[Cryptography] NSA and cryptanalysis
Perry E. Metzger
perry at piermont.com
Sun Sep 1 14:05:14 EDT 2013
On Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:00:01 -0400 John Kelsey <crypto.jmk at gmail.com>
> If I had to bet, I'd bet on bad rngs as the most likely source of a
> breakthrough in decrypting lots of encrypted traffic from different
This seems by far the most probable conclusion. Note, for example,
Heninger et al's recent work on the Taiwanese national smartcards. A
discovery that some commonly used randomness sources are dramatically
less random than supposed could dramatically lower the work factor on
an otherwise brute force attack.
That said, we simply can't know, and I think excessive speculation on
the basis of no actual concrete information isn't that productive.
Perry E. Metzger perry at piermont.com
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