| > This is not exactly a question about firewalls, but I believe
| > it is not completely off topic:
| > I know I may not import encryption software, with support
| > for DES keys bigger than 40 bits, from the USA, without a
| > special permit. But what prevents me from including the
| > 128 bit DES algorithm in an application developed in-house?
| Nothing. Except maybe local laws. Here in Russia no one cares about
| even that.
You might also consider the fact that des hasa 56 bit key and
a 64 bit block, and that most proposed changes to the algorithim have
been shown to weaken it.
Nothing prevents you from using IDEA, Blowfish or RC5 with 128
bit keys. I'm fond of 3des when the horsepower is available.
"Well, that depends. Do you mind the end of civilization as we know