A description and set of rules for the ordered exchange of structured information designed with the goal of protecting the security of the system.

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Does TCP/IP expose critical infrastructure to added risk?

Background: I just attended a talk on the security of critical infrastructure. The speaker spoke a bit on how adding the TCP/IP protocol to functions usually taken care of by dedicated protocols open ...
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The inner workings of iMessage security?

This is a very interesting article about the iMessage technology used in Apple's very popular communication devices. So far, there has not been much technical details released by Apple. Hopefully ...
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Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK)

Can someone explain to me in what consists the Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA with Pre-Shared Key), which informations are being sent between AP and client, how is it possible to find the AP ...
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Loginless Client/Server Architecture (iOS)

I'm currently in the phase of planing a project involving loginless service. Users would be identified by an unique device id created on the client (ios). What are the security concerns? sockets ...
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Vulnerability of a computer behind a serial port?

Let’s consider these 4 computers : East Coast location : computer East1 is connected to the internet. computer East2 is connected to East1 through a RS232 serial cable. West Coast location : ...
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How do you analyze an unknown network protocol?

Of course Wireshark can be used to sniff traffic - you can inspect each packet or chain of packets. But how would you do it smarter? Which tools do you use to identify behaviors or to automate the ...
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I want to have the security of my crypto code checked, how should I go about doing so?

Specifically part of my system stores encrypted information in a database. I wrote the code that actually does the encrypting/decrypting using an existing cipher. How should I go about making sure ...
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Are there vunerabilities with this authentication mechanism?

I am trying to come up with a way to implement token-based authentication for a REST API without the need for SSL. The goal here is to avoid sending any sensitive information across the wire. I was ...
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How to safely collect bank account from website?

I want to collect bank account information from my customers on my website. I'd like to do that through a form, then I will download it to a PC, print it, and then delete it from the website. Or ...
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How do I test and secure ASN.1 Parsers?

As far as I can tell, .NET doesn't have an ASN.1 parser for reading or writing data built in the framework. This means that any code that creates or verifies ASN.1 data is using a 3rd party library ...
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Amazon S3 Encrypted File Backup System

I am designing my backup system to Amazon S3 (probably Singapore) and I would like to have all my files strongly encrypted on the server. I use ArchLinux x64. My system will append only once an ...
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Is there a standard for printing a public key as a barcode?

Is there a standard for storing a public key printed on paper? Say, I want to hand out business cards with my public key pre-printed on them at a key signing party to help build the web of trust. My ...
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IPsec - when to use AH only?

As far as I know, AH only covers integrity and authentication. So, suppose that an intermediate router receives the packet with AH and not ESP. Then, can't the router open its content (<- and ...
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Are there a standard method(s) for me to give someone else read-only access to my data?

Are there a standard method(s) for me to give someone else read-only access to my data? There are several situations where I may want to give a few people read-only access to some data, but I would ...
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What is ECDHE-RSA?

What is the difference between ECDHE-RSA and DHE-RSA? I know that DHE-RSA is (in one sentence) Diffie Hellman signed using RSA keys. Where DH is used for forward secrecy and RSA guards against MITM, ...
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Can we prevent a man-in-the-middle attack with symmetric-key cryptography?

Suppose that Alice signs the message M = "I love security" and then encrypts it with Bob's public key before sending it to Bob. As well known, Bob can decrypt this to obtain the signed message and ...
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If a router has port 5060 open, and I know that there is unencrypted SIP traffic going through this port, how could one take advantage of this

Ok so an Nmap scan against an IP address shows that port 5060 is open. I know that 5060 indicates that this is SIP traffic. Also, 5060 indiciates that this is unencrypted traffic, where if the port ...
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How to find whether a site uses SET

How could I know whether the eCommerce site I use uses SET (Secure Electronic Transaction). I know SET is a standard. But I see only an SSL connection
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What project is a good SILC substitute?

As time has marched on, it would appear that the Secure Internet Live Conferencing (SILC) client/toolkit have lost a bit of steam, I can't find any current mailing lists, their website doesn't seem to ...
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Expected cost and time frame for black box pen testing?

I work for a major publicly traded company and we need some external black box pen testing done on a Win32 executable. This exe is used in a large client server infrastructure and is a central piece ...
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What needs to be done on a Citrix Netscaler to protect from SSL Renegotiation attacks?

I'm under the impression that the TLS/SSL renegotiation hack has been fixed. I'm not sure if the software has to be deployed on the server side, client side, or both. Based on this blog, TLS ...
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Does secure remote password verifier transmission need to happen out of band?

With relation to the necessity of a verifier being transmitted from the client to the server prior to any handshake steps, I was wondering how this is supposed to happen securely? To me this seems ...
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What makes the Blackberry device and network more secure?

One of Blackberry's strongest assets is the "network" that it uses. Can someone explain, or link to technical information that covers what this secure network is, and what it does better than the ...
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Are the SSL Digital Security Certifiactes based on Kerberos Network Security Protocol

I just want to know if digital certificates use the kerberos session key algorithm.
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Is this type of ARP poisoning attack possible?

I am wondering if it is possible to paralyze a network by sending out a bunch of fake ARP response packets. Some basis: I recently read a moderately detailed description of how ARP and ARP poisoning ...
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Two generals' agreement

I am trying to figure an agreement protocol on an unreliable channel. Basically two parties (A and B) have to agree to do something, so it's the two generals' problem. Since there is no bullet-proof ...
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Three Message Authentication Protocol

I have a protocol where "A" initiates communication with "B". "B" then sends a challenge to check if "A" is really "A". "B" does not remember sending the challenge so "A" has to respond by sending the ...
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Best way to push data to a client without being blocked by firewall

I'm asking this question here since I think people on this forum probably have the best knowledge of firewalls and routers. Say I'm designing a multi-player game and I want to push data to the client ...
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How are mobile telephony networks like LTE and HSPA encrypted?

How are mobile telephony networks like LTE (4G) and HSPA (3G) encrypted? between what parts is the communication encrypted? who has access to the keys? is symmetric or asymmetric encryption used? is ...
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How to implement multi factor authentication using a token generator?

I'd like to implement multi factor authentication on a few projects. Now the first factor would be username and password, for the second factor I would like to use a token generator. These tokens ...
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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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How do the processes for digital certificates, signatures and ssl work?

I have been trying to understand how ssl works. Instead of Alice and Bob, lets consider client and server communication. Server has a digital certificate acquired from a CA. It also has public and ...
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How does Convergence (CA replacement) prevent its notaries from being MITM'd as well?

I have been looking into Convergence and how it works, but I cant figure out how it is effective against a MITM attack that happens near the target system. My understanding is that Convergence works ...
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What would one need to do in order to hijack a satellite?

I realise this borders on sci-fi, but there's been some interesting demonstrations regarding security of various satellites. What would be required to hack a satellite (in general terms, any hack ...
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How to see whether the pcap contains RTP traffic?

I am analyzing the traffic of a VOIP application. I started up wireshark, and made sure no other application was using internet, and then had a a voice call on the application. Wireshark captured some ...
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Convergence - an SSL replacement?

Today, Moxie Marlinspike, a security researcher famous for his research on Android and SSL and related protocols (author of sslstrip/sslsniff), released "Convergence" which says is "an agile ...
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What happens if a pro-censor ISP has Telex key(s)?

I've been watching more and more people jump on the idea of Telex as a way to prevent internet censorship (e.g. http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/38207/ -- not my comments at the bottom ...
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Native rsync protocol security

Is the native rsync protocol (port 873) secure? Does it encrypt data or credentials? I'm planning on using rsync to store encrypted files in the cloud, I'm wondering whatever the password is ...
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SSL TLS renegotiation vulnerability - current situation in clients

Reading about the SSL renegotiation problem CVE-2009-3555 one knows that servers supporting old type of renegotiation are vulnerable to data injection. We also have tools to test them (openssl ...
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Challenge Response across several hops

This is a follow-up question to "When should I use Message layer encryption vs transport layer encryption". I need to send a certificate from the mobile phone to the server. Regardless of all the ...
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What's the difference between SSL, TLS, and HTTPS?

I get confused with the terms in this area. What is SSL, TLS, and HTTPS? What are the differences between them?
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How does Diaspora work?

I hear all this hype about Diaspora being decentralized, but the only information I can find on their official website and the Wikipedia article is that several people can run Diaspora servers. The ...
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extract from pcap all protocols found

I have some pcap files, and i would like just to get a list of protocols that are present on that pcap file. I would like it in a batch mode, not using wireshark I think tshark is able to do it, but ...
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The new CCMP attack against WPA/WPA2 PSK

The use of Counter Mode with Cipher Block Chaining Message Authentication Code Protocol (CCMP) for WPA/WPA2 PSK is being attacked. This is a trivial attack (offline brute force) against the initial ...
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Patent free symmetric-only key exchange protocols?

I am working with a networked embedded device with AES-128 and no public key cryptography (1KB RAM, 8KB flash). At install, the device is pre-loaded with a longterm AES-128 key known also to the ...
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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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Is L2TP as secure as IPSEC for VPNs?

Is it as secure to use L2TP for VPN access, rather than IPSEC? Am I introducing any risks by using L2TP?
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What is the difference in security between a VPN- and a SSL-connection?

I would like to design a client-server application where the server is placed on Internet. I assume that I could set up the client-server connection using VPN (is it using IPSec?) or using a SSL ...
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What common products use Public-key cryptography?

I want know what common use products are there that use public key/private key cryptography?
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What were the specific security flaws with OAuth 1.0? How are they being addressed in 2.0?

I read an article documenting Twitter abruptly pulling its OAuth support back in April 2009. The article said it wouldn't specify the hole for security reasons, but mentioned "social engineering" is ...