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Re: Crypto Question
From: "Chris Berry" <compjma () hotmail com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 14:46:54 -0800

From: Mitchell Rowton <mitchell () attackprevention com>
Maybe the same question from a different angle. If I make a private key with "password" as the password and you do the same... Our private keys still cant decrypt each others messages. So while im confident that it is somehow bad to have simple passwords, i dont know why. Can anyone explain this better?

Simple, becuase if someone were to gain possession of or access to your private key, they could brute force the password rather quickly and then start impersonating you. The password is there to prevent someone from using your private key even if they have possession of it.

Chris Berry
compjma () hotmail com
Systems Administrator
JM Associates

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