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[liberationtech] NYTimes and Guardian on NSA

Maxim Kammerer mk at dee.su
Fri Sep 6 11:25:18 PDT 2013


On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM, Michael Rogers <michael at briarproject.org> wrote:
> Yes, that anecdote often accompanied the argument that NSA wouldn't
> risk peddling weak crypto. Clearly the balance of priorities within
> the agency has shifted since DES.

I don't see any evidence of said shift in priorities. NSA supported
escrowed encryption in the 90's, and the alleged subversion of
standards is most likely similar to escrowed encryption, but at the
algorithmic level [1], where an adversary gaining access to key escrow
requires computational / cryptanalysis effort that's equivalent to
breaking the cryptosystem in question.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_EC_DRBG

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Maxim Kammerer
Liberté Linux: http://dee.su/liberte



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