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Bug#799336: general: Prepare for quantum computers breaking encryptions


On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 10:31:05AM +0200, Paul Wise wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Sep 2015 03:42:07 +0300 Victor Porton wrote:
> > We should prepare that invention of quantum computers may break
> > SSH, HTTPS, PGP, and other encryptions we use in practice.

Nice try, NSA.


> This would be a job for the upstream developers of the software we have
> in Debian that supports SSH/HTTPS/PGP etc. I would encourage you to
> research the problems, current and future possible mitigations and
> communicate these to the relevant upstream developers. Once the
> mitigations are implemented then we can adopt them in Debian and
> communicate with our users about how to deploy these mitigations.


> > Also there should be written a user manual about new security threats
> > posed by quantum computers, and how to configure software to get around
> > these problems.
> If you are familiar with these new security threats, I would encourage
> you to document them and their Debian workarounds on the Debian wiki.

+1 again

I would have no idea where to start for quantum safe crypto, and while this
is an issue for upstreams mainly, getting an idea of where Debian is in this
landscape currently and identifying the most important areas that need work
would be a worthwhile use of time in my opinion.


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