IDEA Status?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Wed Jun 23 04:20:16 CEST 2010

On 6/22/10 10:09 PM, Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
> Is this very old and it's now supported?  Or is it still not in for some
> other reason (either oversight, legal, or other).

By modern standards, IDEA is not considered a promising cipher.  There
are some very good theoretical attacks against it.  Between the varying
patent expiration dates (2011 or so in some countries, IIRC) and the
thin safety margin, the GnuPG community has generally decided IDEA is
not a priority for inclusion.

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