Re: Other Efforts

Mark J. Verdi (
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 21:31:32 -0600

Ryan D Pierce wrote:
> [my response showing how random and sequential methods are
> statistically
> equivalent deleted, as someone beat me to it]
> If you were the NSA with a DES farm and you had no reason to believe
> that any keys would be more likely than others, it wouldn't make
> a difference if you checked sequentially or randomly. Both have the
> same odds of recovering the message in the same time in a brute force
> attack.
> (Side note; if you can reduce the keyspace, you have an incredible
> advantage. I.e. if you know it is an 8 character string of upper case
> letters, you have 26^8 keys, not 2^56 keys to search. That amounts
> to 1/345000 the keyspace you'd have to search. Of course RSA stated
> that
> they generated the key randomly, hence we can't reduce the keyspace
> this way.)
> Of course sequential searches in a competitive environment can be bad;
> they give the opponent info about exactly what keyspace you've already
> searched and what keyspace you will search next. If we have 100 keys,
> I
> have equal processing power as deschall, and I check out a deschall
> key and
> get 12, I then can start cracking at, say, 15 while the next key
> deschall
> searches is 13. I can then cover 15-100 sequentially before deschall
> does,
> and if the key lies there, I am guaranteed to find it before deschall.
> Ryan

Unless the correct key was #13, or #14. :^)

Mark J. Verdi