Re: Venezuela's voter verified paper trail machines

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Jun 18 2004 - 00:04:22 CDT

On Jun 17, 2004, at 10:19 PM, Charlie Strauss wrote:
> Venezuela is going to use paper trail voting machines. Below is a
> description of the system

Sounds like a really excellent system they've adopted in Venezuela.
Way ahead of the USA, or even of the Australian Capital Territory.

Of course, popular writers sometimes make me wince when they talk about
technology:

> Mujica indicated that the information will be transmitted to the CNE
> via
> telephone lines, or in some cases, by satellite, always in encrypted
> form. The encrypting is extremely rigorous, with a public/private key
> of 128 bits, the strongest that exists. To break this code to change
> the
> data for just one machine would take a gigantic computation center
> more
> than 24 hours, using all of its computational power.

"The strongest that exists"?! Oy vey. Isn't, say, 129 bits stronger?
Or 256, which is also used sometimes?

Even so, breaking 128 bit RSA would take a lot more than one day for a
"gigantic computation center." Wasn't it Bernstein that published a
hypothetical special-purpose RSA cracking computer. I think his
specialized $10M machine would take more like a month to break RSA-128.

Anyway, that's just me sniping. The design seems perfectly fine, and
the key length reasonable. It's just one of those things like movies
where the [bad thing] is "off the scale" that annoys the geek side of
me.
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