There’s a time-honored debugging method known as “Rubber Duck Debugging” in which one explains a process to others, or sometimes even to an inanimate object. The goal isn’t to get comments or notes during the explanation, but rather to come to a better understanding of the subject (or to find bugs) solely via the act of explaining itself. If you find anything wrong please notify me in the comments and I’ll do my best to correct it (corrections will be underlined with redactions in red, additions in green). Today I’ll be talking my way through the basics of RSA encryption. As you read, keep in mind that this is a grossly simplified model, meant only to illustrate. In real-world application, the key sizes, block sizes etc would all be much larger, but I don’t feel like raising anything to a 300+ digit long exponent so… [Read more…]
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