PGP for official documents / eIDAS and ZertES

Ben McGinnes ben at
Fri Jun 2 22:37:32 CEST 2017

On Fri, Jun 02, 2017 at 09:39:51PM +0200, Werner Koch wrote:
> On Wed, 31 May 2017 19:34, ankostis at said: 
> |  >>I have some questions related to XML-Dsig:
> |  >
> |  >Argghh!! Run away!
> |
> |  A near-universal reaction.
> XML crypto can be summarized as
> we-repeat-all-bugs-the-other-two-protocols-meanwhile-fixed-and-add-extra-complexity-for-even-more-fun
> See also <>

I like XML, it's very good at what it was originally intended for.  I
like crypto, and specifically OpenPGP, too and for much the same
reasons ...

I am *not*, however, crazy enough to to even consider attempting this.
That way lies only madness and ruin.  Or, to put it another way, I
listened to Peter the first time around.  ;)

> ps. I already have my share of grey hair from implementing X.509/CMS.
>     There is not enough left for an XML crypto endeavor.

Mine's not expendable either and I didn't need to go anywhere near
X.509 to know that.

The closest anyone should get to that sort of thing is "I have foo.xml
and I've signed it, I now also have foo.xml.sig" and that's it.


P.S.  You heard me say "no" right?  Just checking ...
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