[openssl-users] Stand alone AES-CTR module

Sec_Aficionado secaficionado at gmail.com
Mon May 11 13:12:38 UTC 2015

While implementing one's own security and/or cryptography is certainly not advisable for a novice (or even advanced programmers), creating cipher implementations from scratch is probably one of the best ways to learn and understand the intricacies of the problem at hand.

Learning about the pitfalls and advantages of the algorithms is key for a future security expert. Moreover, denying someone access to help on an open source project is antithetical to the OSS philosophy. How can anyone hope to understand code that by its very nature is cryptic and complex if there's no one willing to help disentangle, at least at a high level, the routines and functions?

InfoSec is a black art today, but it needs to get out of that mode. After the last few years it is clear that unless we open up the understanding of these disciplines, we will be at the mercy of experts with hidden agendas. Only educated users can hope to make correct use of cryptography, or be able to choose the best application for their needs. As we know, even a robust cipher is useless if utilized for the wrong purpose or poorly configured. We can't turn away those with a genuine interest in learning how to use cryptography without dooming ourselves to continue with the status quo.

I appeal to those of you who routinely share your knowledge and try to make a difference here, that you provide some guidance and not turn away people with basic questions like this one. These are the users who may become one day contributors. They should be nurtured and not shunned.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now. Have a great week everyone.

> On May 10, 2015, at 5:58 PM, Mike Mohr <akihana at gmail.com> wrote:
> The task of implementing AES should not be undertaken by a novice programmer.  Please save the world another heartbleed and pick something more in line with your skill level.
>> On May 10, 2015 11:48 AM, "konstantinos Alexiou" <konstantinakos.a at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Sirs,
>> I am new to C programming and i am trying to create an independent to libraries source code for demonstration purposes for AES-CTR mode.Could i have some help on doing that using the source code contained under crypto/aes.
>> Thank you very much in advance. 
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