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Re: A bold ssl idea ?

In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] (lyal collins) writes:
> Having watched the discussions of recent of the SSL bruting, it occured to
> me that a variation could also be useful.
> I understand that setting up RC4 keys is slower that testing for the correct
> key (I may have misuderstood this bit).
> As a company using SSL can ahve all it's SSL traffic sniffed, from multiple
> people accessing, a log can easily be built of message/keys.
> Is it considered practical to modify the brutessl code to have multiple
> message data, and test each against a key from allocated key space ?
> If so, this may mean that perhaps 3 message can be tested against a single
> in the time two single keys could be tested against one message.
> An an attack scenario, this is a hell of a lot more "efficient" than current
> trials have been. I realise this could also be considered a bit of target
> for the main purpose of demonstrating weaknesses, and improving techiquess.

  This technique has been discussed before.  It will not work because
the 40-bit export version of SSL actually uses 128 bit keys, with 88 of
the bits transfered in the clear.  The extra 88-bits act as a "salt" to
the key.  This defeats attempts to do a single key space search for 
multiple messages.


Jeff Weinstein - Electronic Munitions Specialist
Netscape Communication Corporation
[email protected] - http://home.netscape.com/people/jsw
Any opinions expressed above are mine.