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With RSA (or any asymmetric cryptography, for that matter), the key question is "how do you know you can trust the other peer's public key?". Without authentication, you could be sending your message using the attacker's public key. Example 1: the first time you SSH to a host, you are prompted to confirm that you trust the public key. That's because if an ...


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The attack is even more simple with RSA than with symmetric keys, because the asymmetric encryption key is assumed to be public. Let me tell you a story involving Alice, Bob and Mallory :). Alice wants to send a message to Bob using RSA. Alice encrypts the message using Bob's public key and sends it Mallory performs a Man-In-The-Middle attack, and ...



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