[Q] Comparison of Encryption Algorithms

John Clizbe JPClizbe@attbi.com
Sat May 10 09:30:02 2003

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Daniel Carrera wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm been trying to learn about "how secure" some encryption algorithms
> are, but I haven't found what I want.  Perhaps someone can point me to a
> resourse.
> I'm most interested in Blowfish, IDEA and RSA because I understand that
> they are the most powerful and on DSA and ElGamal as I understand that
> they are used by GPG.
> I want to get an idea of the computing power needed to break those.  As
> well as any other security concerns that I should be aware of.  I am a
> mathematecian, I'm not afraid of doing some calculations to get the
> answers I want.
Hmm, I'd start with either of Schneier's books: _Applied_Cryptography_
(http://www.counterpane.com/applied.html) or the newly released
_Practical_Cryptography_ (http://www.counterpane.com/book-practical.html).

Counterpane also has an online bibliography of over 1400 papers and
articles on Crypto (Got to be better than the sci.crypt archives)
available at http://www.counterpane.com/biblio/ . I'd also check the
monthly CRYPTO-GRAM newsletter (also available on the same site).

Extensive list of PKI links at http://www.pki-page.org/

And check Keith Ray's OpenPGP page at
http://www.nullify.org/openpgp.html, some of the links there may just
answer your questions.

Hopefully this is enough to get you started. Keep us posted, would you?

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