Questions tagged [confidentiality]

Confidentiality is the property of maintaining the secrecy of an asset. In other words, confidentiality means protecting against the threat of disclosure. It is one of the three key security properties of an asset, along with integrity and availability.

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Is this a valid secure cookie scheme?

I have a scheme for a cookie with high-level confidentiality of information. The information to be hidden from the client is the expiration time of the cookie. I am wondering what insecurities i am ...
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Are private pastes on pastebin.com vulnerable? Can you trust pastebin?

I use https://pastebin.com/ to organize some lists. When I select "Paste Exposure: Private" , will it be really private and only accessible via login? I read somewhere in the internet that there are ...
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Is it possible for a third party to sniff data off the line to an ISP and determine what the user is doing?

Can somebody hack the line between my router and service provider and monitor what I'm doing online and what sites I'm visiting?
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Is TCP more secure than UDP? [duplicate]

I am referring to confidentiality not integrity. are there any security features that UDP lack compared to TCP? According to this paragraph While TACACS uses UDP port 49, TACACS+ uses TCP port 49 ...
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Should Risk Impact (not likelihood or overall risk) be quantified by the initial impact, or should you quantify by eventual (potential) impact [closed]

I am undertaking a risk assessment and trying to work out the risk impact on confidentiality for if a company employee (specifically a System Administrator) steals Server Hardware. On the one hand ...
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Is common_schema safe?

Edit: this already has an answer here. I just ran across common_schema, a utility for MySQL database administrators. It is a SQL script that creates a schema called common_schema in your database and ...
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Is the image of the signature considered PII?

I wrote a pay app and as part of that, I have a HTML5 canvas where buyers can sign for credit card or goods received. I then ajax the base64 back to the server in a DB table (genius, I know). I also ...
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Prevent organization's code from being leaked or stolen [duplicate]

I am wondering how I can control the organization's code from being leaked or stolen. Currently we are using GitHub, in order to protect the code I am planing to use GitLab on a local server, so the ...
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How to keep client data confidential when attacked by a ransomware?

Hypothetical scenario: If a ransom-ware attack was to happen which threatened to make public "private client data" if you didn't pay up. Assuming such a virus exists and you've already been infected,...
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What issues exist in generating a signed, paper-based PGP message stored by a hostile organisation?

I have recently been the victim of having my medical record tampered with by the organisation holding it. Under state law I have a legal right to submit information to be included in my medical record,...
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Any solutions out there to counter shoulder surfing?

I'm talking about an unknown or undetected physical presence who may be looking over your shoulder as you view or type in sensitive information or passwords. Most likely to happen when you are ...
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Identify a user using random characters of the password

Assuming a password is not stored in plain-text, how is it possible that a support guy is able to identify during a phone call a customer by asking him random characters of his password? For example, ...
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Confidentiality and Integrity violation in database security

I read some topics on database security. Now I have two questions about confidentiality and integrity violation, Thanks anyone who answers me: If we consider knowing the availability of data as a ...
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What Is The Authorities' Stance On The Use of Microsoft Office For Sensitive Information?

I want to know what the U.S. (or E.U. countries) policy is towards the use of Microsoft Office (particularly local versions) and potentially sensitive information requiring clearance. In particular, ...
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Is traffic sent by Mouse Without Borders encrypted?

Some of our users have installed Mouse Without Borders and I wanted to know if it is possible to intercept the traffic being sent between the two computers and read it in some meaningful manner. I was ...
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What policies and agreements regarding information security are a must have for every self respecting company?

I assume that it's a good idea to supply the users of a system (or employees) with policies and agreements regarding information security. What kind of documents should be considered? For example (...
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Can confidential data be gotten from a “hibernation file”? [duplicate]

When a computer hibernates, AFAIK a copy of the RAM is saved into a file on disk. Is this a potential security flaw, knowing someone can take the disk and read the RAM freely?
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Internet browsing confidentiality [duplicate]

I wonder how easy or difficult it is to find out who I am, using information security's most advanced techniques. And what can I do that will not affect my browsing experience too much, as a lambda ...
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Guarantee one unique identity per node

I'm in the early stages of designing a decentralised systems protocol, based on a blockchain, for a thesis. For the protocol to remain secure, each node in the system must be capable of generating one,...
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Someone keeps using my email address. What to do?

I have had a GMail ever since it was created, so it's an email address that is easy to remember, but also easy for somebody else to get confused with. Since I'm not going to post my email address ...
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Best reasonable way to store a secret safely

I'm working on a software that need to store and use secrets. These secrets can be for example: a password to connect to a database a client secret for an OAuth 2.0 client_credentials grant. I need ...
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What does it mean to have authentication without confidentiality or authentication without encryption?

I came across these functions m+EeA(H(m)) (for authentication without confidentiality) and m+H(m+k) (for authentication without encryption) and I'm having a bit of a difficult time understanding them. ...
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Does SSL/TLS (https) reveals your IP address? [duplicate]

Because the NSA monitors traffic going through the major nodes of the internet, they can know which IP address does what on your website, even if you are using HTTPS. Is this true or false?
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How to mask SEPA (IBAN and BIC) information correctly?

I'm currently developing a payment system where users can use SEPA-debit to pay for the service. The user has the ability to enter the data once and can then select the same payment method when making ...
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Using encryption inside of SSL connection

We are using SSL to make our connection between clients and backbone servers safer. Does it really make sense if also we use another encryption mechanism to encrypt transmitted data twice? For example,...
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Can TLS provide integrity/authentication without confidentiality

It was a bit surprising that Wikipedia has switched to TLS because we all know it's public information available to anyone, but I suppose that the real purpose for that is to provide authentication/...
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What do browser VPNs actually do?

Firstly, I am not sure if this is the correct forum to be asking this question so I apologise if not. What I would like to know is, what do VPN browser plug-ins (such as zenmate) actually do and how ...
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PHP processing form submission, how can I best protect sensitive information submitted via the form?

I am using PHP 5.6 on Apache 2.4 I have a form that will collect sensitive information about the user that need to be encrypted. My current solution grabs the sensitive information from the POST and ...
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Why would a replay attack be considered a threat to integrity and not confidentiality?

I came across a test where the instructions were to circle all the correct answers. I'm looking for an explanation to the answer for this question: Question: a replay attack is a threat against ...
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What personal information is safe to share publicly? [closed]

What personal information is safe to share publicly (online)? I have a CV online with my email address, mobile number, land line number, ID number and year of birth (not date of birth). I live in ...
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Hashing Identifiers to Create Pseudonyms

I'm wanting to share datasets between two organisations in a pseudonymised way such that they link together via mutual entities (e.g. people) but so that the entities cannot be identified. E.g.: ...
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What are the implications of differences in confidentiality timeliness?

From a security standpoint, what are the differences that must be addressed between data with a day-long confidentiality timeliness and data with timeliness of a year or more?
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Is unclassified a classification?

The answer many sources provide is "technically, no, unclassified is not a classification", but they often are referring specifically to Unclassified SBU or FOUO. Besides that... any answer that ...
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Confidentiality and integrity

Users permissions and privilege should be considered as a part of confidentiality (specifically access control) or integrity? And I'm also wondering if we can categorize Accountability, Authenticity ...
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Security characteristics through ISO 25023 standard

Could you please help me to clarify the following: ISO 25023 standard divided security into the following 5 characteristics which are: Confidentiality characteristic (divided into) -----> Access ...
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Secure text document's fingerprint

The purpose is the same as with hashing: given set of confidential documents, I want to process them and store something secure like salted hashes/bcrypt. Later, when new document is given, I want to ...
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Should I trust zxcvbn with my password?

I want to measure current and future password entropy with the zxcvbn formula. Is there any way to test and detect if the input on this website is truly confidential? EDIT: 1. I found an ...
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can multiple encryption of data with multiple keys increase the security?

I mean: does encrypting data multiple times have an effect on diffusion and confusion? Does it increase security, or does it have no effect? Is it useless? Does it make it harder to break the secret, ...
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Any Point To Paper Submission Of Forms Versus Electronic Submission

I know we're not going to like this question because it has some obvious answers, but I am looking for a thorough breakdown, and I could not find another mention of this topic on this site. Paper ...
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Using randomly generated numbers to authenticate with a Relay server

I'm developing a public VoIP relay server, that will help bypass internet firewalls by allowing two clients to connect with it and then it will relay data between the two. Both clients will connect ...
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Digital testament

I have been thinking about a way of storing a "digital testament" without using a physical safe, which is the typical solution I have read. Here is my idea roughly: Generate a strong key pair using ...
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How is it possible for threatmetrix to detect VPN? [duplicate]

Threatmetrix is a fraud prevention SaaS aimed at preventing fraud. Their company website states: ThreatMetrix is also uniquely able to uncover hackers and fraudsters trying to cover their true ...
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Are there different degrees of “confidentiality”? What is the best way for a psychologist to maintain confidentiality of communications with patients?

A non-tech savvy friend of mine is a psychologist. She has many patients who constantly invite her to communicate through all sorts of mediums such as text, email, voicemail, and other mediums. But ...
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How good is confidentiality with physical mail forwarding companies? [closed]

I want to use a mail forwarding company that can receive mail for me and forward it to another address. I found many places that do this, but I am worried that eventually my stalker would find out ...
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Why encrypt data in memory?

I saw that KeePass not only encrypts its password-database-file, it also can encrypt the passwords it holds in memory. This is just an example. I thinking of a new project dealing with sensitve / ...
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HMAC and non-repudiation

This was a question on an exam: Two persons are using a one way communication channel and the HMAC functionality (concretely HMAC-SHA1). Choose the correct statement below: 1) We can prove who the ...
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AES and message properties

An active attacker changes the ciphertext which was made using the AES cipher algorithm. Which message properties are preserved even though that change was made. Choose one of the below: 1) Integrity ...
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Overwriting only Free Space with rubbish data to prevent data recovery?

I am aware of tools which write zeros or other useless data to fill up your harddrive, however so far all of the tools I have come across must fill up the entire harddrrive. My understanding of the ...
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Why can a Tor exit node decrypt data, but not the entry node?

Me -> Node A -> Node B -> Node C -> destination The documentation on Tor always states that only the exit node C can see plain text data. How is this possible without me talking to Node C ...
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How do I release a self made program without it being tracked back to me?

For clarification, I am looking for the best way to release this program anonymously, not how to remain anonymous and such in general life (that is a different -already answered- question). I've ...