1994-06-17 - Re: Prime magnitude and keys…a ?

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From: “Christian D. Odhner” <cdodhner@indirect.com>
To: Jim choate <ravage@bga.com>
Message Hash: 846e2f6ac75861bad9ad8a6cd0eece14457c70c10f1206815b19826a590a0bed
Message ID: <Pine.3.89.9406170844.A8295-0100000@id1.indirect.com>
Reply To: <199406171451.JAA29719@zoom.bga.com>
UTC Datetime: 1994-06-17 15:05:10 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 17 Jun 94 08:05:10 PDT

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From: "Christian D. Odhner" <cdodhner@indirect.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 94 08:05:10 PDT
To: Jim choate <ravage@bga.com>
Subject: Re: Prime magnitude and keys...a ?
In-Reply-To: <199406171451.JAA29719@zoom.bga.com>
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On Fri, 17 Jun 1994, Jim choate wrote:

> I was wondering if anyone is aware of a function or test which would allow
> a person to feed PGP or other RSA algorithm a test key and then look at
> the result and determine if the key was greater or lesser than the 
> actual key? 
What do you mean by "greater or lesser than the actual key"? If you mean 
number of bits you can do a simply file size comparison, if you mean 
binary numerical value a simple c program _should_ be able to handle that 
without any trouble I think.... although maybe you would need to include 
some of those 'big number' routines I keep hearing about... and you would 
have to strip off any header info before computing.

Happy Hunting, -Chris.

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