Kris Maglione bsdaemon at
Mon Jan 17 22:36:43 PST 2005

Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
On Tue, Jan 11, 2005 at 08:30:42PM +0000, Jonathon McKitrick wrote:

I heard from a reputable source that DSA is better than RSA for login.  I
have been looking on the web, and I have read that (a) RSA is faster to
verify and (b) RSA is just a better protocol.

RSA and DSA are crypto algorithms. DSA offers better security with shorter
key lenght because it doesn't add as strong requirements as RSA does.
This should result in higher processing speed. The interesting part is
now that a good DSA key is harder to create than a good RSA key, for the
latter you just need a pseudo-prime. This might be what they mean with 
faster to verify.

So, what about "(b) RSA is just a better protocol [(algorighm)]"?
I've read a few pieces which recommend RSA over DSA, although most 
crypto programs (OpenSSL/SSH etc.) say RSA is depricated/a last resort. 
Any insights?

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