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I'm programming a cryptographic application that encrypts files, locked with the password the user supplies. It's not intended to be used in production. It's a project for me to learn more about encryption.
I have programmed the encryption part already, it's in C# and i'm using CBC as cipher mode.
I want to add authentication to my encryption and i plan on doing that by using CBC + HMAC(SHA256). I know that i have to HMAC the IV + Ciphertext. And yes i know BouncyCastle has an API that offers GCM(which is probably preferred over using CBC + HMAC), but the API's barely have any documentation and i read that CBC + HMAC is probably just as secure if done correctly. KeePass(Keepass) uses it too.
However i'm not sure how to go about generating keys for the HMAC and the encryption itself. If i understand correctly it's always best-practice to use different keys for different operations (and rightly so). I'm currently encrypting the file content with a key that is generated by deriving a 256 bit key with the PKBDF2 algorithm(which takes a salt and does 10.000 iterations), but i need a key for the HMAC too. What is the best way to go about generating a key?
If you notice any mistakes and/or misconceptions in this post please tell me.