let the flaming begin or Factoring Breakthrough?
Wed Feb 27 00:22:02 2002
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On Tuesday 26 February 2002 20:41, Douglas Calvert wrote:
> Well there is a story on slashdot:
> An anonymous reader sent in: "In this post to the Cryptography
> Mailing List, someone who knows more about math than I do claimed
> "effectively all PGP RSA keys shorter than 2k bits are insecure, and
> the 2kbit keys are not nearly as secure as we thought they were."
> Apparently Dan Bernstein of qmail fame figured out how to factor
> integers faster on the same cost hardware. Should we be revoking our
> keys and creating larger ones? Is this "the biggest news in crypto in
> the last decade," as the original poster claims, or only ginger-scale
I doubt it very much. Hundreds of cryptography experts all over the
world are at most making baby steps on improving factoring algorithms.
And now the author of qmail (is he a mathematician?) found out how to
factor integers faster? That's not very likely. Do you have a link
where Dan Bernstein describes his breakthrough?
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