IDEA patent vs the recent USPTO memorandum
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Mon Sep 21 21:48:51 CEST 2009
On Sep 21, 2009, at 2:30 PM, Johan Wevers wrote:
> David Shaw wrote:
>> If the "some people" still want this, I haven't seen it in a good
>> while. Possibly they gave up asking.
> Probably. However, if someone wants IDEA support for whatever reason
> is still the IDEA plugin. It still works with GnuPG 1.4.10 for both
> and Windows, although I have not tested it with the 2.0 versions.
There is IDEA support (as this is part of OpenPGP, albeit with patent
issues), but no V3 key generation support.
>> To say nothing of the fact that compliant OpenPGP implementations are
>> explicitly banned from generating RFC-1991 keys.
> Why is that? Forced upgrading?
I recall it was not so much forced upgrading, as a general feeling of
"enough already". If you take a look at the ietf-openpgp archives for
2003-2004, you'll see a few discussions around it. Mind you, the
statistics we played with at the time (4-5 years ago) showed that over
90% of keys on the keyservers were V4. I doubt that number has gone
anywhere but up since then.
Another way to look at it is that the new wording around V3 keys
(including the no-generate rule) enables someone to write an OpenPGP
implementation that has no V3 support whatsoever (something which
wasn't doable in RFC-2440).
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