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Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:52:28 +0000
From: "Poul-Henning Kamp" <>
To:, Thomas Pornin <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] Quick gripe... in case there's ever another contest

In message <>, Thomas Pornin writes:

>(In fact, my opinion is that a _reference_ implementation, meant to test
>other implementations for correctness, should be done in a language
>which does NOT have undefined or architecture-dependent behaviour. C
>should be banned for that; [...]

I look at it the other way:  It should be written only in plain
ISO C, so that it does not depend on deep, complex and often
quite buggy stacks of "middleware".

Password scrambling is a systems function, systems are written in C.

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