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Massey  states that reliable sources have suggested that the Moscow-Washington hot-line (channel for very high level communications) is no longer secured with a one-time pad, which has been replaced by a symmetric-key cipher requiring a much shorter key. This change would indicate that confidence and understanding in the å c 1997 by CRC Press, Inc. — See accompanying notice at front of chapter. 14 Notes and further references 47 ability to construct very strong symmetric-key encryption schemes exists.
44 Ch. 4 Perspective for computational security To evaluate the security of cryptographic schemes, certain quantities are often considered. 69 Definition The work factor ➦④➧ is the minimum amount of work (measured in appropriate units such as elementary operations or clock cycles) required to compute the private key ➨ given the public key ➩ , or, in the case of symmetric-key schemes, to determine the secret key ➫ . More specifically, one may consider the work required under a ciphertext-only attack given ➭ ciphertexts, denoted ➦ ➧✱➯ ➭✡➲ .
The historical work factor ➦ ➧ varies with time as algorithms and technology improve. It corresponds to computational security, whereas ➦ ➧ corresponds to the true security level, although this typically cannot be determined. How large is large? 4 described how the designer of an encryption system tries to create a scheme for which the best approach to breaking it is through exhaustive search of the key space. The key space must then be large enough to make an exhaustive search completely infeasible.