December 16, 2009 at 04:52PM Research
Today, my first RFC was published: RFC 5656, which describes the use of elliptic curve cryptography in the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol. For those who don't know, Requests For Comments (RFCs) describe technical standards that are used to specify how computers interact on the Internet. The Secure Shell protocol is used for remote command-line login and is very important for us geeky folks. My standard describes how to use elliptic curve cryptography in SSH. I published the first draft of this standard all the way back in November 2003 while I was working with Sun Labs. After six years, it's finally made it through the process to become a standard!