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Re: Password encryption

Pann McCuaig (pann@ourmanpann.com) wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 03, 1999 at 22:24, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> > Pann McCuaig (pann@ourmanpann.com) wrote:

> > > What do you call "discovering" a weak password using the tools created
> > > for that purpose?

> > It is most certainly not decryption.  We usually call it "cracking",
> > or more specifically, "brute-force cracking".

> Please define decryption for me. In my state of ignorance I would have
> thought a simple definition would be "recovering plaintext from
> ciphertext" and wouldn't speak to method.

Well, I'm no cryptographer.  But I always think of decryption as the
deterministic inverse of encryption.  Brute-force cryptanalysis is more
like guesswork.

Perhaps the sci.crypt FAQ could give you a mathematical definition, if
that's what you want.

Greg Wooledge                    | "Truth belongs to everybody."
wooledge@kellnet.com             |   Red Hot Chili Peppers,
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