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From: "Thor (Hammer of God)" <Thor () hammerofgod com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 06:24:50 +0000
I've made some major revisions to TGP over that last couple of weeks, and am releasing v188.8.131.52:
It's on the main site now and I've moved all the pilot stuff over to the HoG production site.
Notably, there is support for key creation to 16384 bits, which pretty much also required for me to build
multi-threading capabilities in so that you could go do other stuff while processing huge keys if you wanted to.
Also, based on some dialog on FD where some folks didn't quite get the math behind creating large keys and protecting
keys with long and complex passphrases, I added a feature where I calculate the actual time required to crack your
password keyspace based on Class F cracking speeds of 1,000,000,000 passwords per second. I've always been
less-than-thrilled with methods of determining how strong a particular password was because "strong" doesn't mean
anything by itself. "Complex" means something insofar as structure is concerned, but it doesn't translate into
real-world applications: Upper, Lower, and Digit for instance doesn't mean much to a person - so I actually calculate
out the time it takes based on the keyspace used in your password as you type it in so that you can see right then that
it may only take 1 year/day/minute to crack your password.
Further, something I've not seen anywhere else is an actual measurement of what it will take to crack YOUR password as
you type it, not just the keyspace. To brute force up to a two character lower case alpha passphrase's keyspace will
take 702 iterations (not 676 like most people will tell you since it's only 676 if you start at "aa"). However, if you
actually typed in "jx" as your password, that would crack in only 284 iterations. So I also built in the calculation
for what your actual password will crack in as well, not just the keyspace. Of course, there are some assumptions I
must make about base keyspace which are explained on the website if anyone cares to read it. There's a bunch of other
things listed as well if you would like to check it out.
Next thing on the list is to move from memorystreams to parallel processing in smaller blocks so that I'm not dependent
on machine memory to encrypt really big files. I'll set up a mailing list at some point for people who would like
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- TGP v184.108.40.206 Thor (Hammer of God) (Jun 23)