Questions tagged [cryptography]

Cryptography is the practice and study of logical means used to achieve information confidentiality, integrity and authenticity. It covers, among other things, encryption (making some data unreadable except for those who know a given secret element, called a key), data hashing (in particular for password storage) and digital signatures (provable integrity and authenticity with non-repudiation).

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Google Chrome “Your connection to website is encrypted with obsolete cryptography”

Google Chrome is showing new information in the certificate section. Is this a big deal? If so how can I fix it on the server end? EDIT: Thanks for the answers but I'm not skilled in cryptography so ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of Stream versus Block Ciphers

Encryption algorithms such as Blowfish,AES,RC4,DES and Seal are implemented in one of two categories of ciphers. What are the advantages/disadvantages to the type of ciphers?
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What does Amazon's S3 Server-side encryption protect against?

Amazon's S3 storage service offers server-side encryption of objects, automatically managed for the user (Amazon's Documentation). It's easy to enable so I'm thinking "why not?", but what kind of ...
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Security comparsion of 3DES and AES

Which one is more secure and least possible to be broken through cryptanalysis AES or 3DES (no matter performance)? I need to use encryption for my projects to store and secure sensitive information ...
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Pre-hash password before applying bcrypt to avoid restricting password length

Good practice is not to unnecessarily restrict password length, so that appropriately-long passphrases (perhaps 35-45 chars for 6/7 dicewords) can be used. (See e.g. Should I have a maximum password ...
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Is there an encryption algorithm that allows for a single payload to have two different outputs based on the password?

Suppose I have some confidential information that is encrypted and I'm forced/compelled to disclose that password. My goal is to make that decrypted payload seem meaningful / and the password valid. ...
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Online backup : how could encryption and de-duplication be compatible?

A "soon to enter beta" online backup service, Bitcasa, claims to have both de-duplication (you don't backup something already in the cloud) and client side encryption. http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/...
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Can we still provide confidentiality when cryptography is outlawed?

In certain jurisdictions, use of cryptography by the private sector is limited: e.g. there are reports that in the UAE and other countries not all of the encryption capabilities of the BlackBerry are ...
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What are the risks of self signing a certificate for SSL

Let's say I sign a SSL certificate for myself, and I'm not using a certified CA. What are the risks and/or threats of doing it?
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How does the digital signature verification process work?

I am not able to understand that how the digital signature is verified. I know that digital signature will be attached to the message and sent by sender to receiver. then receiver uses the public key ...
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Asymmetric vs Symmetric Encryption

I am currently taking a principles of information security class. While talking about different encryption methods a large number of my classmates seem to believe that Asymmetric Encryption is better (...
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What is the difference between a Hash Function and a Cryptographic Hash Function?

I mean, is it just a matter of "how difficult is it to reverse the function with the current technology"? Or is there a mathematical concept or property that makes them different? If it is a matter ...
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Writing my own encryption algorithm [closed]

I am currently studying IT at college (UK college aka not University) and the coursework is boring me to death. I have been coding for quite a while now mainly in OO languages such as C# and Java but ...
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Are salted SHA-256/512 hashes still safe if the hashes and their salts are exposed?

Scenario: a database of hashed and and salted passwords, including salts for each password, is stolen by a malicious user. Passwords are 6-10 chars long and chosen by non-technical users. Can this ...
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Feeding /dev/random entropy pool?

Which way of additionally feeding /dev/random entropy pool would you suggest for producing random passwords? Or, is there maybe a better way to locally create fully random passwords?
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How does a SIM card prevent cloning?

I have read a few articles about SIM cards, stating that the chip inside them uses some cryptographic magic to prevent people from cloning your number. This to me seems borderline impossible, given ...
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Is Git crowdsourcing cryptographic attacks?

A strong cryptographic hash makes collisions unlikely. Many cryptographic protocols build on that fact. But Git is using SHA-1 hashes as object identifiers. So there are a lot of already computed ...
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How valuable is secrecy of an algorithm?

On the surface, the inadvisability of security through obscurity is directly at odds with the concept of shared secrets (i.e. "passwords"). Which is to say: if secrecy around passwords is valuable, ...
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Criteria for Selecting an HSM

A very sensitive application has to protect several different forms of data, such as passwords, credit cards, and secret documents - and encryption keys, of course. As an alternative to developing a ...
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“Real” Salt and “Fake” Salt

During a Q&A period at DEFCON this year, one member of the audience mentioned that we're using "fake salt" when concatenating a random value and a password before hashing. He defined "real salt" ...
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SSH Key: Ed25519 vs RSA

A lot of people recommend using Ed25519 instead of RSA keys for SSH. The introduction page of Ed25519 (http://ed25519.cr.yp.to/) says: [..] breaking it has similar difficulty to breaking [..] RSA ...
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What cryptographic flaw was exploited by Flame, to get its code signed by Microsoft?

Today, Microsoft released a security advisory warning that the "Flame" malware exploited a weakness in a cryptographic algorithm used by Microsoft Terminal Server Licensing Service, and was thereby ...
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HMAC - Why not HMAC for password storage?

Nota bene: I'm aware that the good answer to secure password storage is either scrypt or bcrypt. This question isn't for implementation in actual software, it's for my own understanding. Let's say ...
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Why AES is not used for secure hashing, instead of SHA-x?

As far as I understand, AES is believed to be extremely secure. (I have read somewhere that it would certainly not be broken in the next 20 years, but I am still not sure if the author was serious.) ...
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How to achieve non-repudiation?

If I have a message that I need to send to another person, how do I achieve non repudiation ? Is digitally signing the message sufficient ?
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Is there any advantage to splitting a password?

I've been reading about the LANMAN (LM) hash and I'm curious about a particular part of the algorithm. The LM hash is computed as follows: The user’s ASCII password is converted to uppercase. This ...
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Exploiting MD5 vulnerability in this PHP form?

I've been practicing in security-related topics and I came upon this problem which I don't understand at all. You receive a form with one input named pass, and this is the code you need to bypass: &...
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What are the differences between MD5, SHA and RSA?

MD5 tools output hexadecimal values. In the same manner, do SHA and RSA together produce a hexadecimal (or any other) output? What are the differences between the MD5, SHA and RSA algorithms?
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Is HTTP compression safe?

The CRIME attack taught us that using compression can endanger confidentiality. In particular, it is dangerous to concatenate attacker-supplied data with sensitive secret data and then compress and ...
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Cryptography that looks like ordinary email

I would like to stay out of the automatic filters in place by security agencies and not be accidentally placed on a no-fly list or such. Say I'm having a political debate with a friend about democracy ...
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Determine if private key belongs to certificate?

Given a certificate¹ and a private key file², how can I determine if the public key on the certificate matches the private key? My initial thought was to simply encrypt some text with the public key ...
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Most secure password hash algorithm(s)?

What is/are currently the most cryptographically secure hashing algorithm(s)? (available in PHP) Speed is irrelevant, because I'm iterating the hash over a fixed time (rather than a fixed number of ...
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4096 bit RSA encryption keys vs 2048

Where do 4096 bit RSA keys for SSL certs currently stand in terms of things like CA support, browser support, etc? In the overall scheme of things is the increased security worth the risk of 4096 bit ...
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What to transfer? Password or its hash?

Let's say in my database I store passwords hashed with salt with a fairly expensive hash (scrypt, 1000 rounds of SHA2, whatever). Upon login, what should I transfer over the network and why? Password ...
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Why do people think that this is bad way to hash passwords?

Well, please tell me, what's wrong with this code: $password = "hello"; $password = md5($password); for($i=1;$i<20;$i++){ $password = md5($password); } It's exactly the same as this one: md5(...
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Why don't people hash and salt usernames before storing them

Everyone knows that if they have a system that requires a password to log in, they should be storing a hashed & salted copy of the required password, rather than the password in plaintext. What I ...
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Is salting a hash really as secure as common knowledge implies?

(I did search on this topic, but I found no complete question/answer that addressed it, or even good portions of questions that might be relevant.) I'm implementing a salt function for user passwords ...
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Where can I learn cryptography/cryptanalysis the hard way, without going to school ? Any good book?

I'm not so bad at mathematics: I know what are p-list and p-combinations, I know matrix algebra, I know what a XOR is, I know how to tell if number is a prime, etc: I'm not the programmer who hates ...
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Find matching phone numbers without actually knowing them

We have a mobile app that, given two users, needs to let them see what common contacts they have based on their phone numbers. How can we do this in a cryptographically secure way and respecting the ...
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What specific padding weakness does OAEP address in RSA?

It's been recommended to use OAEP when padding messages to be encrypted via RSA, to prevent known plain text attacks. Can someone elaborate this in better detail? I'd specifically like to know the ...
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Can a file contain its md5sum inside it?

Just wondering if it is possible to create a file which has its md5sum inside it along with other contents too.
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Schemes/ Mechanisms that could provide one time decryption?

I am quite familiar with most of the common undergrad/grad security foundations; but I couldn't find anything related to this scenario: A scheme/system where a piece of data can only be 'decrypted' ...
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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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How to encrypt in PHP, properly?

How do I encrypt data in PHP, properly, using symmetric-key encryption? I have a message M and a secret S. I'm looking for a solution that uses cryptography properly without making any of the usual ...
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When changing a PGP passphrase, does it only affect the private key?

I am beginning to use GPG for email encryption. If I use gpg --edit-key [keyID] to change the passphrase, what files will this affect? Will it only affect my private key, and thus I only need to ...
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Where to get an SSL certificate for personal website?

I would like to use https to login to my personal webpage (which is on shared hosting). So I went over to google and started searching for sollutions. Eventualy I found out that I need an SSL ...
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Can I use a private key as a public key and vice versa?

I have code to encrypt data using a public key and decrypt it using a private key. This is useful when a client wants to send data to a server and know that only the server can decrypt it. But say I ...
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Is “real salt” the same as “initialization vectors”?

In the question about real vs. fake salt, the answers describe how real salt 'perturbs the encryption algorithm.' I know roughly how initialization vectors work; is this the same concept, or something ...
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Why would salt not have prevented LinkedIn passwords from getting cracked?

In this interview posted on Krebs on Security, this question was asked and answered: BK: I’ve heard people say, you know this probably would not have happened if LinkedIn and others had salted ...
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Could SQRL really be as secure as they say?

I just came across https://www.grc.com/sqrl/sqrl.htm With Secure QR Login, your phone snaps the QR code displayed on a website's login page . . . . and YOU are securely logged in. This seems ...