Template talk:Cryptography stream
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Breaking up the cipher list
The analogous template for block ciphers has a short list of common ciphers, and a long list of others.
In order of how widely used they are, the most notable stream ciphers I can think of are:
- RC4, the most widely used
- Block ciphers in CTR and OFB mode
- The PKZIP algorithm, old and insecure but also widely used
- SEAL, which is frequently discussed although I don't know of any application using it (probably because of patents)
Maybe we could separate out RC4, SEAL, PKZIP (with PKZIP linking to a section of ZIP (file format))? And link to CTR and OFB modes and Stream cipher weaknesses on another line? Curious what y'all think.
- I'm all for making these templates more usable, but the only "common" cipher that I can think of is really RC4. I would argue that the PKZIP cipher is not common, because the zip file format is mostly used for compression rather than encryption anyway — and as far as I can tell, it's the only application where this cipher has been used in history. All crypto-capable zip implementations also implement AES these days.
- By this standard, A5 and E0 would also be on the list because they're implemented in every GSM and Bluetooth device respectively. But I don't consider them "common" because they were designed for a single application only and not employed anywhere else. -- intgr [talk] 17:50, 16 January 2008 (UTC)