Questions tagged [encryption]

For questions relating to encryption operations and algorithms as they apply to crypto-currencies specifically.

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Recovering my old bitcoin wallet

As far as I can tell, my old bitcoin wallet got corrupted. It was created in Bitcoin Core in the 2014/2015s, and I'm trying to recover it. Bitcoin Core doesn't accept it anymore (and doesn't give an ...
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Is my cold wallet still cold?

I created a new wallet.dat on a dedicated, secured machine with Bitcoin Core. Then I encrypted it. Then I sent my "fortune" of coins to it. Then I backed the file up by putting it on all my ...
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Isn't an encrypted wallet.dat automatically a “watch-only” wallet?

I have encrypted my wallet.dat outside of this computer. Now I store my wallet.dat on this computer. If I open it in Bitcoin Core, I can view the balance but not spend it (without entering the ...
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To test if my wallet.dat encryption password is correct, MUST I spend coins?

When a Bitcoin Core wallet is encrypted, you (apparently) have to enter the decryption passphrase only when trying to spend coins. You still get to "use" the wallet as in seeing all the ...
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Why is Bitcoin Core not asking me to enter the decryption key for my allegedly “encrypted” wallet.dat?

I created a wallet.dat with Bitcoin Core on a new PC. Then I encrypted it with the GUI menu. When I reloaded that computer, I was shocked to see that Bitcoin Core did NOT ask me to decrypt/unlock the ...
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Should I be using the “encrypt wallet” feature in Bitcoin Core?

All my wallet.dats have no password. However, the internal hard disk where the "live" one is located is encrypted, and so are the offline storage devices where I have my "cold" ...
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BTC Treasure hunt

Alright, I’m new to Bitcoin/Crypto, and this might be a long story but worth it. My life long friend had a $50 Visa gift card back in 2009-2011. His friends were over the house one day and mentioned ...
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How to create a keystore file. And which key to store in it?

I created an BTC+ETH Wallet. I want to store an encrypted key so the next time I run the wallet, it will load with the data from keystore. I'm working with the node crypto module. And as it is right ...
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Bitcoin elliptic curve encryption with forward secrecy?

I've been looking for a way to do encryption using Bitcoin private keys. I've looked at all implementations of ECIES encryption, and none of them seems to provide forward secrecy--basically there is ...
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How long would it take to break a 32 bit key / encryption [closed]

I was actually wondering... How long would it take to crack/brute force a 32 bit key/encryption and a 16 bit key/encryptions respectively?
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Private key to WIF process

I have a private key for a storage bitcoin wallet (there's not much in there I'm just testing methods) but it is in private key form and to import it to my main wallet I need to convert it into WIF. ...
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Should I Encrypt my Wallet for Cold Storage?

I understand that the Bitcoin QT wallet is already encrypted to some extent when I use a password. Is it best-practice to further encrypt the wallet file for long term storage?
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Bitcoin core wallet backup corrupted by an external tool

Do you know if my wallet.dat which has become wallet.axx due to incorrect handling of an external program (I do not know the name of the program, but it is used to encrypt Windows files) has the ...
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Addresses found in wallet.dat that start 00 14

I found a list of addresses in my dumped wallet.dat file that all start 00 14... They are script=1. What are these encoded with and how to decode?
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A security need for Bitcoin to fork to quantum resistant algorithm in a few years?

in just a few years I believe that quantums will exist that break asymmetric ciphers, and bitcoin is based on asymmetric ones like public-key-cryptography, correct? Symmetric algorithms are supposed ...
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Ledger 8 pin number how hard in terms of entropy is it to guess?

ledger has a max. 8 number pin for unlocking it as far I know. I am very interested, can someone say if (given any method/resources) it is in any scenario (except luck) possible to guess this 8 ...
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Bitcoin and encryption

To the best of my understanding Bitcoin uses encryption to create the digital signature, basically, by encrypting the hashed message (transaction?). Would like to get your expert opinion to my claim ...
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Bitcoin Private Key Decryption

At present, I have dumped my wallet and have all private key, address information. I am now wanting to understand the decryption process for the private keys within the wallet. I have completed the ...
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Ironically, encryption is not an important part of bitcoin (?)

The above statement is taken out of a book which I've been reading: Mastering Bitcoin 2nd Edition. ...as its communications and transaction data are not encrypted and do not need to be encrypted ...
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Why doesn't the Bitcoin-qt client ask for the Wallet passphrase upon startup?

I've just encrypted my wallet.dat file using the "Settings -> Encrypt Wallet" menu option. I then closed the client and re-opened it. I was expecting to be prompted to put in the wallet password ...
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Can't decrypt bitcoin core wallet, did I made a backup at the wrong time?

I am confused on why my bitcoin core wallet password would not work. I am 90% sure I tried the right password(s). wallet has many receiving addresses (10 000), I generated them with Linux from ...
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How is the PRIVATE KEY actually created in the first place?

How is the "Private Key" created in the first place? I understand that once you have your wallet, you will also gain access to your public key and private key... But in order to have a wallet ...
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What happens when i change the encryption password of Bitcoin-Core wallet

What happens when i change the encryption password of Bitcoin-Core wallet? Is first pass lost forever , where is it saved - on the blockchain or on the wallet.dat file? What if encrypt wallet with ...
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Has Bitcoin Cores encryption wallet security ever been bypassable?

Every few years there seems to be an exploit found in Trezor that allows people to bypass the security. I was wondering has there every been the same case for Bitcoin Core wallet encryption?
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Why was noise XK fundamental pattern chosen in the transport layer (BOLT 08) of the lightning network

I am currently reviewing the transport layer of the Lightning network protocol. It builds on top of the noise protocol framework handshake patterns. What I don't get: Why was the fundamental pattern ...
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Bitcoin Signatures are susceptible to quantum attacks - how exactly and with what practical impact? [duplicate]

@PieterWuille wrote in another thread: "" The hashing algorithm is probably the most quantum-resistant piece of cryptography right now in Bitcoin. Barring any specific breaks, SHA256 and RIPEMD160 ...
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How may bitcoins hash algorithm be secured in the future from quantum computing brute forcing?

Other threads already answer very clearly that quantum comps could easily "break" /attack bitcoins chain. Now: Are there any ideas among the bitcoin devs circulating out there, how to save bitcoin ...
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Is it possible to run HD derivation with an encrypted master node or seed?

Given either a seed or the private part of a master node, that is encrypted using AES-256-CBC (or another secured symmetrical cypher) with key K, is it possible to run derivation such as described in ...
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C-lightning Implementation password protect hsm while maintaing node access

I was wondering if there was a way to encrypt the folder that contains the hsm_secret (and a lot of other operational files necessary for constant operation of a C-lightning node) without cutting it ...
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Is the unencrypted copy of the wallet still usable after a copy is encrypted?

My wallet is not protected with a password, I have a few receiving addresses generated and a some funds in it, then I make a copy of the wallet and I set a password on this one. Will the old ...
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Is blockchain really secure to store sensitive data?

Plenty of developers these days trying to decentralise everything. I noticed some developers claim that they are gonna replace email with blockchain technology. johnmcafeeswiftmail, CryptaMail, ...
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Why bitcoind will shutdown after encryptwallet?

As mentioned in the bitcoin-cli document for encryptwallet command, bitcoin daemon will shut down after encrypting a new or unencrypted wallet. My question is about the reason for shutting the node ...
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Is encryption really needed for blockchain to work?

Is it right to say that Bitcoin and other blockchains do not use encryption? I read somewhere that blockchains rely on digital signatures and hash functions but not on encryption, and that encryption ...
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data confidentiality on blockchain

How does blockchain promise data confidentiality when the data is not encrypted? Or data confidentiality is not part of blockchain feature?
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How would one “Encrypt” a message using a Bitcoin *public key* and use its private key to decrypt it?

I have the following text string: This is a test message. Using my bitcoin public key (bitcoin address?), how can I encrypt this message? How would I decrypt the message using a bitcoin private key?
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I have a 100 character text message and I want to encrypt this message with my bitcoin “PUBLIC KEY” and decrypt it with my private key in Javascript

Are there any javascript libraries that can encrypt a 100 character text message using your bitcoin public key, but only be able to decrypt it with your bitcoin private key? I'm looking to create a ...
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How does blockchain technology handle the actual transaction data?

My understanding of how a transaction is secured in blockchain, especially in bitcoin, is that the output of transaction data is locked to the recipient's address (a shorter version of his public key)....
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How can I use messengers for crypto transactions?

Is it possible to use Signal or Telegram for crypto transactions? I heard CryptoCat messenger is for such needs, but interested in using those two mentioned above.
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Practical application of Electrum's Encrypt/Decrypt message feature?

It's pretty clear how signing a message with a Bitcoin key can be useful in proving ownership of funds. However, it's far from clear how encrypting a message with a Bitcoin key can do anything useful....
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Is the Mycelium HD wallet private key stored encrypted on the device?

haven't found details on that in the net. My concern is that I'm using a corporate (bring you own device) phone. We have to install a "security" app running with administrator rights. IMHO this app ...
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Could BitCoin network be destroyed if blockchain would get corrupted?

This thought came to me whilst watching mr. Robot where the entire database of a financial corporation has been encrypted. Would that (in theory) be possible if a virus was spread that would target ...
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Solving a Block with more than one miner connected to same daemon

Well excuse me in advance if my question sounds funny. But I'm just curious perhaps someone can shed a light. When in a pool of miners, let's say there are 100 miners connected to a single daemon ...
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How are transactions verified by nodes other than the initial receiver?

If I understand correctly, when I create a new transaction from my wallet, I have to sign it and encrypt it. My wallet encrypts the message using the public key of the node it is connected to, so it ...
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How does Electrum protect my Seed?

I was reviewing how Electrum wallet protect my seed. They say this regarding seed protection: Your seed and private keys are encrypted using AES-256-CBC. Source: http://docs.electrum.org/en/...
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How can a deterministic wallet have one private key but multiple public keys

If we take for example bread wallet. There is one mnemonic to remember, which means one private key? But when you use the app, your public address constantly changes. So more than one public key? ...
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How can you sign a transaction without that signature being forged in the future?

So thinking here about an offline transaction. Both myself and the receiver sign it, and then at a later time that transaction is broadcast to the network in the block. What is stopping me from ...
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can I Re- encryp my wallet with a wallet.dat file from before encryption

My computer crashed and I lost access to my bitcoin wallet.. before that happened I knew I had lost my passphrase so when trying to recover my wallet with my wallet.dat I looked for a very early dated ...
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Changing wallet password using double quotation marks turn out to be mysterious (Qtum Core)

I installed Qtum core in my Ubuntu 16.04 server and generated my wallet, and encrypted it. For the test purpose, I changed the password using the command like below. I typed below command to change ...
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Encrypting wallet manually instead of using hardware wallet

i am new to this community and like to know why one should prefer a hardware wallet instead of using encryption algorithm like AES-256 along with PKDF2 to secure crypto wallets ? i currently hold btc ...
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Conditional based Crypto based on Smart Contracts

Is it possible to store an encrypted message in the blockchain that reveals itself only when a particular condition is met? I think that the conditional disclosure can be done with Smart Contracts, ...