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Re: Cypherpunk Certification Authority


On Mon, 27 Nov 1995, Bill Stewart wrote:

> Signatures often have known, or easily guessed, plaintext in them,
> like the signer's name or ID number, or various header fields
> such as X.509's equivalent to ----- BEGIN PGP ....

  If the signature is padded with random junk on the end, then it makes 
it harder to do a known text attack.  There was a message a few days ago 
by Anderson and someone else (in England) that dealt with weaknesses in 
some encryption protocols.  It was good to read.

> DES isn't worthless.  It's a bit weak, but not worthless.

  Even though he didn't have proof Bruce Schneier stated in "Applied 
Cryptography 2nd Ed" that the NSA might have a machine that can crack DES 
in 15 mins, and maybe as low as 3-5, as one was built and sold.  The book 
can explain it more, as I am doing this from memory.
  Take care and have fun.
James Black (Comp Sci/Comp Eng sophomore)
e-mail: [email protected]