PGP -m functionality in GPG?

L. Sassaman
Fri, 10 Mar 2000 13:34:11 -0800 (PST)

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On Fri, 10 Mar 2000, Roger Burton West wrote:

> On or about Fri, Mar 10, 2000 at 12:39:12PM -0600, Paul Holcomb typed:
> >
> > I'm trying to convert our user base from PGP 2.x to GPG, but I have
> > two outstanding issues that I can't figure out, both related to the
> > PGP "-m (to force display of plaintext only (no output file)) flag.
> >
> > Anyone know how to produce the PGP handling of this type of file in GPG?
> No, but do bear in mind that the PGP version is inherently insecure
> anyway - you can configure your pager program to be anything you
> like, including for example an editor that would let you save the
> file somewhere else.
Correct. The reason for the "-m" feature (or secure viewer in the windows client) is to help inexperienced users not make unintentional mistakes such as saving to disk in cleartext. Nothing can be done to prevent a pencil and paper transciption of what's on screen... __ L. Sassaman System Administrator | "All of the chaos Technology Consultant | Makes perfect sense..." icq.. 10735603 | pgp.. finger:// | --Joe Diffie -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.1 (GNU/Linux) Comment: OpenPGP Encrypted Email Preferred. iD8DBQE4yWpaPYrxsgmsCmoRAlCTAJ9uMkKEztTDCwHFWth2ZMrXt2j8VQCgxJP4 oMm2qu4CXFAsYQgxo6qid9Y= =AqUs -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----