Re: [Cfrg] ECC reboot (Was: When's the decision?)

Benjamin Black <b@b3k.us> Fri, 17 October 2014 23:48 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Cfrg] ECC reboot (Was: When's the decision?)
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On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill@hallambaker.com
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>> > That depends on whether you are looking for a reason to include or
>> exclude.
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>> > At the ~512 level, what I am looking for is a curve that absolutely
>> > nobody is going to be able to suggest is suspect as being bongoed.
>> > 2^512 is a round number that needs no explanation. 2^521 isn’t.
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>> I’m not sure what you mean by “bongoed”.  I do not believe that 2^521-1
>> has been struck rhythmically by hands, or has been played as a melody on
>> bongos.
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> Got at by the NSA.
>

If the NSA is capable of causing numbers to be Mersenne primes then we
should all pack it in immediately.


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