Wed Nov 19 18:23:30 CET 2003
jjl at pobox.com (John J. Lee) writes:
> Quite. I don't understand why it's deprecated. We've known since the
> fifties that the algorithm is broken, so wasn't it clear from the
> start that this was for obfuscation, not strong encryption? Shouldn't
> we just add a warning to the docs (if there's not one there already)??
No. Using weak cryptographic algorithms for obfuscation should itself
be deprecated. If there's a need to obfuscate something, that means
that somebody is trying to read it when you don't want them to, and
the correct countermeasure is real encryption, not obfuscation.
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