DES Defies Demise

    Date31 Aug 2004
    CategoryCryptography
    5414
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The deeply embedded crypto algorithm lives on in 3DES, but that standard demands careful design and informed choices.

    You have only until Sept. 9 to object to the federal government's proposed decertification of the Data Encryption Standard. After reading the proposal, I'm tempted to complain that it would not leave DES sufficiently dead. . . . The deeply embedded crypto algorithm lives on in 3DES, but that standard demands careful design and informed choices.

    You have only until Sept. 9 to object to the federal government's proposed decertification of the Data Encryption Standard. After reading the proposal, I'm tempted to complain that it would not leave DES sufficiently dead.

    Many would say that it's already been 15 years since the end of this algorithm's useful life, even though they'd likely agree with the laudatory eulogy by crypto guru Bruce Schneier. Knowledge of DES implementation issues will continue to be important, however, to those who want to build or buy secure systems.

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