Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Wed Sep 17 07:28:35 CEST 2008
John Clizbe wrote in response to Kevin Hilton:
> Because RSA was patent-encumbered up until Sept 6, 2000?
When PGP 2.6 first came out, there was a big legal kerfuffle over
intellectual property rights to the RSA and IDEA algorithms.
When PGP 5 came out, PGP embraced different, non-encumbered algorithms
(DSA and CAST5).
Since OpenPGP grew directly out of PGP 5, OpenPGP gets a lot of
historical baggage from PGP 5's decisions.
That's the nutshell explanation.
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