Create key's over 4096 bit ????

Atom Smasher atom at
Fri Dec 23 16:28:11 CET 2005

On Fri, 23 Dec 2005, Johan Wevers wrote:

> Werner Koch wrote:
>> Talking about 4k keys is in this respect useless - unless you have very 
>> special requirements and can neglect the above points.  However, with 
>> such requirements you will also have the staff and money to take proper 
>> decisions and implement new code from scratch.
> Not necessarily. I don't think Bin Laden or Al Zawahiri have access to a 
> staff of capable cryptographers and programmers, but thei certainly has 
> a need for strong encryption, and he can be certain the NSA will do its 
> best to decrypt any intercepted message.

maybe they can justify 4K keys for everyday use, although anything larger 
would attract attention.

even then, how hard is it to get a group of non-geeks, who didn't grow up 
with computers, to use pgp? i think they're more likely to use carrier 
pigeons than pgp.


  PGP key -
  762A 3B98 A3C3 96C9 C6B7 582A B88D 52E4 D9F5 7808

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