Unformatted text preview: (1) using weak cryptosystems—i.e., cryptosystems that the proper authorities (but also everybody else!) could crack with a moderate effort—or (2) surrendering, a priori, their secret key to the authority. It is not surprising that such alternatives have legitimately alarmed many concerned citizens, generating as reaction the feeling that privacy should come before national security and law enforcement. Key escrow is the heart of the U.S. government’s Clipper program and its Escrowed Encryption Standard. The challenge here is to develop a cryptosystem that both protects individual privacy but at the same time allows for court-authorized wiretaps. Previous Table of Contents Next Products | Contact Us | About Us | Privacy | Ad Info | Home Use of this site is subject to certain Terms & Conditions, Copyright © 1996-2000 EarthWeb Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of EarthWeb is prohibited. Read EarthWeb's privacy statement. To access the contents, click the chapter and section titles. Applied Cryptography, Second Edition: Protocols, Algorthms, and Source Code in C (cloth)
Brief Full Advanced Search Search Tips (Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) Author(s): Bruce Schneier ISBN: 0471128457 Publication Date: 01/01/96 Search this book:
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----------- The Escrowed Encryption Standard gets its security from tamperproof hardware. Each encryption chip has a unique ID number and secret key. This key is split into two pieces and stored, along with the ID number, by two different escrow agencies. Every time the chip encrypts a data file, it first encrypts the session key with this unique secret key. Then it transmits this encrypted session key and its ID number over the communications channel. When some law enforcement agency wants to decrypt traffic encrypted with one of these chips, it listens for the ID number, collects the appropriate keys from the escrow age...
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