Security through obscurity means relying on the secrecy of the design of a system to keep it secure. Kerchkoff's principle states that the security of a system should not rely only on obscurity.

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The valid role of obscurity

That security through obscurity is A Bad Thing is received wisdom and dogma in information security. Telling people why something is to be avoided can be considerably more difficult when there is no ...
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How valuable is secrecy of an algorithm?

On the surface, the inadvisability of security through obscurity is directly at odds with the concept of shared secrets (i.e. "passwords"). Which is to say: if secrecy around passwords is valuable, ...
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At what point does something count as 'security through obscurity'?

So, I keep finding the conventional wisdom that 'security through obscurity is no security at all', but I'm having the (perhaps stupid) problem of being unable to tell exactly when something is 'good ...
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Anybody have additional information on the EMC RSA SecurID compromise?

The Security Advisory Press Release here doesn't have much information, the email that alerted me to this didn't help much more, and unfortunately I heard about the two Thursday evening conference ...
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How to define security requirements to ensure that developers… do not provide security by obscurity?

I tried to explain that security by obscurity should not be used but let's say I was challenged! I received the answer to list the known security by obscurity that I know, as a kind of bad practice ...
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Use additional “password” in Referer to hide private site?

I have a private (= I'm the only user) site at example.com/private/. Nothing else is published at this host (it's my domain). I don't want anyone to know that there is anything at example.com, ...
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Is publishing your public IP address a security threat?

I work for a large-ish company (thousands of employees across multiple locations). I recently needed to know what the possible public IP addresses are, so that a vendor could identify us (presumably ...
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NSA Suite A Cryptography: Security through obscurity?

What is the opinion of scholars, cryptographers on NSA Suite A? Containing unpublished algorithms. Could it really be that much better than the published algorithms besides being obscure and not ...
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Processor microcode manipulation to change opcodes?

I had recently thought of an extreme way of implementing security by obscurity and wanted to ask you guys if it's possible. Would a person with no access to special processor documentation be able ...
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Demonstration of how security through obscurity fails to work

I need to demonstrate that security through obscurity fails twice in the following scenario. I've a secret KEY. User A gets MessageX = SecretTransformation(KEY, SecretValue1); User B gets MessageY ...
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Hiding version - valuable or just security by obscurity?

Many automatic security scanners have built in rules that alert on the presence of software version, and in many security lists version exposure to arbitrary person accessing the system is mentioned ...
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Can wildcard certificates hide/obscure the hostname in a TLS connection?

I'm trying to increase security for my cloud-based / multi-tenant environment. I'm considering having clients access an obscure URL such as GUID.myCloud.com. I will then respond to that guid-based ...
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Detecting and filtering data over AC power lines?

Given that it's possible for the average consumer to send covert signals over normal AC lines how can an IT department identify and filter out this communication? I'm not sure how difficult this is ...
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What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect?

I'm interested in unique information that is beyond typical user knowledge or control. As of iOS 7, users can easily protect local physical tracking by controlling radios (cell, WiFi, Bluetooth) in ...