Re: normal? (I'm stupid)

Andy Church (achurch@dragonfire.net)
Mon, 09 Jun 1997 09:21:29 EDT


Someone wrote:
>>> As for 80 bit DES, [...]

And I pointed to:
>http://www.rsa.com/rsalabs/97challenge/

Yup, I'm stupid. I saw "80 bit" and said to myself "RC5" without
bothering to check. There is no such thing as "80-bit DES", for those who
don't know; the DES algorithm has fixed parameters which limit it to
exactly 56 bits. RC5, on the other hand, has a number of variable
parameters, and the RSA Challenge _does_ include RC5 challenges from 40
bits to 128 bits.

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