Re: Why crack more than 40bit RC5 keys? (WAS RE: RC5, hiding source code)

Colin L. Hildinger (
Sun, 11 May 97 18:32:53 -0500

On Sun, 11 May 1997 19:12:35 -0400, Nelson Minar wrote:

>But as demonstrations of crypto cracks go, I wonder whether we've
>played it out already. RSA-129 and the first RC5-40 were historic
>moments. And I think breaking DES once will be historic, just because
>DES is so important. But There's something like 10,000 computers working
>on DES now between SolNet and DESCHALL. That's a huge amount of
>effort. Isn't anyone else worried that the news story is going to read
> "DES Secure - takes 10,000 computers six months to break one key"

It isn't going to take 6 months.

Colin L. Hildinger

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