1994-05-27 - Re: (fwd) Re: NSA Helped Yeltsin Foil 1991 Coup

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <perry@imsi.com>
To: Jay Prime Positive <jpp@jpplap.markv.com>
Message Hash: 58140dab0b3894ca453570a68d20a24a64824011466063560701f494864718f4
Message ID: <9405271908.AA09401@snark.imsi.com>
Reply To: <m0q76Cl-0003paC@jpplap>
UTC Datetime: 1994-05-27 19:09:10 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 27 May 94 12:09:10 PDT

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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@imsi.com>
Date: Fri, 27 May 94 12:09:10 PDT
To: Jay Prime Positive <jpp@jpplap.markv.com>
Subject: Re: (fwd) Re: NSA Helped Yeltsin Foil 1991 Coup
In-Reply-To: <m0q76Cl-0003paC@jpplap>
Message-ID: <9405271908.AA09401@snark.imsi.com>
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Jay Prime Positive says:
>    Date: Fri, 27 May 1994 14:21:28 -0400
>    From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@imsi.com>
>    We are all very dependent on things like MD5 and IDEA, which may or
>    may not actually be secure. We should bear this in mind.
> If you suspect that some of the non DOD/NSA cyphers might be broken,
> but you are not ready to employ one-time-pads, then you should
> threshold you mesages into N parts so that all N are needed to recover
> the original.  Then encrypt each part under a different cypher.

Its far simpler to encrypt your message with multiple systems, one
after another, than to break it up in the manner you suggest, and the
security is in fact better that way than in the manner you suggest.