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How can it be easy to write but “impossible” to extract the private key from a crypto token?

A number of crypto-dongles make the claim that it is impossible to extract the stored private key once written. Yubico: The YubiKey AES Key information can never be extracted from a YubiKey ...
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Tamper proof hardware - not resistant

Can you make a TPM (or any piece of hardware) Completely tamper-proof? The “regular” tamper resistant hardware has various physical attacks http://www.milinda-perera.com/pdf/EKKLP12a.pdf I have been ...
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safely changing distribution, is there a strategy to get an distro iso image untampered?

I can check that an Ubuntu iso file is indeed untampered using the public keys already present and trusted in my Ubuntu system. Now I want to switch from Ubuntu to Arch and I wonder how I can start ...
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is there a way to indirectly uncharge rapidly a coin cell to defeat an anti tampering mechanism?

An anti tampering mechanism of a device relay on detect tampering mechanism when the device is powered down using the energy provided internally by a coin cell. Is there a way to uncharge rapidly a ...
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Protecting hidden form fields

The scenario is as follows: An application has a web interface through which data can be configured. The data to consider for this question is Users with a many-to-many relationship with Groups. ...
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Physical security - responsible disclosure

I recently discovered a way to bypass a commonly used security seal system, requiring no special equipment and taking only a matter of seconds. I feel obliged to disclose this, so as to avoid the ...
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If I want to protect a string from modification, is it enough to salt and hash it?

There is a particular string (URL) that I need to send from my webserver to the browser. The browser will need to inspect the string and later send it back unmodified (aka request the resource that ...
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Is there any Linux distro or kernel patch that wipes a process memory space after the process exits?

An application runs on an embedded battery-powered PC, accessible to some restricted public, that stores secrets in RAM. To prevent cold boot attacks and that the PC is stolen to extract its secrets, ...
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How does one evaluate tamper-resistant envelopes/packaging?

In contrast to digital cryptographic algorithms and protocols where many qualified high-IQ individuals dig into the details and specifics, physical tamper resistance for low-tech packages is not ...