fwd: What good is this really going to be?

brian moore bem at cmc.net
Fri Dec 4 18:02:44 CET 1998

On Fri, Dec 04, 1998 at 07:34:40PM -0500, John A. Martin wrote:
> Do the dire RNG warnings below arise because the kludge RNG is used
> when signing a file or just because a gpg compiled with the kludge was
> started?

Hrrrm... You do need a random number (160 bits) for DSA signatures.

>From Applied Crypto: "If Eve ever recovers a k that Alice used to sign a
message, perhaps by exploiting some properties of the random-number
generator that generated k, she can recover Alice's private key, x."

So, yes, the warning is there for a reason.

You should be able to sign with PGP5 and have GPG verify it though.
It's not fully free, but it's better to be safe.

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