Universal security; from bits and mips to pools, lakes - and beyond

@article{Lenstra2013UniversalSF,
  title={Universal security; from bits and mips to pools, lakes - and beyond},
  author={Arjen K. Lenstra and Thorsten Kleinjung and Emmanuel Thom{\'e}},
  journal={IACR Cryptology ePrint Archive},
  year={2013},
  volume={2013},
  pages={635}
}
The relation between cryptographic key lengths and security depends on the cryptosystem used. This leads to confusion and to insecure parameter choices. In this note a universal security measure is proposed that puts all cryptographic primitives on the same footing, thereby making it easier to get comparable security across the board. Current security levels The security of a cryptographic primitive is measured by the effort to break it. If that effort is 2, measured in some agreed upon unit… CONTINUE READING
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