IDEA.c and Win32 builds?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Mon Apr 16 17:45:01 CEST 2012

On 4/16/12 11:10 AM, Werner Koch wrote:
> However, I strongly discourage the use of IDEA because it is an old
> 64 bit blocksize cipher with no advantages compared to modern
> algorithms.  The only plausible reason to use IDEA is to allow 
> decryption of old PGP encrypted data.

There are substantial disadvantages, too.  IDEA has a razor-thin margin
of security compared to more modern algorithms.  We have
better-than-brute-force against what, 5 of 8 rounds now?  The margin
gets thinner and thinner every couple of years.

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