Re: partially encrypted filesystem

From: Jörn Engel
Date: Fri Dec 05 2003 - 08:06:45 EST

On Thu, 4 December 2003 19:18:26 +0000, David Wagner wrote:
> What? No. Modern cryptosystems are designed to be secure against
> known plaintext attacks. Making your system more convoluted merely to
> avoid providing known plaintext is a lousy design approach: the extra
> complexity usually adds more risk than it removes.

All cryptosystems are designed around the hope that noone figures out
how to break them. Many smart people trying and failing to do so
gives a good general feeling, but nothing more. It remains hope.

How can you claim that modern cryptosystems are immune to known
plaintext attacks?


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