Crypto Easter Eggs in Software

  • 27 May 2015

The Logjam paranoia is spreading. After decades of using software with cryptographic features, every couple of months researchers discover features and code from the dawn of communication over the Internet. DES, 40/56/64 bit keys, RC4, 16 bit primes (yes, you read that right), and a lot more legacy cruft is still in memory on computer systems all over the world. Unless the code bases get cleaned up LibreSSL-style, there will be more of these ghosts from the past.

Delete these lines of code, remove the dependencies. No excuses.

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