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17% Smaller DES S-box Circuits Found 45

solardiz writes "DES is still in use, brute-force key search remains the most effective attack on it, and it is an attractive building block for certain applications (the key size may be increased e.g. with 3DES). Openwall researchers, with funding from Rapid7, came up with 17% shorter Boolean expressions representing the DES S-boxes. Openwall's John the Ripper 1.7.8 tests over 20 million combinations against DES-based crypt(3) per second on a Core i7-2600K 3.4 GHz, which roughly corresponds to a DES encryption speed of 33 Gbps."

Comment Re:Processor use (Score 1) 129

Exactly. This is why the "application" is a bad idea. I understand the goal of moving "heavy lifting" to the cloud and having "thin" clients. However, it appears that the "thin" client envisioned here is a machine that parses and interprets lots and lots of text. It's so inefficient and wasteful. As a hardware designer, we keep making mobile devices more powerful and energy efficient all so lazy programmers can throw steaming piles of crap onto the devices. It's a hack on top of a hack on top of a hack. Some sort of binary protocol where minimal bytes are passed between server and client is needed here.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 646

What is the largest consumer of power in a mobile device? The screen. If you need less power to get the same brightness, that's better battery life and I'll take it along with the other aforementioned benefits such as color reproduction and specular reflection vs diffuse to allow viewing in the outdoors.

Comment Re:He's right (Score 1) 357

You are free to do that. Some, such as corporate customers or those just concerned about security, may want the original binaries as compiled by the company that is selling them. As snowgirl pointed out, you are not free to take those binaries and redistribute them at will.

I like this. This is the type of open source business model that I think a lot of people have been looking for. We want our software to be open. We also want to feed ourselves and our families.

Comment Re:Server technology? (Score 1) 271

Making a copy of digital information is either lossless or the copy is in error. The making of an analog copy is lossy due to any or all of thermal, electrical, and mechanical noise. The analog copy is also lossy due to bandwidth limits and nonlinearities of the components of the analog system.

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