[E-Lang] Re: [EROS-Arch] Liquid software requirements.

Ben Laurie ben@algroup.co.uk
Mon, 01 Jan 2001 18:18:54 +0000

"Mark S. Miller" wrote:
> At 04:51 AM Monday 1/1/01, Ben Laurie wrote:
> >> AFAIK, the only compelling needs for special purpose hardware are good
> >> entropy and TEMPEST shielding.  (And Opaque Boxes as well, if you're into
> >> that sort of thing.)
> >
> >There are at least two other compelling needs: performance and security
> >- special purpose hardware can protect private keys.
> For performance, what need is there other than to support PK operations?
> Don't you agree that special purpose hardware is inappropriate for single
> key operations

I don't understand why.

> (as well as hashing)?

Yes, hashing is too fast to bother with special hardware.

> For protecting private keys, what is there besides TEMPEST-shielding and
> Opaque Boxes http://www.agorics.com/agoricpapers/aos/aos.6.html#section6.1.2 ?

Sorry, didn't understand the reference to Opaque Boxes. But that is
indeed what I meant.




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