Is the OpenPGP model still useful?

B BruderB at
Mon May 2 19:27:56 CEST 2011

Jeffrey Walton schrieb:
> On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 5:34 AM, B <BruderB at> wrote:
>> Simon Ward schrieb:
>>> On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 09:05:35PM +0200, B wrote:
>>>> By the way: Using OpenPGP with enigmail in Thunderbird, I miss a feature:
>>>> Usually the recipient rules work but if they fail (perhaps due to
>>>> background update of Thunderbird and not working plugin), I would like
>>>> to have a chance to see that the written message is going to be send
>>>> unencrypted BEFORE sending. Or vice vera: I want to see that a instantly
>>>> written message is going to be encrypted....
>>> There is an option in Enigmail's expert settings to always confirm.
>>> [SNIP]
>> But I'm lacking phantasy of how to use this for preventing me of sending
>> unencrypted in case that Enigmail does not work properly....
> If you run your mail server, you should be able to set up a secure
> channel by having your MTA issue a STARTTLS command. The communication
> from the originating MTA to your MTA will be secure (some hand
> waiving). If the sender connects to his/her mail server securely (and
> MTA's use TLS), then most opportunities for message inspection and
> tampering should be remediated.

Hej Jeff,

thanks for your comment!

Your explanation has nothing to do with OpenPGP. Of course everybody
could or should use TLS against his server....


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