## Microsoft Demonstrates Practical Homomorphic Computing 141

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holy_calamity writes

*"Homomorphic computing makes it possible to compute with encrypted data and get an encrypted result, something that could make cloud services more secure. Such systems have so far been mathematical proofs, but researchers at Microsoft now say that stripped down versions able to only compute certain mathematical functions are efficient enough to be used today. They built prototype software capable of calculating statistical functions using encrypted data and say it could be used for processing medical data while protecting privacy."*
## performance (Score:3)

FTFA: "It added together 100 numbers, each 128 binary digits long, in 20 milliseconds."

wow. just wow.

It works, but at this speed not production-ready. a proof of concept, not much more.

(otoh, it is nice to see that MS still invests in basic research)

## Re: (Score:3)

(otoh, it is nice to see that MS still invests in basic research)

They do a lot of research...unfortunately most of it ends up in a coffin buried deep underground.

## Re:performance (Score:4, Informative)

Well, MS research publishes pretty regularly. The problem is just that MS proper does not listen to them at all. MS research has time and again demonstrated that something was stupid, only to have MS proper do it later or continue to do it.

## Re: (Score:2)

Microsoft gets a lot of crap but many of their products recently have been great, especially with regard to the GUI. Windows 7 is the best version of Windows ever. It has been very stable (on proper hardware) and runs pretty quickly. Windows Home Server 2011 allows a home operator to backup the computers of his entire network onto his servers without much of a hassle.

## Re: (Score:3)

Windows Home Server 2011

allowsa home operator to backup the computers of his entire network onto his servers without much of a hassle.The only time I want my software to "allow" me to do something is when I'm crossing authentication domains. The rest of the time I would like it to "help" or "enable" me to do things.

## Re: (Score:2)

I bluescreened a win7 packard bell netbook by trying to do something esoteric as... tethering an android phone (an ideos).

I had to try with a linux machine to understand what was going on, that is tethering worked - got the ip - but the phone wasn't on the network. Just an episode of course, but not very promising given the little time i spend on win.

Anyway... I'd take a linux desktop that crashes twice a day instead of reverting to the old days of windows in my workplace - type the license key, download th

## Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

not really, microsoft research is pretty big and they publish basically everything. Google on the other hand keeps its research to itself.

## Re:performance (Score:5, Informative)

http://research.google.com/pubs/papers.html [google.com]

That's some serious hording going on there.

## Re: (Score:2)

According to the page that you have linked, "Below is a partial list of categories in which people have published after joining Google. There is also a list organized by year, and an atom feed is also available. "

These are not research projects specifically funded by Google, but rather published by people working at Google.

## Re: (Score:2)

That's because Google doesn't do "traditional" research like the other R&D shops...

Here:

http://matt-welsh.blogspot.com/2011/01/does-google-do-research.html [blogspot.com]

Basically every employee at Google is a Research Employee. If they publish a paper while working at Google it's considered by Google to be Google research. (After all, they are working for Google while doing that research...)

So you aren't going to see "Google Research publishes..." because they allow the people/person doing the research take credit.

## Re: (Score:2)

(otoh, it is nice to see that MS still invests in basic research)

They do a lot of research...unfortunately most of it ends up in a coffin buried deep underground.

So it's not as if it was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.

## Re: (Score:3)

In the article a researcher says, "You can still do a lot of statistical functions and perform analysis like logistical regression, which is used to do things like predict how likely a person is to have a heart attack."

Okay, but statistical analysis like that isn't particularly computationally-intensive. At some point, an authorised person is going to look at the data (of course), and they can perform the statistical analysis then. That's the way it's done now.

I just don't see how valuable any analysis will

## Re: (Score:2)

the system doesn't have an understanding about what the data represents

Isn't the point that the system knows what the data represents, just not what the actual values are? So, for instance (as a trivial example), it could take your encrypted blood pressure, age, and weight and output an encrypted number corresponding to your risk of heart attack, without ever actually knowing the real value of the input or the output.

## The point being... (Score:2)

This brings us back to:

Okay, but statistical analysis like that isn't particularly computationally-intensive.

You might as well decrypt the data on the client device and calculate it there. Even javascript execution of the associated arithmetic on a 3-year old iphone is going to be sufficient for the given use cases. The volume of data to transfer all the data versus just the results could be interesting in some problems, but in general I just think the horrible inefficiency and inherent limitations make this an academic-only exercise at this point.

## Re: (Score:2)

Sure that might be a use. The bigger reason though is you can implement your DRM so that the DRM logic and the decryption keys that need to be on the end user device are encrypted and never decrypted on the end user device, instead they run via this. But for that it needs to be faster, since you are effectively building boolean logic with it and running on that.

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But crappy performance is actually a selling point for more performing hardware, I guess some guys are already rubbing their hands and waiting for this tech to be a lil more feasible, so that they can have it mandated by law in some sectors that suddenly will require much more computing power to do the same old things.

## Re: (Score:2)

Step 2: Bribe

Step 3: ????

Step 4: Profit

I think step 3 may be optional.

## Re: (Score:2)

It works, but at this speed not production-ready. a proof of concept, not much more.

Next, let's see how fast it works using GPU's.

## Re: (Score:2)

Crypo is pretty slow anyway. Over a network where the work is being done and there is communication latency, it is less a big deal than local. What I mean is over the network is going to be slower than say local to a computer anyway. So if it is a bit slow on one end, that will be lessened by the fact of what is expected over a network to begin with. I know for giggles I try to encrypt a 500GB dive using truecrypt, and got a progress bar that was 7 or 8 hours long, and that was locally.

So it isn't a cloud t

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Actually this troll is right. It's up there with extended ellipses after every statement...................

## How does this voodoo work? (Score:1)

So let's get this straight... You take a bunch of encrypted numbers, never ever decrypt them but somehow still add them together to get the right encrypted answer.

WTF???

No details in TFA but HOW does this voodoo work?

## Re: (Score:3)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homomorphic_encryption [wikipedia.org]

You're welcome.

(Basically, you have a crap cryptosystem that lets you do it - nobody's yet figured out how to do this without possibly compromising the encryption and you have to start all your maths from scratch - which in encryption security terms is a bit of a nightmare)

## Re: (Score:1)

Isn't there a risk that attackers will also be able to process the data whilst it's encrypted, though. Aren't you just removing the requirement for the data to be decrypted first? How does that make anything more secure? The overhead is what makes it secure - I'd have thought that you'd consider the ability to do this as proof that you need to reconsider your encryption system.

## Re: (Score:2)

The whole point is that, without the decryption key, you don't know what the result of any processing is. Even were an attacker be able to process the data in some way, they would not know what the result meant. Remember that encryption only deals with confidentiality, not integrity. If you want to be sure that an attacker has not processed the data in some way, you would need to add integrity protection of some sort to your data in addition.

Anyway, since you don't have to decrypt the data first in order

## Re: (Score:2)

But you could run tests. For example, assume that the only operations you have are addition, subtraction, multiplication and comparison operators. You start by determining the encrypted values for true and false, by choosing a random encrypted number (you have no idea what it is, but you know it's an encrypted number) and comparing it to itself. Testing for equality gives the encrypted value for true and testing for inequality gives the encrypted value for false. Next, you determine the encrypted value for

## Re: (Score:2)

I don't think homomorphic encryption provides values for true and false or provides comparison operators - only one operation (e.g. addition) or two operations (e.g. addition & multiplication over a ring).

I do like the idea of arriving at known values through some basic arithmetic though - I'm just not sure the operations provided permit this.

## Re: (Score:1)

Well, for n-bit integers using standard two's complement addition throwing away overflow (i.e. calculating mod 2^n, the standard way modern computers hndle it), it is possible to recover zero using only addition: Take an arbitrary number. Add to itself; this multiplies by 2, thus shifts it one bit left, the lowest bit is zero. Repeat n times, now all bits are zero.

As soon as you know zero, you can easily test the lowest bit of any given number: Double it n-1 times; if the result is zero (which you know), th

## Re: (Score:1)

knownvalues it becomes trivial to slowly expand your dictionary and eventually reverse engineer that dictionary to discover the key for the entire data set.Sounds to me like Microsoft has a long way to go before this is even close to being ready for the wil

## Re: (Score:1)

Note that my suggested attack does

nowhereassume that I'm encrypting a number myself. I'mtaking encrypted numbers(whoever uses the service will submit such numbers), and do all my calculations with them. If all numbers used within a single calculation have the same random key (which I expect to be necessary in order to combine them without decoding), I'll likely find the two(!) numbers I need.Of course the decrypted results will tell me nothing about the encoding used for the

nextsubmitted calculation.## Re:How does this voodoo work? (Score:4, Insightful)

Aren't you the guy who complained that the Wright Brothers were crap because they still needed an airplane to fly? Or that Watson and Crick weren't shit because they didn't cure baldness?

Jaysus man, give 'em a break. That's why they call it "research" and not "products ready for the marketplace".

## Re: (Score:2)

Research is all well and good, but this is a press release that basically say "we're nearly able to let you buy this", which means more scrutiny.

And my general point, in the line you quoted, is that you don't trust any form of encryption whatsoever until it's been under attack for several years by experienced cryptographers. And even then, it won't last the decade.

So claiming that you can do work on fully encrypted data safely is nothing more than a pipedream until you put out a product, and have it attack

## Re: (Score:2)

Actually very old. Relevant research papers were published 20-30 years ago. It is just that CPUs have gotten fast enough that you can actually demonstrate something.

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So let's get this straight... You take a bunch of encrypted numbers, never ever decrypt them but somehow still add them together to get the right encrypted answer.

WTF???

No details in TFA but HOW does this voodoo work?

The key is probably how incredibly slow it operates. I could implement something as slow as their solution... What if you did BCD encoding of all numbers and had a lookup table that turned "7 aka binary 0111" into "1024 bit encrypted/hash". Then a big IBM 1620-ish table of hashes such that "this 1024 bit enum" plus "that 1024 bit enum" equals "another 1024 bit enum". It would of course be incredibly slow, much as reported...

Followed in about 6 months by a 2600 article RE-discovering the joy of known pla

## Re: (Score:2)

lol, what? That would be a table of size 2^1024 * 2^1024 = 2^2048, almost a hundred googols.

Sparse table. Almost like a one time pad, except probably not as good.

Imagine salting each digit with a 16 bit number... that table size is somewhat more reasonable.

Now a 16 bit salt means fundamentally you're only got 16 bit security, sorta, but...

## Re:How does this voodoo work? (Score:5, Informative)

Here is a simple example (leaks way more information than the real system). Let's say that the two numbers that you want are elements on a ring (or in CS terms they are numbers modulo some N). You have two numbers, x mod N and y mod N. You want me to perform the modulo addition without learning x and y.

1. You pick two random numbers, p mod N and q mod N.

2. You send me (x+p) mod N and (y+q) mod N. As long as your selections were really random this provides no information about x or y.

3. I compute (x+p) + (y+q) mod N and send you the result. This leaks nothing about the sum.

4. You then compute r - (q+p) mod N to recover the real sum.

There are two problems with this simple scheme (which is why the real scheme took many years to discover and is quite hard to implement). The first problem is that you do as much work blinding and unblinding the numbers as you would computing the real sum. The second problem is that this scheme leaks some information (can't remember what, it's been quite a while).

A Somewhat Homomorphic encryption scheme will solve both of these issues for addition (for some value of solve and some value of efficiency), while a Fully Homomorphic will also allow you to perform multiplications in the ring.

## Re:How does this voodoo work? (Score:4, Insightful)

That's the point of homomorphic computing: to add two encrypted numbers, you need to take that operation and transform it into another one (let's say, for instance, multiplication) that when performed on two encrypted numbers, it will provide the answer, also encrypted.

This is not new. IBM has already done this [slashdot.org]. The problem is not homomorphic computing, which is easy to accomplish; having HC performed in reasonable time with a strong encryption scheme is...

## Re: (Score:3)

So let's get this straight... You take a bunch of encrypted numbers, never ever decrypt them but somehow still add them together to get the right encrypted answer.

WTF???

No details in TFA but HOW does this voodoo work?

More importantly, when will we get lazy enough that the encrypted version of our medical stats becomes commonplace? E.g.,

"Hey, what's your cholesterol?"

"9E024B9D7G129F8A7D084HF0241746GAE98364FA9295HA82754834H9328747FA 8907A089F004375G73649E746D92850F872892B398D93095738A74674F943834B3."

## Re:How does this voodoo work? (Score:4, Insightful)

It's not voodoo, but math.

Trivial example ? The xor-function. If you encrypt two different numbers with certain (weak, but this is a trivial example!) cryptosystems, then run xor on the encrypted numbers, you get the same answer as you would've if you'd run xor on the original number.

Yeah, that example is indeed *trivial*, but the real examples are math-heavy.

I'm not convinced that practical applications exist though. Most heavy lifting on numbers involve large sets of numbers that are connected somehow. Encrypting those numbers is insufficient to anonymize the data, because the connections themselves give away information.

For example, given a network-graph of Facebook with every single column encrypted, but the connections still visible, and you'd be able to find out which record corresponds to which person.

How many users on facebook have precisely 19871 friends ? How many of those 19871 friends have *precisely* 561 friends ? Basically, even the connections themselves, contain enough information to recognize someone.

It's most trivial for those with many friends, but even for those with a handful, it should be very well doable.

How large a fraction of Facebooks users have *precisely* 7 friends, and those friends again have *precisely* 173, 40, 3, 19, 21 and 4563 friends ? And if that's not enough to nail someone, you can go one step further. Pretty soon it's obvious that the anonymous graph can be mapped onto the non-anonymous one in only precisely *one* way.

I think the same problem is likely for any actually interesting dataset.

## Re: (Score:2)

Offcourse it doesn't work on all graphs. I never claimed it would. I said I consider it likely that it'll work on interesting datasets, and gave one example of a interesting dataset - the social graph of Facebook.

It'll work on most random graphs too, but not, offcourse, graphs that are regular, such as the one you describe where every node is connected in an identical way. (another trivial example is that it won't work on the fully connected graph)

Even on a graph like facebooks, it'll not work on all nodes.

## Re: (Score:3)

Eh. Any smooth function, maybe.

But 'any function' seems pretty contradictory. If you can apply functions like 'is this number >1, return 1 if yes, 0 if no' you'd be able to find out what the answer is pretty quickly without decrypting it. Actually, really, isn't homomorphic computer inherently contradictory this way?

## Re: (Score:3)

Did anyone else read the headline as "Microsoft Says Homophobic Computing Is Practical" ..?

Nah I saw it as "homeopathic" which given the MS/PC rep, seemed quite believable.

Homeopathic computing is basically buying a new bloatware stuffed PC, and discovering that the more you dilute the hard drive by deleting bloatware, the better the PC runs. Needless to say, I stick to Debian or macs to avoid the bloat.

## Georgia School (Score:2, Funny)

Georgia Schools voted to not allow teachers to include this in their Computer Science programs.

## Re: (Score:2)

Georgia Schools voted to not allow teachers to include this in their Computer Science programs.

Homomorphic computation has maybe a place in a selected crypto topics lecture for grad students. Even there it is questionable. This stuff does is not practical beyond toy examples. And it has been known for > 20 years.

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## Re: (Score:2, Funny)

It was banned in the same bill that mandated intelligent computation.

## Re: (Score:3)

You're confusing this with homeopathic computing, where the more you "dilute" the hard drive of a new PC by removing bloatware, the more effective the PC becomes.

## Yes, but there are to few "certain functions" (Score:1)

Some functions have worked for ages and efficiently. However they are not enough except for a few demo cases. I expect that is exactly the same here. And if you need more than the simplistic demo cases, you are straight out of luck. For example, multiplication has been infeasible so far and you cannot simulate it. As far as I remember, relative comparison does not work either.

To sum up: This is a publicity stunt. Once again.

## Re: (Score:2)

It's still an interesting concept, and while not of widespread utility, it could be valuable in certain applications.

Perhaps there is some accounting, banking, auction, or currency escrow function, where you want some untrusted party to deposit funds into an account, but not be able to access the balance. Or voting, where you want to see proof that your vote was tallied without revealing who you voted for.

Sure, these are probably the "simplistic demo" cases you were mentioning, but there could be a real cl

## Zen moment (Score:1)

## Homomorphic encryption... (Score:2)

From the "Homomorphic Encryption" page linked from the article:

"Only in 2009 did Craig Gentry of IBM publish a mathematical proof showing fully homomorphic encryption was possible."

In the past (in a very hand-wavy kind of way) I've argued that it should be possible to "prove" that homomorphic encryption isn't feasible... because, in order to implement multiplication and addition of integers, I need a total-ordering over my data... and if I have a total ordering, my data is (effectively) decrypted. This, of

## Re: (Score:3)

Indeed. I never quite got that part either.

x + x = y

x * x = y

Implies that x is 2 and y is 4. It doesn't matter how the numbers are encrypted, if those are the inputs and those are the outputs, then that's what they by mathemathical nessecity -must- mean.

Do more math, and every one gives you a new equation, pretty soon you can solve for any unknown.

What am I missing ?

Does homomorphic computation make special assumption such as the operations must all be mod N or something of that nature ?

## Re: (Score:2)

This only works for a limited number of variables and equations. If it works there may be many solutions.

It doesn't even work for your example:

0 + 0 = 0

0 * 0 = 0

If the number of equations growth it quickly becomes infeasible to solve it, especially if the formulas are a bit more complicated (e.g. non-linear).

## Re: (Score:2)

Or both x and y are 0.

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## Re: (Score:2)

Guilty as charged !

Nevertheless, if the encryption isn't one-to-one, then by nessecity, encrypting the input must expand it. For example, if you want to encode 256 possible integers in a single byte, then your encoding MUST be one-to-one.

And the higher the possible count, the larger the expansion. If you want each of your integers to map to one of 256 possible encrypted values, you've now doubled the size of your cleartext to get your ciphertext.

Not that that's nessecarily a deal-killer, but it doesn't soun

## I hope no one believes this makes it more secure (Score:4, Informative)

The problem isn't potential leaks in data by sniffing the machine's data as it flows, it's invariably the machine's data as it's stored... especially on flash drives at a bar.

Any encryption weak enough to be processed with any amount of reasonable execution time would also be weak enough to be cracked within reasonable execution time.

I find it amazing that people continue to seek out technological solutions to problems that are not generally technological. The real holes are the people and the stupid things they do. Those holes are the ones that most often get exploited and the ones that are not being closed effectively.

I just have to shake my head and wonder why... I have a company executive where I work who maintains more than 200GB of email history on his laptop. It's frikken ridiculous. It's against company policy but no one will call him out on it. So you want to see where the REAL holes in security lie? Look no further than a company's leadership.

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Good, but, I think the main application will be DRM not data protection.

You get to checkmark "security" and checkmark "encryption" for the PHBs at sales meetings. Also the PHBs think "stronger" encryption helps, because they don't understand how the internet works (as soon as one person in the world breaks it / leaks it / steals it, its as if the whole world knows)

Its easy for R+D to test, just call a function name "drm_add_two_nums(a,b)" where before the testing servers are implemented, that function simp

## Re: (Score:2)

I haven't read TFA but I don't think that's the idea here.

You have spare computer processing going that I'm prepared to pay for.

I have a dataset 'x' and an algorithm 'A' I want to run on it. I want A(x) but I don't want to give you x.

What I can do (in theory) is encrypt the data to give me E(x), then give that to you where you run A'(E(x)). I then run D(A'(E(x))) and I get back to A(x) that I wanted all along.

The problems are finding secure E such that A' and D can easily be derived from A and, usually, yo

## Re: (Score:2)

It probably has to do with cloud computing. Encrypted data can be sent to remote data centers for processing with the encrypted results sent back to the client.

## I think this is shameful (Score:4, Funny)

## disgusting (Score:2)

## stocks will rise (Score:2)

If i only has some money to invest, stocks will be going up for the next year because of this tech.

## Massively Distributed Cloud Computing (Score:2)

This is the tech that will make massively distributed cloud computing possible. I did a startup about 5 years ago that involved home computing devices that were paid for by the distributed computing that ran on them. Among the things that made it unsuccessful was that we knew we needed this kind of technology but didn't have the resources to develop it.

Microsoft and others have previously proposed domestic heating with distributed computing, and once this kind of data protection becomes possible it will b

## Re: (Score:3)

That's an understatement. This is cutting edge cryptography. IBM and Microsoft didn't have the resources to develop this 5 years ago.

## Re: (Score:2)

True that. I've been following the research since then - last year there was a breakthrough academic paper. Perhaps if that had existed we could have reduced it to practice. Lack of funding was also a small problem. ;)

At this point I've got young kids and will be happy to see somebody else get it to market. I'll get back in the game once they're older.

## Doesn't seem secure... (Score:2)

After a quick look at the wikipedia entries for Homomorphism and Homomorphic Encryption, this scheme seems roughly equivalent to other homomorphisms such as ROT-13.

If you know the algebraic structure ( which you might guess looking at the encrypted data ) then you can use statistics about data pertaining to that structure to tell what encrypted value corresponds to what real value. ( similarly to how you can tell which letter is E if you 'encrypt' by letter substitution eg:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ->

H

## Re: (Score:1)

I am just hoping that Homoerotic Encryption doesn't catch on.

## Re: (Score:2)

Gall? No gall required. I merely stated what my understanding was given what I read. I wasn't claiming anything ( I even admitted to taking only a quick look, and having likely misunderstood something ). I do this ALL the time and will continue to, that is state my current (likely flawed) understanding of something hoping for someone smarter than me to correct me, and hopefully clarify things.

## Re: (Score:2)

I guess what I am not clear about is:

We want the cloud to compute f( a, b, c ) for us without it knowing what a, b, and c are.

Is this scheme like

A) f( enc(a), enc(b), enc(c) ) = enc( f( a, b, c ) )

or is it

B) f( enc( a, b, c ) ) = enc( f( a, b, c) )

?

I am not questioning the secureness of enc(). But if you send 'the cloud'

enc('h'),enc('e'),enc('l'),enc('l'),enc('o') and it returns enc( f( 'h', 'e', 'l', 'l', 'o' ) ) and you decrypt it to get the result 'goodbye', then because 'the cloud' knows the messages a

## Homomorphic computing? (Score:1, Troll)

## OMG (Score:1)

## Interesting results (Score:1)

I'm a cryptographer, I saw and understood the talk on this, and it is a very interesting development out of MSR. There's a lot of marketing spin, and this won't do what the marketing department claims, but it's impressive nonetheless.

Fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) is designed so that you can add and multiply numbers (bits or small integers, anyway) under the encryption -- that is, given an encryption of X and of Y, you can create an encryption of X+Y or XY, and using these operations, you can theoretica

## Re: (Score:2)

When you add and multiply encrypted data, do the different data values have to be encrypted with the same key? Or can this technique combine numbers sourced from different people each with their own encryption key?

## Patents Will Kill It (Score:2)

When Microsoft patents this tech, the monopoly the patent grants will kill this fundamental technology. No one else will be able to develop it. MS will not grant any license, because MS wants to own the brand of anything successful. MS will not develop it, because it's too esoteric and will take too long to become a profitable brand.

There will be no homomorphic computing. An essential component of the rest of the future of the Internet will be dead. Its corpse will be the poster child for the tyranny of mon

## Re: (Score:1)

Blind Microsoft hate is sooooo 2001.

Yeah. And in the meantime, Microsoft security attacks are sooooo 2011.

Don't sit here and bathe in ignorance thinking the OP isn't justified in his comments here. He's certainly not the only one seeing the irony of Microsoft being involved in this, casting questionable doubt as to the overall integrity of this solution.

## Re:Microsoft? (Score:4, Insightful)

You're questioning the validity of academic research based on the transgressions of a company?

If it's research, who cares where it comes from if it is valid? Do you really think Microsoft software engineers and the researchers are the same pople?

## Re: (Score:1)

Just beeing cautious, after all they've got the same signature on their paychecks.

But GP may be right, it's probably just my backdoor paranoia...

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You're questioning the validity of academic research based on the transgressions of a company?

If it's research, who cares where it comes from if it is valid? Do you really think Microsoft software engineers and the researchers are the same pople?

No, I do not question the validity of academic research, when done properly. What concerns me is when anyone hands over their research to a company that is as deeply embedded in our culture (read Government) as Microsoft is, and they are tasked with taking said research and developing a product sans any questions of integrity,

especiallywhen addressing a solution involving encryption for the implied purpose of securing sensitive data in a cloud infrastructure design.Let's just say Microsoft would likely b

## Re: (Score:1)

Just a hint: "Bathe in ignorance" is one of those highfalutin' phrases that ends up making you sound stupid. Not that your original comment didn't do that well enough, but "bathe in ignorance" removed all doubt.

And your tenacity to attack a particular phrase that has little to do with my overall point of my post says what about the depth of your ability? If you wish for me to be a bit more guttural here to appease the lowbrow masses, I certainly can be. Given the fact that Microsoft has the US Government as one of their largest customers, there ain't no way in fuckin' hell I'm gonna trust those asshats to create a encryption solution, especially for the purposes of securing sensitive data in a cloud infrastructu

## Re: (Score:2)

I hate to break this to you, but you know that money in your pocket?

It was printed by the US Government. I suppose that upon learning that fact, you feel inclined to burn the little wad of ones and fives in your wallet and strictly do business using shiny stones as a medium of barter.You should stop digging, geekmux. Pret

## Re: (Score:2)

I hate to break this to you, but you know that money in your pocket? It was printed by the US Government.

But the US government doesn't print money. The twelve Federal Reserve Banks do, and they are private.

## Re: (Score:1)

Not exactly the company I'm going to take my security advice from.

Nobody is giving you advice in this article--security related or otherwise. Plus, you do realize that people like Ron Rivest of MIT, and his proteges, like Susan Hohenberger work with Microsoft--the latter being a research fellow for MSFT? Oh, no, you probably don't.

## Re:Microsoft? (Score:5, Informative)

This is Microsoft Research we are talking about. They are probably one of the best computational research centers around. I'd trust their security research quite a bit. These are the same people that made a managed code kernel with a native code compiler for .Net just to study how to make OSes in a different, more secure way. It actually did a lot of process isolation in a similar way to how Android does it, but actually predated Android development. As far as I know, that project is still ongoing (it's called Singularity if you are interested and it is quite interesting imho.)

They have many other very innovative and ground breaking research credits to their name, but as other people have mentioned, they are unfortunately more think tank than product development so a lot of times what they come up with isn't really used, at least not by Microsoft. (Note they were also doing multi-touch interaction with their "Surface" research a long time ago too. Some of that actually appears to be getting worked in to Windows 8.)

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And this is what happens when people learn Greek from afternoon sentai shows...

## Re: (Score:2)

Ok.

No. This is the Greek "homo", meaning "same" (which BTW also is the "homo" appearing in "homosexual": same sex). But even the Latin "homo" doesn't mean "man" in the sense of "man/woman", but in the sense of "human being", used e.g. in "homo sapiens" (which actually means "wise human" -- whoever gave our species that name must have had a very strange humour).

Right.

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I bet you know very well how to pronounce it.

After all, you've been hearing the word since the third grade.

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We haven't even gotten encryption right yet. Certainly they had to "cut corners" on encryption to make it computationally feasible. When they get this working with 65000 bit encryption (not 256 or 1024) THEN I'll take them seriously. Until that day I can't trust encryption and I won't trust people who claim it is "secure".

Because the alternative is trusting unencrypted data. None of us are under the delusion that anything, digital or physical, is 100% secure and completely impenetrable. However, properly encrypted data is MORE secure than unencrypted data. Then, there's also the "outrunning the bear" aspect. If you and I both have data sets of equal value to a data thief, mine is encrypted and yours is not, my database doesn't have to be 65,000 bit encrypted in order to be the less desirable target.