AES for GnuPG, on Mon Oct 2?

Florian Weimer fw at
Sun Oct 1 23:00:36 CEST 2000

Dale Harris <rodmur at> writes:

> Personally, I think we'd have to see what the NIST chooses.  If they pick
> something that is patented, then I would think that it would be prudent for
> GnuPG to ignore it, or have optional support.  However if it was something 
> that is open and freely available for use, then I'd think that GPG would 
> support it, as long as it was deemed secure, and free of any backdoors.

Please read:

"[...] NIST has determined that potential users of the AES desire to
have the AES available worldwide on a royalty free basis."

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