Why CAs or public keysigning?
Thu Jun 19 01:06:01 2003
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Ben F. wrote:
> On 18-Jun-2003, Eugene Smiley wrote:
>> A - B
>> A - C - B
>> A - C - D - B
>> A - B is the strong link. A - C - D - B is the weak link. If=
>> removed it has zero effect on the strong link or the =
>> B. The connection is as strong as it's strongest link A - B.
> What you're calling a "link", most people would call a "path"=
> "chain". A link, in this context, is a direct connection =
> two of the nodes in the path. Each of the hyphens in your
> diagram is a link; each complete line of nodes is a path.
> I've no idea what you think is meant by the phrase "A chain is
> only as strong as its weakest link", since you seem to think
> "chain" and "link" are the same thing.
Read back through the archive, I never said this. What you =
to me was said by Greg Mullane. I was agreeing with his =
"A "weakest link" refers to a chain, not a web. A chain is only=
strong as its weakest link, but a web is as strong as its =
strand or 'link'." Therefore my use of the word 'link'.
> However, though your terminology is confused, you are correct
> that a shorter path (or chain) through the web is generally
> stronger -- simply because there are fewer possibilities for a
> weak link along the path.
I'll concede the "confused terminology". ;)
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