coondoggie writes: "Is the RSA cryptosystem flawed or is the recent sharp criticism of it the result of poor — or even malicious — implementation of key-generation techniques that appear to have rendered some RSA-based encryption keys crackable? A panel at the RSA Conference yesterday took up that topic, with legendary cryptographers Whitfield Diffie and Ron Rivest on hand to render judgment on an explosive research paper entitled "Ron was wrong, Whit is right," that blasts the RSA cryptosystem co-invented by Rivest and saying crypto techniques pioneered by Diffie are better.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves
up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
-- Winston Churchill