Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2006/461
On Post-Modern Cryptography
Abstract: This essay relates to a recent article of Koblitz & Menezes
(Cryptology ePrint Report 2004/152)
that ``criticizes several typical `provable security' results''
and argues that the ``theorem-proof paradigm of theoretical
mathematics is often of limited relevance'' to cryptography.
Although it feels ridiculous to answer such a claim,
we undertake to do so in this essay.
In particular, we point out some of the fundamental philosophical flaws
that underly the said article and some of its misconceptions regarding
theoretical research in Cryptography in the last quarter of a century.
Category / Keywords: foundations / opinion
Date: received 5 Dec 2006
Contact author: oded goldreich at weizmann ac il
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Note: This is an opinion paper, not a technical contribution.
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