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SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and/or TLS (Transport Layer Security)

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How to insert custom packets into SSL handshake?

I am trying to communicate with an SSL server whose protocol is non-standard. I want to insert custom packets into the handshake. I am using several SSL tools, so changing source code on every tool ...
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What mode of operation is secure for block ciphers?

as RC4 is not secure and AES-CBC is same thing the only solution is using EAX mode for AES. but why mozilla NSS don't support EAX mod ? is there any secure EAX implementation ? and why wikipedia says ...
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ECDH and Forward Secrecy

I just read about ECDH and while getting a overview over the process, I noticed that this key exchange method does neither provide any forward secrecy, nor does it protect against replay-attacks, ...
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Is TLS 1.2 client authentication really different from that earlier ersion of TLS

From wikipedia link (cannot post due to stackexchange constraints). "http://www.yassl.com/yaSSL/Blog/Entries/2010/10/7_Differences_between_SSL_and_TLS_Protocol_Versions.html" and and also from the ...
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Would introducing client certificates for a mobile app improve security?

I have developed a REST API which has been configured to only operate over HTTPS. The sole purpose of this API (at least for the moment) is to operate as the backend entry point for a mobile ...
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Why is NIST removing & not updating TLS guidance? What is the replacement?

The document NIST Special Publication 800-52 Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) Implementations was retired without superseding it with a newer document. In ...
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Can I use any ssl certificate to sign and encrypt AS2 message?

I'm absolutely new to this topic of ssl certificates, so please be patient with me. My task is to install an AS2 communication with some business partner. Therefore we need message signing and ...
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How does DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA compare to RC4 as the Cipher for SSL?

I read a lot of issue [1] currently stating that RC4 is broken and is at risk. I just checked my web server (nginx) and it is using the default settings, which is DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA How does this ...
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Does using ssl matter if I am connected using a VPN?

Say I have an internal server that I am using for source control. If I only access that server through a VPN connection, do I still need to have SSL setup on the source control server to ensure that ...
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Setting up two way SSL

I am trying to setup two way SSL to communicate with partner web service. I understand I have to provide server certificate on client side. However, questions are: Is self signed certificate okay? ...
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Certificate Chains When Importing Signed CSR Response

I'm interfacing with a secure web service, and authenticating using a client certificate. I'm confused about step #3 in the client configuration: Generate a private key into keystore Generate a CSR ...
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Why don't major browsers currently support TLS above version 1.0?

TLS 1.0 seem to be vulnerable to Beast, Lucky13 and maybe other attacks and is simply outdated. Common workaround used e.g. by Google was to use RC4 which was also recently broken, but none of the ...
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Two-way SSL Performance

We are planning to use 2 way ssl instead of username/password token for authentication. Does anyone know what is the performance penalty for using 2 way SSL?
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Does the padlock on my browser really indicate a reasonable assurance against eavesdropping?

I know that there have been broken or weak SSL implementations. Do browsers actually have decent standards for what they'll accept and display "the padlock"? Furthermore, are there any practical ...
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Create a SSL certificate and sign it with a personal certificate which in turn is signed by a certificate authority [duplicate]

I have a personal certificate which is signed by a certificate authority. This certificate is unrestricted with respect to its allowed purposes. Is it possible to create a SSL server certificate on my ...
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Implementing secure login for an API

I am implementing a web api with which I plan to authorize access by accepting a username and password and system name and returning a sessionid which can be used on subsequent calls to authorize the ...
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Is this a secure method for authenticating clients?

I am working with several other people in writing software which requires authentication before it accesses resources. In order to authenticate, we devised the following strategy. Client sends a ...
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SSL certificates published in Mandiant's APT1 report

You probably heard about excellent report "APT1: Exposing One of China's Cyber Espionage Units" published by the Mandiant company (you can download it here). Report is great and I recommend it to ...
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What threats are posed by SSL connections?

I'm working on implementing an Exchange 2010 solutions which includes Outlook Web Access, Exchange ActiveSync and Outlook Anywhere. These services use SSL and would be presented on the Internet so our ...
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RC4 bias protection with padding in TLS

On the answer to my previous question about RC4 vulnerabilities in TLS, Thomas Pornin gave a great answer, in which he said: One way to "fix" RC4, which has been suggested many times, is to drop ...
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TLS: RC4 or not RC4?

I was reading another interesting article by Matthew Green today, saying that if you're using RC4 as your primary ciphersuite in SSL/TLS, now would be a great time to stop As far as I'm aware ...
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Should I use SSL on my database server?

Say I have a website and a database, both hosted on rackspace. Since all communication with the database is from the web server and not the internet, is it safe to assume that I do not need SSL ...
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Web Applications (http): Don't get how token based authentication is secure

See something like this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10826293/restful-authentication-via-spring/10864088#comment21706215_10864088 Or more specific: Token-based authentication - Securing the ...
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What is the difference between https://google.com and https://encrypted.google.com?

Is it there any difference between the encrypted Google search (at https://encrypted.google.com) and the ordinary HTTPS Google search (at https://google.com)? In terms of security what were the ...
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Secure single page in a site if site is hacked?

I've been tasked with trying to find a way to secure a single page in our site if somehow, a hacker gets access to our files. This "single page" will be run on a different server. Requirements: ...
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How risky is it not to install ssl?

I would like to have more insight about when a server should install ssl, in particular when it is worth the money to pay for a valid certificate. As my clients often have little understanding of why ...
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ECDHE_RSA and gmail

I'm using Chrome on Ubuntu Linux to connect to Gmail. The connection info says that ECDHE_RSA is used for the https symmetric key exchange. Based on my understanding of TLS and Gmail, my client ...
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What is the cost of SSL encryption?

So, I've been looking over various websites that don't handle confidential information per se, but do accept user authentication tokens (i.e. you can create accounts with them and associate an ...
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Why are SSL certificates valid only from a certain date?

Each SSL certificate is valid starting from a specific date and up to the expiration date. What's the point in that "valid from" date? Why do we want a certificate to only be valid after a specific ...
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Use client SSL certificates as web application authentication

I'm working on a web application with simple API needing authentication. For my application nature, users have two RSA keys, for signing and encrypting messages. My protocol works based on it. The ...
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Key authentication with ssl

Can i authenticate myself in SSL with a key, just like in SSH?
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Choosing an SSL certificate provider

Does it make any difference which provider I get my SSL/TLS certificate from? In particular, what are the pros and cons getting an SSL certificate from Verisign vs getting one from Thawte? Which one ...
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Windows Update - Interception

I'm trying to monitor the HTTP requests/responses made when performing a Windows Update. I have a Windows 8 machine configured with a proxy in IE. I've also imported via netsh for winhttp: netsh ...
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Entering sensitive information into non-SSL site that uses secure iFrame

There is a website that tenants can use to pay their rent. That website uses an http address but apparently uses a third-party product, which embeds an iframe into the page. The source of that iframe ...
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What elliptic curves are supported by browsers?

Wireshark'ed Firefox 3 request. Their names are nowhere documented. Elliptic curve: secp256r1 (0x0017) Elliptic curve: secp384r1 (0x0018) Elliptic curve: secp521r1 (0x0019) What are the supported ...
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What are those nul bytes doing in Certificate Subject CN?

While doing some research with SSL certificates, I found some weird certificates containing nul bytes in their Subject field. One example is www.refah - bank.ir (did the Iranian government fake this ...
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How powerful are top Verisign executives?

I believe that VeriSign has issued a big share of world's SSL certificates. Many corporations and governments use them. Is it possible for a person that has access to Verisign private keys to sneak a ...
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What key sizes are allowed within TLS if the DHE_RSA is the only key exchange allowed?

Can I make assumptions about minimum and maximum key sizes if all I know about a TLS server is the fact that it uses DHE_RSA for key exchange? Can the server be configured to use weak key sizes for ...
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How to set “Not Before” value to past when creating certificate request

We have lots of embedded TLS clients on the field. TLS Servers must be authenticated. Because long power cuts may reset clock of those devices, we have requirement to use certificates with validity ...
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How effective is Activesync Certificate revocation using CRL or OCSP

We determined that a number of our account lockout issues are related to Activesync devices using old/expired passwords. One way to remedy an account lockout issue is to issue and deploy certificates ...
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Threat model for huge warnings on untrusted SSL certificates and no warnings for plain HTTP connections?

Why do untrusted/expired SSL certificates get such a huge warning in modern browsers even with "DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE!" messages, whereas a regular HTTP connection, which is more prone to ...
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Why do we not trust an SSL certificate that expired recently?

Every SSL certificate has an expiration date. Now suppose some site's certificate expired an hour ago or a day ago. All the software by default will either just refuse to connect to the site or issue ...
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SMTP and SSL/TLS

If I understand correctly, communication between SMTP servers may be encrypted but is not required. Because it is optional, does it really have benefits? When server A connects to server B, both of ...
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How can I set up signed downloads?

Scenario I have a web server that authenticates and redirects from HTTP to HTTPS. Clients can then view available "downloads" in their account. I want to be able to sign these download links - as in, ...
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Certification authority only for certain domains

Is it possible to make a certification authority certificate (even unsigned), which only allow to sign certificates for specific domain(s)?
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HTTPS verification failed - get certificate information iPad/iPhone

I went to log onto my bank's internet banking website this morning using Google Chrome browser on my iPad. I get the red error message of death. I can't figure out why. It's happening on both my ...
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Is IP restriction enough or should I SSL my web authentication?

I want to connect to my home install of phpmyadmin. I restricted the connection for this to my 2 IPs. But I don't really understand this whole OSI layering. I do know that the IP is saved in the ...
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Actual issue? Phone switches from 3G to router makes session switch from https to http

I heard that a security issue exists in some cases when a mobile phone has: Connected to a website via https via 3G Connects to a router I'm told that that in this particular scenario the router ...
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How configure tomcat 7 SSL to use AES-NI?

My server has AES-NI and I would like tomcat 7 to make use of this but I am not really sure how to make that happen or where to even start looking. I am quite familiar with tomcat administration, and ...
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Is password authentication worse that signed messaging if done over SSL?

Let there is a public API: HTTP-based via SSL there are no browsers, just connections between custom written programs The first authentication scheme that came to my mind was... client signs their ...