Re: Cracking preshared keys
From: Derek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: "Derek" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2003 23:30:31 -0400
> Mitigation of this risk is to use, as long as practical, strong
> pre-shared keys, and to change them frequently. In Cisco IOS
> the PSK can be up to 128 characters in length. According to
> estimates, one character carries from 1.3 to up to 4 bits of
> This means that the password can have, at maximum, anywhere
> to 512 bits of entropy. The length of the PSK should be
> by your security policy.
Just an interesting note about the above comment.
By generating 93 bytes of "cryptographic calibre" randomness, and
then base64 encoding it, you will have a password that has 744
(93*8) bits of entropy, but is 128 bytes long. If a more
efficient encoding mechanism is used (one that uses the full
valid character set on a cisco, which I don't know personally) a
larger key could potentially be generated.
If a strong key such as the one described above is used,
according to some estimates, this will take a _very_ long time to