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Re: Possibly a stupid question RPC over HTTP
From: Kyle Maxwell <krmaxwell () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 11:56:56 -0500

On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:21:10 +0100, Airey, John <john.airey () rnib org uk> wrote:
This gives you two options. One, use brute force to break the SSL encryption. Two (and it's entirely possible that 
the security services have this already) come up with a mathematical way to factor large primes rapidly.

I think you may mean something slightly differently; given any large
prime p, I can factor it completely extremely quickly:

p = 1 * p

There are no other factors; this *is* the prime factorization. :) Bill
Gates made the same mistake in his book _The Road Ahead_. Factoring
large primes is trivial; the prime factorization of large numbers is
hard, and I guess that's what you meant.

 And if the problem of factoring large numbers into primes was indeed
solved (this is probably what you meant), I think you'd very quickly
see a complete replacement of crypto systems in use today by the
governments with such security services.
-- 
Kyle Maxwell
[krmaxwell () gmail com]

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