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osViews: Cryptography and the Open Source Security Debate

Jul 22, 2004, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"I've been reading Bruce Schneier's Book on cryptography for the last couple of days, and one of the main concepts in the text struck me as interesting.

"One of the points of discussion when looking at the security of a given algorithm is its exposure to scrutiny. Bruce explicitly states that no one should ever trust a proprietary algorithm. He states that with few exceptions, the only relatively secure algorithms are those that have stood the test of time while being poured over by thousands of cryptanalysts..."

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