Re: Sun Ray and alternative hardware (was rudy de haas)

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 14:15:53 CDT

On Fri, 28 May 2004, David Mertz wrote:

> ... or anyone who has seen all the many "unbreakable" encryption systems

Given that our data is relatively small and that we have a known number of
data sources (precincts) it is possible to generate one-time pads (pairs
of CD's filled with truely random numbers, one copy to the precinct and
one to the place where the data is going.) As long as those two CD's
aren't compromised we would be using the strongest of all encryption
mechanisms.

I'm not suggesting we do this - I think that there is less room for
screwing up by using a well managed public-key system. (E.g. losing one
of the pads in a one-time pad system is a) too easy and b) typically
causes 100% data loss.)

                --karl--
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