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Re: SSL search attack

Daniel R. Oelke writes
>The only way this can work is if the server is told it is a 50%/75%/etc
>size ACK, and then latter the server is ACKed for the full 100%. 
>Why?  Because what happens if the client dies immediately after doing 
>the ACK - maybe only 51% of that space has been searched, yet 
>the server has already seen an ACK for it.
>IMO - a % ACK is to much complexity and extra work on the server,
>which is already having trouble keeping up.

I agree.  ACKing partial segments is a bad idea.  But, when a client
is given a block of segments, partial ACKing can let poorly connected
clients communicate with the server via e-mail, and still stay busy.
When the client completely finishes half of its segments, it ACKs them
and asks for that many more segments.  The fraction can be adjusted as
mean communications latency to the server is measured.  Ideally the
new segments arrive just as the client finishes the second half of its
original segments.  This way the segments are allocated as late as
possible, letting better connected clients have a better shot at them.