What's the state of the art in factorization?

Thierry Moreau thierry.moreau at connotech.com
Thu Apr 22 13:12:01 EDT 2010

Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Thierry Moreau:
>> For which purpose(s) is the DNS root signature key an attractive
>> target?
> You might be able to make it to CNN if your spin is really good.

Thanks for this feedback.

No, no, and no.

No, because I asked the question as a matter of security analysis 
methodology. My conclusion is that no purpose justifying an attack on 
the overall DNSSEC scheme particularly threatens the DNS root.

No, because while someone else's answer might be formulated based on 
non-rationale anti-USG paranoia (leading to a nice media story), the 
pervasive USG influence in the DNSSEC key management has very different 
impacts, the foremost one being that the DNS root may actually be signed 
soon (hey, great!).

No, because I don't want to handle the trouble of high visibility in a 
field where the public relations are already mixing up things (e.g. .org 
is signed but a registrant can't have a secure delegation for a .org 
domain as of today).

Caveat: I stopped volunteering information about specific elements of 
official DNSSEC root key management which might be criticized. It is 
time for the DNS root signature project to move forward. Also, the 
Intaglio NIC project has no value unless the official DNS root holds 
secure delegations.

But even without this self-restraint, there would be no spin for a CNN 
story. Dedication to good cryptographic key management is squarely dull 
and boring for a typical person.


- Thierry Moreau

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