PGP/MIME considered harmful for mobile

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Fri Feb 25 18:29:21 CET 2011

On 02/25/2011 12:11 PM, Martin Gollowitzer wrote:
> * Patrick Brunschwig <patrick at> [110225 10:10]:
>> The only mail client on Android I know of to handle OpenPGP messages is
>> K9 (together with APG). But K9 only supports inline-PGP, PGP/MIME
>> messages are not displayed.
> This is true, but K9 at least does display the messages correctly.

These two statements seem to be in direct contradiction to each other.

Is K-9 mail able to display the body of a text/plain PGP/MIME-signed
message or not?  If answers differ based on the version of K-9 mail,
what versions support it?

I am *not* asking about validating signatures -- I'm just talking about
being able to read the (unvalidated) message contents of PGP/MIME-signed

I don't use K-9 mail, but i would appreciate some clarity so i know what
to recommend to folks who ask me for recommendations.

> Despite that, PGP/MIME support is being worked on because it's
> considered better than inline PGP.

i'm glad to hear that.  Thanks for working on it!


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