Re: [Cfrg] New names for draft-ladd-safecurves

Bodo Moeller <bmoeller@acm.org> Wed, 22 January 2014 09:22 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Cfrg] New names for draft-ladd-safecurves
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>
> > ("Curve" isn't very descriptive, but I've yet to see a more descriptive
> name
> > for this curve that is actually helpful.)
>
> NIST isn't useful either as a prefix, but we live with it.
>

I'm fine with "Curve-255-19" (plus possibly a postfix) given that
"Curve25519" is a reasonably well-known and reasonably unique name in the
research literature, but I think that "Curve" is much worse a prefix than
"NIST".  While the latter also doesn't tell you anything specific about a
given curve, at least it tells you who assigned that name, whereas "Curve"
is more of a generic honorific than an actual name (curves without "Curve"
in their name are curves just as much as the others).