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Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:20:00 -0400
From: Bill Cox <waywardgeek@...hershed.org>
To: discussions@...sword-hashing.net
Subject: Re: [PHC] A review per day - Schvrch

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On 09/02/2014 08:32 AM, Krisztián Pintér wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM, Bill Cox
> <waywardgeek@...hershed.org> wrote:
> 
>> I do believe that basic input checking should be part of the
>> reference design.
> 
> two observations.
> 
> 1. no, at this stage, we don't need input checking at all. this is
> not a library, but a reference. that is, documentation of the
> algorithm.
> 
> 2, even in a library, i suggest using only assert-s, if at all.
> such a low level subprogram does not have any better means of
> communicating an error condition that should not happen in the
> first place. it is the responsibility of the caller to use correct
> parameters.
> 

While I disagree,  input range checking is only a minor tweak.  I
think you would agree that this must be done before the PHC publishes
reference code for the statement  I am doing a *lot* of attacking PHC
candidates right now, I personally would appreciate input checking, so
I don't waste time showing that an entry is weak against invalid
inputs.  I appreciated POMELO's statement that t_cost + m_cost  should
be >= 8 for reasonable security.  That kept me from launching attacks
with lower values, where I think I could do some damage.

Bill
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