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

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How can I securely convert a “string” password to a key used in AES?

I'm writing some software where I have to encrypt all files that are written to a specific folder using AES. There is one password/key that is configured somewhere, that is always used. I don't want ...
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can ssh passwordless public key authentication be ok if combined with a VPN?

Having a debate with a coworker about the merits & faults of public key authentication with ssh. I'm basically wondering what all the possible merits and faults are, especially in regards to ...
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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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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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Is it secure to transfer an RSA public key by email?

I've set up my VPS'ssh server to accept only key-based identification: I disabled password-based connection. As a consequence I am connecting from home with an RSA key generated prior to password ...
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Is leaking the hash of your encryption key a security risk?

I've been trying to design a simple archive format, that allows me to just bundle a bunch of encrypted files together. The idea, I currently have is to embed not the encryption key but a truncated ...
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Using TPM with DMcrypt?

Is it possible to use TPM for storage of some private key? It's not a full-disk encryption , I want it to be compatible with existing LUKS, just add another key, and store it in the TPM.
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Is SSL key generation client-side, server-side, or both?

Who generates the session keys for a SSL symmetric encryption? Is it the client for both client and server where client generates part of it while the server generates the other part?
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Which signing key should I use for certifying other peoples public keys: master or subkey?

I have a Master Identity key (which is detached from my daily-use keyring) and both encryption and signing subkeys (all are RSA). I sign documents with the signing subkey: GnuPG selects this key ...
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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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Encrypting sensitive data in software and storing/decrypting it on a server

I have searched IT Security and Google for something similar to this, but wasn't able to find anything remotely related to what I'm doing. I'm developing software which has 2 parts - a C# program run ...
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PCI Compliant Key Management solutions that don't cost a fortune

We are relatively small software company who has a requirement to store PAN's for our customers. Hosted payment solutions just don't fit our product requirements. We literally have 3 lines of ...
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What happens if two parties have a same pair of public&private keys

we know that we have to create Private key on server and generate its public key and create a certificate. But what if we get a private key which someone already has. Isn't the security becomes weak ...
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Should one sign and encrypt using the same key? The Azure Training Labs are taking this approach

I'm taking the Azure lab LoadBalancing with WCF and recognise what I have been told is bad from a security perspective, but am not sure if it applies here. Can someone look at this code and tell me ...
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How can I convert my encypted PGP secret key for use performing SSH authentication?

I wish to covert my PGP key (RSA) to be used performing SSH authentication. After some searching, I found openpgp2ssh, which appears to be an appropriate tool. Everything works swimmingly for my ...
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Does IPSec use IKE or ISAKMP?

Does the IPSec protocol suite use IKE or ISAKMP? RFC 2828 states ISAKMP is the protocol used in IPSec to handle SAs, key management and system authentication. Other sources say IKE is the protocol ...
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How do open source projects handle secure artifacts?

Specifically, how are things like keystores handled, or other items needed to build or run an app? In my case, I have a Chrome OS app that requires a keystore to build and publish to the Chrome Web ...
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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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How protective should we be of an SSL client certificate?

We've got an application where the database connection requires an SSL client certificate. How protective do we need to be of this certificate? What are the implications if someone else gets it? I ...
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What are the pros and cons of outsourcing an organization's PKI?

I am looking for the pros and cons of outsourcing an organization's Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). I understand that the answer to whether or not to actually outsource is going to depend on the ...
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Public key length

I was wondering if there was (and I hope there is) a standard for public key size for ECDH (Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman) and ECDSA (Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm) for every curve type ...
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Server side SSH keys compromised

I'm interested in knowing what could be the consequence if the server side SSH keys of a host were compromised. The situation would be: An attacker manages to read the SSH private keys of the ...
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What is the best way to manage package signing keys?

I am researching a way to protect, and enable accountability of, our packages when being transferred from our dev team, through to Q+A and eventually to deployment. I have initially created a signing ...
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Creating a Private Key using Human Intervention

In a hypothetical system, lets say that a design requirement is that people who snoop around the database of a web application (sysadmin gone rogue, or what have you), do not have access to the plain ...
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public key distribution from a central server

I'm trying to code up a encrypted communication program. Originally I was thinking that I would use public key cryptography and then I would keep the public keys in a database where users could query ...
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Should I make sure to get all of my OpenPGP uids are signed?

Should I make sure that I get all of the uids associated to my OpenPGP key signed, or is it enough to have one of them signed? If Bob can guarantee that alice@example.com belongs to Alice, I can't ...
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Creating a “key server” (HIPAA compliance with AWS)

I'm a part of a small company that is going to be implementing HIPAA compliance. We will be seeking legal counsel, etc so anything heard here will not be taken as legal advice, etc. I just want to ...
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How do you guarantee that you don't lose a keyfile?

I am toying with the idea of adding keyfiles to various things that I encrypt. However what's been keeping me from adopting them is guaranteeing that I don't lose the keyfile while still keeping ...
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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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Managing and storing lots of SSH keys in the cloud

I have a pool of cloud servers (~50) that need to talk to many other remote cloud servers (~4000) using SSH. Each remote server has its own SSH key, so we need a place to store all of these remote ...
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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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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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Is storing a private key in a device as it was done in AirPort Express the right solution?

Here's a story about how one guy reverse engineered AirPort Express and obtained the private key that was used to prevent cloning the device ability to stream audio to approved devices only. So ...
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TPM- Symmetric key storage

I understand that the TPM can be used to store an unlimited number of keys. However I am left with a few questions: Presuming the TPM is connected on the LPC what protects the data travelling across ...
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Generating one-time tokens from API-key?

I have a web-site for which I'm building a Drupal module that allows the users of that Drupal site to navigate to my web-site directly from the Drupal site. I intend to distribute secret API-keys to ...
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Distributing API Keys to Mobile Apps

I'm currently developing a mobile app (iOS based initially) that consumes multiple APIs. Currently we're storing API keys as strings in the the prefix header file, and initializing most of the APIs ...
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How to store IV and key temporarily but securely

I am using .NET 4.0 to develop a Windows service that will temporarily store encrypted data in a database. The data will be encrypted when it is inserted, then decrypted, processed, and deleted once ...
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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 there a common name for a software defect that leads to unexpected transfer of secret over the wire?

Suppose in a C++ program I use a memory region for temporarily storing an encryption key and don't overwrite that region afterwards. Then my program wants to send a data packet over the network. Due ...
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What does it mean for a digital certificate to be “signed”?

When someone says that a particular digital certificate (like an SSL cert) has been "signed with a key", what does that imply? Does that mean the certificate simply includes a key that should be used ...
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Should I publish my public SSH key with user@hostname at the end?

In ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub my public key is stored as: ssh-rsa magicmagicmagicmagic...magicmagic username@hostname When publishing my public key, should I include the username@hostname bit? Can I ...
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Proof that client app is using the recipient's public encryption key

I'm trying to implement a web app(lication), which allows to share data automatically with connected users. Data will be encrypted end-to-end asymmetrically on the clients. My first plan was to share ...
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how to secure Android Market public key

Android's security manual says that it is not safe to keep market public key just as a string and it should be hidden/encoded somehow. I am new to android Can somebody please provide me with example ...
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When should I use Message layer encryption vs transport layer encryption

Basically I will be having to secure a connection between different hops. Therefore even if TLS is widely known to be the best in class, I am wondering that in such a case message based encryption ...
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mysql AES_ENCRYPT key length

AES_ENCRYPT uses a 128 bit long key to encrypt the data, but how does mysql handle longer or shorter keys? I found out that pycrypto for instances recomend to transform the key by using md5 sha1 sha2, ...
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Unique SSL keys for load-balanced hosts

Given a setup with multiple SSL-terminating load-balancers in a failover configuration, is it a bad idea to have a unique TLS private key for each one of the hosts? They would all share the same FQDN. ...
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Question about the SessionLock paper

Some time ago there was a big fuzz over Firesheep: by listening to wifi traffic your login session can be stolen which is very bad because now somebody can e.g. send emails on your behalf. Some people ...
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Are there any serious problems with this technique for generating symmetric keys?

I'm using a technique borrowed out of a book by Bruce Schneier and Niels Ferguson called Practical Cryptography. Basically, it boils down to this: Bob does this: pubk_A = Alice's public key ...
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PGP keys varying only in attached signatures

Here is a few questions revolving around the same core problem. Let's say I generate a PGP keypair. I now get the keypair signed by person A at signing party X. In the evening, I give my now-signed ...
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Storing License Keys

I'm creating an application which generates licenses key and stores this in a database (the licenses are checked online). I don't wish to store these license unhashed, in case the database is stolen. ...