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Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:01:14 +0200
From: Krisztián Pintér <pinterkr@...il.com>
To: Bill Cox <waywardgeek@...il.com>
CC: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] Re: Proposed changes to author's code


Bill Cox (at Sunday, April 6, 2014, 9:31:59 PM):
> Also, I want to start recording some data for each entry that will
> help in automated testing. ...

never starve a volunteer of information when he wants to work. this is
the comment i have added to gambit PHS:

/* PHC interface function
 * in:
 *   out      - buffer receiving the derived key
 *   outlen   - size of the desired key in bytes
 *   in       - password, treated as raw bytes
 *   inlen    - password length in bytes, 0<=inlen<=151
 *   salt     - 16 byte salt
 *   saltlen  - must be 16
 *   t_cost   - time cost, t_cost>0, t_cost+2 is the number of keccak-f invokations
 *   m_cost   - in 64 bit words. must be odd, and m_cost<=17*t_cost/4
 * out:
 *   retval   - always 0
 *   *out     - filled with outlen bytes of key
 *
 * the derived key is a pseudorandom function of the password and the salt,
 * but NOT of the length. calling PHS with the same salt and password, but
 * different outlen will result in one key being the prefix of the other.
 *
 * claimed security level is 128 bits.
 *
 * IMPLEMENTATION LIMITATIONS
 * these limitations exist in this implementation, but not fundamental, and
 * can be easily removed.
 *   outlen: must be at most 168.
 *   m_cost: an array of uint64[m_cost] will be allocated using new.
 */

recommended parameters:

t_cost:
  14k    for 10ms-ish
  140k   for 100ms-ish
  1.4m   for 1s-ish

these are optimized keccak numbers, not the barely optimized version
included in the submission. it is approx 1/4 as fast.

m_cost can be chosen independently with the given maximum limitation.


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