Re: [TLS] Off-topic: RC4

"Peter Yee" <peter@akayla.com> Mon, 30 June 2014 00:14 UTC

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From: "Peter Yee" <peter@akayla.com>
To: "'Paul Hoffman'" <paul.hoffman@vpnc.org>, "'Salz, Rich'" <rsalz@akamai.com>
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I think the Wikipedia entry does a decent job of describing the situation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rc4#History

		-Peter Yee

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Subject: [TLS] Off-topic: RC4


On Jun 29, 2014, at 4:26 PM, Salz, Rich <rsalz@akamai.com> wrote:

> As I recall, RC4 also had some special issues that we turned a blind eye
too, like being called "ARC4" for some time.
>  
> Perhaps someone directly involved can refresh my memory?

It was maybe a copyright issue about the source code, but definitely a
trademark issue on the hame, so someone did a clean-source reimplementation
and gave it a new name. ARC4 and RC4 were shown to interoperate fully.

--Paul Hoffman
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