Re: Crypto regulations

From: Michael H. Warfield (
Date: Thu Aug 03 2000 - 21:19:53 EST

On Thu, Aug 03, 2000 at 09:10:21PM -0500, Oliver Xymoron wrote:
> On Thu, 3 Aug 2000, Michael H. Warfield wrote:

> > PGP was hampered more by itself and its complex archane interface
> > more than anything else. RSA couldn't stop it or even slow it down
> > (and certainly not outside the US where the RSA algorithm wasn't patented).
> > The US government couldn't slow it down once it got outside the US
> > borders. The PGP interface was it's own worse enemy.

> I'd argue that the lack of standardization/integration was the problem.
> MIME sucks, but it's still everywhere. If mailer hooks to PGP were more
> universal and transparent, PGP's interface wouldn't have mattered. Receive
> key with trusted signature? -> File it. Send a message -> recipient's key
> in addressbook? -> automatically encrypt. Otherwise just sign.

        I would agree with you NOW. Not back then, though. Back then,
the only competition was PEM (and that was years after PGP was on the
scene) and S/MIME was not even a dream. There was no standard what-so-
ever and PGP was addressing more than just E-Mail. Plain mime existed
back then, but it sucked canal water back then too. It CERTAINLY was
not the paragon of interoperability back when PGP 2.3 was king.


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