[Cryptography] The paranoid approach to crypto-plumbing

ianG iang at iang.org
Tue Sep 17 05:49:46 EDT 2013

On 17/09/13 01:40 AM, Tony Arcieri wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM, Bill Frantz <frantz at pwpconsult.com
> <mailto:frantz at pwpconsult.com>> wrote:
>     After Rijndael was selected as AES, someone suggested the really
>     paranoid should super encrypt with all 5 finalests in the
>     competition. Five level super encryption is probably overkill, but
>     two or three levels can offer some real advantages.
> I wish there was a term for this sort of design in encryption systems
> beyond just "defense in depth". AFAICT there is not such a term.
> How about the Failsafe Principle? ;)

A good question.  In my work, I've generally modelled it such that the 
entire system still works if one algorithm fails totally.  But I don't 
have a name for that approach.


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