Thank you!

C Matthew Curtin (cmcurtin@research.megasoft.com)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 16:52:53 -0400 (EDT)


I want to thank everyone involved with the deschall project. What
we've done is really, really cool. We've made the largest brute-force
search for a cryptographic key to date, as far as I know. We've
proven that DES isn't safe against a dedicated adversary for any
significant length of time.

Thank you, Rocke, for starting this project and letting me help where
I could. This has been a lot of fun, and I've gotten to meet a lot of
clued folks in the process.

Thanks to Justin, Guy, and everyone else who provided stimulating
thoughts, help with things I worked on, and made this project so much
fun.

Thanks to the SolNet folks who helped increase the awareness of the
RSA Challenge, making things interesting for us, and keeping the
competition with us friendly.

This is a win not just for deschall or any of us particularly, but for
all of us. The power of the Internet has been demonstrated, as well
as the weakness of ciphers that use small keys.

The mailing list will remain alive for some time, because we'll no
doubt want to talk a little more about what we've done, what it means,
and how we can get cool T-shirts for everyone that helped. (Anyone
volunteer to handle the T-shirt detail? :-)

I'm really happy to have been a part of deschall. (What we really
need to do is have a party over the MBONE... :-)

-- 
Matt Curtin  Chief Scientist Megasoft Online  cmcurtin@research.megasoft.com
http://www.research.megasoft.com/people/cmcurtin/    I speak only for myself
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