Mutt/GnuPG-Outlook-plugin diffs / Support for Microsoft's .epf, .pfx, .p12 ?

John Clizbe JPClizbe at
Fri Feb 13 01:06:44 CET 2004

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Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> No, sorry, it doesn't just ask you for an e-mail, and your name.. It
> brings you to a page where you can *purchase* a certificate. Among the
> companies listed is VeriSign.

Uggghh VeriSlime. Free X.509 certs are available from Thawte (owned by
Verisign though), CA Cert (non-profit org in .AU) and TC Cert in Germany

> The .vfc (vCard File) files just seem to be another bad idea by MS to
> bloat e-mail traffic with uncessary/unwanted attachments just to allow
> recipients to view a sender's detailed contact info (mind you,
> sometimes there are just empty).

huh? MS? Not with vCard. vCard and vCalendar (later iCalendar) began as
projects of the versit consortium and the Internet Mail Consortium took
responsibility for the projects in 1996 (

Versit was a joint venture of Apple, AT&T, IBM and Siemens launched in
late 1994 that promoted interoperability between existing and emerging
telephony and data comm standards. The primary contribution of this group,
which later disbanded, was the vCard and vCalendar formats that were
turned over to the Internet Mail Consortium at the end of 1996
( The site is no longer operational.

When done correctly (ie not auto-attached), vCard nicely handles
exchanging personal contact info, X509 and PGP keys could be included. The
information and format was readily adaptable to being served by LDAP
directory servers which more or less killed off the vCard. The MS approach
would be to house all such info as contacts on an Exchange server.

The vCard RFCs (2425 & 2426) were authored by individuals from Lotus and

The iCal RFCs (2445, 2446, 2447) were authored by individuals from Lotus,
Netscape, ON Technologies, and Microsoft. MIME Content-Type for
	  Directory Information vCard MIME Directory Profile Internet Calendaring and
	  Scheduling Core Object Specification (iCalendar) iCalendar  Transport-
	  Independent Interoperability Protocol (iTIP): Scheduling Events,
	  BusyTime, To-dos and Journal Entries iCalendar Message-based
	  Interoperability Protocol (iMIP)
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