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Re: [reformatted] how secure can privasoft be?


Hello [email protected] (Patrick Horgan)
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> > > (0) PrivaSoft actually uses a key longer than 9 digits, and someone just made

JB (that's me!) wrote:
> > Could it be 9 hex digits = 36 bits?

PH wrote:
> A nine digit number, 999,999,999 can be stored as 0x3b9ac9ff. Note that this is

I meant "what if it's mis-reported and actuall goes up to FFF,FFF,FFF?".

> > > The information contents a clear message
> > 
> > This is a strange title (I suspect "of" dropped out), but it might
> > well sum it all up :-)
> Nah, I suggested they reformat into 80 columns and suggested a different title
> for this section, but they went with it.  They wanted it fer sure.  I just don't
> know what it means.

Well, if this is actually what they wanted to say, then the 
interpretation I was alluding to was that the contents of the message
is [sent in the] clear.

> > This can at most buy you a constant factor - useful, but not very.
> Someone else on this list mentioned that an edge detection algorithm 
> It could give you a quick go/no go.

Don't forget that in most cases it'll be obvious that it's the wrong
key - only when it isn't would you submit the thing to a second-level
analyzer to check for edges/characters etc.

> > > The cryptographic engine can be customer-furnished and customer integrated, 
> > What do they mean by this bit?

> They mean that if you don't feel secure with theirs, you could use yours in
> their framework...

What, at the end of a release praising the security of their own thing?

> it's the pluggable encryption that NSA has had such a hard
> time with but seems to be in favor of now.

Alternatively their whole *framework* is bogus so NSA isn't concerned
about what encryption you use in the middle. Just another possibility.

Ah well...

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