"This key may be unsafe"

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Mon Mar 7 23:32:47 CET 2011

On 3/7/11 4:03 PM, Charly Avital wrote:
> Are keys whose length is equal or inferior to 1024 bits *unsafe*?

A 1024-bit key is believed to be roughly comparable to an 80-bit
symmetric key.  I am comfortable saying this is a reasonable level of
security for the next few years for people who are not worried about
being targeted by people who can afford to drop a few million dollars on

It is not a wise choice for long-term security, but I am not comfortable
calling it "unsafe" for most users.

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