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Re: Crypto Question
From: Wu Fei Liang <wu_fei_liang () cms ac>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 20:10:41 +0100

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On Thursday 06 November 2003 23:21, McGill, Lachlan wrote:
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?

The length of the key does matter. The longer the more secure. The passphrase 
is only supposed to protect the private key. For example: Someone has stolen 
your private key which is protected by a passphrase. He wouldn't be able to 
decrypt your emails unless he can crack the passphrase.

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WU Fei Liang                         Computer & Media Security
                                University of Applied Sciences
                                       4232 Hagenberg, Austria

[ Mail ]                                   wu_fei_liang () cms ac

[ Public-Key ]
http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/pks/lookup?search=0xC5633638&op=index
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