[Hardware] Notes... The case for an open client

Dan Oetting dan_oetting at uswest.net
Tue Aug 17 03:41:11 EDT 2004

On Aug 16, 2004, at 10:29 PM, Elektron wrote:

> 232/456 bits are ones. That's a little on the high side, but only by 
> 37%.

I think what you intended to say is that 37% of all truly random 
samples would have as many or more excess 1's.

Then too, another 37% would have 4 or more excess 0's. That's 3/4ths of 
all random samples should be at least this far from normal. Maybe 
what's abnormal here is that the number of 0's and 1's are too close to 
even! :-)

Has anybody considered what effect the odd parity of the DES keys might 
have on the run length bias? (Thanks to Bovine's post for the reminder)

PS: The use of Armageddon to crack the strongest cyphers has already 
been discovered. Lookup the news on "Russians break RSA" for the 

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