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Re: Re: Re: Encrypting Largish Files

by projekt21 (Friar)
on Sep 26, 2001 at 21:02 UTC ( #114863=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Encrypting Largish Files
in thread Encrypting Largish Files

Partially right. PGP uses private (symetric) key encryption for the data and public (asymetric) key encryption for the secret (symetric) key. Clever guy that Phil, eh?

alex pleiner <alex@zeitform.de>
zeitform Internet Dienste

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Re4: Encrypting Largish Files
by blakem (Monsignor) on Sep 27, 2001 at 03:27 UTC
    Zimmerman deserves his plaudits, though this one might be a bit misguided... It was actually Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman that came up with the concept of asymetric keys... Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Len Adleman (RSA) get credit for finding a mathematical algorithm that is suitable for this purpose. And Phil Zimmerman deserves credit for implementing the algorithm in code, and for the balls to release it openly in spite of the government and RSA breathing down his neck.

    For further information I'd recommend Simon Singh's The Code Book.

    -Blake

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