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Advantages of one time pad

I always hear that one time pad'ing something is so great because you won't know if you've successfully decrypted the data. I understand the idea that you can XOR any bits just the same as any other ...
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Ability to decrypt intercepted encrypted SSL traffic when having private key [duplicate]

I was reading some blog posts about the Heartbleed vulnerability (who's not nowadays) and was thinking about the following. Situation A If I would use a regular SSL/TLS connection the handshake will ...
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1answer
109 views

are there serious weaknesses in this free password management system?

I want to protect my passwords for free and store them on a machine that might get stolen but have the passwords very securely backed-up in the cloud, again for free, and minimize the total lifetime ...
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1answer
42 views

How does the Perspective addon work?

I've just installed the Perspetive addon in firefox. When I'm vistit, for example google, Perspective says the following message: Warning: Perspectives has NOT seen this certificate consistently. ...
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2answers
61 views

Are SSL encrypted communications through a company network safe?

If I'm using Skype, Facebook, or another type of communication at my work, can the network administrator see my Skype and Facebook conversations, although its encrypted with SSL? I found this text: ...
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5answers
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How does a country block its citizens from accessing a site?

Following Turkey's recent social site blocks, I am wondering how can you efficiently accomplish that as a country. Similar for a big company. Blocking IPs → easy to circumvent, (proxys, tunnels, ...
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3answers
102 views

Protecting form post values when on https

I am dealing with a multi-step form, and I need to pass information from step 1 to step 2, then from step 2 to step 3, and so on. Step 1 contains a membership number and ID number entry, as well as ...
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Is Google overreaching by forcing me to use TLS?

Gmail was recently changed to require HTTPS for everyone, whether they want to use it or not. While I realize that HTTPS is more secure, what if one doesn't care about security for certain accounts? ...
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SSL/TLS : Authentication mechanism

I have these doubts regarding authentication in SSL/TLS : Will there be an authentication involved for all SSL connections ? For eg. when I browse the internet, using the most up-to-date browser, ...
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Why should one not use SSL? [duplicate]

I see a lot of posts all over the web asking whether or not they should be using SSL to secure their website, or if it's really necessary to do so when the content of their site does not contain or ...
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Why should I care if a site uses encryption or not if I'm not exchanging any sensitive data? [duplicate]

Lots of sites these days, that don't deal with sensitive data, enable encryption. I think it's mostly to make (paranoid?) users feel safer. In cases where there is a user's account being logged in, ...
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1answer
84 views

Using Encrypt-then-MAC in SSL

SSL typically makes use of MAC-then-Encrypt technique instead of Encrypt-then-MAC (which is usually considered ideal for most of the scenarios). I myself don't have a full insight knowledge about the ...
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1answer
43 views

Are there software solutions take encrypted credit card data taken straight off a square credit card reader and insert them into a standard web form? [closed]

Does anyone know how you can take the encrypted output of a square card reader and insert it directly into a standard web form?
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70 views

Designing a security and encryption strategy for MongoHQ

I'm trying to design the best strategy to achieve the following goals: Securing data-on-the-wire between my server and MongoHQ. Encrypting all data-at-rest with MongoHQ (possibly key values as ...
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3answers
66 views

Can HTTPS or VPN connection be sniffed through UTM device?

Someone told me that if my device communicates with a server on Internet via VPN connection or HTTPS, all the contents that I have sent can be sniffed and decrypted by the UTM device (or more ...
1
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1answer
390 views

Are post requests secure?

If a post request is sent from a client on a website without SSL, is the request secure? For example, I visit a site badsecurity.com, and I login using a password: Will this password be encrypted ...
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1answer
40 views

Does restarting an encrypted session increase security and deter attacks?

When a user initiates a SSH connection for example, keys are exchanged and a session is established with a new "passphrase" each time. If an attacker were to attempt to brute force this connection, ...
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0answers
65 views

Is my approach to anonymous certificate based HTTP(s) authentication and secure private messaging sound?

I'm trying to work out a somewhat anonymous secure messaging system, and was hoping someone could validate my overall approach. Keep in mind, this all takes place over HTTPS. Authentication While ...
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2answers
231 views

POST over HTTPS “secure enough” for sensitive data?

I'm wondering if to prevent the possibility of a compromised SSL certificate leading to the potential for sensitive information disclosure if it might be prudent to further encrypt data being passed ...
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3answers
91 views

Using public/private key without signed certificate

I am working on a java program and I am now working on its network security. I want to use a secure connection since it transfers a lot of sensitive information. On all security guides it is mentioned ...
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2answers
34 views

DHE Verification

I'm just struggling to get my head around this. In certificate signing with static Diffie Hellman the public key and certificate information is sent to the CA who verifies the certificate ...
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2answers
196 views

Google's usage of RC4

I was reading about Google's usage of RC4 and an answer on stackexchange website stated the following: I know Google uses RC4 for most of its services, and this is the reason one shouldn't keep ...
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2answers
250 views

Risks of client-side encryption using Stanford Crypto Library

I'm building a simple web application for encrypted chat. Each message will undergo 256-bit AES encryption on the client side, using the Stanford Javascript Crypto Library. No unencrypted data or ...
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3answers
246 views

Does HTTPS encryption work when there is invalid or there is no certificate?

When I have a website run on https and there is no certificate, there is wrong certificate or out of date like here does encryption still work or not?
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2answers
133 views

Difference between free ssl and non-free ssl? [duplicate]

I am making a choice between StartSSL and positiveSSL($4.99/yr). I want to know the difference between them. As I know, SSL is used to encrypted the connection between client and server so that data ...
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1answer
148 views

How does the MITM (Man in the middle) attack happen with respect to SQRL

I recently looked into SQRL and was intrigued by its simplicity. At first glance it seemed reliable and its author claimed it was inherently fail-proof against phishing and MITM attacks. But upon ...
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1answer
78 views

What are the risks if a weak ciphers are accepted by a technology that uses SSL

The TLSSLed tool found that the host that I use has SSL connection that accepts 8 different TLSv1 and SSLv3 ciphers that are weak by their length (40 bits). How can an attacker exploit this fact?
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3answers
101 views

Does semi-sensitive information demand encryption / security? [closed]

Since it's been requested that this question be rewritten: Is SSL (or some other encryption equivalent) required in the below case? From a small local business website, is there any damage that an ...
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3answers
418 views

How to Man in the Middle Internal AD Traffic

A coworker asked me why I thought encrypting internal AD Bind communication was important. I said because I follow a standard security practice, but couldn't actually articulate how an attacker would ...
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2answers
183 views

Achieving End to End encryption with TLS

The scenario is that a client browser (eg: a user trying to log in to a bank website) needs to be able to view certain sensitive information that resides in a mainframe sitting in the Internal network ...
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1answer
73 views

vsftp encryption algorithm

I want to configure VSFTP for ftps protocol and it has some choices to select the encryption type: tlsv1, sslv2, sslv3. I read that tls version 1 has some security issues but in the man page it says ...
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1answer
129 views

SSL/TLS in Jabber

Just wondering: is entire traffic between me and the Jabber server I use encrypted, or only login and password? Given that the server supports encryption, and my IM client is configured to ask for ...
3
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2answers
238 views

Is it true, that using symetric encryption, if attacker knows encrypted text, original message, and algorithm means he can calculate the secret?

I am a newbie in the security field, so sorry for the naive question. In my understanding, using symetric encryption, if attacker knows encrypted text, original message, and algorithm means he can ...
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3answers
469 views

Does Google's SSL encryption for searches thwart NSA spying?

Given everything that is suspected about NSA (and GCHQ, DGSE, etc.) access to user data: Avoiding speculation, can and do we know whether Google's recent action to make all searches use SSL ...
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1answer
223 views

Force browser to use higher security connection

How can I force my Chrome broswer (or even Firefox) to always use a higher security encryption?, for example 256bit (or more) encryption when using https. I guess it should be some flag to force the ...
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3answers
401 views

What can a web application developer do to protect user information from powerful adversaries like the NSA or China

Some well funded intelligence services with potentially untrustworthy employees intercept and store encrypted data for years, in hopes of cracking it with future technology. What can I do to make this ...
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0answers
79 views

SSL is cracked. What is the alternative? [duplicate]

According to Der Spiegel: SSL should be cracked Exactly how much the two intelligence agencies can actually read along from the encrypted traffic in the network, is not entirely clear. But ...
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1answer
169 views

Reason for using Asymmetric encryption along with SHA256

I got a document with integration with another application. They mentioned I need to hash and then encrypt data with my private key before sending it over HTTPS. By doing this, they are making sure ...
6
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2answers
372 views

ECC based Client Certificate import in Chrome/Mozilla in windows

I have deployed a PKI server and successfully able to generate the ECC based user or client certificates. but non of the web browser support ECC as public key. I have tried different tools and also ...
0
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1answer
311 views

Is the connection between Gmail server and Apple server encrypted? [duplicate]

When I send an email from my gmail account to another mail server (apple, microsoft, yahoo...), is the connection encrypted in the path between the two servers?
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1answer
745 views

Whats the best custom compression method to use when I have SSL?

Suppose I have an application which does encryption using SSL and provided you cannot control what cipher suite is being negotiated, and assuming that I have some custom compression over the data ...
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1answer
3k views

Getting “SSL: alert [”write“]: fatal : bad record mac” during openssl Handshake

I am getting SSL: alert ["write"]: fatal : bad record mac from the OPENSSL logs during the handshake and Client is not sending the Application data and its creating the handshake again and again. ...
2
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2answers
138 views

Is it possible to automate use of passphrase-encrypted private keys?

Suppose I have a public/private keypair, which I would like to use to serve HTTPS from a webserver. The part I'm worried about is this: the private key is encrypted with a passphrase, so that if an ...
6
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5answers
2k views

SSL/TLS - Distinction between self-signed cert and self-signed CA, and other questions?

I have a small personal website which I wish to serve securely over HTTPS. At the moment I do not wish to use a third party CA to sign my certs. I was reading this document on generating a self-signed ...
2
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3answers
639 views

SSL vs Encryption

I am working on creating an android mobile application which needs to connect to a server from time to time. The application makes use of sensitive data which I would not like to get into the wrong ...
6
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2answers
175 views

Should I test my SSL certificate for “RSA Shared Primes” before using it?

There are several papers from 2012 that say it's possible to factor several moduli by factoring shared primes. The link above includes python sourcecode to verify and test for this fact. Given this ...
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3answers
725 views

Can a nation-state adversary perform a MITM attack by compelling a CA to issue them with fake certs?

As I understand it, with any encryption system based on a trust chain / CAs (eg SSL, TLS, S/MIME), it would be possible for a nation-state adversary (such as the NSA) to compel the CA to issue them ...
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2answers
2k views

How does non-ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key exchange become compromised in SSL when the RSA private key is leaked?

From my understanding, one of the major reasons we recommend Diffie-Hellman Ephemeral (e.g. DHE or ECDHE) over non-ephemeral DH, for SSL / TLS, is that compromise of the RSA private key (i.e. private ...
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9answers
2k views

Is encryption in HTTPS done by the browser or by the system?

This may be a common sense question, but I am not able to find any documentation on this after searching on google for a long time When browser makes a HTTPs request, does it encrypt the data then ...
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1answer
313 views

Build a secure channel without SSL/TLS

I'm looking at possible options to build a secure channel between multiple embedded devices with limited cryptography capabilities and an HTTP server (It could be some sort of web service). 1. ...