Key management involves the entire key life-cycle: generation, exchange, storage, safeguarding, use, vetting, revocation, replacement and retirement.

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Web Application encryption key management

In a nutshell, let's consider a web application which stores some information in a database as encrypted data. While I'm purposely trying to keep this some what generic, here are some assumptions: ...
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Why shouldn't I bring a computer to a key-signing party?

I'm looking at the event description for the key-signing party at an upcoming BSD conference, and it's mentioned that I shouldn't bring my computer in to the event: Things to bring no ...
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How are ProtonMail keys distributed?

There is a service called ProtonMail. It encrypts email on the client side, stores encrypted message on their servers, and then the recipient decrypts it, also on the client side and the system "...
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Encrypting data for Android mobile app

I am creating a mobile app for Android. This is my first mobile app by the way. I have decided to store data used in my app in a SQLite database in the target Android device. The data I am storing ...
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Recommended operational security for generating one's primary key pair?

I have been looking for an operational security guide for generating one's asymmetric key pair for (Open)PGP. I have found plenty of technical guides for how to use GnuPG to generate RSA key-pairs, ...
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How can PrivateSky not see your data?

PrivateSky is a website that promises encrypted "cloud-like" secure information exchange. They promise that except the sender and receiver, nobody can see your data. After testing it yesterday, I do ...
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Passing secret keys securely to docker containers

I want to pass a secret value needed by an app that runs in a Docker container. This particular container is short-lived -- it starts up, runs a command, and then terminates. Method 1: Pass the ...
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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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Where do I securely store application-specific symmetric key?

I am writing an application App1. This application uses SQLite database and I plan to encrypt it using AES256. For symmetric encryption I need a key, which I need to store somewhere. From a similar ...
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Key management in cloud datacenters

In terms of infrastructure, how do Cloud providers (organizations providing SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS via the cloud) manage keys and cryptography? From my understanding, "private" datacenters tend to ...
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Additional security of keyfile on top of a master password for KeePass

I use KeePass + Dropbox to manage and synchronize my passwords across my devices. This system works really great and I trust KeePass' security model. However my biggest remaining concern is the ...
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Data Encryption and Key Management in C#

Which route to take, what are the pros and cons, which is more secure.. Generate AES key, encrypt the data with it and then encrypt the AES key with RSA, save the encrypted data and encrypted AES ...
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Security implications of storing the password hash along an encrypted AES key

I am using the PKCS#5 standard to generate a key using a random and unique salt and the user's password in input. Consider this key as the "encryption" key. The "encryption" key is used to encrypt a ...
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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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Centralized key management for IOS and Android Code Signing

What is the best way for an enterprise to manage code signing certificates? The default seems to be that Apple and Android keys get stored by each developer on their machines. I see systems like ...
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Vulnerabilities with DB backed session tokens

A user logs in and is given a session token. This token is also stored in a database on the server. The user includes this secret token with each request, and the server will pull it from the DB to ...
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Do OpenPGP/GnuPG apply slow hash to password when encrypting/decrypting key?

Password space is quiet small. Therefore slow hash should be applied to password before using it for encryption. Should slow hash function (like bcrypt) be applied to password before using it with ...
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GPG master key without email address

I would like to create a new GPG key. Going through a couple of thread it seems like the most popular scheme for maximum security is to have an offsite master (sign-only) key which provides a shell ...
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Does RekeyLimit property in sshd_config enforce re-keying / key re-exchange?

I have set the RekeyLimit property in sshd_config and tried to perform a SSH. However, I could not see rekeying happening in the verbose logs, all I see is the log message below at the start of the ...
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Storage of 'secrets', keystores, HSMs and the rest

I've been digging for the past few days into storage of sentitive data. If I store this data in a database, I believe the general accepted practice is to store sensitive data encrypted, for various ...
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Backup schedule for Encryption Keys

How often should encryption keys be backed up? Should this be done on the same schedule as the encrypted content/configuration? That seems excessive, as the keys do not change as often. Perhaps ...
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Is Google API Key a sensitive information that needs to be protected?

I'm making use of google API for location (in Android, iOS apps).. Can the key be hardcoded? Or should it be protected? If It's sensitive, why is it sensitive and how can attackers exploit this?
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MySQL AES_ENCRYPT key length

AES_ENCRYPT uses a 128 bit long key to encrypt the data, but how MySQL handle longer or shorter keys? I found out that PyCrypto for instances recomend to transform the key by using MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2, ...
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Encrypting a fixed format message with commands and transmitting over the internet

Linked to: Encrypting a fixed format message? I need to communicate from Site A, a set of information that will be presented to users of Site A, which when they choose to submit, should travel to my ...
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SSH: reusing public keys and known-man-in-the-middle

Usually, people recommend to use a single private-public key pair everywhere (if we're not talking about a possibility of compromising the private key): Best Practice: “One per-user ssh key” or “...
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Brute forcing ssh keys

My problem is a common one: I deleted my SSH key, and forgot to set rm to point to a .trash file. I have the public key, and I need to get in this server. I am not doing this on anyone else's server. ...
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Server to server encryption: Key rotation over the air. Can it improve security?

In my other question, I explored whether to write my own encryption or use an existing one. I was advised to use TLS or AES or something that is established. This question is about key rotation. It ...
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User IDs containing URIs

When adding a User ID to your OpenPGP key, you are typically asked (for example by GnuPG) to provide a name, a comment, and an email address (where each part is optional). This format (Name (Comment) ...
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An OS that does not trust its RAM?

I wonder if it is possible to write a kernel that would keep all of its RAM encrypted, storing the key in the CPU cache, so that the machine would be resistant to cold-boot attacks?
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Authenticating client without hardcoding key?

A basic question, but I'm not a master and this is puzzling me- How is it possible to authenticate a client from the server's perspective? i.e. imagine you're the server, and you want to give the ...
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My OpenPGP private keys are set up with sub-keys. What happens if I revoke a sub-key and re-issue a new one?

I have set up my OpenPGP keys with sub-keys, following the general instructions laid out in "Creating the perfect GPG keypair." The general gist is that you create a "master keypair" which is not ...
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Encrypting a fixed format message?

I'm planning to send across TWO pieces of information over the internet from machine A A site identifier which will be like: $SiteName = "EXAMPLE" (in plaintext) Encoded text which will be like: $...
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Using dynamic keys

It is intuitively clear that, the less materials a cryptanalyst has available to work on, the lower would be his chance of success. This implies that the security of encryption of a message could be ...
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Is android's FDE secure from offline attacks?

Android provides FDE, but it uses lockscreen pin, which is (at least in my case) fairly weak (like a 4-digit PIN). Does it mean that my FDE could be easily broken by offline attack? Or maybe master ...
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Should I revoke & regenerate PGP private keys after computer is serviced by Apple Store?

I recently had an issue with my MacBook where it wouldn't boot. So I took it in to the apple store, and they said that they would need to send it off to a service center to diagnose and repair it. I ...
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How does GnuPG encrypt secret keys?

When creating a secret key with GnuPG, you are asked for a password to protect it. Which encryption algorithm is used to achieve this? The handbook only says that a symmetric encryption algorithm is ...
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Can unencrypted keys & logins be kept out of program memory?

No matter what technique is used to store encryption keys & logins, it seems that all roads lead back to program memory (as far as I know), as an unencrypted version of the keys & logins will ...
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Export non-extractable private key from Keychain on OS X

I have a PKI certificate in Keychain Access.app on OS X 10.9, together with the private key. The manual page for /usr/bin/security indicates that there is a -x option for security import to specify ...
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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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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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Sharing Derived Unique Key Per Transaction (DUKPT) Base Derivation Key (BDK) with a partner

Assumptions: We have devices out in the field injected with keys derived from our one and only BDK. The devices encrypt data using the injected derived key. All our devices connect to our server ...
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Distinguishing between tokens and actual PANs for tokens based on reversible cryptographic functions

I’m researching a possibility of implementing KEK and DEK servers compliant with PCI-DSS requirements. PCI Tokenization Guidelines states: “The tokenization solution should include a mechanism for ...