Glossary

3DES
Triple DES (3DES) is the common name for the Triple Data Encryption Algorithm (TDEA or Triple DEA) symmetric-key block cipher, which applies the Data Encryption Standard (DES) cipher algorithm three times to each data block. While in theory it has 168 bits of security, the practical security it provides is only 112 bits. To make things worse, there are known attacks against it, so that effectively it compares to about 80 bits security. Do not use!
802.11
IEEE 802.11

IEEE 802.11 is a set of media access control (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) specifications for implementing wireless local area network (WLAN) computer communication in the 900 MHz and 2.4, 3.6, 5, and 60 GHz frequency bands. They are the world’s most widely used wireless computer networking standards, used in most home and office networks to allow laptops, printers, and smartphones to talk to each other and access the Internet without connecting wires. They are created and maintained by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) LAN/MAN Standards Committee (IEEE 802). The base version of the standard was released in 1997, and has had subsequent amendments. The standard and amendments provide the basis for wireless network products using the Wi-Fi brand. While each amendment is officially revoked when it is incorporated in the latest version of the standard, the corporate world tends to market to the revisions because they concisely denote capabilities of their products. As a result, in the marketplace, each revision tends to become its own standard.

See also 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ax,

802.11a
TBD
802.11ac
IEEE 802.11ac

IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless networking standard in the 802.11 family (which is marketed under the brand name Wi-Fi), developed in the IEEE Standards Association, providing high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLAN) on the 5 GHz band. The standard was developed from 2008 through 2013 and published in December 2013.

The specification has multi-station throughput of at least 1 Gbit/s and single-link throughput of at least 500 Mbit/s. This is accomplished by extending the air-interface concepts embraced by 802.11n: wider RF bandwidth (up to 160 MHz), more MIMO spatial streams (up to eight), downlink multi-user MIMO (up to four clients), and high-density modulation (up to 256-QAM).

The first 802.11ac products from 2013 are referred to as Wave 1, and the newer higher bandwidth products introduced in 2016 are referred to as Wave 2.

802.11ax
IEEE 802.11ax

IEEE 802.11ax is a type of WLAN in the IEEE 802.11 set of types of WLAN. IEEE 802.11ax is designed to operate in the already existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrums. In addition to utilizing MIMO and MU-MIMO, the new amendment introduces OFDMA to improve overall spectral efficiency, and higher order 1024 QAM modulation support for increased throughput. Though the nominal data rate is just 37% higher than IEEE 802.11ac, the new amendment is expected to achieve a 4x increase to user throughput—due to more efficient spectrum utilization.

IEEE 802.11ax is due to be publicly released sometime in 2019. Devices were presented at CES 2018 that showed a top speed of 11 Gbps.

802.11b
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11b-1999 or 802.11b, is an amendment to the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking specification that extends throughput up to 11 Mbit/s using the same 2.4GHz band. A related amendment was incorporated into the IEEE 802.11-2007 standard.
802.11e
IEEE 802.11e

See also WMM.

IEEE 802.11e-2005 or 802.11e is an approved amendment to the IEEE 802.11 standard that defines a set of quality of service (QoS) enhancements for wireless LAN applications through modifications to the Media Access Control (MAC) layer. The standard is considered of critical importance for delay- sensitive applications, such as Voice over Wireless LAN and streaming multimedia. The amendment has been incorporated into the published IEEE 802.11-2007 standard.

802.11g
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11g-2003 or 802.11g is an amendment to the IEEE 802.11 specification that extended throughput to up to 54 Mbit/s using the same 2.4 GHz band as 802.11b. This specification under the marketing name of Wi-Fi has been implemented all over the world. The 802.11g protocol is now Clause 19 of the published IEEE 802.11-2007 standard, and Clause 19 of the published IEEE 802.11-2012 standard.
802.11n
IEEE 802.11n

IEEE 802.11n-2009, commonly shortened to 802.11n, is a wireless-networking standard that uses multiple antennas to increase data rates. Sometimes referred to as MIMO, which stands for “multiple input and multiple output”, it is an amendment to the IEEE 802.11-2007 wireless-networking standard. Its purpose is to improve network throughput over the two previous standards — 802.11a and 802.11g — with a significant increase in the maximum net data rate from 54 Mbit/s to 600 Mbit/s (slightly higher gross bit rate including for example error-correction codes, and slightly lower maximum throughput) with the use of four spatial streams at a channel width of 40 MHz. 802.11n standardized support for multiple-input multiple-output, frame aggregation, and security improvements, among other features. It can be used in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency bands.

Development of 802.11n began in 2002, seven years before publication. The 802.11n protocol is now Clause 20 of the published IEEE 802.11-2012 standard.

802.11w
Management Frame Protection
MFP
IEEE 802.11w-2009 is an approved amendment to the IEEE 802.11 standard to increase the security of its management frames.
802.3ad
See LACP;
AES
Advanced Encryption Standard
The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a is a symmetric-key algorithm for the encryption of electronic data established by a U.S. Governement institution (NIST) in 2001. AES has been adopted by the U.S. government for top secret information and is used worldwide today. It supersedes the Data Encryption Standard (DES).
AES-NI
Advanced Encryption Standard Instruction Set
Advanced Encryption Standard Instruction Set (or AES-NI) is an extension of the x86 CPU architecture from Intel and AMD. It accelarates data encryption and decryption if the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is used by an application.
AXFR
DNS zone transfer
DNS zone transfer, also sometimes known by the inducing DNS query type AXFR, is a type of DNS transaction. A zone transfer uses TCP for transport, and takes the form of a client–server transaction. The client requesting a zone transfer may be a slave server or secondary server, requesting data from a master server, sometimes called a primary server. The portion of the database that is replicated is a zone. Avoid if possible and use other more secure replication methods. See also What are zone transfers? from Daniel Bernstein.
Bayesian Filter
Bayesian Filtering
Bayesian Spam Filter
A Bayesian spam filter (after Rev. Thomas Bayes) is a statistical technique of e-mail filtering. In its basic form, it makes use of a naive Bayes classifier on bag of words features to identify spam e-mail, an approach commonly used in text classification.
Blowfish
Blowfish is a symmetric-key block cipher, designed in 1993 by Bruce Schneier and included in a large number of cipher suites and encryption products. Blowfish provides a good encryption rate in software and no effective cryptanalysis of it has been found to date. However, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) now receives more attention. Blowfish users are encouraged by Bruce Schneier, Blowfish’s creator, to use the more modern and computationally efficient alternative Twofish.
CA
Certificate Authority
TBD
Chip card
ICC
Integrated Circuit Card
Smart card
Smartcard
A pocket-sized plastic card with embedded integrated circuits. Smart cards can provide identification, authentication, data storage and application processing. See the Wikipedia article for many possible usage scenarios.
Cipher Suite
A cipher suite is a standardized collection of key exchange algorithms, encryption algorithms (ciphers) and Message authentication codes (MAC) algorithm that provides authenticated encryption schemes. For more information see [KAea14b].
Composer
Composer is a tool for dependency management in PHP. It allows a developer to declare the dependent libraries a project needs and it will install them along the project.
Cryptographic Hash Function
A cryptographic hash function is a hash function which is considered practically impossible to invert, that is, to recreate the input data from its hash value alone. They are used for digital signatures, message authentication codes (MAC), and other forms of authentication. It can also be used as ordinary hash function, to index data in hash tables, for fingerprinting, to detect duplicate data or uniquely identify files, and as checksums to detect accidental data corruption. Cryptographic hash values are sometimes called (digital) fingerprints, checksums, or just hash values. Some widely used ones are: MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256
Curve25519
In cryptography, Curve25519 is an elliptic curve offering 128 bits of security and designed for use with the elliptic curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) key agreement scheme. It is one of the fastest ECC curves and is not covered by any known patents. Curve25519 was first released by Daniel J. Bernstein in 2005, but interest increased considerably after 2013 when it was discovered that the NSA had implemented a backdoor into Dual EC DRBG. While not directly related, suspicious aspects of the NIST P curves led to concerns that the NSA had chosen values that gave them an advantage in factoring public keys.
Daemon
Long-running programs usually running in the background and providing services for other programs and or clients on other systems connected by a network. Daemons typically are started automatically on system boot and run on their own, without any user interaction.
DANE
DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities
DNS based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) is a protocol to allow X.509 certificates, commonly used for Transport Layer Security (TLS), to be bound to DNS names using Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). It is proposed in RFC 6698 as a way to authenticate TLS client and server entities without a certificate authority (CA).
Delegation-Signing
TBD
DES
Data Encryption Standard
The Data Encryption Standard (DES) is a previously predominant symmetric-key algorithm for the encryption of electronic data. It is now considered to be insecure. This is chiefly due to the 56-bit key size being too small; in January, 1999, distributed.net and the Electronic Frontier Foundation collaborated to publicly break a DES key in 22 hours and 15 minutes. The cipher has been superseded by the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and has been withdrawn as a standard. DES was developed in the early 1970s at IBM. Do not use!
DH
Diffie-Hellman key exchange
Diffie–Hellman key exchange (DH) is a specific method of exchanging cryptographic keys. The method allows two parties that have no prior knowledge of each other to jointly establish a shared secret key over an insecure communications channel. This key can then be used to encrypt subsequent communications using a symmetric key cipher. Youtube has a great video that explains it in 5 minutes.
DH Parameters
DH parameters are pre-generated large prime-numbers, which accelerates the generatation of session keys while using Diffie-Hellman key exchange. To find and evaluate such prime numbers takes a long time (up to several minutes). Using pre-generated values allows to establish session keys during initial handshake and periodic renevals, without any noticeable delay.
Digital Fingerprint
See Cryptographic Hash Function.
DNS
Domain Name System
TBD
DNSSEC
Domain Name System Security Extensions
The Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) is a suite of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specifications for securing certain kinds of information provided by the Domain Name System (DNS) as used on Internet Protocol (IP) networks. It is a set of extensions to DNS which provide to DNS clients (resolvers) origin authentication of DNS data, authenticated denial of existence, and data integrity, but not availability or confidentiality.
DSA
Digital Signature Algorithm

The Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) is a Federal Information Processing Standard for digital signatures. In August 1991 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) proposed DSA for use in their Digital Signature Standard (DSS) and adopted it 1994 in its FIPS standards specification. Four revisions to the initial specification have been released in 1996, 2000, 2009 and in 2013.

DSA is covered by a U.S. Patent and attributed to a former NSA employee. The patent was given to the United States, and NIST has made it available worldwide royalty-free. DSA is a variant of the ElGamal signature scheme.

Dual EC DRBG
Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator
Dual EC DRBG (Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator) is an algorithm that was presented as a cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator (CSPRNG) using methods in elliptic curve cryptography. Despite wide public criticism, including a potential backdoor, for seven years it was one of the four (now three) CSPRNGs standardized in NIST SP 800-90A as originally published circa June 2006, until withdrawn in 2014.
ECC
Elliptic Curve Cryptography
Elliptic-Curve Cryptography
Elliptic-curve cryptography (ECC) is an approach to public-key cryptography based on the algebraic structure of elliptic curves over finite fields. ECC requires smaller keys compared to non-ECC cryptography (based on plain Galois fields) to provide equivalent security.[1]
ECDH
Elliptic curve Diffie–Hellman
Elliptic curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) is an anonymous key agreement protocol that allows two parties, each having an elliptic curve public–private key pair, to establish a shared secret over an insecure channel. This shared secret may be directly used as a key, or better yet, to derive another key which can then be used to encrypt subsequent communications using a symmetric key cipher. It is a variant of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange using elliptic curve cryptography.
ECDSA
Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm
In cryptography, the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) offers a variant of the Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) which uses elliptic curve cryptography.
Ed25519
EdDSA
In public-key cryptography, Edwards-curve Digital Signature Algorithm (EdDSA) is a digital signature scheme using a variant of Schnorr signature based on Twisted Edwards curves. It is designed to be faster than existing digital signature schemes without sacrificing security. It was developed by a team including Daniel J. Bernstein, Niels Duif, Tanja Lange, Peter Schwabe, and Bo-Yin Yang. The reference implementation is public domain software.
EFF
Electronic Frontier Foundation
TBD
ESMTP
Extended SMTP (ESTMP) includes additions made to SMTP who where defined in 2008 in RFC 5321. It is in widespread use today. Like SMTP, ESMTP uses TCP port 25.
Filter Bubble
A filter bubble is a result of a personalized search in which a website algorithm selectively guesses what information a user would like to see based on information about the user (such as location, past click behavior and search history) and, as a result, users become separated from information that disagrees with their viewpoints, effectively isolating them in their own cultural or ideological bubbles. The term was coined by internet activist Eli Pariser in his book by the same name [ARNea]. The bubble effect may have negative implications for civic discourse, according to Pariser, but there are contrasting views suggesting the effect is minimal and addressable.
FIPS

Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the US Government trough its National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for use in computer systems by non-military government agencies and government contractors.

FIPS standards are issued to establish requirements for various purposes such as ensuring computer security and interoperability, and are intended for cases in which suitable industry standards do not already exist. Many FIPS specifications are modified versions of standards used in the technical communities, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

These include amongst others, encryption standards, such as the Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA), Data Encryption Standard (DES) and the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

Firmware
Firmware is essentially software that is very closely tied to specific hardware, and unlikely to need frequent updates. Typically stored in non-volatile memory chips such as ROM, EPROM, or flash memory. Since it can only be updated or replaced by special procdures designed by the hardware manufacturer, it is somewhat on the boundary between hardware and software; thus the name “firmware”.
Forward Secrecy
FS
Perfect Forward Secrecy
PFS
In cryptography, forward secrecy is a property of key-agreement protocols ensuring that a session key derived from a set of long-term keys cannot be compromised if one of the long-term keys (like the servers private key) is compromised in the future. Usually either Diffie-Hellman key exchange or Elliptic curve Diffie–Hellman are used to create and exchange session keys.
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
TBD
Hash Function
TBD
HMAC
TBD
HPKP
HTTP Public Key Pinning
HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) is a security mechanism introduced in 2015 with RFC 7469 delivered via an HTTP header which allows HTTPS websites to resist impersonation by attackers using mis-issued or otherwise fraudulent certificates. In order to do so, it delivers a set of public keys to the client (browser), which should be the only ones trusted for connections to this domain. In practice it was newer largely adopted. For website owners and is difficult and risky to maintain. Therefore Google announced in October 2017 to deprecate and later remove the HPKP feature from the Chrome browser.
HSTS
Http Strict Transport Security
TBD.
HTTP
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
TBD
IANA
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is a function of ICANN, a nonprofit private American corporation that oversees global IP address allocation, autonomous system number allocation, root zone management in the Domain Name System (DNS), media types, and other Internet Protocol-related symbols and Internet numbers. Its website is www.iana.org.
ICANN
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a nonprofit organization responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces and numerical spaces of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.

Much of its work has concerned the Internet’s global Domain Name System (DNS), including policy development for internationalization of the DNS system, introduction of new generic top-level domains (TLDs), and the operation of root name servers. Its website is www.icann.org.

IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional association with its corporate office in New York City and its operations center in Piscataway, New Jersey. It was formed in 1963 from the amalgamation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers. As of 2018, it is the world’s largest association of technical professionals with more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries around the world. Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines.
IETF
Internet Engineering Task Force

The IETF is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. The technical work of the IETF is done in Working Groups, which are organized by topic into several Areas.

These working groups develop and promote the voluntary Internet standards, in particular the standards that comprise the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP). These are typically published as RFC. It is an open standards organization, with no formal membership or membership requirements. All participants and managers are volunteers, though their work is usually funded by their employers or sponsors.

The IETF started out as an activity supported by the U.S. federal government, but since 1993 it has operated as a standards development function under the auspices of the Internet Society, an international membership-based non-profit organization.

IMAP
Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a protocol for email retrieval and storage by the MUA from the MAS. It was devloped as an alternative to POP. IMAP unlike POP, specifically allows multiple clients simultaneously connected to the same mailbox, and through flags stored on the server, different clients accessing the same mailbox at the same or different times can detect state changes made by other clients. The IMAP protocol uses TCP port 143 and TCP port 993 for SSL secured IMAPS connections.
IRC
Internet Relay Chat
TBD
Jabber
See XMPP.
KSK
Key-signing-key
DNSKEY
Key-signing-key (KSK) is the cryptographic key-pair used in DNSSEC to sign zone-signing-keys (ZSK). The KSK public key is signed by the parent and published as delegation-signing (DS) record in the the parent zone. The child zone publishes the public part of the KSK as DNSKEY record in its own Zone.
LACP
Link Aggregation Control Protocol
LDA
Local Delivery Agent
The software program in charge of delivering mail messages to its final destination on the local system, usually a users mailbox, after they receive a message from the MTA.
LDAP
TBD.
LFU
LFU means “Least Frequently Used”
LMTP
The Local Mail Transfer Protocol is a derivative of ESMTP, the extension of the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. It is defined in RFC 2033.
LRU
LRU means “Least Recently Used”
MAC
Media Access Control
TBD
MAC
Message Authentication Code
TBD
MAS
Mail Access Server
TBD
MD5
TBD
MDA
Mail Delivery Agent
Another name for LDA or Local Delivery Agent.
MIMO
TBD
MSA
Message Submission Agent
The software program in charge of receiving mail messages from the MUA using the Submission protocol. The MSA runs as a daemon.
MTA
Mail Transfer Agent
TBD
MTA-STS
SMTP Mail Transfer Agent Strict Transport Security (MTA-STS) is a mechanism enabling mail service providers to declare their ability to receive Transport Layer Security (TLS) secure SMTP connections, and to specify whether sending SMTP servers should refuse to deliver to MX hosts that do not offer TLS with a trusted server certificate.
MU-MIMO
TBD
MUA
Message User Agent
The software program in charge of retrieving messages from a users mailbox on a MAS or Mail Access Server, usually using either IMAP or POP3 protocols. The MUA might also submit mail messages to the MSA or Message Submission Agent using the Submission protocol. MUAs are commonly known as mail clients. Known MUA software product examples are Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
MX
DNS record for “Mail Exchanger”, informing the sending system, which hosts are responsible to receive mails for a domain over SMTP.
NIST
National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a measurement standards laboratory, and a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. Its mission is to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness. In 2013 the newspapers Guardian and New York Times reported that NIST allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to insert a cryptographically secure pseudorandom number generator called Dual EC DRBG into NIST standard SP 800-90 that had a kleptographic backdoor that the NSA can use to covertly predict the future outputs of this pseudorandom number generator thereby allowing the surreptitious decryption of data.
NIST P curves
NIST P-224
NIST P-256
NIST P-384
NIST-P-512

According to Bernstein and Lange, many of the efficiency-related decisions in NIST FIPS 186-2 are sub-optimal. Other curves are more secure and run just as fast

In 2014 Daniel J. Bernstein and Tanja Lange claimed that that most real-world implementations of elliptic-curve cryptography are not to be considered safe. Amongst many others they also criticize the NIST curves. Use if no better alternatives available like Curve25519.

NNTP
TBD.
NSA
National Security Agency
TBD
NTP
Network Time Protocol

Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a networking protocol for clock synchronization between computer systems over packet-switched, variable-latency data networks. In operation since before 1985, NTP is one of the oldest Internet protocols in current use.

NTP is intended to synchronize all participating computers to within a few milliseconds of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). It is designed to mitigate the effects of variable network latency. NTP can usually maintain time to within tens of milliseconds over the public Internet, and can achieve better than one millisecond accuracy in local area networks under ideal conditions. Asymmetric routes and network congestion can cause errors of 100 ms or more.

OFDMA
TBD
OPDS
Open Publication Distribution System
The Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) is a way for electronic book reading devices to access catalogs of books and download books itself from a web server. Its specification is prepared by an informal grouping of partners, combining Internet Archive, O’Reilly Media, Feedbooks, OLPC, and others.
PEM
Privacy Enhanced Mail (PEM) is a 1993 IETF proposal for securing email using public-key cryptography. Although PEM became an IETF proposed standard it was never widely deployed or used.
PEM Encoded
PEM File Format
Base64 encoded binary data, often used to store X.509 certificates and keys usually enclosed between “—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–” and “—–END CERTIFICATE—–” strings.
POP
POP3
The Post Office Protocol (POP) is an Internet protocol used by mail clients to retrieve mail from remote servers over a TCP/IP connection. POP has been developed through several versions, with version 3 (POP3) being the current standard.
QAM
TBD
Quality of Service
QoS
TBD
Rainbow Table
TBD
RC4
RC4 is the most widely used software stream cipher and is used in popular protocols such as Transport Layer Security (TLS) and WEP (to secure wireless networks). While remarkable for its simplicity and speed in software, RC4 has weaknesses that argue against its use in new systems. As of 2013, there is speculation that some state cryptologic agencies may possess the capability to break RC4 even when used in the TLS protocol. RC4 should disabled and avoided wherever possible!
RFC
A Request for Comments (RFC) is a publication of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Society, the principal technical development and standards-setting bodies for the Internet.
ROM
Read-Only Memory
Read-only memory (ROM) is a class of storage medium used in computers and other electronic devices. Data stored in ROM can only be modified slowly, with difficulty, or not at all, so it is mainly used to distribute firmware.
RSA
RSA is one of the first practicable public-key cryptosystems and is widely used for secure data transmission. In such a cryptosystem, the encryption key is public and differs from the decryption key which is kept secret. RSA stands for Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman, who first publicly described the algorithm in 1977. Youtube has this video that explains it in 16 minutes.
Salt
In cryptography, a salt is random data that is used as an additional input to a cryptographic hash function on a password or passphrase. The primary function of salts is to defend against dictionary attacks versus a list of password hashes and against pre- computed rainbow table attacks. A new salt is randomly generated for each password. In a typical setting, the salt and the password are concatenated and processed with a cryptographic hash function, and the resulting output (but not the original password) is stored with the salt in a database. Hashing allows for later authentication while defending against compromise of the plaintext password in the event that the database is somehow compromised. Cryptographic salts are broadly used in many modern computer systems, from Unix system credentials to Internet security.
SHA
SHA1
SHA-1
SHA-1 is a cryptographic hash function designed by the NSA and is a U.S. Governement Standard published by the United States NIST in 1995. SHA stands for “secure hash algorithm”. In 2005, analysts found attacks on SHA-1 suggesting that the algorithm might not be secure enough for ongoing use. The U.S, the German and other governements are required to move to SHA-2 after 2010 because of the weakness. Windows will stop accepting SHA-1 certificates by 2017. Hoever a large part of todays commercial certificate authorities still only issue SHA-1 signed certificates. Avoid where possible!
SHA2
SHA-2
SHA-224
SHA-256
SHA-384
SHA-512
SHA-512/224
SHA-512/256
SHA-2 is cryptographic hash function, published in 2001 by the US governement (NSA & NIST), is significantly different from SHA-1. SHA-2 currently consists of a set of six hash functions with digests that are 224, 256, 384 or 512 bits.
Sieve
Sieve is a programming language that can be used to create filters for email. Sieve’s base specification is outlined in RFC 5228.
SMTP
The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is the protool used by a MTA to transmit mails between Internet domains. First defined by RFC 821 in 1982, it was last updated in 2008 as ESMTP. SMTP by default uses TCP port 25. SMTP connections secured by SSL, known as SMTPS, default to TCP port 465.
SMTPS
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Secure was a way to provide SSL secured SMTP connections on TCP port 465. SMTPS has been revoked in favor of Submission in 1998 and today TCP port 465 is reserved for other purposes. Nonetheless many mail service providers still provide this service on port 465 today.
SSH
TBD.
SSL
Secure Sockets Layer
Secure Sockets Layer is the predecessor of Transport Layer Security (TLS).
STARTTLS
Opportunistic TLS
Opportunistic TLS (Transport Layer Security) refers to extensions in plain text communication protocols, which offer a way to upgrade a plain text connection to an encrypted (TLS or SSL) connection instead of using a separate port for encrypted communication. Several protocols use a command named “STARTTLS” for this purpose. It is primarily intended as a countermeasure to passive monitoring. The STARTTLS command for IMAP and POP3 is defined in RFC 2595, for SMTP in RFC 3207, for XMPP in RFC 6120 and for NNTP in RFC 4642. For IRC, the IRCv3 Working Group has defined the STARTTLS extension. FTP uses the command “AUTH TLS” defined in RFC 4217 and LDAP defines a protocol extension OID in RFC 2830. HTTP uses upgrade header.
Stock ROM
Original firmware of a device as supplied by the manufacturer on a programmable ROM. The term is mostly used in the context where a third party provides alternative firmware which may enhance or otherwise change the functionality of a device, beyond the intentions of its original manufacturer.
Submission
Message Submission for Mail is a protocol defined in RFC 6409 and used by mail clients (MSA, MUA) to submit electronic mail for further delivery on the internet. It is essentially SMTP, but with mandatory TLS-encrpytion and user authentication added and running on TCP port 587.
TLDR
TL;DR
“Too Long; Didn’t Read”.
TLS
Transport Layer Security
Transport Layer Security (TLS) and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), are cryptographic protocols designed to provide communication security over the Internet. They use X.509 certificates and hence asymmetric cryptography to authenticate the counterparty with whom they are communicating, and to exchange a symmetric key. This session key is then used to encrypt data flowing between the parties. This allows for data/message confidentiality, and message authentication codes for message integrity and as a by-product, message authentication.
TLSA
A TLSA DNS record publishes information on certificates used by a TLS secured server. Clients (e.g webbrowsers) can verify the TLS certificate of a server by checking the TLSA DNS record instead of or additionally to check if the certificates is singned by a trusted certificate authority. TLSA is part of the DANE specfication. Domains publishing TLSA records must be secured by DNSSEC.
TOFU

Trust on first use (TOFU), or trust upon first use (TUFU), is a security model used by client software which needs to establish a trust relationship with an unknown or not-yet-trusted endpoint. In a TOFU model, the client will try to look up the identifier, usually some kind of public key, in its local trust database. If no identifier exists yet for the endpoint, the client software will either prompt the user to determine if the client should trust the identifier or it will simply trust the identifier which was given and record the trust relationship into its trust database. If a different identifier is received in subsequent connections to the endpoint the client software will consider it to be untrusted.

The TOFU approach can be used when connecting to arbitrary or unknown endpoints which do not have a trusted third party such as a certificate authority. For example, the SSH protocol is designed to issue a prompt the first time the client connects to an unknown or not-yet-trusted endpoint. Other implementations of TOFU can be found in HTTP Public Key Pinning in which browsers will always accept the first public key returned by the server and with HTTP Strict Transport Security in which browsers will obey the redirection rule for the duration of ‘age’ directive.

Twofish
In cryptography, Twofish is a symmetric key block cipher with a block size of 128 bits and key sizes up to 256 bits. It was one of the five finalists of the Advanced Encryption Standard contest, but it was not selected for standardization. Twofish is related to the earlier block cipher Blowfish.
Voice over IP
VoIP
TBD
Voice Over Wireless LAN
VoWLAN
TBD
Wi-Fi
TBD
Wi-Fi Multimedia
Wireless Multimedia Extensions
WME
WMM

Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WME), also known as Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM), is a Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability certification, based on the IEEE 802.11e standard. It provides basic Quality of service (QoS) features to IEEE 802.11 networks. WMM prioritizes traffic according to four Access Categories (AC): voice (AC_VO), video (AC_VI), best effort (AC_BE), and background (AC_BK). However, it does not provide guaranteed throughput. It is suitable for well-defined applications that require QoS, such as Voice over IP (VoIP) on Wi-Fi phones (VoWLAN).

WMM is mandatory for 802.11n. If you disable WMM you also disable 802.11n and your wirelless network will automatically fall back to 802.11g

WLAN
TBD
WLAN Channel
Wireless LAN Channel
Wireless Local Area Network Channel

Wireless local area network channels using IEEE 802.11 protocols are sold mostly under the trademark WiFi.

The 802.11 workgroup has documented use in five distinct frequency ranges: 2.4 GHz, 3.6 GHz, 4.9 GHz, 5 GHz, and 5.9 GHz bands. Each range is divided into a multitude of channels. Countries apply their own regulations to the allowable channels, allowed users and maximum power levels within these frequency ranges.

A List of WLAN Channels is available at Wikipedia.

WPS
Wi-Fi Protected Setup

Originally called, Wi-Fi Simple Config, WiFi Protected Setup is a network security standard to create a secure wireless home network.

Created by the Wi-Fi Alliance and introduced in 2006, the goal of the protocol is to allow home users who know little of wireless security and may be intimidated by the available security options to set up Wi- Fi Protected Access, as well as making it easy to add new devices to an existing network without entering long passphrases. Prior to the standard, several competing solutions were developed by different vendors to address the same need.

A major security flaw was revealed in December 2011 that affects wireless routers with the WPS PIN feature, which most recent models have enabled by default. The flaw allows a remote attacker to recover the WPS PIN in a few hours with a brute-force attack and, with the WPS PIN, the network’s WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key. Users have been urged to turn off the WPS PIN feature.

X.509
In cryptography, X.509 is an ITU-T standard for a public key infrastructure (PKI) and Privilege Management Infrastructure (PMI). X.509 specifies, amongst other things, standard formats for public key certificates, certificate revocation lists, attribute certificates, and a certification path validation algorithm.
XML
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XMPP
Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is a communications protocol for message-oriented middleware based on XML (Extensible Markup Language). The protocol was originally named Jabber and was developed by the Jabber open-source community in 1999 for near real-time, instant messaging (IM), presence information, and contact list maintenance.
Zone-Signing-Keys
ZSK
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