Questions tagged [encryption]

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

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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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What happens when an encrypted wallet runs out of keys?

Say someone wanted to be evil to the main client and set its wallet to contain one key, lock it, and then start mining. After the first block was generated, the client would traditionally create a new ...
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Is two-phase encryption planned for the standard client?

Currently, the standard client supports encryption, but only for actions that change its state (send money, generate address). I would like the client to require two passwords - one to view any ...
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Where can I go to read up on encryption methods used in Bitcoin?

Where can I go to read up on encryption methods used in Bitcoin? I am particularly interested in the idea that I can use a private key to sign something and it proves to the world I have the private ...
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How do I unlock, decrypt, Bitcoin wallet?

I'm new to Bitcoins and I downloaded the new beta version with the encrypted wallet. I encrypted my wallet but I have no idea on how to decrypt it. It is locked. How can I unlock/decrypt my wallet? ...
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Does Bitcoin wallet encryption also protect my sending and receiving addresses?

Bitcoin wallet encryption makes sure (by encrypting the private keys with a passphrase) that someone who finds your computer or your Dropbox or your backup drive (including wallet.dat) cannot spend ...
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Does the BerkeleyDB-based wallet.dat implementation leak private key data?

I read this little nugget on the bitcoin client bug tracker: the bdb binary log files can also contain sensitive data such as private keys Is that true? Does this mean that even with an encrypted ...
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How do we have one-to-one mapping given the key size differences?

If public keys are 34 characters long, and private keys are 61 characters long, then the combinations of 34 characters is not sufficient to give each combination of 61 characters a unique pair. My ...
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Why does the length of a bitcoin key vary?

Why does the length of a bitcoin key vary? Why aren't they all the same length?
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If I lost my public keys, could I recover them from the private key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are public & private keys in an address created? If I lost my public key, but still have the private key, is it possible to recreate the public keys. How many public ...
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How to Call JSON-RPC SendToAddress when the Wallet is Encrypted?

I'm using JSON-RPC to send commands to my bitcoind, and it works fine. Now I want to encrypt my wallet. When I've done that, I will need to send the passphrase when calling SendToAddress. How do I do ...
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Can I force my wallet to only have news keys, post-encryption?

Now that v0.4 of the bitcoin client has encryption I've gone ahead and encrypted the keys in my wallet. But I had previously made backups of my (unencrypted) wallet and those keys are the same keys ...
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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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