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RE: Crypto Question
From: "Hagen, Eric" <ehagen () DenverNewspaperAgency com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 11:44:07 -0700

The longer key will make the decryption procedure a bit slower even in the
passphrase attacks, but a very weak passphrase (using a very common
passwords) is still a trivial exercise to crack.

Eric

-----Original Message-----
From: McGill, Lachlan [mailto:mcgilll1 () anz com]
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 3:21 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Crypto Question


Am I right in assuming that an encrypted file/email is only as secure as the
passphrase used for the private key? i.e. If i use the passphrase 'password'
then does it become irrelevant what key size I use to encrypt the data?

If someone can please briefly explain this to me I would be much
appreciative.

Thanks.




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