Re: [ISN] 'Back door' doesn't get very far

From: mea culpa (jerichot_private)
Date: Wed Jul 01 1998 - 22:41:35 PDT

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    Reply From: Matthew Patton <pattont_private>
    >'Back door' doesn't get very far
    > The group was tapped to write a formal government plan
    >known as a ''Federal Information Processing Standard,'' or FIPS, detailing
    >how government agencies should build systems including back doors.
    As we have seen, many gov't agencies get waivers or simply ignore the fools
    who write FIPS guidelines. If they (the committee) ever were to come up
    with some harebrained key recovery, I and my office will studiously ignore
    such nonsense. Even if it means playing stupid: "FIPS xxx? What's that?
    Never heard of it. Sorry it'll take a year to implement broken crypto.
    WE'll have to reissue the contract." etc. Where do we find these idiots?
    It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion, it is by the beans of Java
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