In order to gain exposure and to jumpstart the expert scrutiny that ECC will need if it is to be widely trusted, Certicom is sponsoring a crypto challenge.
6th of December, 1997.
Certicom's professed aim in setting its ECC challenge is to encourage research into secure cryptosystems based on elliptic curve discrete logarithms. Yet Certicom is a member of the Key Recovery Alliance, a lobby group whose purpose is to promote the use of back-doors allowing supposedly secure communications to be intercepted. How are these contradictory positions reconciled?
The solution to your ECCp-79 problem is the residue class of 92221507219705345685350 modulo 466597814831947642887217. It was found by Wayne Baisley and myself using several Digital Alpha workstations running Linux and Digital Unix at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA), at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and at the California Institute of Technology C.S. Department.
The method used was a "birthday paradox" algorithm iterating from a random initial point (one per machine) with a random function (the same on all machines) until a collision was detected at 17:58 today at INRIA, Rocquencourt, France by a 500MHz Linux machine. This machine did 25 billion elliptic curve operations per day. The peak rate of all machines was approximately 6 six times as much. A total of about 1400 billion iterations were performed.
If this is the first correct submission, please send the prize (a copy of "Handbook of Applied Cryptography" and Maple software) to the following address:Robert Harley, c/o Sylvie Loubressac, Projet CRISTAL, INRIA, Domaine de Voluceau - Rocquencourt, 78153 Le Chesnay, France. Thank you, Rob. .-. Robert.Harley@inria.fr .-. / \ .-. .-. / \ / \ / \ .-. _ .-. / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / `-' `-' \ / \ / \ \ / `-' `-' \ / `-' Linux + 500MHz Alpha + 256MB SDRAM = heaven `-'
Robert J. Harley,
16th of December, 1997.
Dear Mr. Gallant,
There are two types of communications. On the one hand are secure communications, intelligible only to their intended recipient, and on the other are all the rest. Between them, as Louis Freeh would say, there is a "bright line". On what side of that line does Certicom stand?
The solution to your ECC2-79 problem is the residue class of 276856274258963891889538 modulo 302231454903954479142443. The work was led by a group of Alpha Linux enthusiasts, and the British Telecom Labs team joined in too. We used about 30 Alphas running Linux, from UDBs up to 600 MHz workstations. Jay Estabrook's new 21264 machine made a cameo appearance! There were also 4 Alphas running Digital Unix.
Contributors were:Andries Brouwer Andries.Brouwer@cwi.nl Christopher Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Zach Brown email@example.com Jay Estabrook Jay.Estabrook@digital.com Rick Gorton firstname.lastname@example.org Oleg Gusev email@example.com Robert Harley Robert.Harley@inria.fr Richard Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org Andy Isaacson email@example.com Greg Lindahl firstname.lastname@example.org Jon Nathan email@example.com Dennis Opacki firstname.lastname@example.org Vance Petree email@example.com Tim Rowley firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Sandfort email@example.com Jason Shiffer firstname.lastname@example.org Aaron Spink email@example.com B.T. Labs Team firstname.lastname@example.org Bart-Jan Vrielink email@example.com Marinos Yannikos firstname.lastname@example.org Xiaoguang Zhang email@example.com some anonymous others.
The method we used was a "birthday paradox" algorithm iterating from a random initial point (one per machine) with a pseudo-random function (the same on all machines) until a collision was detected at 12:47 today. A total of 1737410165382 iterations were performed, finding 1617 "distinguished" points and one collision. Our source code can be downloaded from:
We would like to thank Michael Wiener for sending his paper, co-authored with Paul van Oorschot, in which they suggest using distinguished points for discrete log calculations. We used this idea to simplify our client program.
Thanks also to John Sager who spotted a broken line of code in one version of the program. We were quickly able to verify that it had caused no harm.
If this is the first correct submission, then, well I don't really know what you should do with the prize! Perhaps hold a raffle among the contributors?Thank you, Rob. .-. Robert.Harley@inria.fr .-. / \ .-. .-. / \ / \ / \ .-. _ .-. / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / `-' `-' \ / \ / \ \ / `-' `-' \ / `-' Linux + 500MHz Alpha + 256MB SDRAM = heaven `-'
Robert J. Harley,
12th of January, 1998.
Dear Mr. Gallant,
Please note that this submission, like the previous two, carries a copyright notice. If you wish to quote it on your Web pages, or anywhere else, you may not strip off the copyright notice nor replace it with "Copyright Certicom Corp." or any similar notice.
The solution to your ECCp-89 problem is the residue class of 333373190151749761757285479 modulo 416363315556124458285894983. The calculation was carried out in 24 days by a group of 57 people using Alpha workstations running Linux, Digital Unix, VMS and NetBSD:Zach Brown Jon Reeves Dragisa Duric Tim Rowley Martin Edu John Sager Adrian Escott Michael Sandfort Douglas Frank Mike Schloss Rick Gorton Alex Selkirk Oleg Gusev Al Simons Robert Harley Aaron Spink David Hauan Murray Stokely Dave Hill Adrian En-Wei Sun Richard Holm Peter Swardes Chatchai Janta Greg Thomasraprim Olav Kongas Dimitris Tsapakidis Mika Kortela Jeff Uphoffinen Edward Lee Marko Vendelin Greg Lindah Carlos Vidall Brian Lund Bart-Jan Vrielink Rob Millner Tom Woodburn Francois Morai Berndt Josef Wulfn Pete Murray Marinos Yannikos Jon Nathan Paul Youngand a person who prefers to remain anonymous.
The method we used was a "birthday paradox" algorithm iterating from a random initial point (one per machine) with a pseudo-random function (the same on all machines) until a collision was detected at 15:33 today. A total of 24249418904337 iterations were performed, finding 36345 "distinguished" points and one collision. The British Telecom team found 11333 of the points, people from Digital found 7853, people from INRIA found 4680 and individuals in more than a dozen countries found 12479. Our source code can be downloaded from: http://pauillac.inria.fr/~harley/ecdl2/Bye, Rob. .-. Robert.Harley@inria.fr .-. / \ .-. .-. / \ / \ / \ .-. _ .-. / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / `-' `-' \ / \ / \ \ / `-' `-' \ / `-' Linux + 500MHz Alpha + 256MB SDRAM = heaven `-'