[rc5] Re: One Time Pad

Ray Vanlandingham jamesrv at awod.com
Tue Oct 28 06:29:26 EST 1997


At 10:51 AM 10/27/97 -0600, you wrote:
>> The problem with One Time Pads is getting the KEY to the person who
>> needs it to use for decryption.  The most practical way for doing
>> so is by diplomatic pouch (governments) or courier (businesses).
>> [Writeable CD-ROMs are a godsend.  One can "package" more than 600MB
>> of key into something that is easily carried.]
>
>May I ask why, if a secure transport method has been found, that the
>message itself cannot simply be sent?  (If a message was so ultra-secret
>that a OTP was needed, I'd be much more worried about the human factor of
>data  security than the possibility of the key being brute-forced.)

Your secure transmission method may be sending the keys via a courier, but
the actual messages may be time-critical, so you send them via radio.
Ray Vanlandingham

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