Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Monday, 26 August 2013

More Details on the Android JCA PRNG Flaw


I've spent a couple days reading the source code for the Pseudo Random number generators in Android mostly because there aren't many breakdowns of the vulnerability around, none that walk through the code explicitly anyway. After some discussion with some people from the Android Security Discussion Google Group I realized that the issue goes a little deeper than  just the super calls and constructor definition as I previously thought.

I was also mislead by grepcode---the site I was using to read the code---since it it wasn't directing me to the Android SecureRandom Implementation but rather OpenJDK!

So I thought I'd correct myself re-post about the issue and study the code directly from the Android repo namely ( https://android.googlesource.com/platform/libcore/+/jb-release/luni/src/main/java/java/security/SecureRandom.java )

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Details on the Android JCA PRNG Flaws


Recently some bitcoin wallets suffered an attack that made use of a critical flaw in the way Java's Cryptography Architecture is implemented in Android. The following post discusses some of the technical details of the flaw by interpreting the code that causes the issue.

UPDATE: A more up to scratch attempt at explaining the vulnerability can be found here http://blog.k3170makan.com/2013/08/more-details-on-android-jca-prng-flaw.html 

Homomorphic Encryption : What it is and what it means for the future of security


There's a new idea brewing in the cryptographers' circles called Homomorphic encryption, and it will soon change the way we do everything from querying databases remotely to adding numbers. In this post I briefly explain what homomorphic encryption is and then list a few ideas others have had on how to use it in cool ways and one or two ideas I've had.

Given that this is a relatively new idea, many of you may be hearing about it for the first time; I'm going to spend a few paragraphs explaining what it is and at the end of this post I'll share a couple of papers and blog posts by awesome people on the subject and its applications.