SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and its successor TLS (Transport Layer Security) are protocols which provide communication security (privacy and integrity) for a bidirectional data channel.

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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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What does the TLS 1.2 client finished message contain?

I am implementing TLS 1.2 and I'm stuck on the client finished message. My question is: what is the size and structure of a clients finished message in TLS 1.2 when using the ...
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Can TLS session resumption work after client dropped connection & reconnected to server?

I'm developing a sensor node and investigating TLS/OpenSSL. The network the node runs behind could drop and reconnect a lot. The node has limited data plan so data overhead is the key where TLS ...
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Is Schannel supposed to use SHA1 for (EC)DHE params?

I captured a TLS 1.2 handshake on my server (WIN2012.R2/IIS 8.5) and noticed that SHA1 is being used to hash ECDHE parameters despite both the server and client(s) supporting SHA2 signatures. ...
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What's the appeal of using ChaCha20 instead of AES?

I read about ChaCha20 being used in TLS by Google, SSH, and towards standardization in general. What's the appeal of using something other than AES, what with AES receiving dedicated CPU instructions ...
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Is an instruction similar to PCLMULQDQ valuable in post quantum key exchange?

This paper describes a Quantum Key Exchange based on the Ring Learning With Errors problem. When used with ECC, there is only a slight performance impact. Assuming this is the popularized approach ...
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What's the reasoning behind the design of the TLS 1.2 PRF?

TLS 1.2 defines a PRF-like construction $P_{hash} : \{0,1\}^* \times \{0,1\}^* \rightarrow \{0,1\}^l$ for key derivation, etc. To quote the spec: We define a data expansion function, ...
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How does SSL work on the browser

I recently bought an SSL certificate from a website and was able to make it work on my Apache server. As far as I know, it uses asymmetric keys and the private key is stored on the server while the ...
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Reuse of TLS client key/certificate in challenge-response protocol

The situation: We have a custom PKI with clients communicating with the server over standard SSL/TLS encrypted channel. PKI uses ECC, server certificate supports ECDHE_ECDSA key exchange mechanism and ...
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TLS padding format

My question is about how the padding is formated in TLS1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 I came across the PKCS7 format for the padding: ...
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what is DHE_EXPORT cipher suite

I need to know what is exactly DHE_EXPORT cipher suite and why it is still supported by some servers. Is there any implementation or details about this weak crypto?
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SSL Traffic Inspection

Is the firewall decrypted my session? There is an error "Certificate Not Trusted" (Server Certificate changed to Firewall Cyberoam Certificate). Which public Key I got? Is Main server Public Key or ...
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Would a non-deterministic (read: randomized) compression algorithm be crypto-safe?

Would a compression algorithm that randomly shifts stuff around every iteration be TLS/crypto-safe? This randomization would prevent the same byte sequence from appearing twice in a row, thus making ...
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Is it okay to use a variable-time RSA implementation to verify TLS certificates?

RSA as implemented by OpenSSL et al. needs to protect against side channel attacks, at a big performance penalty. However, TLS certificate validation involves no secrets. Therefore, I should be able ...
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How does a company like Apple keep its keys safe? [closed]

Whatever key is used to sign new iOS updates (for example) must be incredibly well-protected. How does a huge corporation like Apple keep those 4096 bits safe?! Same goes for SSL keys for websites ...
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What is the last value in a cipher suite?

I understand that a cipher suite should contain the MAC algorithm at the end. So ECDHE-RSA-AES128-SHA256 should use SHA256 in HMAC for the MAC. But what about the ...
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How does TLS differ from SSH from a strictly cryptographic perspective?

How does TLS differ from SSH from a strictly cryptographic perspective? I know that there are many non-cryptographic differences between them, but I would like to know the cryptographic ones.
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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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What will browser show when a user access website and website present certificate of some other domain with same top level domain [closed]

For example, User tries to access a.example.com and server presents abc.example.com with a.example.com not in SANs list. Will it be just a warning or an error?
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I am trying to implement TLS v1.1 {3,1} but get alert 70 on hellomessage to goolge

I am trying to implement TLS on top of the winsock api's from windows. I am using port 443 and have created a socket. I have sent this message in decimal. ...
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OpenSSL & TLS1.2 with aes-cbc and initialization vector

I'm trying to manually decrypt DTLS traffic using OpenSSL and TLS 1.2. The cipher suite im using is AES256-SHA256 as listed here. Im able to decrypt the packets with the key that the server and the ...
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How is a message digest decrypted?

Trying to get my head around digital signatures and hit a slight block. The book I am using gives the following information Device A hashes a message to create a message digest Device A encrypts ...
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Can one passively load-balance HTTPS traffic based on TLS SNI?

Is it theoretically possible to passively snoop into the HTTPS traffic, reliably detect whether or not TLS SNI is attempted to be used by the client, and, if it is, redirect the stream of the ...
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Is TLS secure against VM reset attacks?

Is the TLS protocol secure against VM reset attacks? Background: Imagine running cryptographic software inside a virtual machine (VM). A VM reset attack is one where the the state of the software is ...
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How is SSL secure?

if the client and the server need to exchange keys and I can sniff it, wouldn't I be able to decrypt the data transported?
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Determining if Server/Client's TLS configuration is Vulnerable to SLOTH

In the context of SSL/TLS protocol and SLOTH vulnerability. I want to find out if certain websites(webservers) or applications that use TLS are vulnerable. I need some guidance for this. My idea is ...
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What is PCT_SSL_CIPHER_TYPE_1ST_HALF?

I'm writing a tool to do security posture assessments of SSL/TLS services, and ran into an interesting result. I ran through all defined cipher suites to test which could be negotiated (like sslscan ...
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Certificate Signature Algorithm differs from Signature Algorithm Negotiated for Connection

With the upcoming sunsetting of SHA-1 by browsers I was checking signature algorithms for sites I visit. I'm using Firefox 43.0.2 on Windows. I noticed something interesting when I visited the site ...
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Authenticated Encryption of UDP packets

I am working on a UDP based file transfer protocol. Congestion Control, Resending of packages and other UDP challenges are dealt with - speedtests shows that the protocol is up to 10 times faster than ...
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Username and Password: How does it work?

Suppose a client (Alice) goes to an HTTPS website (Bob) over TLS 1.2. Alice sends Client Hello with some random number $r_a$. Bob sends Server Hello with another random number $r_b$. Suppose they ...
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Non-deniability of data sent over TLS

Andy is going to connect to a server Selma over TLS. Later, Andy would like to be able to publish everything (the ciphertexts, the plaintexts, all his keys) and prove to a mediator what data he sent ...
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Message security and also program copy detection

Imagine I have client and server running on different machines, each as a separate software. I want to ensure: message authenticity, integrity and confidentiality at least of messages coming from ...
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How does padding oracle attack work with bytes larger than possible length?

I am trying to understand how the POODLE attack would actually be implemented. In the original security advisory from Möller, Duong and Kotowicz [POODLE 14] the following example is presented: ...
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RSA vs ECDSA/ECDH

So we've been using RSA for a while now. I wonder, is it still secure? I'm wondering whether surveillance agencies can at this point read traffic encrypted with say, TLS_ECDH_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM? ...
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TLS RSA Certificate with Elliptic Curve Negotiation

When I look at Google's Public Key in Firefox I get PKCS #1 SHA-256 With RSA Encryption Yet according to SSL Labs Google has EC 256 bits / SHA256withRSA and supports ...
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Why is SSL/TLS so complicated?

I'm new to SSL/TLS and I'm staring as a new security researcher. It appears to me that SSL/TLS protocol is needlessly complex for arriving at a shared secret. The complexity results in so many bugs ...
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Understanding SSL vulnerability within Apple's GOTOFAIL

Currently learning and reading about the fascinating SSL Key Exchange and came upon the Apple GOTOFAIL incident back in 2014. I'm going through the code during that time and came across this section. ...
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Why does TLS 1.2 use GCM with additional SHA hash? [duplicate]

I am studying the cipher suites provided by TLS 1.2 and found an interesting question. TLS 1.2 adopts GCM for encryption and SHA256 or SHA384 for hash (e.g. TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256). But, GCM ...
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Are HTTPS web sessions non-repudiable?

(This is probably a basic question, and may be a duplicate; if so, just let me know.) Suppose there are two clients A and B, ...
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MD5 SSL Collision Attack

I want to create fake certificate for test purposes. I have read about the http://marc-stevens.nl/p/hashclash/index.php project but I am unable to understand the two files that I have to put as input ...
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TLS_PSK and perfect forward secrecy

My question is about how difficult is for someone having compromised the PSK and sniff all (DT)LS handshake, (so getting the NONCE), to get the encryption keys? I understand : getting the pre-master ...
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TLS: How is the shared secret (via Diffie-Hellman) used in the symmetric crypto function?

So let's say we use a cipher suite with DH key exchange and AES symmetric encryption. Alice and Bob both end up with the same shared secret key $k$. How is this value ...
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If my server utilises an RSA based certificate, why does firefox think I am using Diffie Hellman?

I am not a beginner in crypto, but not that far from it, so please be gentle. I look after a web server app that I generated the SSL certificate for, and I used an RSA public/private keypair. When ...
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TLS1.2 Client Finished Message

Can someone make sure I'm creating my Client finished message properly as I've been working at this for days and keep getting a Bad record MAC error and I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. First ...
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Encrypted Data length in a CBC Block Cipher

The RFC5246 states the following: The encrypted data length (TLSCiphertext.length) is one more than the sum of SecurityParameters.block_length, TLSCompressed.length, ...
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What procedure to use to verify a raw public key (TLS ECDHE_EDCSA ciphersuite)?

Contrary of verifying a certificate which is a well-known procedure, I am wondering what the procedure is to verify a raw public key 'certificate' (https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7250). This ...
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Use of the IV for the CBC Block Cipher in TLS1.2

I'm struggling to understand at what point a message is encrypted when looking at RFC 5246. The spec gives the generic block cipher in section 6.2.3.2 as: ...
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TLS Cipher Suite definitions

Based off the various cipher suites available for TLS (which I am looking at here:https://www.thesprawl.org/research/tls-and-ssl-cipher-suites/), can anyone clarify if when the suite contains 'SHA', ...
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Test vectors for TLS PRF function

Does anyone know where I might be able to find test vectors for the PRF function in TLS? (either 1.0 or newer). I'm trying to implement a client and I am getting the BAD Record MAC return after ...
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What is the impact of a server not fully verifying the data in the Client Finished packet of a TLS connection?

F5 BIG-IP devices suffer from a vulnerability in which not all bytes of the Finished packet in a TLS connection are validated. The sort-of technical description can be found here. F5 don't consider it ...