kevinsisco61784 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 10:50:01 EST 2015
On 1/7/2015 9:57 PM, Open eSignForms wrote:
> On 1/7/15 4:24 PM, listo factor wrote:
>> On 01/06/2015 09:12 PM, Kevin wrote:
>>> I figured I'd start building my own open source encryption algorithm:
>> I find the reaction from the list somewhat surprising.
>> Some years ago, I had a neighbour that was building a moon-landing
>> spacecraft in his backyard. Obviously, he never landed on the moon,
>> but he learned a whole lot of useful things: for instance, holding
>> a hammer close to the head instead of at the end of the handle will
>> not substantially reduce the likelihood of hitting the thumb.
>> He did try to sell maiden-voyage seat reservations. I have no idea
>> if he collected any money, but if he did, I would not blame him,
>> I would blame those that coughed up their coin.
> Grumbling is common. Variety is the spice of life, and it's also
> useful against issues of monoculture to protect against subsequent
> discoveries of backdoors or implementation vulnerabilities, published
> or not. This does not endorse the use of homegrown algorithms over any
> of the various well established and more vetted algorithms that
> researchers (and crackers) have analyzed, especially for anything of
> value. Such apps generally require the use of established crypto
> anyway, and sadly are often enough insecure because of misuse or
> flawed key management.
> It's hard to know if homegrown crypto is much of a learning
> experience, though, because it's so hard to tell if it's actually
> secure. As I said before, most crypto looks secure because the
> ciphertext generally looks like gibberish, whether secure or not.
> There's no easy way to test an algorithm compared to that neighbor's
> spacecraft. But if you are not a high value target, your crypto may
> provide adequate security as there's unlikely a cabal who will invest
> the resources to attempt to crack it. Life is short and freedom to
> explore is your right!
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This is off topic and I'm sorry, but did he really try to build a
spacecraft? Oh my. The point is, I put the algorithm out in the wild.
Do with it what you will. If nothing else, it's a brain exercise.
You're welcome internet.
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