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Old 2013-10-29, 19:13   #12
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As long as Eve can only hear Alice's side of the conversation, the encryption works.
But let us assume you can't guarantee that...

Remember that book we both read so many years ago?

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Old 2013-10-29, 20:23   #13
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I took the OP note "Eve is sitting at Alice's restaurant table" as being important - if we were talking about bulk electronic-comms encryption, there would be little point in starting a new thread in Puzzles about that, would there?

So I am going with the how-can-A-and-B-exchange-a-PIN-under-C's-nose scenario, which supposes that C hears everything that is said by A and B.

Couple possible prearranged simple-crypto schemes:

o Alice conveys PIN via number-sips-from-wineglass - wipe rim or sip water to end current digits.

o Alice stealthily uses foot to squeeze Bob's junk under table, Flashdance style - number of squeezes conveys data, kick Bob's shin with other foot to end current digit. [Bob is glad that PIN is only 4 digits long].
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Old 2013-10-29, 20:28   #14
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Couple possible prearranged simple-crypto schemes:

o Alice conveys PIN via number-sips-from-wineglass - wipe rim or sip water to end current digits.

o Alice stealthily uses foot to squeeze Bob's junk under table, Flashdance style - number of squeezes conveys data, kick Bob's shin with other foot to end current digit. [Bob is glad that PIN is only 4 digits long].
That's not crypto. That's simple out-of-band communications. Easily caught with current AI.
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That's not crypto. That's simple out-of-band communications. Easily caught with current AI.
Only if the AI has access to Bob's junk.
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Old 2013-10-29, 20:49   #16
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Only if the AI has access to Bob's junk.
Don't we all?
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Old 2013-10-29, 21:18   #17
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Don't we all?
In my opinion, we find ourselves in a very interesting situation, and very interesting times...

Some people are trying to disrupt and discredit our community.

Some people make sense, other's don't.

I don't fully understand the motives.

Deep thought is welcome....
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Old 2013-10-30, 03:03   #18
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I took the OP note "Eve is sitting at Alice's restaurant table" as being important
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So Alice is on the phone to Bob
My bolding.
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Old 2013-10-30, 05:24   #19
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[Bob is glad that PIN is only 4 digits long].
But Bob wishes that her pin was all nines.
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Old 2013-10-30, 05:28   #20
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If Alice cannot hear Bob then Bob can just offer some kind of code that Alice does not know and it is impossible for her to have the slightest clue what the answer is.

How much must I subtract from 37 to get the first digit?

How much must I subtract from 11 to get the second digit?

Etc. He chooses the numbers. When EVE says 35, 3, 7 560 and 0, how can Alice have ANY clue?


On the other hand, if Alice hears both Eve and Bob then there is no way for them to devise a code.
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Old 2013-10-30, 10:16   #21
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Solved with MOD 10 then; but just before Bob needs the PIN Alice and Bob are struck down with Stupiditis and are only able to comprehend integers 0 through 9, ...

(Or some other restriction to make it more interesting.)
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Old 2013-10-30, 11:43   #22
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... struck down with Stupiditis ...
I know how that feels. I get struck be that very frequently. As for solving this new modified puzzle I feel an attack of Stupiditis coming on now. :(
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