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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] Make cryptoapi non-optional?
On Fri, Aug 15, 2003 at 09:55:03AM +0200, Andries Brouwer wrote:
> The lemma that you believe in, applied to x and z, says
> entropy(x) >= entropy(x xor z)
> entropy(z) >= entropy(x xor z)
> This "lemma", formulated in this generality, is just plain nonsense.

Indeed. In the context of x = first 80 bits of SHA-1 hash, y = second
80 bits of SHA-1 hash, we are assuming that the entropy of x and y are
basically equal. Then xoring them together gives us no benefit over
taking just one or the other, and may reduce the entropy if the output
of SHA-1 is correlated between the two halves in any way (which seems
more likely than not).

Including a little more context, then:

If entropy(x) == entropy(y), then:

entropy(x) >= entropy(x xor y)
entropy(y) >= entropy(x xor y)

Amusingly, someone already worked their way backwards from my post
without the benefit of any context to find that it implied that
entropy(x) == entropy(y). I should know better than to assume that
people have read the entire thread before posting.

Apologies to Matt for sidetracking the discussion. He has come up
with a nice solution despite our kibitzing.

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