Miscellaneous questions

Sven Radde email at sven-radde.de
Tue Apr 15 14:31:30 CEST 2008

Herbert Furting schrieb:
> Ah you think cryptography is engineering? Always thought it would be math.
Implementing crypto is purest engineering.
Not even algorithm design is pure math if you think of timing or power 
consumption attacks that might have to be considered.
> Anyway if we always say that someone might have problems with new
> features,.. we can never add them.
See, that's were all that interoperability stuff comes in. ;-)

By default, GnuPG uses all the new algorithms. Only if necessary, it 
resorts to the older ones. User groups can make sure that "unsafe" 
algorithms are avoided between them.
I, personally, find this kind of an elegant solution to a complicated 
problem, actually... :-)

cu, Sven

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