let the flaming begin or Factoring Breakthrough?

David K. Trudgett dkt@registriesltd.com.au
Wed Feb 27 00:57:01 2002

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On Wednesday 2002-02-27 at 00:02:22 +0100, Ingo Kl=F6cker wrote:

> On Tuesday 26 February 2002 20:41, Douglas Calvert wrote:
> > Well there is a story on slashdot:
> > http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=3D02/02/26/179206&mode=3Dthread&tid=
> > 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
> > big?"
> I doubt it very much. Hundreds of cryptography experts all over the=20
> world are at most making baby steps on improving factoring algorithms.=20
> And now the author of qmail (is he a mathematician?)=20

Yes he is a mathematician.

David Trudgett

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