[cryptography] What's the point of using non-NIST ECC Curves?

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Mon Oct 13 13:23:09 EDT 2014

On 2014-10-14 00:51, Derek Miller wrote:
> Like many people, I consider the seed values used to generate the NIST
> Prime curves suspicious.
> However, considering one of the scenarios where these curves might be
> compromised (the NSA knew of weaknesses in certain curves, and
> engineered the NIST Prime curves to be subject to those weaknesses),
> does it even make sense to use ECC at all?
> If the NIST curves are weak in a way that we don't understand, this
> means that ECC has properties that we don't understand.
> Thus, if you don't trust the NIST Prime curves, does it make sense to
> trust any ECC curves at all?

All maths has properties we do not understand.

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