Generation Flaw Found in RSA Keys

By Robert Vamosi | 2/15/12 2:21 AM

With a witty title, the academic paper "Ron Was Wrong, Whit Was Right" is sure to stir controversy int he days going into the annual RSA conference in San Francisco later this month. "Ron" is Ron Rivest, the "R" in the RSA algorithm, while "Whit" is Whit Diffe, author of the Diffe-Hellman algorithm. Both are gentleman are the authors of popular public key encryption systems, however researchers now say that "RSA is significantly riskier than for \single-secret" ones such as ElGamal or (EC)DSA which are based on Diffe-Hellman."

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