[RC5] Statistics of Key Distribution
j-zbiciak1 at ti.com
Wed Apr 15 13:29:11 EDT 1998
'gindrup at okway.okstate.edu' said previously:
| Well... Actually... The Normal Distribution is what you get in the
| limit of infinite numbers of dice. It's convenient however that the
| sequence of distributions converges somewhat rapidly to its limit.
| This result is called the "Central Limit Theorem".
| What this has to do with Distributed Computing, Cracking, RC5, DES,
| programming, UI issues, or DCTI is entirely beyond me.
Random factoid which may make this (only very slightly) relevant to
It is this theorem which highlights why checksums based just on adding
together a series of numbers (esp. modulo a large accumulator size) don't
work nearly as well as a stronger hashing function such as a CRC or a
cryptographically strong hash such as RMD-160 or MD5.
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