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

Header Data

From: Jim choate <ravage@bga.com>
To: perry@imsi.com
Message Hash: acc2d1c1ea112eac7b3cece43d470b75d6f0044654287ffe0dd4a7320082b0b3
Message ID: <199406171835.NAA09573@zoom.bga.com>
Reply To: <9406171808.AA02606@snark.imsi.com>
UTC Datetime: 1994-06-17 18:36:01 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 17 Jun 94 11:36:01 PDT

Raw message

From: Jim choate <ravage@bga.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 94 11:36:01 PDT
To: perry@imsi.com
Subject: Re: Prime magnitude and keys...a ?
In-Reply-To: <9406171808.AA02606@snark.imsi.com>
Message-ID: <199406171835.NAA09573@zoom.bga.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text

> I could believe some sort of amazing mathematical breakthrough that
> produced a factoring algorithm that was polynomial in N. The notion
> that one will show up thats not merely polynomial but actually
> logarithmic in N is, I would say, in the "beyond pipe dream" state. I
> might believe something like that showing up someday -- stranger
> things have happened -- but I have an incredible amount of trouble
> believing that one exists now and has merely been overlooked by people
> smart enough to find an amazing result and too stupid to know what
> their result implied.
> Perry
I am *NOT* talking about factoring anything. Perhaps this is why you 
are having a problem understanding what I am asking. I don't care what
the original key is, simply am I above it or below it. I don't see this
as a 1 to 1 with factoring large digit numbers.

I am less than convinced by this line of reasoning, if somebody has looked
at it why is there no mention in the texts on number theory or crypto that
I have access to? I am no expert and have not read all the texts in their
entirety, too busy building rockets and working on my own internet feed,
which is why I asked if anyone could point me to some prior work. I myself
find it hard to believe that such could be possible but one thing is certain
about life, it isn't.

Take care...