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Questions tagged [key-exchange]

For questions relating to protocols for distributing public keys, and / or establishing session keys with another party. Examples of key exchange protocols include Diffie-Hellman and IKE.

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How is it possible that people observing an HTTPS connection being established wouldn't know how to decrypt it?

I've often heard it said that if you're logging in to a website - a bank, GMail, whatever - via HTTPS, that the information you transmit is safe from snooping by 3rd parties. I've always been a little ...
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Client-server encryption technique explanation (TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256, 128 bit keys)

I opened a web page using https. When I looked at the page info provided by my browser (Firefox) I saw following: Connection encrypted: High-grade Encryption (...
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“Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange” in plain English

Can someone explain to me what Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange is in plain English? I have read in a non-tech news page that Twitter has just implemented this technology which allows two persons to ...
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Is there any particular reason to use Diffie-Hellman over RSA for key exchange?

I often see RSA being recommended as a method of key exchange. However, the Diffie-Hellman key exchange method appears to be secure as well. Is there any considerations one should take into account ...
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What to do when you can’t protect mobile app secret keys?

We have a mobile app for iOS and Android available in the Apple and Google Play stores. The app communicates with our server’s Web Services over HTTPS. We have attackers able to spoof the app traffic....
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Are VPNS vulnerable to active man in the middle attacks?

I know that with SSL/TLS, man in the middle attacks are not possible. For example if Alice and Bob are trying to communicate and Trudy is trying to perform a man in the middle attack, then when Alice ...
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How does SSH use both RSA and Diffie-Hellman?

SSH protocol 2 allows you to use DSA, ECDSA, ED25519 and RSA keys when establishing a secure connection to a server. (Keep in mind for this question that I'm only familiar with the procedure and ...
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Why can't I MitM a Diffie-Hellman key exchange?

After reading the selected answer of "Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange" in plain English 5 times I can't, for the life of me, understand how it protects me from a MitM attack. Given the ...
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Where do I get prime numbers for Diffie-Hellman? Can I use them twice?

I realise it's very hard to generate suitable prime numbers and generators for the Diffie-Hellman key exchange. What is the best way to generate them? And if I have one, can I use it twice? ...
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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 there a way to negotiate a secret between 2 parties with no prior knowledge?

Is there a way for 2 parties to negotiate a shared secret (for example, a session key) without having a pre-shared knowledge? SSL does this by using asymmetric encryption. Is there any other way to ...
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How to implement an API-Key-Mechanism

first of all: I am quite unsure about the title of the question, so if you have a better idea, please feel free to tell (: I would like to know about best-practise examples where services (like ...
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DEK, KEK and Master key - simple explanation

This article is intended to be a simplified explanation sans drill-down for people wanting to understand these concepts/terms. What are DEK, KEK and MEK/Master key?
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What are the OpenSSL standard Diffie Hellmann parameters (primes)?

I recently generated some custom Diffie Hellmann parameters which are basically just long (in the below case 4096 bit) primes. Those are then used in the key exchange process. I used the following ...
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How to exchange RSA public keys safely between two parties?

How to exchange RSA public keys safely between two parties via internet?
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Are SSH packets encrypted even before new keys are sent?

What format does SSH use to exchange (encrypted / plain) packets before new keys are derived? SSH Document says that after key exchange, client and server use negotiated algorithm to encrypt the ...
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Any obvious flaws in this protocol?

Are there any particular flaws in this protocol? (Yes I know about SSL) Three participants: Login Server LS Game Server GS Client C Asymmetric key-pair Kpriv Kpub Shared 128bit secret key Ksec ...
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Why should you generate SSH keys on client devices?

Most tutorials for setting up SSH recommend generating the keypair on a client machine. Why exactly is this? Assuming your communication lines are not compromised, and you delete the private key from ...
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What steps can you take to make offline cracking of SRP harder?

In the aftermath of the Blizzard hack, what steps can I take to make offline cracking of SRP more difficult? My question assumes that your database is already gone and that you implemented SRP more ...
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How ECDHE is signed by RSA in ECDHE_RSA cipher

About ciphers that use ECDHE as Key Exchange and RSA as Authentication: How exactly this two algorithms work together, is ECDHE process encrypted by RSA public key? What are the DH parameters? ...
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Infinite one time pads, brute force multiple pads?

So based on my understanding using the same key for encrypting two completely random plain texts when using an otp cipher will still retain perfectly secret. This is based on the answers on this ...
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What key exchange mechanism should be used in TLS?

There are many key exchange mechanisms that can be used in TLS. Among them are RSA, ECDH_ECDSA, ECDHE_ECDSA, ECDH_RSA, ECDHE_RSA and others. Which of these are more cryptographically secure and can be ...
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Why is key exchange necessary at all?

Let's say "Alice" and "Bob" want to communicate with each other over an insecure network. Using Diffie–Hellman key exchange, they can get the same symmetric key at last. However, as I understand, ...
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Ways to sign gpg public key so it is trusted?

I have a service through SSL which gives the user a code for a specific reason. I want to sign the code with the web server's private key (gpg --clearsign) and send the signed code along so that they ...
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Is it possible to have a key for encryption, that cannot be used for decryption?

For example, a server might have some encrypted logs or storage or whatnot, that would only be used for reference later. This way even if the server is hacked, everything is still OK until the hacker ...
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Unseen.is encryption claims revisited with their proprietary, patented “xAES” algorithm

I had asked last year about the encryption claims by the web service called https://unseen.is. The very same service that had claims of "beyond army level encryption", "4096 bit keys" etc. This is the ...
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Is 1024bit Diffie Hellman key exchange secure?

My system uses AES-256, 4096bit RSA CA key and 2048bit RSA keys for servers together with SHA-256 signing. Does using 1024bit DH key exchange lower its security? I read on one mailing list that ...
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Role of the chosen ciphersuite in an SSL/TLS connection

When it comes to a secure TLS configuration (e.g. for HTTPS), the topic is prominently about the supported cipher suites. I want to fully understand which part of the cipher suite has which role in a ...
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Authenticated Diffie Hellman Key Exchange

It appears that the textbook version of Diffie-Hellman is susceptible to man in the middle attack and the use of digital signatures could prevent this attack from occurring. Digital signatures could ...
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Is there a known vetted alternative to this key-exchange protocol?

I have three participants: A client A in possession of the public key Kpub A login server S in possession of the private key Kpriv Game servers B (B1, B2 etc) S and all B may share a finite number of ...
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Which authentication at the end of the Secure Remote Password protocol?

For the the client and server to prove to each other that they have the same premaster shared key, the original author suggests this: M = H(A | B | K) --> <-- H(A | M | K) The ...
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Is this prime number large enough / too large for a Diffie-Hellman for AES-256?

I'm using a Diffie-Hellman key exchange to encrypt data using AES-256. The prime number I'm using is the one from the 8192bit group specified in RFC 3526 (page 6). Page 7 suggests that, with a 620 ...
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Sharing Derived Unique Key Per Transaction (DUKPT) Base Derivation Key (BDK) with a partner

Assumptions: We have devices out in the field injected with keys derived from our one and only BDK. The devices encrypt data using the injected derived key. All our devices connect to our server ...
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PMK is what prevent to generate the PTK and decrypt the traffic?

I'm trying to establish a connection to an encrypted SSID, using scapy. My intent was basically to sniff the frames of the handshake from the victim, acting as a proxy (MITM), and redirect the frames ...
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Wireshark SSL stripping

well this question could be asked in Wireshark forums or Stackoverflow forums but, I think the question invloves development and security factors as well so i find the Information Security forum is ...
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Implementing Secure Remote Password: Constructing the verifier

The SRP protocol as described in RFC 2945 generates the password verifier: x = SHA(<salt> | SHA(<username> | ":" | <raw password>))` v = g^x % N I have three questions: why use SHA ...
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Using Secure Remote Password without sending the username in the clear

To initiate a key exchange using the SRP protocol the client sends the username so the server can look up the salt and password verifier. Is there a simple way to change this so that an evesdropper ...
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Authenticating client without hardcoding key?

A basic question, but I'm not a master and this is puzzling me- How is it possible to authenticate a client from the server's perspective? i.e. imagine you're the server, and you want to give the ...
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Does the hash change the security of the Secure Remote Password protocol?

I'm implementing the Secure Remote Password protocol, and similar to this question, I'm wondering if I can use the SHA-512 hash function instead of SHA-1 currently being used. Would this help improve ...
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Could Diffie-Hellman be used to stop people who knows the PSK from snooping on your WiFi?

One known problem with WPA2 is that anybody who knows the preshared key can snoop on the handshake and decrypt all subsequent traffic between any parties on the network. In the typical coffee shop ...
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How do key servers resolve conflicts?

According to the PGP network FAQ While a number of key servers exist, it is only necessary to send your key to one of them. The key server will take care of the job of sending your key to all other ...
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Security without TLS certificates

after getting an answer to Security over multi-streaming such as SCTP i have found that i do not have the capacity to give a public key or certificate to the other end securely (to be sure MitM cannot ...
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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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TLS key exchange algorithm = Certificate signing algorithm?

My bachelor thesis is about TLS and I have a basic question about the algorithms used there. If I use e.g. a sha1WithRSAEncryption signing algorithm (RFC3279) for my certificate, that means that the ...
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Obtaining the public DNSSEC root key

Is the public DNSKEY of the DNS root zone that I have to trust when validating a DNSSEC key chain usually bundled with an OS? If so where is it located under Ubuntu 15.04, Linux? What is otherwise ...
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Updating Sender-Keys and Key-Management

This question is related to an earlier question I had: Encryption on Mobile Devices - Multiparty Encryption - Key Management My situation: I have many mobile devices that want to send sensitive ...