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Encryption using a key derived from a password or passphrase entered by the user.

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Encrypting data with HMAC-SHA1 challenge response as the key

I came across a piece of software that uses the following algorithm to generate a symmetric encryption key to encrypt data. Generate a non-secret 64 byte random string $M$ (fixed challenge) Generate ...
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How can I decrypt EFS-encrypted files with a known password and existing encryption keys? [migrated]

Recently, I've reset my computer due to a graphics card failure. My old user was placed in windows.old during the reset process, but I can't access my encrypted files with the new user I have created. ...
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End-to-end photo storage

I've been tasked with developing an app that will need to store photos a user takes securely, and I've been struggling to think up a method to do this. What I was thinking so far is as follows: When ...
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How to choose parameters for Argon2 for password vault

I'm creating a password vault and I'm planning on using Argon2id to derive the master key from the master password. For encryption I'm planning on using XChaCha20 with Poly1305. To be clear: a set of ...
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What are some of the alternatives to password based file encryption?

With the ever increasing risk of attackers compromising password based encryption by brute forcing or guessing passwords, are there alternatives to this traditional scheme of deriving encryption keys ...
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Issue with decrypting self-coded AES

Summary: As a trainee, I got the task to extract encrypted passwords of our external password manager (Zoho Vault) and decrypt them. The documentation regarding how to decrpyt them is...none. I ask ...
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For TCG-Opal drives, which password is used to derive KEK?

SEDs use a user password (PIN) to generate KEK by a KDF algorithm. The KEK is then used to encrypt the MEK (where MEK is internally generated in the drive). But TCG-Opal drives have 9 locking-ranges ...
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How to provide secure password based encryption with password reset option

I am trying to build website that will encrypt some data for the user using his/her the output of scrypt on it, now the idea is that this schema is not flexible because if the user loose their ...
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Do all forms of symmetric encryption require multiple pieces of information? (nonce, iv, etc)

I'm attempting to learn encryption and have a very basic grasp of it, but I have questions. First, I'm looking to use AES. I want to take text, encrypt it with AES using a variable-length key, and ...
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Security limits of password-based encryption

A reasonable way to do password-based encryption is: put the passphrase¹ and nonce in a well-parametrized memory-hard iterated hash function like Argon2, to derive a key 128-bit or larger. output the ...
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Relation between Zoom id,password and join URL [closed]

We all are using zoom application for joining/hosting meetings in this corona virus period. As we create a meeting, a new id, password and a url is generated. Some real examples follow- Id: ...
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Do all PAKE assume that all parties already have a password?

I was looking for a means to perform a key exchange without relying on a PKI. I discovered Password Authenticated Key Exchange (PAKE) and after reading J-PAKE; I have the following questions: Do PAKE ...
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Can a duplicate ssh private key be dangerous?

For convenience I had an id_rsa keypair and duplicated them with a new name. I may or may not use them consistently on different machines. (The reason was to keep an existing id_rsa on a machine I ...
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WPA/WPA password algorithm

I would like to understand the mechanism behind wpa/wpa2 algorithm. Is there any script that can put this theory:(Key = PBKDF2(HMAC−SHA1, passphrase, ssid, 4096, 256)) into action to test it ? I made ...
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In veracrypt when i generate a random keyfile, does the size of the keyfile mean anything?

thanks for looking at my question, i have been getting several different answers to this question so i thought i might ask it here, when i create a random generated keyfile in veracrypt, does the size ...
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Using encryption as authentication

I am building an app in which I would like to encrypt user data and support offline login. From this answer about using passwords for encryption: Best practice is to use a PBKDF to generate a 'key ...
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How passwords are fed to key derivation functions?

Suppose I want to encrypt data, send it over the network, and decrypt it on the receiver side. I know the elegant way to do this is by using a symmetric key to encrypt the data and an asymmetric key ...
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Argon2 or scrypt instead of PBKDF2 with AES

Is using scrypt or argon2 a better key stretching technique with AES compared to PBKDF2 or bcrypt with regards to a quantum computer brute force attack. The brute force attack I'm referring to is ...
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Simple proof of ownership of a password

I want to do a completely serverless p2p chat application on web browsers, so it won't even have a database to store accounts, but I still want to have some kind of identity system on it (an user can ...
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Why use PBKDF2 over SHA-512 to derive AES encryption key? [duplicate]

Suppose I am using user passwords to derive AES-128-CBC encryption key. This key will be used to encrypt some sensitive data for the user so that even the website owner / operator can not decrypt it. ...
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How would quantum computers affect password based encryption?

At first glance: Assuming that the output of the password hashing function is large enough, quantum computers should have no effect on password encryption as on symmetric cryptography in general. Is ...
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End to end encrypted web chat app with stored messages in database

I am working on a web app with an integrated chat. All chats can only occur between two users - not more, not less. I am very concerned with security, so I would like to encrypt all chat messages with ...
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Encrypted ZIP and plain text attack [duplicate]

I have a Zip archive containing a single password-protected file file.txt. The encryption is "ZIP 2.0 Default Encryption" (ZipCrypto). I know what kind of text (...
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Why cryptsetup default KDF is PBKDF2 and not Argon2(id)?

I plan to do a clean install of ArchLinux with Full Disk Encryption (with LUKS) but I'm not sure to understand the default KDF choice (PBKDF2+SHA-256). I didn't manage to find any pieces of evidence ...
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Should we run PBKDF2 for every plaintext to be protected or should we run PBKDF2 only once?

I am going to store secrets from users. The secrets need to be stored confidentially. For this question, I am concerned only with confidentiality (not integrity). Here is how my encryption scheme is: ...
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How safe can PKZIP-compatible encryption be?

PKZIP encryption has been around since 1990, and its decryption is directly supported in most desktop environments (Windows, MacOS, most Linux distros). This makes it one of very few options when ...
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Is PKCS#5 deterministic if both sides use an agreed salt and iteration count

In a system were both sides have access to a common secret, and publicly exchange an iteration count and salt, can a PKCS#5 (Password-based Encryption Standard) algorithm be used to generate a key ...
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When to use Argon2i vs Argon2d vs Argon2id?

I've read the manual, and multiple articles / StackExchange posts about this topic, but still can't decide which implementation of Argon2 is best for my use case. I want to securely encrypt passwords ...
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Authenticating without sending password to the server, and store data encrypted with password derived key on server

I am trying to think of a scheme that would allow a user to authenticate to a server, whithout sending the password to the server, and to also derive a symetric key on the client (that also never gets ...
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Using a non-secure random generator for IV or salt generation

I was just looking at a post on Code Review when I noticed the other answer to the post. While I would agree mostly with the answer, I do however doubt if having a Cryptographically Secure PRNG is ...
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How to validate a PBKDF2 password

I want to encrypt several files correctly with a PBKDF2 generated key (using a password and salt), I am currently doing so but if I enter the wrong password, as expected an exception occurs. Note: ...
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What is this called: encrypt $X$ with key $E$, decrypt $X$ with key $D$?

I am a software developer interested in developing an application with cryptography. I can explain what I want to accomplish, but I do not know the technical terms for the cryptographic functions I am ...
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Best practices for saving encrypted user data without a database

We are setting up a web application which requires users to submit sensitive data. Since entering all the required data may take a long amount of time, we want to give them the option to save their ...
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Argon2 for both password storage and key derivation

Is using Argon2 for both password storage and key derivation secure? I'm planning on using different salt values, of course. The basic concept is something like this: Alice has some secret data ($...
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Upgrading key derivation by adding a XOR with a known value

In general keys for password based key derivation are derived from a password hash such as the old PBKDF2 function or Argon2, possibly followed by another derivation function to derive data and ...
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Is it safe to publicly expose PBE-protected PGP secret keys?

I am working on a PGP scheme where a private key is created offline (and in volatile memory) and must be reused on very rare occasions to sign a piece of exportable data. The private key is locked ...
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Is it possible to determine the number of characters used for a password used to encrypt a file with AES 128?

I lost a password for an ethereum wallet at the end of 2016. Computer immediately shutdown and password was not recoverable. I know there are many potential avenues for narrowing my search for what ...
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How secure is a system that retrieves encrypted private keys from a public database?

The system in question is one with multiple users. Each user has a password associated with their account, and each user owns several public-private keypairs. A user's private keys are encrypted using ...
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Hardware, Handheld Password Manager

I am currently working on a hardware project that will utilize the native USB and keyboard emulation capabilities of the Teensy device. Essentially, the user will store an encrypted password database ...
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Does having an SHA256 hash compromise PBKDF2 secrecy?

If I have a password pwd, and I hash it with SHA256 and send it to a server for authentication (server will apply ...
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Password protection in ARJ: 3 characters of password are retrievable

On this site there is information that one can know first 3 characters (bytes) of the password without brute force. I know that ARJ in older versions has very simple encryption, i.e. XOR with ...
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Perform calculation on encrypted numbers

What i am trying to achieve ? I am developing a carpooling solution powered by Blockchain and IOT. This one is supposed to be technically convenient and without compromising on the privacy part. ...
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In SRP, is the client protected from server impersonation?

Assume use of SRP over an otherwise insecure unauthenticated channel where the user running the client side has chosen a password, the user only uses that password with a trusted SRP client software, ...
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Mechanism of PBKDF in encryption key generation with passphrase

I want to roughly understand how the mechanism works of generating an encryption key from a passphrase, by which we encrypt a volume or file. I'm familiar with public key encryption, the concept of a ...
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AES-256 password cracking time

My question is kinda simple. I want to use AES-256 encryption to encrypt my backup. Using a password like this: ...
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Did “The Catena Password-Scrambling Framework” make an error in the reduction of its pseudorandomness?

I was reviewing the most recent version of the Catena paper and they made some claims that I find questionable in their reduction of the pseudorandomness of the output of Catena (p. 32). First I will ...
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Zencash uses your passphrase to identify AND unlock a wallet - how is this secure?

When looking into Zencash I stumbled into myzenwallet.io (by the Zencash creators), which gives you the option to enter a passphrase to generate a wallet (seems normal), but then after creating your ...
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How much time would it take to crack time mnemonic phrases in these scenarios?

How long time would it realistically take to crack each of following scenarios and how many combinations does each scenario consist of? Mnemonic Phrase, it is not known if we are looking for a pass-...
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Does AES-GCM without security tag turn into regular CTR Mode?

We are looking to implement a simple password based key agreement scheme. Part of this is deriving a symmetric key from a common passphrase known to both parties involved. This symmetric key is then ...
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Would it be safe to store GCM nonce in the encrypted output?

I'm looking to use AES-256 GCM to encrypt and authenticate a file containing sensitive information. I am a bit loss on where to store the nonce that is required for GCM. Would it be adequate/safe to ...