Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2011/659
Formally Assessing Cryptographic Entropy
Daniel R. L. Brown
Abstract: Cryptography relies on the secrecy of keys. Measures of information, and thus secrecy, are called entropy. Previous work does not formally assess the cryptographically appropriate entropy of secret keys.
This report defines several new forms of entropy appropriate for cryptographic situations. This report defines statistical inference methods appropriate for assessing cryptographic entropy.
Category / Keywords: foundations / Entropy Assessment, Key Generation
Date: received 6 Dec 2011, last revised 2 Jan 2013
Contact author: dbrown at certicom com
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Note: Cited Bonneau and Boztas for a previous version of working entropy.
Version: 20130102:185223 (All versions of this report)
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