deriving multiple keys from one passphrase
travis+ml-cryptography at subspacefield.org
Thu Feb 1 16:01:00 EST 2007
Hey, quick question.
If one wants to have multiple keys, but for ease-of-use considerations
want to only have the user enter one, is there a preferred way to
derive multiple keys that, while not independent, are "computationally
I was thinking of hashing the passphrase with a unique string for each
one; is this sufficient? If sufficient, is a cryptographically strong
I got a clarification about the "use CRCs to process passphrase" idea
someone mentioned. The salient bit is that he was using several CRCs
(not sure if it's random or carefully chosen), and each one is run on
the passphrase, and the output of all of them concatenated to
initialize a PRNG seed. The passphrase and seed are both secret, so
according to him there's no need to use a cryptographically strong
hash, and CRCs have a well-understood mathematical basis.
I presume this would be insufficient for deriving independent keys,
but perhaps there is a way to do that with careful selection of the
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