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SubjectRe: [PATCH] DES LOOP Supportx (fwd)
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> Date: Wed, 19 Jun 1996 00:53:16 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Kevin M Bealer <>

> DES is a fairly recent US government standard correct? The US government

No, DES is about 20 years old.

> has proposed that all encryption methods have back doors so that the
> government can get into them, correct? Would they have designed DES in such
> a way that it is unbreakable, or in such a way that a person who knew how to
> get into it, can do so at will.

Actually its main weakness is that it has a 56 bit key length, which is
generally considered too short. DES has been intensivly studied, and seems
not to have any back doors (of course you never know that for sure).


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