In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, David Bernier <email@example.com> writes: >On 01/04/2013 12:01 AM, JT wrote:
>> Does the RSA challenges have a given time complexity of factoring the >> primeproduct, or did they have one that changed during resent years? > >The RSA challenge numbers are still available somewhere. >The contests for prize money has been discontinued. > >I think many remain unfactored, as far as the general >public knows, i.e. outside cryptologic agencies and >government cipher schools. > >They would deliberately choose n = p*q, p, q odd primes >with the digit length of p and q being about half that >of the composite number `n'.
I'm surpised. I would have expected them to pick p and q with significantly different lengths. Doesn't a simplistic attack like Fermat's method get much easier when p and q are close in magnitude?
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