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Re: Time Expiry Alogorithm??
From: "Pavel Kankovsky" <peak () argo troja mff cuni cz>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 18:06:59 +0100 (CET)
On Fri, 19 Nov 2004, Gautam R. Singh wrote:
I was just wondering is there any encrytpion alogortim which expires
with time. For example an email message maybe decrypted withing 48
hours of its delivery otherwise it become usless or cant be decrypted
with the orignal key
If a certain deterministic computation (e.g. decryption) can be made in
time T, then it can be made in any time T' > T. Even if the computation
needs cooperation by your computer that refuses to cooperate when the
time limit expires (e.g. the recipient of the message needs to ask you
for an extra key), you can always do the computation once and save the
result (e.g. the plaintext). Well, I admit, this holds unless your
computer has been possesed by Palladium (and is not *your* computer
On the other hand, the power of hardware as well as the knowledge of
cryptanalysis oincreases as the time passes, ergo any cipher is going to
expire...in the sense someone will become able to break it and recover
the plaintext without the (a priori) knowledge of the encryption key.
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