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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
4k views

Where to store Java keystore password?

We are going to have a Java Key Store which will store certificates & public/private keys. This keystore will be protected with the password. However, access to the keystore is only from the ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

Strategy for encryption before cloud storage

Apologies if this has been asked before. I am looking to encrypt documents before storing in the cloud. There will be a separate metadata storage, which could be either internal or cloud hosted. My ...
2
votes
1answer
24 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
141 views

Is it necessary to remove the primary secret GPG key from your laptop if it has full-disk encryption?

According to a number of articles, e.g. "Creating the Perfect GPG Keypair," it is advisable to have a number of subkeys in your GPG key, one for encryption, and one for signing, and then to (a) back ...
2
votes
3answers
174 views

Best practices for HSM's used by test and production systems

Should a test/demo/non-prod system be prohibited from using the same HSM as production? Since the same master key would be used for both test and prod it seems like it could raise eyebrows but I can't ...
2
votes
2answers
225 views

How can I secure the secret key?

I am a bit confused about securing the secret encyption key. Here is the scenario: I need to encrypt some data (file) This data will be read by a program (say written in C/C++). Both the program ...
2
votes
1answer
887 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
52 views

How secure is switching keys if breaking the key is an intractable problem?

Let's say that you create a system where a secret is hidden and revealed by a particular key. As well, the key can be broken, but it would take thousands of years. If you keep switching the keys ...
2
votes
2answers
420 views

Why doesn't Bitlocker mix the password with stored key?

Bitlocker doesn't support USB key + PIN (password). The reasoning was "the password is too weak to provide additional security". Isn't that flawed? With a USB key and password, I've got some level of ...
2
votes
2answers
643 views

Managing and deploying web app passwords

What are some best practices for managing and deploying web app passwords and private keys? E.g. the password to access a database or external services like the Facebook API. I'm referring generally ...
2
votes
2answers
142 views

Is there a hard-to-spoof identifier associated with a physical hard disk

I would like to salt the pass phrase with the drive id in such a way that, if the disk were imaged to a new drive with a different id, (e.g. by a government forensics specialist) then the image would ...
2
votes
1answer
172 views

Where can I find resources to help me implement a key server?

I would like to implement a fairly basic but nonetheless robust key server for generating and managing symmetric encryption keys. Are there guidelines or best practices out there that I should peruse? ...
2
votes
0answers
97 views

Which keys does a bank typically exchange with a card scheme?

I'm trying to understand the different EMV-related keys that are shared between a bank who issues EMV cards and a card scheme, such as Visa or MasterCard. I understand the bank would typically ...
2
votes
2answers
114 views

How to properly transition from standard PGP keys to using subkeys?

When I initially set up PGP, PGPTools didn't prompt me to create separate subkeys, as explained in the article "Creating the Perfect PGP Keypair". Now that I've learned a bit more about PGP, I'd like ...
2
votes
1answer
265 views

Current industry standard key management solution for web app on linux host

The scenario: Data is sent to an application server and you want to selectively encrypt some data before sending it to a DB server for storage. All servers run some linux distro. This is a relatively ...
1
vote
1answer
205 views

What's the point of public key servers, if they usually don't require any authentication at all upon upload?

Do they offer any benefits at all to the security of key distribution?
1
vote
2answers
405 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
88 views

How to avoid identity theft at key signing parties?

Let me begin by distinguishing two kinds of identity theft: Conventional identity theft (e.g. using credentials from ID documents, bank accounts, etc, to commit fraud or other mischief). ...
1
vote
2answers
225 views

Using 1-day expiration GPG keys only… any disadvantages?

From the thread Does GPG key expiration add to security? , we know that the faster the keys expire, the greater our security. The minimum expiration for a GPG key seems to be 1 day. Thus, isn't it ...
1
vote
2answers
109 views

Are there any systems to mitigate the risk of losing a Signing Key?

I want to design a system that hinges on ECDSA. All messages are signed using the algorithm, and this is used to prevent spoofing. However, if a user were to somehow lose control of their key, they ...
1
vote
1answer
233 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
196 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
226 views

AES128 and IV for app crypto

We have some columns in some tables that are sensitive and would like to protect them "anyways". Also, since Azure SQL demands application level encryption, we have to roll our own. There would be a ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Google custom Search Engine api key: is it confidential?

Normally, I'd say yes, api keys should be kept secret, and Google's api console even says that. However, I'm just making an ajax get call and all the info is in the clear on my page in order to ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Best practice for https Private Key Generation

I am working with a security person that baffles me a bit with the practices he performs. Besides the issue of this person insisting on bypassing every security measure in place we have got into it ...
1
vote
1answer
118 views

help identifying an IP address from email sent from my gmail account

Someone sent the following email from my gmail account. I believe it was hacked and if I can find the IP address I may be able to identify the person who did it. Here is the information. Please let me ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

Is there any benefit to providing multiple types of public keys?

Say I have a page on my website which lists public keys to be used in case people would either allow me access to a server, or send me encrypted information. Is there any benefit to me providing ...
1
vote
1answer
125 views

Advice on using encryption for self training app

I am self training on using encryption. I am a php developer and in my spare time I am building an online app that provides basic cms features to help me understand encryption design more. I am using ...
1
vote
1answer
655 views

How to protect encryption key while application is using it

I made an J2SE application that uses AES (in CBC mode using BouncyCastle library) to encrypt application config file & some user provided files. I stored the raw AES key in a file that is ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Need example and working Security Token Service (STS)?

Can anyone explain or post any link to a simple example and introduction about the Security Token Service (STS)?
1
vote
2answers
59 views

Securing communications in decentralized network of servers

Lets consider the following setup: One has a decentralized network of servers. A single root certificate has been distributed to all servers which has been positively checked as authentic and ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

User Key pairs and Man-in-the-middle issues

I'm trying to wrap my head around how to exchange user's keys with a server. Maybe during sign-up a JS applet generates a key-pair for the user. These keys would be used for signing subsequent ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

Single vs server specific ssh keys?

This question has a bit to do with procedure. Is it better for a person to have one single ssh key pair and share the public key where needed. Alternatively is it better to have server specific keys? ...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

How to validate the confirmation link received when publishing a new PGP key?

I find PGP to be quite a complex subject. I have gotten to a point where I need to give a client a public key for encryption. I have successfully done my homework, generating a public key from my ...
1
vote
2answers
76 views

How to setup cronjobs that do scp without saving the .pem file on either of the machines

I have the following situation and want to know what are the best practices to do such things without exposing myself to security issues I have two servers both use the same private key for login. ...
1
vote
1answer
200 views

Security implications of setting the same password on private key and PKCS12/JKS?

Are there any negative security implications of setting the private key password (DSA in this case) as a PKCS12 (and then JKS) export password (instead of generating/inventing a new one)? My use case ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

How to restrict access to a resource based on frequency of access?

I want to restrict access to a particular resource based on time (configurable). So suppose user A has time t configured from him. He can access the resource only once every t time units. The values ...
1
vote
2answers
374 views

How do I import a PKSC#12 private key into Java 5 (which may require PKCS#7)

I have a newer private key I have to import into an older server. How do I take a newer PKCS12 cert and import it into an older version of java that uses a different format?
1
vote
3answers
873 views

Validate hmac with hashed stored key

What if an HMAC is correctly generated and sent with the data to the server, so far I know the server needs to know the original data with which the MAC was created in order to re-create the MAC and ...
1
vote
1answer
167 views

How dependable can data encryption be without re-entry of password on startup?

I posted a comment awhile back, and thought I would turn it into a question. Example: There is a feature in the Microsoft SQL Server for full database encryption, which seems to have an option that ...
1
vote
1answer
946 views

How do I securely store and retrieve a many-time use key?

I am performing some symmetric database encryption/decryption in .net. I am using a single 256 bit private key. (1) Where do I store this key when not in use? (2) How do I securely retrieve this ...
1
vote
1answer
950 views

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?
1
vote
2answers
40 views

Encrypting user credentials using AES: how to hide the key

One of my software (an R package) has to save on disk users sensitive information. I encrypt such information using AES encryption using a random key that is generated at the moment of installation ...
1
vote
1answer
22 views

How can i store encryption key into Microsoft provided Key container?

I'm working on an application in which user will enter encryption key via GUI and my app will fetch that encryption key. Now i need to store that received key into Microsoft key container. I got this ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

P12 private key vs private key file : what is more secure?

The question is a bit tricky because they don't have the same purpose but : Do both kind of file face the same security issue concerning private key protection : password strenght ? (PBKDF2 as both ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

Bus smart ticketing systems and EMV

I have recently started to study the smart ticketing systems. Most of the modern systems support the use of EMVCo standards for buying tickets in the bus. Also, in each bus usually there are more than ...
1
vote
1answer
378 views

Secure private key storage

In light of BadUSB, storing private keys on a USB flash drive is not the best way. What about writing private keys to a CD? What I am worried about is whenever I plug my private key storage device ...
1
vote
1answer
83 views

What are the risks of protecting an API with one key only (without secret)?

I understand that a lot of APIs are protected using a (possibly public) API Key, to identify who is making the request, and a secret to hmac the parameters and determine if the client is actually who ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

NISTIR 7966 (Security of Automated Access Management Using Secure Shell) - is there anything new?

Tatu Ylönen (the creator of SSH protocol) and two others authored a report recently, offering their views on SSH key management. I have read the report, and am struggling to identify whether it is ...
1
vote
1answer
226 views

GnuPG / OpenPGP: How to eliminate redundancy in PGP private key?

I examined a few randomly generated private keys generated by Gnu PG, and found a lot of redundancy. It is enclosed by -----BEGIN PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK----- and -----END PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK----- ...