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[liberationtech] Here Come the Encryption Apps

Petter Ericson pettter at acc.umu.se
Sun Mar 10 03:36:03 PDT 2013


On 10 March, 2013 - Ralph Holz wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> > For some reason some cryptographers seem to perpetuate the idea that
> > correctly using crypto is something utterly complex and should be
> > reserved to experts like themselves, or at least require their solemn
> > approval. This is not the case with cryptographers that I know (who
> 
> I find that an extreme interpretation of what cryptographers utter.
> 
> But let's have data. How many tools do you know that have been written
> by people with "good basic CS education, undergrad-level course in
> cryptography, solid programming skills and some common sense" (your
> quote) - and that have been shown to be bug-free? On the other hand, how
> many tools have been developed by people who seemed to fall in those
> categories and yet have been shown to be flawed?

To be fair: How many tools do know that have been written and shown
bug-free by _anyone_?

Bugs and misimplementations are hardly the exclusive domain of
undergrads.

Best

/P

-- 
Petter Ericson (pettter at acc.umu.se)
Telecomix Slepeer Jellyfish



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