Pros and cons of PGP/MIME for outgoing e-mail?

Samir Nassar samir at
Sun Nov 23 17:54:39 CET 2014

On Sunday, 2014-11-23 13:12:47 Bjarni Runar Einarsson wrote:
> The "tl;dr" is that it might be worth dropping PGP/MIME for outgoing
> encrypted mail and instead use a more ad-hoc approach which
> interoperates with more mail clients. I'm also tentatively proposing an
> approach to reducing the header metadata leakage (Subject, From, To,
> etc. being sent in the clear).

I would care more about the arguments if you were able to re-state them while 
dropping references to legacy email clients. I don't think new mail clients 
have an obligation to be backwards compatible.

If you, and others, think the PGP/MIME RFC is incomplete or invalid, then 
that's a conversation I want to hear.


Samir Nassar
samir at
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