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Sun's Whitfield Diffie on Cyptography, Privacy, and Security on Solaris 10 OS

Posted by marinasum on November 30, 2006 at 7:34 AM PST

Sun's chief security officer, Whitfield Diffie, expounds on the public-key cryptography, the elliptic curve, and information security in an October interview published on Sun Inner Circle. His answer to the first question on the effect of the 1976 Diffie-Hellman paper that "ushered in the age of public-key cryptography" was certainly humorous, "It's like having 15 minutes of fame: I did one good hour of work in 1976 and I've been making a living off of it ever since." How marvelous for him.Another interesting Q&A addresses whether or not privacy still exists on the Web. Part of Whitfield's answer goes, "The good thing about the modern world is how quickly information gets around. That isn't entirely compatible with privacy." And that makes for a tremendous challenge for the security folks, too.

Whitfield also talks about the security features of the Solaris 10 OS: Zones, the Privilege System, Trusted Extensions, and the Cryptographic Framework. I learned a lot from reading his insights.

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