One Time Pad (was: Re: [rc5] The DOS client appears at last!)

Chris Grantham casper at
Mon Oct 27 07:27:47 EST 1997

Thompson, Christopher wrote:

> >Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 14:15:35 +0200
> >From: Jo Hermans <Jo.Hermans at>
> >Subject: Re: [rc5] The DOS client appears at last!
> >
> >On the other hand, you use the Bovine "brute force attack" against
> any
> >encryption algorithm. It's just a matter of patience : some will
> crack
> >sooner than others.
> Not quite true.  There will never be a successful brute force attack
> on
> a properly implemented One Time Pad because the OTP is mathematically
> secure.  No technology will ever crack it.

Hmm. Never (No.. ever) is a strong word, and one that is frequently over
used. Maybe you could explain to the laymen (such as myself) on the
group what OTP is, and why it is completely secure (and maybe why we
aren't all using it for encryption ;->  ).

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