>From: "P. Rajaram" <rajaram @
>> 40 bit key (maximum allowed for export from U.S.)
>>> * 1 486 PC would take three (3) years.
>>> * 1,300 486 PCs in parallel would take one (1) day.
>>This is way, way off and wrong.
>>A SPARCstation 2 can try all combinations of a 40 bit RC4 key in about
>>1 hour. (I've tried this.) One PC 486 would probably take less than 3
>I can't argue with empirical evidence--yet these numbers are obviously at
>extreme odds with RSA claims. What gives?
Sorry. My mistake. Its been a while since I checked this.
I remember a SS2 can process a key combination in 30 microsecs.
2^40 * 30usec is one year, NOT 1 hour.