wipe issues

Frank Tobin ftobin@neverending.org
Wed Jul 10 19:29:02 2002

Bob Holtzman, on 2002-07-10, wrote:

> > Another question (I'm sure this has been asked
> > before). In the TODO
> > file of GnuPG 1.0.7, the wipe option is something that
> > will NOT be
> > included in the future versions of gpg. I just want to
> > know why? 
> Me too.

1) Wiping on most filesystems is quite unguaranteed at best.

2) Wiping has little to do with cryptography.  People just expect GnuPG to
have it because PGP did.  If PGP had an mp3 player in it they'd expect
GnuPG to have one too.

Frank Tobin			http://www.neverending.org/~ftobin/