Steganography (`stealth') with GnuPG

Frank Heckenbach
Sun Jul 22 21:53:01 2001

David Shaw wrote:

> On Sun, Jul 22, 2001 at 01:28:07AM +0200, Frank Heckenbach wrote:
> > For PGP, there's a utility called `stealth' which strips off all
> > identifying header information to leave only the encrypted data in a
> > format suitable for steganographic use
> > (
> >
> > It doesn't seem to work with GnuPG encrypted files, however. Is
> > there a similar utility for GnuPG, or a way to make stealth work
> > with GnuPG?
> Stealth only works with old-style pgp messages (pgp 2.6.x and
> friends). It won't work with pgp 5 and up or openpgp (and hence gpg).
> It worked by stripping and juggling headers so that all that was left
> was raw encrypted bits which ideally would appear to be random.
> You can probably use it with gpg if you generate pgp 2.6.x compatible
> messages (gpg --rfc1991 --cipher-algo idea --no-literal) using an old
> style v3 RSA key.
> Er, make that "gpg --rfc1991 --cipher-algo idea --compress-algo 1".
> Wrong cut-n-paste :)
I don't have the idea plugin, and AFAICS on the ftp srever, it's not available currently (and I'd like to avoid a patented algorithm, anyway). But thanks, anyway. BTW, how hard would it be to write something like stealth for OpenPGP (or is it not possible at all)? Though I won't have any time for it now, maybe sometime later ... Frank -- Frank Heckenbach, PGP and GPG keys: