1994-01-27 - Multikey crypto

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From: Mike Markley <mmarkley@microsoft.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1994-01-27 01:37:19 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 26 Jan 94 17:37:19 PST

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From: Mike Markley <mmarkley@microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 94 17:37:19 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Multikey crypto
Message-ID: <9401270136.AA13570@netmail2.microsoft.com>
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Since I am relatively new to the field of encryption forgive me if this 
is a FAQ.

Has anyone ever done anything with an encryption scheme that allows 
multiple unlocking keys? What I'm thinking about is a way to encrypt 
some data and then create multiple keys that will decrypt the data. I 
want to be able to encrypt a document and then give multiple people 
access to the document and be able to lock out a key and/or generate 
new keys without having to redistribute keys to everybody that already 
has one. I realize that this makes it easier to attack the encrypted 
information since there are multiple keys to unlock the data but I 
don't consider this a big problem. If someone wants to throw heavy duty 
horsepower at the problem they will crack it eventually anyway.


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