Commit f86b32b7 authored by Richard M. Stallman's avatar Richard M. Stallman
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More info about encryption projects.

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@settitle GNU Task List
@set lastupdate 7 June 1997
@set lastupdate 23 June 1997
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......@@ -331,7 +331,14 @@ This program should use the Diffie-Helman algorithm for public key
encryption, not the RSA algorithm, because the Diffie-Helman patent in
the US will expire in 1997. It should use triple-DES, not IDEA, for
block encryption, because IDEA is patented in many countries and the
patents will not expire soon. In other respects, it should be like PGP.
patents will not expire soon.
In other respects, it should be like PGP. If the new version of PGP
no longer uses RSA and IDEA, compatibility with it may be feasible.
There is a suggestion that the Blowfish algorithm might be a good choice
for the non-public-key block encryption. I'm not an encryption expert
so I don't have an opinion about that.
This program needs to be written by someone who is not a US citizen,
outside the US, to avoid problems with US export control law.
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This program should follow the draft standard for ssh. As always, it
cannot implement the RSA algorithm, but must instead support the
alternatives that will be patent-free in late 1997. It cannot support
IDEA, but can use triple-DES and some other alternatives.
IDEA, but can use triple-DES and/or Blowfish or other non-patented
Free software for doing secure commercial transactions on the web.
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