RSA replacement by Irish girl
bunbun at reptile.rug.ac.be
Fri Jan 15 01:21:38 CET 1999
Matthias Urlichs wrote:
> Is there an URL for her idea, or (better :-) her code?
>From CRYPTO-GRAM, January 15, 1999
> The press is buzzing about an Irish teenager creating a brilliant new
> public-key scheme called Cayley-Purser, supposedly much better than RSA.
> "Even when high security levels are required, her code can encrypt a letter
> in just one minute -- a widely used encryption standard called RSA would
> take 30 minutes. 'But she has also proven that her code is as secure as
> RSA,' says Dr Flannery. 'It wouldn't be worth a hat of straw if it was
> not.'" Leaving aside the incredibly quaint Irish metaphor, this is what I
> do know: The system is based on RSA, but I have not seen it. It is
> believed to be as strong as RSA, but there is no proof. The key and the
> ciphertext are about eight times the length of the modulus, rather than
> more-or-less the length of the modulus as with RSA. It is faster, but I
> don't know by how much and under what assumptions. Is this going to change
> the world, no. Might it be interesting, yes. We'll have to wait and see.
> In any case, it is cool to see serious cryptography out of a new researcher.
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