MDC bug in GPG ?

Werner Koch wk at
Wed Aug 21 12:01:02 CEST 2002

On Wed, 21 Aug 2002 00:04:47 -0400, Michael Young said:

> I've complained before that I think that depending on the
> "implicit length" from a compression packet is bad form,
> and is (or should be) disallowed by RFC2440.

It is required for PGP 2 compatibility and saves a ew bytes in the
output (no need for partial length headers).

> Ignoring "trailing garbage" cannot be a good thing.  Yes, protocols

Well, I assume that the trailing garbage is ignored but I am not
sure.  After all this is all handled by the compression library. 

> Is your only concern that it's hard to change?  If so, would you

No.  It is about PGP compatibility.  Okay, this is not a matter when
using an MDC and thus we could use a new CTB in that case. 



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