Questions tagged [encryption]

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

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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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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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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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Encrypted message with nLockTime

I know you can delay a transaction's accepted date by using nLockTime. I'm still looking for the simplest way to generate a transaction with nLockTime, but that's another topic. I'm wondering if ...
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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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Seed for bitcoin-core qt

I have a bitcoin core -qt Wallet (on linux). Tell me, can I encrypt it? For example, there is the electrum wallet! It has words for deciphering. For example, i installed the electrum and the phrase ...
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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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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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How can I keep my wallet secure?

The standard Bitcoin client does not encrypt wallet files, so any malicious user that gains access to this file will be able to transfer all the coins to their own wallet. Furthermore, if I lose the ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible for computing power to increase quick enough to break mining retargeting?

So from what I understand, mining bitcoins basically becomes more difficult as more bitcoins are mined. This is done so computing power doesn't get so strong that bitcoin mining becomes trivial to ...
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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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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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Won't ASIC miners eventually break SHA-256 encryption?

I might be confused as to how Bitcoin works, but as far as I can tell, ASIC miners are getting better every year and faster at cracking SHA-256 encryption. Won't this cause the eventual complete ...
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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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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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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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How can I test and verify a vanity key before I send coins to it?

I ran vanitygen and oclvanitygen on the same machine, and realized after my run that both exe's share the same output file. I've had experience in the past where many programs append to the same TXT ...
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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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BIP38 or Brain wallet?

I have seen many videos about paper wallets and different ways to store BTC. And I have choose to store using a cold wallet (paper wallet). But I am not sure what option I should choose: a normal ...
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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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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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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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How do Ledger Backups get stored?

Scenario Say you have configured a ledger wallet with 10 BTC and 10 ETH. You then lose this said wallet but you have the 24 unique words. You buy another ledger wallet enter the 24 words and BAM, ...
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Is this the proper way to use Bouncy Castle to generate a Bitcoin compatible key?

I'd like to use Bouncy Castle to generate the keypair for use with all *coin variants. Is this the correct implementation to get the correct ECC curve that the *coin variants use? Org....
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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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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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Multibit security with regards to “backup” folders

I'm using the MultiBit client to manage my wallet (right here on my computer), but I am concerned about the security with regards to the *-backup folders that it creates automatically. When I inspect ...
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How long would it take a large computer to crack a private key?

I am doing a presentation on Bitcoins and I was looking for some calculations to make people feel safe about the private key encryption. Please first answer, how long in bytes the private key is, ...
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Restore encrypted wallet

I need to restore a wallet created with bitcoin-qt which was encrypted. I have the encrypted wallet.dat file only. Do I restore this simply by replacing the current wallet.dat with my backup wallet....
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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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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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Using Bitcoin Core Wallet, encrypted it, now it won't recognize password

I typed in the password very carefully, the same 5 digit password I use on another program. I know and remember exactly what I typed, I didn't type anything incorrectly. I got an error message saying ...
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I never encrypted my wallet.

When I installed it I never encrypted it. I then funded the address and I now have 1.1 bitcoins. But when I tried to send or create a new address it asked for a passphrase. I tried every possible ...
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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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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 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 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? ...