[FoRK] crypto

Udhay Shankar N udhay at pobox.com
Sun Sep 22 03:51:27 PDT 2019


On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 5:09 AM Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> 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).
>

The google public key is an ECC one, though. The claim is for RSA, no?

Udhay

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