[cryptography] QODE

mtm marctmiller at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 11:22:16 EST 2015

thx agn bra!

On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 9:50 AM, Kevin <kevinsisco61784 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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:
>>>> https://github.com/kjsisco/qode
>>> 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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