Length for AES256 symmetric encryption passphrase?

Sam Gleske sam.mxracer at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 23:27:48 CEST 2014

You're making the assumption that 32 ASCII characters can produce every
possible binary combination in 256 bits.  I don't know how AES handles
password phrases longer than 32 bytes but the key can be stronger I'd
imagine with more random data as the key.  I'm simply presuming.

On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM, Barnet Wagman <bw at norbl.com> wrote:

> This a rather naive question, but I haven't found and answer to it. When
> doing symmetric encryption with AES256, is there any reason to have a
> passphrase that exceeds 32 characters (since that's the length of the AES
> key)?
> thanks
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