# How do cryptographic keys work?

### Table of Contents

- How do cryptographic keys work?
- How do encryption keys get generated?
- What are the key cryptography methods?
- How does public key cryptography?
- What is a cipher example?
- What is a KEK key?
- How do I find my encryption key?
- How do I find my decryption key?
- What are the 3 main types of cryptographic algorithms?
- What's a decryption key?
- How are encryption keys generated in cryptography software?
- What kind of algorithms are used in cryptography?
- How are public and private keys used in symmetric cryptography?
- What is the discrete log problem in cryptography?

### How do cryptographic keys work?

A cryptographic algorithm works in combination with a key — **a word, number, or phrase — to encrypt the plaintext**. The same plaintext encrypts to different ciphertext with different keys. ... A cryptographic algorithm, plus all possible keys and all the protocols that make it work comprise a cryptosystem.

### How do encryption keys get generated?

Computer **cryptography** uses integers for **keys**. In some cases **keys are** randomly **generated** using a random number generator (RNG) or pseudorandom number generator (PRNG). A PRNG is a computer algorithm that produces data that appears random under analysis.

### What are the key cryptography methods?

In a key transport scheme, encrypted keying material that is chosen by the sender is transported to the receiver. Either symmetric key or asymmetric key techniques can be used in both schemes. The **Diffie–Hellman key exchange** and Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) are the most two widely used key exchange algorithms.

### How does public key cryptography?

Public key cryptography uses **a pair of keys to encrypt and decrypt data to protect it against unauthorized access or use**. ... This key is used to encrypt the message, and to send it to the recipient. When the message arrives, the recipient decrypts it using a private key, to which no one else has access.

### What is a cipher example?

Ciphertext example The Caesar cipher is a substitution cipher in which each letter in the plaintext is "shifted" a certain number of places down the alphabet. For example, with a shift of 1, A would be B, **B would be replaced by C**, etc.

### What is a KEK key?

Definition(s): **A key that encrypts other key** (typically Traffic Encryption Keys or TEKs) for transmission or storage.

### How do I find my encryption key?

The default encryption key may be located **on the bottom of your router** or in the manual, depending on the router manufacturer. You can locate the encryption key when you log into the router setup page, if you have created your own encryption key.

### How do I find my decryption key?

one key encrypts and another decrypts). To get the key for symmetric encryption you have to go through a **key exchange process** where you request the key from the owner and the owner provides it to you. In asymmetric encryption typically one key is private and the other is public.

### What are the 3 main types of cryptographic algorithms?

There are three main types of cryptographic algorithms: **(1) secret key, (2) public key, and (3) hash functions**. Pick an algorithm for any one of these types (e.g., DES, AES, RSA, MD5) and describe how it works and where it is applied (For example SSL uses 3DES or DES) for message encryption.

### What's a decryption key?

Definition. A decryption key is **digital information used to recover the plaintext from the corresponding ciphertext by decryption**.

### How are encryption keys generated in cryptography software?

In Cryptography, the Key Generation is the process of generating Keys with the help of algorithms. Keys are being used to encrypt and decrypt the communication, information, and data. A Key Generator Software or The Web Tool is being used to generate the Keys.

### What kind of algorithms are used in cryptography?

Modern cryptographic systems include symmetric-key algorithms (such as DES and AES) and public-key algorithms (such as RSA ). Symmetric-key algorithms use a single shared key; keeping data secret requires keeping this key secret. Public-key algorithms use a public key and a private key.

### How are public and private keys used in symmetric cryptography?

Symmetric cryptography refers to the practice of the same key being used for both encryption and decryption. Asymmetric cryptography has separate keys for encrypting and decrypting. These keys are known as the public and private keys, respectively.

### What is the discrete log problem in cryptography?

Using the experiment above, we can demonstrate a key security feature of Private and Public Key Cryptography known as The Discrete Log Problem By knowing the starting position ( G) and the final position ( Public Key) we cannot deduce the scalar ( Private Key ), given we are dealing with extremely large numbers