Newbie question

Hans Ekbrand hans.ekbrand at
Fri Feb 9 11:53:22 CET 2007

On Fri, Feb 09, 2007 at 11:36:35AM +0100, Antonio Bleile wrote:
> Hi Sven,
> > Hi!
> > 
> > Private/Public key does not buy you much in this case if all 
> > you want is to obfuscate the file contents.
> > Just use some AES implementation with the same symmetric key 
> > on the server and the client.
> > 
> > Despite you seem to be aware of it, let me stress again:
> > It cannot possibly be secure if the decryption key is stored 
> > alongside with the enrcypted data (which is why I chose the 
> > word "obfuscate" above).
> Mh... That means I've missed something really fundamental...
> When you send an encrypted mail you send the encrypted
> data and the receiver at some point has both, the public
> key and your encrypted mail.

The receiver has the *private* key. The sender encrypts with the
*public* key.

Hans Ekbrand ( <hans at>
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