[erlang-questions] A pointless problem?

Joe Armstrong erlang@REDACTED
Sat Nov 17 18:33:22 CET 2012

On Sat, Nov 17, 2012 at 6:02 PM, Steve Davis <steven.charles.davis@REDACTED
> wrote:

> I am intrigued by what is arguably a pointless problem.

Not really

> Looking at the tiny encryption algorithm aka XXTEA it seemed easy enough
> to implement in Erlang. I have an implementation (attached with source and
> all references inside the module) which encodes and decodes successfully...
> BUT the cipher text doesn't match the test vectors...

I had exactly the same problem with tea a few years ago ...

I'd really like to see:

a) an algebraic spec
b) reference implementations in more than one language that I can reproduce

I'm more interested in inter-operability than performance - (think client
in Javascript
backend in C / Erlang) - so compliance with the spec is more important than
(which is why I like RSA implemented in erlang bignums - no chance of
backdoors in the code)

> What makes this pointless is that I should "just make it a NIF" etc. But
> it's likely that I am misunderstanding some aspect of either Erlang or C,
> however I am confounded as to what that problem is... why does the attached
> implementation not generate the same ciphertext as in the test vectors from
> the C implementation? Can anyone spot my error?
Before you ask this you might ask "can the test vectors be reproduced in
any other
language/implementation than the reference implementation?"



> Thanks,
> /s
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