The wording of this question on Cryptography Stack Exchange raises an interesting question on how to write questions (no pun intended):
[...] the manufacturer of a RSA key generation gizmo vulnerable to the new ROCA attack [...] explains that [...]
As written, this appears to be an explicit attempt to avoid mentioning the product manufacturer by name. To me, this circumlocution feels unnecessary but I have reason to believe that using more direct wording is potentially problematic.
- Is there a specific reason the question is written this way?
- If so, under what circumstances should I actively avoid mentioning a person or company by name?
What might the disadvantage be if the above sentence was phrased as:
the manufacturer of a cryptographic device with an RSA key generation algorithm vulnerable to the new ROCA attack [...] explains that
Infineon, whose TPMs were recently found to use an RSA key generation algorithm vulnerable to the new ROCA attack [...] explains that
(The latter is how I likely would have been phrased it had I been the question author, absent the concerns raised in this question.)