Elgamal signatures (was Re: splitting keys)

Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder avbidder@fortytwo.ch
Wed Feb 26 10:25:02 2003

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On Wed, 2003-02-26 at 02:22, Brian M. Carlson wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 21, 2003 at 07:56:54AM -0500, David Shaw wrote:

> > program.  They are also incredibly slow, which means people have to
> > sit for 10-20 seconds every time they need to check one of your

> They really aren't that slow. I have a Duron 900, and it's pretty fast,
> actually. I haven't tried it on my PowerPC 750FX (G3) 700MHz, but I
> suspect it can't be *that* slow. I happen to prefer Elgamal over DSA

10s on 350MHz Pentium II. The problem is, that rebuilding trustdb after
key imports also takes some time (I know that's nothing to do with you),
so verification time can get very long if it's key server response time
+ trust database + ElGamal  -- and this in many mailers without a
possibility to see what's taking so long. Yes, it's an UI issue and not
only a problem of ElGamal, but it's a real world problem which is worse
if ElGamal is used than with the other algos.

-- vbi

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