mail at mark-kirchner.de
Tue Jan 25 13:06:19 CET 2005
On Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 12:50:23 PM, David wrote:
> Thanks for your response. I'm interested to read that PGP2 can use
> RSA as well as IDEA.
Well, RSA is the asymmetrical cipher that PGP2 uses, IDEA is the
symmetrical one. Doing a "normal" encryption, both are used: RSA for
encrypting the symmetrical IDEA-key (which is used to encrypt the
So you can't encrypt a message using RSA only. (Theoretically it's
possible of course, but PGP won't do that - IIRC).
> The people at the other end of this project are saying (without too
> much conviction) that they can ONLY use IDEA.
They are right, as long as they are not using a (earlier by others
mentioned) modified Version of PGP.
Key (0x19DC86D3): http://www.mark-kirchner.de/keys/key-mk.asc
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