Re: Stats report

C Matthew Curtin (
Sat, 12 Apr 1997 16:10:01 -0400 (EDT)

>>>>> "Howard" == Howard Cheng <> writes:

Howard> Hi, On the Status Report page, it says something about "Time
Howard> to 50% completion". Why is it not 100% instead of 50%? Is
Howard> 50% the same as 100% because of the complementary key pair
Howard> business?

On an average, you'll only have to look through 50% of the keyspace to
find the correct key. The 48-bit RC5 search, for example, only looked
through 57% of the keyspace before finding the key.

Matt Curtin  Chief Scientist  Megasoft, Inc.    I speak only for myself
Death to small keys.  Crack DES NOW!