

I am new to this and want to ask a basic question. Suppose I used my password (say "ABC123") to generate a key using the PBKDF2 algorithm (or any such algorithm). For encrypting a file I'll input my ...
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How to generate a superkey to decrypt strings

I'm working on an application where users have a key or password generated by me that is used to encrypt a string. Each user has their personal key, and no user should be able to decrypt another user'...
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Random token and email confirmation key of 10 chars sufficient?

I have a function that returns random unguessable keys with the following characters: a-z A-Z 0-9. I have set the key length to 10 and I am using that for my form tokens to prevent CRSF and I will be ...
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Is there any reason someone wouldn't use a longer key?

Larger key sizes are said to be more difficult to bruteforce; is there any reason someone would then decide to instead use a smaller key? Is there any negative effect in using a larger key size, such ...
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ECC Public Key length differs from bit representation

A 256 Bit ECC key-pair (256 Bit is supposed to be the length of the public key) generated with OpenSSL using this command from the manual: openssl ecparam -name secp256k1 -genkey -noout -out key.pem ...
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Diffie-Hellman key exchange

The following image attempts to explain the diffie-hellman key exchange for people not strong in maths such as myself: I do understand how the colour/paint example illustrates the idea. But I'm a ...
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“Reverse” approach to one-time key generation

Suppose we have a master key, and we want to encrypt some file(s). We then generate one-time key for that file, use it to encrypt file contents, and finally encrypt one-time key using master key (with ...
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How to compare encrypted private keys?

Is it possible to compare encrypted private keys if you do not have the passphrase? E.g.: openssl genrsa -out unencryptedprivkey.pem 2048 openssl rsa -in unencryptedprivkey.pem -aes128 -out ...
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Multi user symmetric key encryption

I realize SIMILAR questions have been asked before but I'm looking for certain specifics I can't seem to find elsewhere. The following question closely resembles mine but falls short for me on details:...
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Should I hash a password if it is randomly generated

The best practice is we should hash a user password using algorithms such as bcrpyt to protect the user, however, given the following conditions, is hashing in the backend still matters? the ...
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Storing encryption keys on a server using Node.js and MySQL

I am writing a web backend/api for an iOS application using Node.js and MySQL. In my database I have a table for posts. I would like the posts content to be encrypted. Let's say I'm using this AES for ...
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Does methods such as Generalized Mersenne are safe way to find p and q? [closed]

There are many methods for finding very large primes fast. Most of them have complete lists. Is it possible an attacker try to guess that p or q was generated using a such kind of method? If yes, ...
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Is it possible to sign/verify a key-pair?

We currently have the need to authenticate and verify generated keypairs. Our system allows users to register for our service which generates them a key-pair for use on our network. We are in need of ...
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Relationship of password strength and key strength

I have just started educating myself about cryptography, and while it is mostly making sense, a few things are still eluding me. One being: In systems that take a user's pass-word/-phrase in order to ...
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Can I ensure that a public key derived from a private key is unique?

In asymmetric cryptography, is it possible to ensure that public key derived from a given private key is unique, no matter the algorithm?
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How can you securely generate keys on AWS?

Our application needs to generate secure keys for long term storage on AWS using openssl. But I've seen some instance where entropy falls dangerously low on AWS machines and this doesn't appear to be ...
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Should generating gpg keys ever result in an identical key to an older key?

I recently had a situation where I lost an old private key (write error; realized this too late). In regenerating keys and replacing the public keys on various sites, I noticed that the public keys ...
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Wireless entry systems why not use pre-shared noise?

I think the title question speaks for itself, but here are the details: You have 4 bits for the buttons, 16 bits for the counter, and a fix 16 bit ID. The transmitter would send out these bits plus ...
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safe methods of generating session keys

So I have this web app where I'm supposed to generate my own session key to use in the session manager. I just have few questions about safe approaches to this. I believe to make this safe it should ...
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Could using a generated key from an online service be considered a risk?

With some colleagues we're having a debate regarding the randomkeygen.com website. I do think that there is a security risk using the generated keys of this (or any of this kind) website. Why ? ...
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Encryption key generation performance

A question for cryptography experts. Imagine we have a conceptual Notes.app: There are notes (title|content) stored as AES-256 encrypted strings Application has to present a list of all notes (...
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why are the first few characters of a DSA Private Key similar?

I noticed most DSA private keys often start with the same few characters, MIIBvAIBAAKBgQD . For example, generate a private key on Ubuntu, by running: ssh-keygen -t dsa -N '' -f /tmp/id_dsa This ...
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How can I allow acces to encrypted data if only 2 out of 3 users provide a secret?

I want to encrypt data, but make sure that no single user can decrypt the data. Further, it is important not to require ALL users to be present to decrypt. This will allow for some flexibility and ...
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Difference between key generation and key agreement

Please excuse my ignorance as I am new to information security. Could someone please explain in simple terms what the difference is between key generation and key agreement. In which situation would ...
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Is there an advantage to applying pbkdf2 to a key that's used to generate a MAC?

We need to generate tamper-resistant URLs to access a service, which are then shared with the end-user. The URLs don't contain any confidential data, but we need to ensure that they have not been ...
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From password to key

Can you explain this passage from Wikipedia? When a password (or passphrase) is used as an encryption key, well-designed cryptosystems first run it through a key derivation function which adds a ...
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Using Diffie–Hellman key protocol to create a safe secret key

Let's say, I have a friend far from me and I want to send some secret messages to him. I have to say, I'm pretty newbie in security. That's why I'm wondering, does the Diffie–Hellman key exchange ...
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AES key management

I am encrypting a secret in a db field. I am encrypting using AES with a 256-bit key and a random IV per encryption. They AES key is hard coded in the code. Each IV is stored in clear in another ...
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Is it possible to detect SSL private key changes?

I wonder if it would be possible to detect a change of an SSL private key? If you change the key, then I think one must issue a new certificate, but new certificates could be issued without changing ...
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Where does StartSSL generate the cerificate, server or client-side?

I.e. do really only I have the private key or do I have to trust that StartSSL (or any other provider) don't store it themselves?
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Reducing crypto-random values to a useless entropy

Supposing I have generated random data from CryptGenRandom (or similar PRNG), at what point does futzing with the values make it not-so-random that it's useless? Or is sufficiently random in enough to ...
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Challenge, Authentication and session key

I programmed an application on Linux using C, I added an authentication and cryptography layer that's going like this : 1 -client sends connection request. -server send a random challenge to client. -...
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Can the random keys generated during handshake be guessed

During the handshaking of an SSL connection, the server sends its public key, the client generates a random password, encrypts it with the pk, and sends it back, then the server decrypts it and all is ...
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Explain real world symmetric key encryption

I'm new to cryptography. While reading about symmetric key encryption, it was mentioned that it requires secret key exchange so that 2 parties can decrypt the ciphertext. Now, using some encryption ...