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Re: 1024-bit RSA keys in danger of compromise
From: "Hugh Pierce" <hpierce () stutzmanpierce com>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 14:47:06 -0500

Eroding the web of trust is indeed unfortunate, but these developments may
be too unnerving for some sections of crypto users to sit idle with the
possibility hanging over their heads of the NSA being able to break <1024
The article below covers both arguments well:



Hugh Pierce, Founder and CTO
Intelligence Based Information Security

"Lucky Green" <shamrock () cypherpunks to> writes:

In light of the above, I reluctantly revoked all my personal 1024-bit
PGP keys and the large web-of-trust that these keys have acquired over

From: "Florian Weimer" <Weimer () CERT Uni-Stuttgart DE>
And this is certainly the wrong thing to do.  Key revocations are not
the proper way to deal with algorithmic weaknesses.  Many people will
follow your advice and destroy large parts of the web of trust, and we
don't even know yet if there's a real threat (Bernstein himself said
so a few weeks ago, for example).

You don't revoke your keys just because someone can impersonate you,
using bugs in a widespread OpenPGP implementation, do you?

Florian Weimer                   Weimer () CERT Uni-Stuttgart DE
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