Self Decrypting Archives

David Shaw
Thu Jun 19 22:54:02 2003

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On Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 04:14:47PM -0400, Jeff Herrin wrote:

> As far as the reason for the SDA's, it's not really my idea. We do
> booking engines and 3rd Party portal connectivity for hotels (3rd
> party portals are like Expedia, Travelocity, etc). One of our
> partner companies is responsible for broadcasting each hotel's rates
> and availability to these portals. I communicate the date to them
> through files that our systems FTP back and forth. Their system
> makes the files intp an SDA. I can decrypt it successfully using the
> pgpreader they provided, but I need to be able to create a similar
> SDA when I create my file that I upload to them. I an not likely
> going to be able to change their system. I was hoping to find a
> linux based open source pgp implimentation that will do SDA's for
> me. I understand the security risks, but I'm not really approaching
> this much from a security standpoint, but from a need to match the
> broadcast specification. There's really no sensitive data in these
> packets so I'm not sure why they even bother encrypting them. If
> gnupg doesn't support SDA's does anyone know of another method of
> producing them short of buying the commercial PGP version?

This doesn't make complete sense.  If the person you are communicating
with has PGP and uses it to send you a SDA, why would you want to send
a SDA back?  Your partner has PGP.. just send them a regular old
OpenPGP message.

In any event, GnuPG can be used to make SDAs.  Just make a zip file
that contains the encrypted file and the gpg binary itself.

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