PRIVARIA: A GPG-Based, Firewall-Friendly Platform for Peer-to-Peer Networking

Ed Suominen
Fri May 17 13:14:14 2002

I am now announcing a beta release of PRIVARIA, an encryption and 
authentication platform I've developed for firewall-friendly, 
peer-to-peer networking with my clients and colleagues. (There have been 
many, many non-publicized alpha releases over the past several months.) 
PRIVARIA builds on some excellent open-source tools, including GnuPG, 
WinPT, and Zebedee. My goal was to make secure communications effective, 
convenient, and intuitive, and I hope that this new open-source 
software, the result of hundreds of hours of unpaid effort, helps to 
achieve this goal.

If you would like to help out by testing this pre-release, please 
install PRIVARIA (soon) on your Win9x/NT/2000/XP box and e-mail me with 
the GPG public key you're using with PRIVARIA. I'll reply with the 
password to my FTP site, which testers can use for their own 
peer-to-peer secure networks for as long as I maintain that site. Note 
that the package installs GnuPG 1.0.6 and WinPT 0.5.12a in its own 
C:\PRIVARIA\crypto directory. WinPT users will likely have some registry 
entries changed to point to the new location, and will need to transfer 
their keyrings over to that location. GPG-only users should be able to 
leave their existing GPG installations alone and just use PRIVARIA's 
distribution of GPG for its internal purposes. You can either copy your 
existing public/private keypair to C:\PRIVARIA\crypto or generate a new 
keypair just for PRIVARIA.

For more details, please see I look forward to 
your feedback, bug reports, and making secure, peer-to-peer connections 
with you via PRIVARIA! And thanks to Werner Koch, Timo Schulz (WinPT), 
Neil Winton (Zebedee) and others for providing the important and 
valuable crypto tools on which PRIVARIA builds its open-source security 
and authentication platform.

P.S. - Help with porting to Linux would be greatly appreciated! TCL is 
cross-platform and all the bundled tools come in Linux flavors, so it 
should be a reasonably easy project for a volunteer to take on, once I 
figure out the mysteries of CVS and get my source committed to CVS on 

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