very short plaintexts symmetrically encrypted

Werner Koch wk at
Sun Jan 10 14:02:15 CET 2010

On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 04:44:35 -0500, vedaal at wrote:

> symmetrical encryption is a simple way to avoid signing, while 
> still maintaining relative reliability of knowledge as to who sent 
> the message

That is not true.  For example you can't detect a replay or MitM

Further even regular signing does not help you if the there is only a
limited set of different message contents (i.e. only Yes or No

GnuPG is a tool and not a complete solution to all (crypto) use



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