[FoRK] crypto

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Fri Sep 20 16:47:04 PDT 2019


There you go.  You cut to the question everyone wants to know.

Greg


On 9/20/2019 4:36 PM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> Here's the real challenge.  Take a well-known public key, e.g. the one
> on the certificate for mail.google.com.  It's only 256 bits (just
> checked) and so, in theory, if their success in factoring is general
> (and not the result of a carefully chosen composite value), they
> should be able to factor it and generate the private key.  Even if
> they have a slightly successful method -- of the public keys from a
> thousand or so of the top web sites, 1% of the private keys can be
> generated -- I'd count that as a significant step forward (and a scary
> one).


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