Re: Plaintext

Christopher Dickens (
Wed, 2 Jul 1997 20:02:51 -0400 (EDT)

On Wed, 2 Jul 1997, Stephen Langasek wrote:

> On Wed, 2 Jul 1997, Trent Piepho wrote:
> > On Wed, 2 Jul 1997, Timothy C. Hagman wrote:
> > > Nelson Minar penned, off the top of the head:
> > > > entropy to prevent analysis on the plaintext. What do you do in that
> > > > circumstance?
> > >
> > > Find the holder of the passphrase, point a gun at him or her, and
> > > demand it. Cheap, effective, and nearly always yields results.
> > > (And most major governments can afford guns ;)
> >
> > The gun isn't even necessary. Just call them up and say you're from net ops
> > or something. All this talk about attacking cryptographic algorithms is kind
> > of silly, since the weak link by far is people. It would have been much
> > faster to brute force open the desk at RSA where someone wrote the key down.
> True enough, but while it might even have gotten someone the prize money
> (time to solve: 15 seconds, equipment used: one crowbar), it wouldn't have
> been nearly as useful from a political perspective. :)

Not necessarily... 8-) Unless RSA wanted to look like their facility was
vulnerable, wouldn't tell anyone, then the user could simply drop a hint
in Rocke's mailbox of which keyblock section to dish out next to receive
the winning prize right away.

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