[kwlug-disc] Stronger SSH keys and SSL certificates

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon Apr 21 18:14:24 EDT 2014


The NSA did backdoor certain things, for example the Elliptical Curve
Random Number Generator

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_EC_DRBG

The algorithm is in many libraries, such as OpenSSL, BSAFE (from RSA),
Microsoft and Cisco. Only BSAFE used it by default.

But that is the RNG, not a cipher.

So, again, what I am looking for is what options, besides more number of
bits, would be helpful in hardening certificates more than default settings.

For example, an SSL certificate for SoylentNews is:
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256

http://soylentnews.org/comments.pl?sid=993&cid=24444

I am mainly looking for for SSH keys, as well as SSL certificates.
-- 
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
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