Re: [Cfrg] should the CFRG really strive for consensus?

Adam Langley <agl@imperialviolet.org> Wed, 31 December 2014 14:44 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Cfrg] should the CFRG really strive for consensus?
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On Dec 31, 2014 1:50 PM, "Christoph Anton Mitterer" <calestyo@scientia.net>
wrote:
> I think it's really a bad idea for the CFRG to strive so much for
> consensus.

If you believe in the security of curve25519 then you also believe in the
security of Microsoft's current position at ~128 bits. They have the same
structure and thus strictly the same strength.

There's /no/ possibility of weakening anything, mathematically, with a
different base point (in the correct subgroup) or by using an isogeny.

IRTF groups do not, technically, have to reach consensus. However, everyone
does have to function on the same Internet at the end of the day.

Cheers

AGL