Point of view regarding LISA 2002

Shawn K. Quinn skquinn@speakeasy.net
Tue Oct 1 20:54:02 2002

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On Tuesday October 1 2002 11:11, markus_kampkoetter wrote:
> Michael Tokarev schrieb:
> > Yeah - learn users to encrypt their emails and there will be
> > many problems with viruses who will try to use encryption too
> > thus making it impossible to detect in-transit...  Oh well... ;)
> i do not agree with you. at least you will know for sure who sent the
> virus to you ;)))=20

Actually, no you won't. You only know this when the message is signed,=20
which as you say below, usually won't happen.

> and worms cannot use cryptotechnology easily.
> (one day later)
> or can they? is it possible to write a script that automatically
> encrypts to all the keys on ones keyring and sends itself to the
> corresponding addresses? even if, it never will be able to sign.

The vast majority of the time it won't. In the (hopefully) rare case=20
where the user does not use a passphrase on their secret key, it will.=20
Yet another reason why any passphrase is better than none at all.

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Shawn K. Quinn
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