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Thread: AES exchanging IVs
09-10-2008, 01:52 PM #1
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AES exchanging IVs
If I want to encrypt and later decrypt something with AES (CBC mode) I need to have a key and an initial vector (IV).
I can keep the key secret (it is only me that will be encrypting and decrypting) as much as I could keep a private key secret in asymmetric encryption. The problem is the IV. Should I use the same IV every time (that really can't be a good idea) or should I put the IV in with the encrypted data (that also can't be a very good idea).
The only other alternative I can think of is using asymmetric encryption for the IV so that only I can decrypt it.
What is the normal approach to this?
Last edited by ghell; 09-10-2008 at 02:03 PM.