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

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Can we build a key exchange protocol without certificates?

Assume that the server and the client both has some secret key K. Is it possible to have a key exchange protocol with authentication between them such that MITM attack cannot hold and if the key is ...
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What is purpose of --s2k-* GnuPG options? [closed]

When I use gpg --symmetric --s2k- and press tab some options appear: --s2k-cipher-algo --s2k-count --s2k-digest-algo --s2k-mode What do those options do?
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Is the ssh-copy-id command secure?

I have 2 Ubuntu 14.04 servers with openssh-server installed on both. I've set up key-based authentication using RSA keys, without passphrase, so that I can run automated backup scripts, to a remote ...
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Strategy to migrate Passwords securely from one application to another

We are working on a tool that exports data from Source Application "S" to CSV files. These CSV files are manually migrated to box where the Target Application "T" resides. Each line in this CSV is ...
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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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Is adding apt keys using wget secure?

Many (I would even say most) projects that have Debian repo give instructions like this (https://www.dotdeb.org/instructions/): 3. Fetch and install the GnuPG key wget ...
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How to deal with SSH keys in insecure environment

I am trying to find out a "safe" solution for the following situation. tl;dr how to keep things secure in an environment that is absolutely not? I work in a company where workstations are not safe ...
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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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Is it important to keep my pastebin developer key private?

I would like for my application to enable users to save their programs to Pastebin through the Pastebin api. This requires a developer key, which is automatically created with each account. Keeping ...
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Verifying the authenticity of a public key without manual intervention?

In RSA encryption it is said that ensuring the authenticity of the public key can be as important as the protection of the private key. An effective way of doing this is to have key custodians ...
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What is the best way to organize OpenPGP keys?

I've always used OpenPGP as a single private/public pair of keys for (S)igning and (E)ncryption. But learning about OpenPGP subkeys, it's recommended to use separate keys for (C)ertification, ...
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Securing HSM-stored symmetric data encryption keys (AES) in memory on server

My project requires me to encrypt sensitive user data using symmetric data encryption (AES). I will be storing the AES key (DEK) in a HSM-based key management service (ie. Azure Key Vault / AWS KMS) ...
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GPG key expired on mykeyring, but still valid on keyserver

Can someone help me in explaining this: I have an old and expired GPG key, on my keyring the key lists correctly as expired: myself@mypc:~$ gpg --list-sig --fingerprint DDF70E72 pub 1024D/DDF70E72 ...
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Best practice of deprecating old OpenPGP subkeys when migrating to a new subkey pair?

I've been using GnuPG with an offline master + online subkey setup for a while now. All my email is signed with the signing-only subkey and encryption is done with the encryption-only subkey. The ...
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PGP Owner Trust Field & Signature Trust Field Distinction

I'm reading Cryptography and Network Security Principles and Practices (5th ed, p584) and reading about PGP keyrings, I'm a little confused about the differences between the owner trust field and the ...
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Is it dangerous to use the same key (RSA) for both encryption (PGP) and authentication (SSH)?

Alice wants to send an encrypted message to Bob, but she also wants to connect to Carol's server. Are there any dangers associated with using the same RSA key for both PGP and SSH (other than a lack ...
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Preventing/Detecting forgery of logs generated in a potentially hostile environment

I have an application that runs on some host machine and generates logs. Later in the day those logs are securely transmitted to my machine. The problem is that while the logs are being generated I ...
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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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Utility of multiple signing subkeys when we're restricted to a single encryption subkey in GnuPG (PGP)

As I understand it, GnuPG allows the creation of multiple subkeys, but multiple encryption subkeys are problematic because it's not clear which encryption subkey someone should use when sending a ...
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How secure is to store encryption keys or SSH Keys on LPAR?

I want to store SSH keys (used to connect to some devices that have sensitive data) and the encryption/decryption keys of a database application. They will be inside a LPAR (logical partition) in our ...
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DEK, KEK and Master keying - simple explentation

This article is intended to be a simplified explanation sans drill-down for people wanting to understand the concept terms. What is DEK, KEK and MEK/Master key ?
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How to use subkeys for encryption and signing with Enigmail?

I'm having an issue with Enigmail. Here's an example to highlight my problem. Alice and Bob wish to communicate securely using Enigmail. For extra security, they both decide to create keys using ...
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Can TPM “Storage Keys” be created outside the TPM?

I am interested in 'adding' preexisting keys to a TPM's storage hierarchy. An example of a desired key hierarchy can be shown as: (SRK)----->(User Storage Key)-------> User Working Key 1 ...
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should ~/.cache/keyring-* be cleared?

I am using gnupg 1.4.15 ls ~/.cache/keyring-* shows many keyring directories. GPG_AGENT_INFO variable is pointing only to the latest one. Should I manually delete all the other keyring agents? Is ...
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JKS - Keystore protection and configuration file

It appears that Java Keystore is often used by web server using a configuration file, with the password opening the JKS written in it and also the password protecting the specific entry. How could ...
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Best practices for Private Key management

How should I go about handling my RSA Private Key for my high-security Rails web application? This may seem like a "soft" question, not related to cryptography per-se, but is nevertheless very ...
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Management of server keys

I plan to put an SSH server on micro-controller devices. There shall be many devices distributed in a wide range. The identity of the server is checked with the server key. The server needs to store ...
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Key Management: storing encrypted key in database and decrypted key in session variable

Edit: Rephrased title to hopefully get some interest on what I would have thought was a common issue ? I am developing a website using php/mySQL to store non-commercial data and it will be clearly ...
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What can I do with the removed Masterkey?

I intend to start using GnuPG respective mail encryption with GnuPG. So I created a key pair with a short expiry date to gain some understanding. I read some stuff about removing the secret masterkey ...
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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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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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What is the preferred way of using AWS (specifically S3) from mobile apps?

Adding the AWS access key and secret key directly in app code is definitely not a good approach, primarily because the app resides on the users device (unlike server side code), and can be reverse ...
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Does publishing the md5sum of a private key compromise the private key in any meaningful way?

If I have a 4096 DSA private key used for signing binaries, and I want to ensure that a partner has an identical server using the same private key, can I send the md5sum of the private keys over an ...
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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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In depth security: splitting key in different places

I use AES encryption on a website. At the moment, the key is stored in the source of the PHP script that does the encryption/decryption process thanks to openssl. I know that it isn't secure, so I ...
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How to send an encrypted mail only knowing the PGP fingerprint?

How does one send an encrypted email with PGP, when he only has the recipient's fingerprint? I am already sending emails using PGP, but I've just pulled a contact's PGP fingerprint who I need to ...
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How does Wuala store symmetric key?

As far as I understand Wuala (so called secure cloud storage) is not using the original (user provided) password to encrypt data so what role does original password play in their system? I think they ...
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Passing generated keys to another process

I am doing a project in which one process generates a key using a distributed algorithm. I need to pass this key to the calling process or procedure. Generally speaking, one can do this in the ...
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AES Key Management / How To Swap Encryption Key

I'm currently using AES 256 for the encryption of my web application and the security policy context specifies that the encryption key must be replaced once every few months. When that happens what ...
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Are SSH keys and PGP keys the same thing?

I have a 3072 bit RSA key that I generated for use with SSH. Can this key-pair be used with PGP/GPG, or do I need to generate a new pair of keys separately for use in email encryption? Are the two ...
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Encrypt+Signing data: PKCS#7 / CMS or do-it-your-own way?

Currently I'm saving an array of AES keys into a keychain as JSON, saved as a text file / SQL text column: { [ { encryptedAesKey:RsaEncryptedBytesBase64Encoded==, ...
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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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How often should TLS Session Ticket Keys be rotated?

I am configuring a non-sticky load balanced cluster of HTTPS servers. To enable TLS session resumption when a previous client reconnects to a different server in the cluster I will be configuring ...
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Why is brute forcing DH private key harder than calculating public key?

Assuming shared parameters: prime p base g Alice's private key is a and her public key is A, which is g ^ a mod p Calcuating A requires g * g * g... a times. Modulus is applied whenever necessary. ...
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Distributing public keys; with or without a sub-key?

Most of the public keys I am getting from friends have a sub key in addition to the pub key. For educational purposes I retrieved some public keys and came across this Linus Torvalds' key that does ...
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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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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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Multiple OpenPGP encryption keys signed by a single certificatation key?

Say I have several different email accounts and I want to use a different encryption key for each of them but still have them all certified under one identity. Is this a good idea and how would I do ...
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Does a self-signed certificate offer more protection than a public key?

I'm having a hard time finding the practical benefits of transmitting a self-signed certificate over simply a public key. I understand that a self-signed certificate proves the integrity of the public ...