Johan Wevers johanw at
Tue Mar 15 15:17:34 CET 2011

Op 15-3-2011 14:19, Aaron Toponce schreef:

> 1. The U.S. patent expires for IDEA on January 7, 2012.

I propose to include the IDEA module then in GnuPG 1.4.12 and 2.2.(then
current + 1), just like the extra version that came out when the RSA
patent expired.

> 2. IDEA has already been succeeded by IDEA NXT, another patented
> algo.
> 3. Both IDEA and IDEA NXT don't meet the rigor of many of today's
> open algos.

> So, if you ask me, I don't see the need to support even the
> capability of a module with GnuPG. PGP 2 is long since dead, and
> anyone still using IDEA for whatever reason, should migrate to more
> robust, secure and open algos.

I disagree. People might still need access to encrypted archives and old
keys with significant weight in the WoT might still be around. Further
pgp 2.x format can still be used with software like Mixmaster remailer.

With kind regards,

Johan Wevers

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