[cryptography] regarding the NSA crypto "breakthrough"

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Fri Sep 6 14:47:16 EDT 2013


On 2013-09-06 7:01 PM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> The claims are that some code and magic constants have been weakened, 
> but also that NSA still has problems with some methods. We need to 
> know. Obviously, as a short-term workaround there's fallback to 
> expensive/inconvenient methods like one-time pads, but long-term we 
> obviously need new cyphers. Not tainted by any TLA poison.

Time to generate and select new elliptic curves by an open process, 
wherein any large random quantities are chosen by a non secret process, 
such as searching for the appropriate value nearest a round number.


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