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Re: DSA and RSA AlgIDs

From: EKR <ekr@rtfm.com>
Date: 08 May 2000 08:32:38 -0700
To: tgindin@us.ibm.com
Cc: "Joseph M. Reagle Jr." <reagle@w3.org>, "IETF/W3C XML-DSig WG" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <kjzoq1jbvt.fsf@romeo.rtfm.com>
tgindin@us.ibm.com writes:
>      I think we should change, and not solely for consistency reasons.
> Although the DSS specifies SHA-1, it would be fairly easy to use a DSA key
> with RIPEMD-160, and people might well call that signature algorithm
> "dsa-ripe".
We've been over this ground a number of times already. This doesn't
work. There's a substitution attack on DSA unless the standard
clearly specifies which digest algorithm to use [1].

Check the archives 
and sequelae for a description of the attack.


[1] Except that if you use an extension of DSA with a longer q
then you can use different digest algorithms for each size of q.

[Eric Rescorla                                   ekr@rtfm.com]
          PureTLS - free SSLv3/TLS software for Java
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