Proofs of security

Adam Shostack adam at
Sun Oct 6 17:27:58 PDT 2002

Has anyone done any research into how much better new cryptosystems
with proofs of security do, as opposed to their unproven cousins?  It
seems that having a proof of security doesn't actually improve the
odds that a system will survive attacks.  But thats my intuition, not
a proven fact. ;)

Has anyone read a stack of papers and done some statistics?

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