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Re: SSL trouble

>> Use integrity checks to ensure that the slaves are acting
>> properly. One method of doing this is to keep secret part of
>> the known plaintext (say 16 bits). A slave is required to
>> report _all_ matches in the range to the master. Slaves who
>> report a statistically low number of matches may be considered
>> suspicious. It is a simple matter to allocate part of that
>> keyspace to another processor for a double-check.
>  Please don't do anything like this.  This will prevent people
> like me who prefer the "random" method from participating.

You can't use the random method if the CRACK is using a sequential search.
It just doesn't fit !
You can't ACK something which has not been allocated to you.

However, if a CRACK were to be using random, the above would be useful as a
"progress report" as the rate of reports indicates how well the search is
It would also allow more equal sharing out of the prize money, as on
average 2**15 "possible" keys would be found, and the first finder of each
would receive a fraction of the prize.

I don't know enough of the theory -- is there any limit as to how many
"partial" matches there could be in a single "segment" ?
(currently brure{ssl,rc4} stops on finding a match. They would have to keep
 going, and might have to return upto 2**16 partial results ??