Authentication is successfully validating that an entity you are communicating with is actually who they claim to be. The entity typically demonstrates who they are by showing they possess a secret that only they could know.

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“NP-complete” authentication systems

Are there any symmetric authentication systems based on the hardness of an NP-complete problem? I understand that it doesn't really matter, since NP-completeness is about the worst case, and in crypto ...
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Counter-Mode Message Authentication Code [duplicate]

Excuse my naivety,I don't know much about crypto. But I've been wondering, couldn't counter-mode be used for MAC just like CBC in CBC-MAC, assuming nonce for the counter is not repeated? Am I missing ...
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Is PGP's way of maintaining email security optimal? [duplicate]

I read a book called "computer networking: A top-down approach". It talked about how PGP creates an email message between Alice and Bob to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. Let me ...
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Security when using same salt for different passwords, compared to using different salts?

I have this question I am struggling about: For example, someone suggested improving UNIX authentication by defining 3 different passwords for a user that are stored in the shadow file. All three ...
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What is a simple information authentication protocol for constrained devices?

Background: I have an application where devices will poll information from some source on the network. These devices are very basic and have modest processing and memory capabilities. Hashing (and ...
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Did authentication/signature primitives fall under the Wassenaar Arrangement?

I understand that under the Wassenaar Arrangement, encryption algorithms like AES were considered to be some sort of weapon. The legally allowed effective key sizes in export software were limited to ...
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Key Distribution Center Key Protocol Analysis

As shown in the image, why is Circle 1 to be B and Circle 2 to be A? Why is not the opposite, that is, Circle 1 to be A and Circle 2 to be B? like this picture From my understanding, Notation B in ...
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Use MDC to provide origin authentication for public key encryption?

Why can't we use an MDC (“Manipulation Detection Code”, as also handled in this Q&A) to provide origin authentication when using public-key encryption?
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Insecurity of CBC-MAC

Can anyone explain why CBC-MAC is not secure for variable length message? I read many books, but there are still some confusion. Such as the highlighted parts in previous pictures Questions: why ...
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How secure is MD5 for one way authentication?

I have a server S1 with an Private String (PS) as an identifier shared with a server S2. Every 10 min S1 publish the hash value of PS+the current time which is used as public identifier (PI). Every ...
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Does a key need to be signed if it is being used to decrypt a message that is already signed?

I am trying to better understand authentication. Lets say I have posted my 128-bit AES symmetric key on some forum, encrypted asymmetrically to my friend using 256-bit ECC (25519). The forum isn't ...
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AES GCM encryption, authentication and PBKDF2

I'm developing a kind of secret vault server application. The basic principle is similar to DPAPI where each secret will have its own unique random KEY/IV pair and and that KEY/IV pair will be ...
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How to use the hardcoded server's public key to register a client application?

I'm designing the security for a smartphone app that can be used to make car reservations. Clients have to register them with their driver's licence through the application and can then book a car. ...
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Authentication by hardcoding public key in client software

It would seem to me that mobile applications could reduce network traffic by hardcoding the server's public key into the app. The idea being that they could then encipher a secret to share with the ...
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Is this Diffie-Hellman key exchange variant vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks?

As we all know, the Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol without authentication is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. And if we use STS(Station-to-Station protocol) instead, it would be secure. ...
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A simple client/server authentication protocol

Some days ago I asked for a help to find and correct the problems of an authentication protocol. I closed the post because I was convinced I can correct it but, unfortunately I'm having some troubles. ...
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What info should be signed with a digital signature to provide entity authenticaton for DH?

$i \to r\colon\; g^x\bmod p$ $r \to i\colon\; g^y, \langle g^y,g^x\rangle_r$ $i \to r\colon\; \langle g^x,g^y\rangle_i$ Looking at run 2, I am trying to work out why it is necessary to include $g^x$ ...
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Is webkey a reasonably secure authentication system?

I just created Webkey in the last couple days. This should allow any website to do single-password auth with a much higher level of auth security and convenience for users (single password with ...
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How SAM modules secure transactions?

As you know SAM Modules are used mainly in the electronic payment industry. Due to the low security of key storing in general storage devices or MCUs, Manufacturers used SAM modules for secure storing ...
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Question about entity authentication

Say party A wants to make sure they are communicating with party B, and not an eavesdropper E. Then they will use an authentication scheme to do this. But what if there is an eavesdropper on the line,...
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Why does Apple create a certificate for my push notification key [closed]

Brief rundown of how Apple Push Notifications (APN) work: Generate a keypair, generate a CSR for it Upload the latter to your Apple Developer account and associate it with your mobile app In the ...
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X509 converted to Encrypted and Signing keys

We have proprietary tool which takes a p12 file and generates a .key file. Inside the key file, I see two PEM formatted sections: Encrypting Certificate and Signing Certificate. When I open them on my ...
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Store hashed password using Digest authentication

Digest Authentication is something like this: Server sends client a nonce. Client hashes username and password with nonce. Client sends hashed value back to server. Server validates hash. However, ...
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Does TLS have to provide both confidentiality and authenticity?

I'm working on a project that uses OAuth. In the OAuth RFC it says many times that communication between the authentication server and the client should be with the use of TLS. However, in the project ...
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Understanding WPA2 authentication in details

As far as I know, WPA2 authentication consists of a 4-way handshake. The first message is from the AP, containing the ANounce, a random number generated by the AP, The second message is from the ...
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Is it okay to bail out early when length mismatch is detected?

Is it okay to bail out early when length mismatch is detected? Specifically, when verifying authenticated encryption, is it okay to bail out early if the wrong amount of ciphertext or the wrong ...
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Is authenticated encryption unnecessary if the message is digitally signed?

Normally, it is necessary to use authenticated encryption if the message may be tampered with. Can the authentecation be omitted if the message has been otherwise authenticated?
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Creating a message authentication scheme

I have such situation. I have a device like dongle. But it has certain limitations. For example, it can only have implemented encryption and decryption functionality. The availability of ciphers ...
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Question about HMAC with SHA1

I would like to make sure I understood HMAC. Wikipedia declares it like: $$\operatorname{HMAC}(K,m)=H((K\oplus\text{opad})||H((K\oplus\text{ipad})||m))$$ If I want to use HMAC-SHA1, am I correct to ...
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Question on 3DES keys

The official NIST publication I saw says for federal applications 3DES with three keys should be used. I have such questions: what does it mean federal? Does it mean for industrial applications that ...
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How to authenticate two devices with CA?

i am trying to figure out a man-in-the-middle safe authentication scheme for some devices. I understand that this could be achieved via CA's. But what is unclear to me is how can the authenticity of ...
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What is the difference between mutual authentication and unilateral authentication both ways?

I am currently reading Engineering Security by Peter Gutmann, on page 7 he states: proper mutual authentication is quite different from unilateral authentication in both directions He ...
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Is it safer to use timestamp in REST authentication?

I am working on a personal project to build a REST authentication system which authenticate clients via three parameters: ...
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How exactly does certificate based authentication work?

I know the concept of key generation, as well as encryption and decryption using public and private keys. When it comes to authenticating a user by a server, in general there are three types: ...
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Is this a good communication scheme?

I'm writing a wrapper for a chat program to allow for end-to-end encryption. I'm using Python and PyCrypto to accomplish this. I'd like to use a well known library to do this, but to my knowledge, ...
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When is data origin authentication necessary but non-repudiation not?

I have been considering this question now for a week and I just cannot find an answer. I understand that non-repudiation cannot be provided without data origin authentication but I cannot think of an ...
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When would you increment a nonce and when not?

K is the shared key for encryption known by _Alice and _Bob. $N_A$ is a nonce created by Alice. The function f is the increment by 1 function. (1) Alice -> Bob: $E_K(N_A)$ So Alice encrypts a nonce ...
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Diffie-Hellman, RSA and the types of public key cryptography

Are these schemes fundamentally different? Are other schemes fundamentally different in the sense that you can do different operations with them (or the same operations, but needing different ...
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Why is CBC-MAC with length appended not secure?

I've just read about CBC-MAC for the authentication of arbitrary length messages. In particular I cannot figure out why appending the message length before computing the MAC yields a non-secure MAC. I'...
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Why does my SSH private key still work after changing some bytes in the file?

I (for a test) just randomly altered a private RSA key by opening it up in Vim and changing a few bytes. It is the private part of an SSH key pair used for logging in on a remote system. Puzzlingly, ...
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Encrypt-then-authenticate variant used in IPsec

I am trying to understand the variant of Encrypt-then-Authenticate (EtA) that is used in IPsec. For this I have looked at this chapter. What I got so far is that the integrity and confidentiality ...
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Is the security of an HMAC equally important as the security of the cipher itself?

I'm a little unclear on how hash based MAC works... So I would like to know, is the security of your hash function as important as the security of the overall cipher? Basically, if you can crack the ...
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Keys and key-stretching when authenticating requests?

I'm making a REST application and still a bit confused about this issue. basically, to authenticate incoming requests, I give out userId, issued timestamp, expiry timestamp (normally 3 months after ...
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Problem with this authentication protocol

Consider such authentication protocol: Alice and Bob share a key. Bob sends alice a nonce. Alice encrypts it with shared key and sends to bob. Now assume Alice was successfully authenticated. ...
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What is the best current way to cryptographically secure databases?

I'm currently working on a proposal for some secure complete system and one of the things currently lacking is the database security. However I don't want to roll my own crypto there and thereby need ...
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Efficient way to confirm identity

I am working on a multiplayer game. I have a central server which handles all data transmission and coordinates all games. Clients which involved in a single session send requests to do actions to ...
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Security analysis of this one time password based scheme for copy protection

Imagine such protocol. Client and server initially share secret K[0]. When client wants to contact server she sends server K[0] and her ID. Server accepts request, and generated new random K[1] and ...
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Historic Authentication Schemes Before Computers

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently ran an article about an alleged near miss with rockets in 1962, which raises some interesting cryptographic questions: http://thebulletin.org/okinawa-...
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authentication protocol questions/security

Disclaimer: I am the only person that uses my software. This is just experimental fun. I previously wrote a server/client that used the secure remote password protocol authentication. I had an idea ...
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Doubts about Authenticated Data Structures logic

I am studying the theory of authenticated data structure, like Merkle Tree and I have a doubt: why use them? I explain better: why to be sure, for example, that a cloud provider didn't modify my files ...