Re: [Cfrg] draft-ladd-safecurves-02

Alyssa Rowan <akr@akr.io> Sat, 11 January 2014 16:24 UTC

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On 11/01/2014 00:37, Dan Brown wrote:

> I'm going to try to write up to CFRG my disagreements soon.

I am quite sure I shall find them interesting.

> Maybe I'm old school, but I'd expect references to be stable and
> dated.

Agreed there. That's a temporary slot, there for the draft, I believe,
but the final reference should I think be more like:

7. References

   [SAFECURVES] Daniel J. Bernstein and Tanja Lange. SafeCurves:
   choosing safe curves for elliptic-curve cryptography.
   <http://safecurves.cr.yp.to>, accessed 11 November 2014.

   [EFD] Daniel J. Bernstein and Tanja Lange. Explict-Formulas
   Database, Genus-1 curves over large-characteristic fields.
   <http://www.hyperelliptic.org/EFD/g1p/>, accessed
   11 November 2014.

Oddly, archive.org hasn't saved the most recent version. I don't
expect it to disappear, but this RFC is of course going to be around
for a long time.

If anyone knows of a better way to formally cite a webpage in an
informational RFC, please say so; there's very likely already a
process for that which I'm unfamiliar with?

> […] it might help for the spec to state the CFRG's rationale for
> accepting these curves. More practically, ideal would be to advise
> users of the advantages and disadvantages of these curves, over
> others.

Section 1 of the draft would appear to meet that need quite well
already. I'm comfortable with it as it stands.

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