Re: [TLS] (selection criteria for crypto primitives) Re: sect571r1

Jeffrey Walton <noloader@gmail.com> Thu, 16 July 2015 02:27 UTC

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> It seems prudent to keep some diversity of the gene pool and not only have
> curves defined over prime curves. Similarly, one should perhaps have some
> diversity of gene pool criteria within the set of recommend curves and not
> only include special primes. Should some problem with a particular subclass
> show up over time, one then at least has other classes available.
>
> On a general note, I do not understand what is wrong with having a
> dictionary of curves that is well-specified, but whose members are not all
> widely used. To my knowledge, having a dictionary does not force everyone to
> use every term in this (mandatory vs. optional to implement vs. mandatory to
> use, etc.).

Related, see Dan Geer's "Heartbleed as Metaphor",
http://www.lawfareblog.com/heartbleed-metaphor.

Geer says, "Nature teaches that monocultures are so unnatural as to
require constant intervention to maintain."

Jeff