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Stop it with short PGP key IDs!
What happened today? We still don't really know, but it seems we found a first potentially malicious collision — that is, the first "nonacademic" case. Enrico found two keys sharing the 9F6C6333 short ID, apparently belonging to the same person (as would be the case of Asheesh, mentioned above). After contacting Gustavo, though, he does not know about the second — That is, it can be clearly regarded as an impersonation attempt. Besides, what gave away this attempt are the signatures it has: Both keys are signed by what appears to be the same three keys: B29B232A, F2C850CA and 789038F2. Those three keys are not (yet?) uploaded to the keyservers, though... But we can expect them to appear at any point in the future. We don't know who is behind this, or what his purpose is. We just know this looks very evil.
Now, don't panic: Gustavo's key is safe. Same for his certifiers, Marga, Agustín and Maxy. It's just a 32-bit collision. So, in principle, the only parties that could be cheated to trust the attacker are humans, right? Nope.
Enrico tested on the PGP pathfinder & key statistics service, a keyserver that finds trust paths between any two arbitrary keys in the strong set. Surprise: The pathfinder works on the short key IDs, even when supplied full fingerprints. So, it turns out I have three faked trust paths into our impostor.
pgp  gpg  keys  collisions  hashing  security  debian 
june 2016 by jm
The general birthday problem
Good explanation and scipy code for the birthday paradox and hash collisions
hashing  hashes  collisions  birthday-problem  birthday-paradox  coding  probability  statistics 
february 2016 by jm
Birthday problem calculator
I keep having to google this, so here's a good one which works -- unlike Wolfram Alpha!
birthday  birthday-paradox  birthday-problem  hashes  hash-collision  attacks  security  collisions  calculators  probability  statistcs 
december 2015 by jm
How I created two images with the same MD5 hash
I found that I was able to run the algorithm in about 10 hours on an AWS large GPU instance bringing it in at about $0.65 plus tax.


Bottom line: MD5 is feasibly attackable by pretty much anyone now.
crypto  images  md5  security  hashing  collisions  ec2  via:hn 
november 2014 by jm
CIAIAC report
The official report on that Ryanair/AA collision in Barcelona in July 2011, on pages 211-255.
collisions  safety  travel  air  ryanair 
july 2012 by jm
Accident: Ryanair B738 and American B763 at Barcelona on Apr 14th 2011
An accident report concerning a Ryanair flight.

An American Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N366AA performing flight AA-67 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to New York JFK, NY (USA), had taxied to the holding point runway 25L and was holding short of the runway.

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EKB performing flight FR-8136 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Ibiza,SP (Spain) with 169 passengers and 6 crew, was taxiing along Barcelona's taxiway K for departure from runway 25L and was maneouvering to pass behind the Boeing 767-300.

A number of passengers on board of the Boeing 737-800 observed the right hand wing of the aircraft contact the tailplane of the Boeing 767-300 and rose out of their seats attracting the attention of a flight attendant. A passenger told the flight attendant, that their aircraft had hit the aircraft besides them. The flight attendant contacted the purser, who instructed her to contact the flight deck, she contacted the flight deck and informed the captain that passengers had seen their aircraft had hit another aircraft. The captain responded however everything was fine and she continued with the takeoff about 2 minutes after the Boeing 767.

Immediately after departure the passengers insisted the flight was not safe and they had collided with another aircraft, one of the passengers identified himself as an engineer. The flight attendant told the engineer that the captain had been informed and had told everything was fine. No further information was forwarded to the flight deck.

After landing in Ibiza, while disembarking, the passengers again spoke up claiming the flight had been unsafe.

During the turnaround the flight attendant informed the purser that one of the passengers observing the collision was an engineer. Neither approached the flight crew however.

Following the return flight FR-8137 the purser talked to the captain and informed her that one of the passengers observing the collision was an engineer.

In the following it was identified that the right hand winglet of the Boeing 737-800 had received damage, the Boeing 767-300 was found with damage to the left hand stabilizer following landing in New York.


According to the story, it appears the AA flight crew were not informed of the potential damage to their plane before or during their transatlantic flight to JFK. (via Juan Flynn)
via:juanflynn  flight  travel  safety  ryanair  collisions 
july 2012 by jm
Analyzing Flame's MD5 Collision Attack [slides, PDF]
really detailed slide deck by Alex Sotirov, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Trail of Bits, Inc. (via Tony Finch) Plenty of security fail by MS, and also: PKI is clearly too hard
via:fanf  flame  security  malware  md5  collisions  hashing  pki  tls  ssl  microsoft 
june 2012 by jm

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